1. First Impression 4/5
The blue Perspective was the second Waterman pen I purchased, and I thought it was a gorgeous looking pen. The detail on the barrel and cap were clean and subtle, nothing to flashy. Therefore I bought the black one soon after. The black Perspective has no designs on the pen. It is solid black with gold colored trimmings. I was a little disappointed, but it doesnt bother me too much. This pen came with one converter and one cartridge.
2. Appearance and finish 3/5
I gave this a 3 out of 5 because from day one, Waterman pens have been giving me problems. On the blue one, the W on the cap popped off. I super glued it back on. Also the converter feels loose when I write on both pens. I can hear it jiggle, even though it is sealed well. Yet, I tend to gravitate towards Waterman for some reason.
3. Design, size and weight 5/5
This category receives a perfect score. I love the weight of the pen because it is my heaviest. It feels solid like it should be worth a lot. Some might say this pen is too heavy, but I like heavier pens.
4. Nib design and performance 2/5
Two out of five is a low score, but I gave it a low score because they both write differently. The blue one always wrote drier than the black. Normally I dont like putting black ink in a blue pen, but for this review I did it just to compare with the same ink. I filled both with Aurora black and Aurora blue. The black one seems to lay a wetter line and has an easier time gliding across the page while the blue one is a little toothier. As you can see, I have the nib from the blue pen soaking in my shot glass. Its a skipper. I was told to soak it in vodka because the alcohol would flush the ink clean, sort of like putting alcohol on a cut. That is how you do it right? Im just kidding, its straight up water, no ammonia. My nib is not getting drunk, or high of off household ammonia/cleaning supplies. I would think, two pens that are the same, both with medium nibs should write the same.
5. Filling System 3/5
They take both cartridges and converters. The cartridges seem to fit in tighter than the converter. There is less jiggling.
6. Overall Score 17/25
I guess I still love these pens, I use them the most. I dont think I can compare it to my Visconti Van Gogh, I think they are in a whole different class; Im just scared to ruin them, these I wont mind if they get banged up anymore. I do take very good care of my pens and give them a shower after every single fill. I dont think over cleaning could harm them.
Hopefully I have made improvements over my last review; Id just like to help this forum out as much as I can because it has helped me out a lot. If the black Perspective becomes troublesome like the rest of my Watermans, I may just give up on them because that will be strike three. Three pens. I do not want to discourage anyone from buying their product, in my experience they have great customer service and respond quickly to emails. Im sure they have quality products as well. I hear the Carene is a wonderful writer. Maybe I just have bad luck with Waterman pens. Thank you for reading!
Edited by tatts, 02 February 2010 - 08:18.