This review is about the Waterman Lady Agatha. When I saw the pen I knew it: I must have it; particularly because of the colours. pattern and last but not least the matching pencase. When it arrived, it seemed even more beautiful to me, because of the depth of the colours. The one I bought was a used one, but in near mint status, almost no scratches etc. It came in a standard waterman pen box (there is a special box for this Lady, but I don't have that).
Lady Agatha out of the box
Appearance & Design (9/10)
There are several known colours and finishes of the Lady Agatha. All colour combinations are of geometric flakes and in random arrangements. The colors are: mineral like finish in colours blue/topaz, rubine/blue and magenta/bronze and wavy Lines finish in blue brown. Mine is of the last type. The colours are really bright and change depending on how you hold the pen in the light, I like it a lot.
The Waterman Lady Agatha has a resin body and cap. It Marks "ideal" on the top of the cap and "waterman" is inscribed in the cap ring. The pen is meant to be a purse pen and has no clip on it. It has an 18k – 750 golden nib.
The tube-type pencase is of the same material as the pen and has a swinging metal top with the waterman logo on it. The pen and pencase are trimmed with gold. It has an overall classic look. So, in size and measurements it really is a lady's pen.
The Lady in her shelter
Construction & Quality (8/10)
The pen feels very solid. It has a snap-on cap that closes firmly. This is the same with the pencase. The pen is finished very well. Although it's a used pen from the early 90's, there aren't almost any scratches etc. on the pen yet.
Weight & Dimensions (7/10)
The pen measures app. 11cm capped and 10,2 cm unposted and uncapped. Posted it is 13,8cm long. The diameter of the barrel is 1cm, on the grip a little smaller. So, although it is a small pen, posted it's longer than an unposted MB146 or Waterman Carene. For me it is a little too small in diameter to be a daily writer, but it writes well, posted with more balance than unposted. You easily can do that without harming the barrel due to the construction of the pen.
The matching pencase has a length of 12,5cm and a diameter of app. 1,7cm.
Due to the used material (resin) and measurements it is a light pen. Posted it is well balanced. Unposted the pen is a little too short for me.
Agatha out of the house!!
Nib & Performance (8/10)
The pen has an 18k golden monotone medium nib. I don't know what other sizes were available. The nib matches the pen very well in size. When starting writing it can hesitate a little; she is a little shy.
I found out it depends on the angle I hold the pen. I'm left-handed and tend to write with a rather sharp angle on the paper (doing so, the ink has a little more drying time before my hand reaches the ink). This nib likes it more upright. Once you've found the right angle it writes very well, with good feedback (some of you will call it scratchiness), but I like that. I have to feel what I'm doing. It has no flex.
The m-nib gives a good line that don't betray it's such a small pen and nib. It is not on the wet site of the spectrum (I tested it with Diamine China Blue). As a lefty, that works well for me.
Filling System & Maintenance (7/10)
The pen is a cartridge filler. It only eats Waterman minicartridges. Those are almost the same size as international cartridges, but the latter don't fit !! You can't buy those mini's everywhere, but there are some good pen shops on the net, that hold a supply of it in different colours. I bought myself a converter for this pen, because I like to use other colours than the app. six colours available in mini's. The converter – a Monteverde mini –doesn't hold that much ink, but that's ok with me, because I will use it at home only. The filling system itself is very easy. The same for maintenance.
Cost & Value (9/10)
Agatha is a rather rare Lady, which you don't see around often. And when you see her, it's almost never in the colour pattern I have now. I did some research on the net afterwards, and I think I had a good deal (€ 115,--) with her. For the finishing, golden nib and the matching pencase it is good value.
Conclusion (Finalscore, 4,8/6)
This Lady has great looks and the finishing, golden trim and nib with matching pencase makes it special to me. Agatha exceeded my expectations on that part. For writing the pen is too small in diameter for me to be a daily writer; I think it would match a real lady better (at least someone with small hands and of course an evenly beautiful purse). But she stays in my collection for esthetical reasons and on my desk for making notes now and then, or just for enjoying the looks of her …this fine Lady. I know it for sure now: She put a spell on me ...
House of Agatha
Edited by pakmanpony, 02 July 2012 - 18:50.
At posters request to fix spacing.