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Waterman Phileas in Black with GT

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#1 ballboy


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Posted 18 April 2006 - 13:13

I bid on this Phileas as a consolation for losing out on an L'etalon and found I had won it upon arriving back home from work.

The bonus with this pen is that it came with two nibs: medium and fine PLUS, a full bottle of Noodler's Blue.

Writing: 4/5

Having heard neutral or unispired comments about Watermans recently, I wasn't expecting anything special, but, yes it's stiff, but it writes fluidly if not overtly wet like my Lamy 2000. It's almost on a par with my Townsend for smoothness, but without the weight. I'm just using the standard blue cartridge for now until I Noodlerize it! ;)

Style/construction: 3.5/5

For a plastic pen, this is very well made. All trim is secure with no rough edges or mouldings. Again, it challenges my Townsend for quality. Capped, its appears to be about 13.5cm long; capped:14.75cm. The cap doesn't click on, much like the Lamy, but feels secure and comfortable for writing. An excellent user pen.

Price: 3/5

At 33GBP + 3GBP for postage, I thought I got a fair deal, considering what was included. US FPNers might have found better value internally on US only ebay auctions or elsewhere, but this is cheap(ish) for the UK.

Overall: 4/5

I thought I could do without a Waterman in my collection, but this is a deservedly popular model and will inspire me to look into others like the Ici Et La and Carene. Considering I prefer modern & hooded, this expanding my horizons to pen and nib styles (I guess the Townsend showed me that!) Perhaps truly vintage will beckon next!

Should be one to keep for quite some time.

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 13:17

Congratulations on the new pen. I have one of those, and it writes very well. B) B)
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Posted 18 April 2006 - 13:46

Hi Ballboy,

Thank you very much for this review and picture of a fountain pen that has truly become a standard pen, one to measure all others by!

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 17:19

I've heard some rumours... In a Finnish web blog a Finnish FP enthusiast reported that he had received the new 2006 Sanford (Parker/Rotring/Waterman) catalogues. The Waterman 2006 catalogue did not have Philéas anymore!? This Finnish guy drew the conclusion that Waterman/Sanford have discontinued the whole Philéas line. I personally can't believe this. Why would they discontinue one of their best-selling and perhaps greatest price/quality-ratio fountain pen...

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 18:59

I have two Phileas pens and I like them (both fine point). I also had heard that that line was being discontinued and I went to the SwisherPens website and they have two Phileas listings. One listing was listed as clearance, and the other (at a higher price) was there also in 4 colors each with 3 nib options. I am not sure of the significance, but thought it interesting.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 02:50

I have the Phileas (red Marble, F) and love it. I am looking at getting another, only perhaps a M nib instead - just to branch out a little.

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