Actually I just like bragging that I paid so little. If I knew then what I know now ... although $33 still sounds a little extortionate. There hasn't been that much inflation in the US since 2005; 23 USD in 2005 is equal to only 27.83 USD in 2014. "9/11" was pre 2005 btw (2001), as was the start of the invasion of Iraq (2003).
Also, I think that the Phileas may have been discontinued at the point when I purchased it; in any case it was on sale, so I paid less than full retail.
I did not use the converter until sometime in the past 6 or 8 months. I filled it exactly three times with three different inks, and with the third ink the converter started leaking. The plastic mouth is cracked, and third party "standard" converters don't fit in a Phileas like they do in a Kultur or Free Wheel, so I was stuck paying $9.75 for a new one. I've just inked it with the new one yesterday. I'm crossing my fingers.
Waterman (and all the major western pen manufacturers; I have the same problem with a Sheaffer but the converter is cracked in the mouth opening after only a handful of uses and a new converter is ~$10) really should be ashamed either for a) charging so much for their converters, or b) for selling such unreliable pieces of junk as the crucial guts of their pens.
Edited by mrcharlie, 11 May 2014 - 03:05.