Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB and feed. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel, cap, and section with mineral oil. Replaced the old rubber sac with a properly sized silicone sac. Hand polished the Sterling Silver Overlay and Waterman Ideal 14K #2 NIB.
This fountain pen is made from black hard rubber with Sterling Basketweave pattern. The barrel and cap are stamped with, "Sterling, Made in U.S.A., Waterman's". The end of the barrel has an imprint that is a bit light but can be seen with the Naked Eye that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. PAT. OFF. MADE IN USA". The butt end of the fountain pen has the 452 imprint. The black hard rubber displays a lovely color deep black color - very little oxidation. The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations to the barrel or cap. This Waterman 452 measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 3/8" posted. The overlay does show some light age wear and scratching that commensurates with age.
I have tested the lever filler with water and works as it should. I have replaced the old rubber sac with a new silicone sac and will last for many years to come.
This Waterman 452 has a flexible 14K #2 Nib. The nib is a pleasure to write with and has a smooth writing experience. The tip/point of the Nib/iridium has a fine point measuring .53mm when measured with digital calipers. The Nib flexes from a fine (.51mm) line with light pressure to a triple broad (1.81mm) stroke/line when measured with digital calipers under medium to firm pressure. The writing sample in the images was produced from the actual pen that is listed for sale by dipping the Nib in Parker Blue Quink Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
These Waterman Hard Rubber Fountain Pens are increasingly difficult to find. This Waterman 452 would grade in very fine to excellent condition. A Spectacular Waterman that is ready to write with or just add it to your writing arsenal collection.
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