Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap with mineral oil. Cleaned and polished the outside of the cap and barrel with Mineral Oil. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac. Hand polished the 18K Gold Filled Clip Cap Clip, Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman 14K #6 NIB. The hard rubber displays a great black hard rubber color with only very minor and light oxidation on the cap and barrel. The black hard rubber is smooth (no chasing) with even color throughout the cap and barrel.
The barrel has an imprint at the center that read, "WATERMAN'S IDEAL GLOBE LOGO REG. US PAT. OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN". The butt end of the fountain pen has a very crisp 56 imprint. The cap is a screw-on type cap always securing tightly with an 18K Gold Plated IDEAL CLIP-CAP Clip. There is a touch of wear on the ball area of the clip. The 18K Gold Filled Cap Banding has only very slight wear along the top edge of the banding. The barrel has the 18K Gold Filled Lever and Lever Box Assembly in excellent condition with no wear. There are no monograms or personalizations to either the cap or the barrel. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman #56 measures 5 5/8" in length capped and 7 1/8" posted.
This Waterman Fountain Pen comes with a 14K Waterman Ideal New York 14K Nib. The NIB writes smoothly and is flexible with very good responsiveness. The actual tip of the Waterman 14K NIB has a medium point that measures .63mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring .68mm and flexes up to a triple broad stroke of 1.91mm with medium to firm pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
The lever and box assembly has been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the lever filling systems with water and works flawlessly and as it was originally intended to.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
I would say this Waterman 56 is in Very Fine to Excellent condition. The Nib is the standout here with it being very flexible and writes smoothly. A great collector grade Waterman that is ready to write or just add to your writing arsenal collection.
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