Ultrasonically cleaned the NIB, feed, and section. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel and cap. Cleaned, Buffed, and Polished the outside of the cap and barrel to bring back the vibrancy and to protect the hard rubber. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the 18K Gold Filled Clip, Cap Banding, and Lever Box assembly along with the Flexible Waterman Ideal 14K #2 NIB. The lever displays only some extremely minor wear to the arm of the lever and has been polished to shine brightly. On the ball of the clip, there is very minor wear. The Cap Banding has some top upper edge wear. All 18K gold-filled trim has been polished to shine brightly!
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in what is referred to as the Red Ripple pattern. The hard rubber has a very vibrant red and black coloring. The barrel has a clean, yet somewhat light, imprint at the center of the barrel that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFF FOUNTAIN PEN". The butt end of the fountain pen has the 52V imprint.
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no personalizations or monograms either the cap or the barrel. There are no cracks, nicks or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 52V measures 4 3/8" in length capped and 5 5/8" posted.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. In my tests with water, the filling system works flawlessly.
This is the fun part - this Waterman 14K Ideal Long Tine Nib has great flexibility and line variation. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal #2 NIB, it measures with a fine point of .47mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .74mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a triple broad of 2.04mm with normal to medium pressure; I didn't want to overextend the NIB's capabilities. 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-Black Ink.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
This Waterman Red Ripple is a clean example from Waterman that has a wonderfully flexible nib. This antique Waterman's 52V Fountain Pen is in ready to write condition. I would consider the condition of this fountain in Very Fine to Excellent condition. A collector grade writing instrument to add to one's writing arsenal collection.
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