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    Default Vintage flex with a Waterman Laureat

    A few months ago I read a post by someone (I believe it was by FPG member pajaro) who had fitted a vintage Waterman #2 nib on a Laureat pen. Having one of these little pens I set out to find a suitable vintage nib and finally got a 14k nib described as fine with moderate flex. Removing the Laureat's original nib and feed was simple enough (it just pulls out) and replacing it with the vintage nib was fairly simple. The result is a Waterman Laureat with a vintage flex nib:

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    The only drawback is that the simple Laureat plastic feeder cannot keep up with continuous flexing of the nib. However, for normal expressive writing this setup is great!

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    Default Re: Vintage flex with a Waterman Laureat

    That's a very interesting customization. I wonder if the plastic feed channels can be opened up with a scalpel to give a little more flow?

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    Default Re: Vintage flex with a Waterman Laureat

    I recently got a banged up Wahl-Eversharp Skyline whose only redeeming feature was its nice flex nib. What to do with it? After my first experiment documented above I decided to put that nib in a 1980's Waterman Apostrophe and the results were amazing.

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    It's a nice combination: vintage flex with the convenience of a c/c filler.

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    The lesson from all this? I need a better photography setup!
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    Default Re: Vintage flex with a Waterman Laureat

    Excellent work. I have put Waterman nibs with a bit of flex in a few Laureats to replace corroded steel original nibs. The Waterman 14K nibs came from Waterman pens I ruined during attempted restorations. I have never mastered using flex nibs, though. Perhaps someday soon.

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    Default Re: Vintage flex with a Waterman Laureat

    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    Excellent work. I have put Waterman nibs with a bit of flex in a few Laureats to replace corroded steel original nibs. The Waterman 14K nibs came from Waterman pens I ruined during attempted restorations. I have never mastered using flex nibs, though. Perhaps someday soon.
    Thank you! It was one of your posts on this subject that originally led me to try this out.

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    Default Re: Vintage flex with a Waterman Laureat

    Good work, Carlos!

    It's fun to tinker with these pens. And when the outcome works well, it's very rewarding.
    - Will
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