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#1 jar

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 17:14

So far we have looked at three Sterling Silver fountain pens, the Montegrappa 80th Anniversary and large Privilege Deco and the Sheaffer Legacy. They are all medium to large pens, so now let's look at an example that is slimmer and lighter, weighing in as only 32 gm, the Waterman Gentleman Sterling Silver.

The time is the mid seventies and Waterman has introduced what will be their flagship pen until the introduction of the Man 100 about a decade later. Unlike the more angular and futuristic pens such as the CF series, the Concord and the DG line, this was a return to the fairly straight flat top models.

Here you can see a Gentleman in a wondrously deep burgundy lacquer (that unfortunately loses much of its depth and vibrancy under artificial lighting) next to the later Man 100 Opera.

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But it is the Sterling Silver version that this reviews covers.

It came in pretty much the same box that all my relatively modern Waterman pens used, simple blue with a white lining.

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Like the Sheaffer Legacy it is a snap on cap that holds and posts securely. Like the two Montegrappas it uses the International Standard cartridge or converter.

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The ridged section is exceptionally easy to use over an extended period even though the section is quite slim. The nib is a classic 18K Waterman nib of the period, pretty stiff for writing through carbons and none of the flex found in so many of the vintage Waterman nibs.

Of the four pens discussed so far, it is about the longest and also by far the slimmest, despite that I still often find it gets into rotation. I imagine that it uses a little "deux chevaux" to sneak in under the regulations.

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Edited by watch_art, 23 July 2011 - 00:56.

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 18:18

Jar, I love silver pens - my only examples are silver-plated, but they are the prettiest I own. Your endowment of silver pens is simply beautiful.

#3 hari317

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 19:11

Thanks for reviewing this pen. I had noticed this pen when someone (I think it was Barrie P.) was selling this on PT GB about a year back at a very attractive price. I love the way the ridged section enters under the section trim ring and the way the nib exits, the almost flareless straight sided nib reminds me of the dip pen that I was fond of using for school homework: Mehra Leonardt "Office pen".

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Posted 21 July 2011 - 22:51

I bought one of these from a FPN member last year. It's a very dependable writer and is always in my rotation. All of my various models of Watermans (from cheap to antique) are a joy to use.

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 02:26

I have a waterman laureat and for some reason I really love writing with it. Wish it spotted a oblique nib though.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 14:43

This has been a great series of reviews - thank you!
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#7 jar

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 15:39

This has been a great series of reviews - thank you!


Thank you. Only a few more to cover.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 16:41

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:puddle: can't wait to hear about them.

#9 jar

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 16:46



Thank you. Only a few more to cover.



:puddle: can't wait to hear about them.


It may be awhile. Temperatures out in Cafe Caffè have been up in the 100s for the last week or so and not even the doggies think that is nice.

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 17:09




Thank you. Only a few more to cover.



:puddle: can't wait to hear about them.


It may be awhile. Temperatures out in Cafe Caffè have been up in the 100s for the last week or so and not even the doggies think that is nice.


will wait patiently then. stay cool. we are getting similar weather in my neck of the woods.