I'm not really sure where I should put this post, so please let me know if it's supposed to live somewhere else.
I have decided that I want to go hunting for vintage flex.
A little background information... (actually it turned out to be more than a little)
I have 2 (useable) vintage fountain pens. A Conway Stewart Universal Pen from the late 1930s, and a Parker 51 Aerometric from the late 1950s. The majority of my 'flex' experience is in using dip pens, and I have been using them for journaling and the occasional attempt at everyday writing with them for the past 3 and a half-ish years, so I would say that I am reasonably experienced in the (?)art(?) of using flexible nibs.
So why do I want to get a vintage flex pen?
I have discovered (an odd century or 2 too late) that using dip pens, while extremely versatile, aren't exactly convenient, portable (one accident with a bottle of ink in my bag was enough to let me understand) nor very durable, with the untipped points soon wearing out. As such I believe that what would best suit me is an antique or vintage fountain pen.
What I would like in the pen I am looking for:
a very fine point (line variation of sorts needs to start somewhere)
Preferably from the 1920s and earlier?
I'm not going to be mashing it out to 2mm for every letter and downstroke so you can rest easy regarding spring the nib. If I wanted to mash my nibs I've got plenty of dip pens to do that.
I'm (probably) not going to do calligraphy with them. Again, I have dip pens.
Yet I still want a super flex/wet noodle/ whatever name you want to call it.
but not to mash.
I fine with doing a little bit of work on them if necessary eg, replacing a sac or a j-bar for lever fillers, oe cleaning them out or whatever)
Now my question is: where do you recommend I actually go looking for these? Do I go on eBay? Do I go to antique shops (although to be honest most of the antique shops in my area probably won't have these as we didn't have companies that made these here. Most are probably old imports)?
How much should my cut-off price point be? I don't want to be overcharged by sellers who know what they are doing, so what's a reasonable price?
Please let me know your recommendations, tips and thoughts.