This is my review of the Waterford Marquis Claria Blue Laquered FP with a Medium Nib (This review is based on the price for the pen and others in the price range that it competes againest, not pens outside of it)
First Impressions: In August, I had some Amazon gift certificates laying around. I thought, what a perfect time to buy a pen or two. I originally had my eyes set on a Phileas+Safari, but found the Waterford Marquis Claria (MC) and the Pilot Knight. I ordered them together and soon enough they arrived at my doorstep. I opened the box and found that the Waterford MC box looks very familar to the Sailor box. On the top, it is inscribe Waterford MC, Fine Writing Instrument. Take the pen out and a cartridge is inside, accompanied by the biggest converter ever. For a first fountain pen of this price, the only way it could be better is to give a bottle of ink, and really, that's not possible with this pen!
Appearence And Design: This pen is coated with beutiful laquers, it is avaliable in blue, red, metal and black, all with chrome trims. They shine brilliantly in the light, photos will not do you justice. You will notice that the pen has a metal section. This is only slippery during times of long writing, and otherwise is fine. The pens clip is rather tight and unfunctional, so forget about using it on anything somewhat thick. The nib is quite nicely decorated for a pen in this price range.
Weight and Demensions: This is where this pen struggles. If you find the Pilot Knight heavy, this is a tad lighter. I am only 14, so if it isn't a problem to me, it may not be to most, but still, it is there. It is just a smidgen heaverier then what is needed to be a long writing session pen. Unposted, this pen is very tall and slender, but not like a Vector is. If you post this pen, it becomes supremly tall and unbalenced and hefty, so posting isn't an option.
Filling System: This pen used standard cartidges or converters. Like I said, it is equippted with Waterford's own, the best I have ever seen. Still, it is not a piston, but it is enough for me. With semi-regular usage, it lasts a week.
Cost and Value: Saying this pen sells for around 45, and I got it for 19, it is a great and wonderful pen. If I had to have this over my Safari, I would definitly shell out some extra cash to get this. If the Lamy Safari grip doesn't work for you, try this one.
Nib: You thought I forgot, didn't you. All I can say is, everywhere is smooth. It's either one gigantic sweetspot or a pen with no sweet spot, and it is absolulty smooth, with a hint of feedback to control it. It is a Medium, but my opinion it is a M/F to a M. This pen only comes in medium, so if you can't deal with the nib size it isn't for you.
Would I buy Waterford Again? Put the Pallas, Kilbarry, and Lismore in the bag, a profound yes.
From Left to Right: Pelikino Jr.,Sailor ProColor, Parker 65, Parker 95, Aurora Style Pilot Knight, Dollar 717, Waterford Marquis Claria
And the Old Ones
Edited by MYU, 07 December 2009 - 02:05.