For your consideration, we are offering for sale this Restored Circa 1930 Waterman 42 Safety Fountain Pen in Black Chased Hard Rubber Pattern. This fountain pen has been thoroughly taken apart, cleaned, put back together, and now is in wonderful writing condition.
I have hand cleaned the NIB and feed. Hand cleaned the inside of the barrel, cap, spiral, rod connector, turning knob, and end unit with mineral oil. Hand polished the Cap and Barrel along with the Ideal 18K #2 Flexible NIB.
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in the Black Chased pattern. The hard rubber portion of the pen displays is a deep black color that displays just gorgeously with perfect chasing! The butt end of the barrel end does not have the imprint. The center of the barrel reads, "WATERMAN'S RED. U.S. WATERMAN IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFF. FOUNTAIN PEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA". The cap has the imprint that reads, "WATERMAN'S PAT. APR. 28, 1903".
The threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly. There are no monograms or personalizations on the barrel or cap. There are no cracks, nicks, or repairs to the hard rubber. The hard rubber material looks beautiful that I would consider near mint. They have restored the filling until with a new o-ring and the suction is perfect. There are no leaks from the cap or the turning knob and tested for 48 hours. This Waterman 42 measures 5 1/4" in length capped and 6 1/4" posted with the nib extended.
The NIB is an 18K #2 Flexible Ideal Waterman NIB - yes, 18K and is stamped on the underside foot of the nib. When measuring the actual tip of the 18K Ideal NIB, it measured at a medium point of .62mm when measured with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a fine line measuring roughly .52mm with light pressure and flexes to a triple broad stroke of approximately 1.83mm with a medium to firm pressure. The writing sample provided was done with the actual pen in the images that are listed for sale. The nib on this Safety Pen is a very smooth writer. The writing sample was used by dipping the NIB in Parker Quink Blue Ink.
Finding Full-Size Waterman Safety Fountain Pens are uncommon. This 42 Safety is in Near Mint to Mint Condition displaying deep black color and chasing crisp and clean which is going to be a real treasure for the new collector. A superb collector-worthy writing instrument to add to your writing arsenal collection!
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