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Waterman Phileas Demonstrator
Posted 24 February 2008 - 23:16
This pen is most like the Lamy Vista in that it is totally clear. You can even see the nib when the cap is on.
First Impressions (5/5)
I saw this pen in a display case in Gibert Joseph in Paris. For only 14 euro (24 US dollars) it seemed like a great buy. I filled it with some J. Hebrin and it wrote well right out of the box. This is not an expensive pen and
If you like the Vista you will like the Phileas. It has a few more curves than the Lamy designs and looks a little less intimidating. The cap is less obstructed than the Vista. As a demonstrator I find it superior to the Vista in appearance.
The pen is all plastic. The weight is not too heavy but still feels a little hefty. The waterman converter performs better than the Lamy converter. With the cap posted it feels like it fits in the hand better than the Vista although both are well balanced.
The nib is all steel like the nib on the Vista. It is smooth but not overly so. It writes neither really wet or really dry. I have had problems with the feed where it doesn't lay down the same line when it first starts when using Noodler's Zhivago. I think overall the Vista has a superior nib.
Total: 17/20. A good buy for a nice pen to carry around.
Posted 24 February 2008 - 23:43
Please use email, not a PM for repair and pen purchase inquiries.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:45
Posted 25 February 2008 - 10:06
In my opinion the nibs are of the same quality as Lamy's, if not better (concerning writing pleasure). One disadvantage is that some of the Kulturs dry out quite fast if not used regularly.
Pens I got rid of: Cleo Skribent Chiffre 05; Lamy Joy, Logo; Pelikan Future, M250, Pelikano; Waterman Philéas
Posted 25 February 2008 - 12:17
Posted 26 February 2008 - 14:31