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A Waterman Gentleman


A nice new pen came in the mail today! I spotted this for sale online and thought that for such a good price, it’s worth the risk. The seller didn’t seem to know much about the pen, except that it’s a Waterman which she bought from France for around P6,000. She was selling it for a fraction of that price.

From the low-res photos of the pen, it seemed like it was in pretty good shape. It took me a while, but I figured that it’s a Waterman Gentleman from the logo in the finial, the clip, the 18k nib and the end of the barrel.


When I got through the courier today, I was half-expecting the pen to be in rougher shape. Turns out that aside from a few microscratches, it’s in great shape. The nib is beautiful and there’s no ink dried up inside. The nib doesn’t seem like it’s seen much use, but I still need to tune it a bit to make it a wetter writer. I should be able to write a review soon. 🙂 Gosh, what a gorgeous pen this is.


Back Home from the Nibmeister’s


My Waterman Hemisphere’s back from J.P. Pentangeli and boy, is it writing super well. It was writing too wide for me, and was a bit scratchy. So I had a different nibmeister smoothen it a bit, but decided against reducing the nib’s width. However, the nib was just too broad and too wet after being smoothed. It was okay for certain types of writing, but not for my journals. So after learning that JP Pentangeli lived near us, I asked him if he could work on my nib for me.

The result? I wanted to have him regrind all my medium nibs, haha. Sorry that my penmanship doesn’t really show off how awesome the nib is. I’m completely in love with it. The inkflow is just right; not too wet, not too dry. The width is slightly narrower than a European medium, and it’s stubbish. There’s some line variation now. I wish I brought more of my medium nibs with me earlier today, but I did give him my TWSBI Micarta to work on. I am sooo looking forward to that. It’s gonna be my first cursive italic nib. 🙂

If you are in the Philippines and you need your nib reground, you can join Fountain Pen Network Philippines and look for J.P. Pentangeli there.

Review: Waterman Crusader, Medium


I got this pen back in the first week of September and I’ve been meaning to write a review about it since then but I really wasn’t able to find the time. I bought this from another fountain pen enthusiast from the FPN-P group and I’ve used it several times already. I didn’t want to wear it out too much so I rotate it with other pens. This particular model of Waterman was made in the late 1940’s and 50’s. Its more popular cousin would be the Taperite model, with the hooded nib, probably a response to Parker’s very famous design innovation on their 51 series pens. I’m not a fan of the hooded nib, though, so I’m glad I got a hold of a model with an open nib.

My first impression on this pen was that it was incredibly light. Even if it felt light in my hand, it didn’t feel flimsy at all. Light and well-put together is how I would describe this. The pen looked almost like NOS when I got it, except for a tiny ding on the cap.

I love the clear “WATERMANS” imprint on the art deco clip

The Waterman Crusader has a plastic body and a two-tone metal cap. The chrome plated trims reminded me of jukeboxes and old diners. It’s plastic so most people won’t find the design exciting, but I kinda like it. It has an old-school appeal that I’m fond of.  Continue reading “Review: Waterman Crusader, Medium”