This fountain pen is made from celluloid in the gray with red speck pattern. The coloring on the cap and barrel really displays fabulously - the colors pop! The barrel imprint at the center of the barrel is crisp and clean that reads, "WATERMAN'S REG. U.S. IDEAL GLOBE LOGO PAT. OFF MADE IN USA FOUNTAIN PEN".
There are no chips, cracks, or repair to the fountain pen and the threads on the cap and barrel are excellent with the cap always securing tightly to the barrel. I have 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 of the material and to protect the celluloid. Replaced the old rubber sac with a new sac. Hand polished the Nickel Plated Clip, Cap Banding, and Lever Box Assembly along with the Waterman Ideal 14K NIB. The Clip, Cap Banding, and Lever Arm trim only display minor wear. Overall the trim is all very bright and clean. There are no monograms or personalization to either the cap or barrel. This Waterman 3V measures 4 1/4" in length capped and 5 1/4" posted.
The lever and box assembly have been cleaned and oiled. I have tested the filling mechanism with water and fills wonderfully.
This Waterman 14K Ideal #2 nib has some flexibility all while writing reasonably smooth. When measuring the actual tip of the 14K Ideal NIB, it measures at .82mm with digital calipers. When writing the sample in the listing images, the NIB writes with a medium line measuring roughly .63mm with very light pressure on horizontal strokes and flexes up to a triple broad stroke of 1.90mm with a firm to medium 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.
Any specks of white in the images are from the cotton that I used to clean the barrel and cap.
These vintage Waterman 3V Fountain Pens are becoming harder to find. This Gray Marble with Red Speck pattern has vibrant coloring very good trim. I would consider the color of the celluloid to be in Excellent Condition with the Nickel-plated trim being in Very Fine condition. The overall fountain pen would grade in Very Fine. A fantastic collector grade addition to your writing arsenal collection.
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