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Any other "Laureat" lovers out there?
Posted 07 June 2007 - 20:20
One that I really enjoy using is my mid-80s Laureat (flat clip style, medium nib). Great heft, very smooth writing for a steel nib (I think this just is a gold electroplate on the nib), always starts clean, posts very smoothly and with minimal scratching, very comfortable to hold because of the ribbed grip. I have used this one on and off for twenty years but it still looks new. (I bought for $20 from an art director at my firm who did not use fountain pens, I think it always listed for around $40. I feel that it's a superior pen compared to the Phileas, at least from a standpoint of hand-feel and heft (and I do prefer the look).
Mine is a grey marbled finish which is very classic and yet warm. I just bought a Waterman converter so I will venture out from Waterman cartridges soon and try some other colors in it (though I do love the Waterman purple ink I have in it at present).
Any other Laureat-lovers out there in the Waterman world?? Stand up and cheer! For a small investment...a great and very reliable pen!
Posted 09 June 2007 - 08:32
A Laureat in black/GT with M nib was my first real fountain pen, and I blame it entirely for the current (and terminal) addiction I've developed. I liked writing with it so much, I bought a twin for backup, then proceeded to buy all the other Laureats in the set: the BP, pencil and RB.
After 20 or so different fountain pens, my black Laureat is still my most heavily used pen. I just can't get over the nib, the heft of the body, the slimness (and how well it fits in my day planner pen slot). I like to post my pens, and the Laureat model seems to be designed to be posted, with the slotted rib toward the back of the barrel. I've used the converter since the start, and the pen likes most inks I've tried.
I've considered buying other Laureats in other colors, as they are becoming more rare to find NOS, or even used.
I haven't really seen another make or model pen that approximates what I like with the Laureat, perhaps the Hemisphere would be closest.
Anyone have unused or unloved Laureats in their collections? Just wondering.
Posted 09 June 2007 - 09:21
Posted 13 June 2007 - 14:39
I just bought a second Laureat, NOS, on Ebay for $21.... seemed awfully cheap, so I hope it's really as advertised! Should be arriving any day now.
Anyway, I second all the feelings about it -- really is a great pen.
Posted 13 June 2007 - 23:44
We have several other recent-vintage Waterman fountain pens and have been very pleased with their performance. They appear frequently on ebay and represent a good value. I'm glad that you and others are enjoying yours.
Posted 14 June 2007 - 00:03
Posted 16 June 2007 - 03:44
The pen was well made but somehow never amazed me.Dont get me wrong it was nice but nothing more than that.I would take the Phileas any day over the Laureat.
Posted 20 June 2007 - 02:49
Posted 24 June 2007 - 22:43
A question: I've always assumed the nib was steel, but where it's engraved ("Waterman, France, M") a gold color shows through. Don't know if you can see it here -- my camera does not take good up-close pics. Is it a gold nib with some kind of silver-colored plating? (Stupid question, I'm sure, but I've been curious about it for some time.)
Posted 24 June 2007 - 23:18
Posted 25 June 2007 - 21:56
Posted 25 June 2007 - 22:01
Yeah, I thought so. The gold color that shows through where it's engraved throws me off, though.
Posted 25 June 2007 - 22:04
FYI, on these there is an old cap style (flat top) and new cap style (rounded top). I think the change happened early to mid 90s. My Laureat Rollerball that I bought to match has the rounded top, and I purchased it about '94.
Posted 25 June 2007 - 22:07
Posted 25 June 2007 - 22:18
I also read someone had their initials engraved on the cap top - my red Laureat pictured in this thread has a 'sun' imprinted on the cap top and you couldn't fit initials inside it - do they not all have these 'sun' motifs?
Posted 26 June 2007 - 07:40
Apparently not, all three of mine have plain gold plated/coloured flat tops, these were quite popular as mid range corporate promos in Europe much like Targas were for Cadillac and Century II's/Townsends for Lexus etc. in the US so the sun logo on yours could well be something similar.
Posted 04 July 2007 - 22:01
I believe I have a Laureat. It looks like all the Laureat photos I've seen except the pen has alternating bands of color. The thick bands are dark, and the thinner ones are dark reddish brown.
What is the purpose of the screw-off section at the very bottom of the body (just below the last gold ring)? I haven't tried a Waterman cartridge, but this pen accepts standard international cartridges. A group of us thought the screw-off section might exist so that a person could carry & access a second cartridge. However, with a second short, international cartridge in place, the end cap (? what's the correct term?) won't completely screw back on.
Posted 05 July 2007 - 04:03