This is a fully restored, working eversharp skyline fountain pen with a very easy-to-flex nib. Model: the skyline, made from 1941-1948 is often cited as an iconic art deco fountain pen. The design is by henry dryfuss, who designed steam locomotives, the round thermostat, and other very recognizable things. The pen, in fact, looks very much like the train. This is a standard size version of the skyline; it is 5.3 inches long while capped.
The cap, derby, and barrel are black plastic, one of the simpler and most economical skylines. The trim is gold plated. Nib: this is an extremely soft, flexible (the tines can spread apart as you write) nib. The nib flexes from f/xf to 1.1mm (bb).
For the tines to spread, they require on the lesser side of pressure for the flex nibs that i've used. It also write nicely with no pressure applied. For me, personally, this was my second favorite flex nib i've yet to try (my first favorite lives in my desk).I'm not experienced enough to judge flex nibs reliably, but in my limited experience, this is toeing (but not quite at) wet noodle status. It's very fun, but it does have some quirks. The right tine was bent; perhaps because of this, the left tine is slightly longer than the right. We have readjusted the whole nib. Then, we filled the pen and used it for two weeks to make sure it was working properly.
I would call the nib "occasionally toothy" but for me, especially because the wet flow of the pen dampens (literally) the nib's irregularities, it wasn't enough to warrant using abrasives to alter the nib. Your experience may differ depending on how you hold your pen. Please note that with a flex nib like this, the feeds were made to provide a lot of ink to keep up with the amount of ink used. You will want to use this with fountain pen friendly paper, such as tomoe river or rhodia. Also, please remember that flexible nibs can be ruined if they are overflexed; they should not be flexed as far as they can go.Filling: this pen is a lever filler, which means you fill it by lifting the lever on the side, dipping it in ink, dropping the lever, and waiting ten seconds. This skyline has a breather tube--to make use of this, you can "pump" the lever a few times when filling (while in the ink). This will fill the sac more completely. Work performed: the pen was completely taken apart and hand cleaned.
The nib, feed, and breather tube were additionally cleaned in an ultrasonic bath. The latex sac was replaced. The filling system and nib were tested.
The pen was polished and waxed. Condition notes: the pen is in very good condition. The plating on the cap and the lever are in very good shape with no obvious brassing. The tipping material is worn, but present. As always, microscratches may remain; this pen is 80 years old, after all.And the nib has quirks, as mentioned above. Overall: this is a classic pen with a very expressive, very fun nib. This pen is perfect for someone has always wanted to see why eversharp flex nibs have such a good reputation, or for someone who loves making beautiful letters. Note: if you have a typically heavy hand, this pen is probably not your best bet, as the flex nib may be damaged. We are still relatively new to this. Also, please ask any questions or let me know if you would like specific pictures ahead of purchasing. This item is made of gold and gold filled, plastic, brass.