2 weeks ago my brother offered me a Waterman Man 100 he won in a business challenge 20 years ago, an he didn't use. I was interested in buying a good pen, and was taking informations in FPN on Pelikans, about the M600. I was wondering buying one, to have the nib regrinded, because I prefer stub nibs, and Pelikan doesn't propose it. I could play in a shop with a M800, but I found it too big, and too heavy.
That's why I was impressed with the man 100. A realy nice pen, but certainly not a light or a small one. His weight is 39 gr with a converter, 145 mm capped, for a total lenght of 170 mm with cap posted. The pen is the basic black man 100, with the F nib, first kind without globe.
The bad things :
- This pen passed the last 20 yers in his box, with a full cartridge left in... I passed a loooong time to clean it.
- The small cylinder wich enter in the cartridge, around the feeding system, is lost, broken. But I cas use the converter without leaking, because the external diameter of it fits exactly the internal diameter of the nib part. With this nib I can't use cartridges, but it is not really important for me.
The good thing is that, except this cartridge problem, only two cartridges were missing in the original packaging, this pen was like new, nearly never used.
In fact, the pen is heavy, but with an excellent balance, even better when posted IMHO. The Man 100 looks like a very serious instrument, not something screaming : "Hey I'm a high end and expensive pen !!" All, in this simple black pen, is turned to his function : writing, and the only "luxe" is the nib. I'm not a big fan of the round nibs, since I discovered the existence of the stub (Thank you FPN !). But I must admit that this one is a jewel. This is an example of handwriting with this nib:
I visited, this week, one of the best pen seller of my native town, to buy a leather case for my new pen, and asked as a reflex to the seller, a young girl, if they have nibs for this pen. She answered no, but I asked the same thing 2 minutes after to the manager of the stand, an older lady, who told me that she saw something like that in their last inventory ! In fact, this woman was working in this whop since 35 years, and assumed the servicing of these pens...Then I asked for a stub nib, and this seller came, after researching one minute, with this one : a new-in-box stub, with its grip, from the first year of this pen. The nib was not cheap, but a could have a good rebate on it.
This nib is really on the wet side, more thick than I expected. The flow seems to be sometime not very regular, too.... Perhaps I have to write more with it, perhaps this is because this nib is new, I don't know... I would be interested by the opinion of a user of the same nib.
There's a lest thing I would like to know : with its size and weight, does it handle like a Pelikan M800 or M1000 ? And I would be very curious, too, to see a picture of a Man 100 with these Pelikans. If a forumer owns all the pens fot a picture, he's welcome !! For the moment, my Waterman allows me to wait a little for a Pelikan with a grinded nib !
A last thing : is somebody here has a cap to sell for this pen, even in bad condition, or with a broken clip... It's only to keep inked the second nib (not used on the pen), without risk of drying... Thank you !
Edited by yoplaboum, 12 April 2010 - 12:58.