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, Silicone 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 does not display any wear on the arm of the lever - clean and bright trim. The Clip and Cap Banding have been polished and display no wear - again bright clean trim.
This fountain pen is made from hard rubber in what is referred to as the Red Ripple pattern. The coloring is an amazing red and black coloring. The barrel has a clean and crisp 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 52 imprint, albeit very light.
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 or repairs to the hard rubber. This Waterman 52 measures 5 3/8" in length capped and 6 1/2" 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 Nib has great flexibility all while writing smoothly. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal #2 NIB, it measures with a fine point of .45mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with an extra-fine line measuring roughly .38mm with very light pressure and flexes up to a double broad of 1.57mm with normal to medium pressure when measured with digital calipers. The Nib is a pleasure to write with and does so very smoothly. 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 52 Waterman Red Ripple is a great pen and has a wonderfully semi-flexible nib. I would consider the condition of this fountain in Very Fine to Excellent condition and is ready to write. Certainly, a collector grade writing instrument to add to one's writing arsenal collection.
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