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Waterman 54 - review

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#1 goodguy


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Posted 11 May 2010 - 01:07

Love RHR, my favorite pen material.

Always had great respect for vintage pens especially if made by Parker, Sheaffer or Waterman so when I saw this beauty on ebay I decided to get it.
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Waterman 52 and 54 are the same size, the difference between the two pens is only with the nib, the nib on the 54 is bigger then the one on the 52.

The pens design is very classy and simple. No fancy statement here, this pen was design to be used at a time that pens were bought to be used by its owner for a long time and not throw away like today's BIC pens.

I love the warmth feeling of ebonite pens and this pen invites you to touch it and use it.
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The pen is very light weight and very well balanced.
The section is very comfortable for the grip as well- as I said pen made to be used.

The filler is the simple and reliable lever filler.
As mentioned the advantage of this filling mechanism is its reliability but its not very exciting of course its superior to modern CC fillers.
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Nib is semi flexible which means you can write with it both as a firm nib and with some pressure it will go from Fine up to Broad with ease.
I find full flex nibs are hard to be used in everyday application while semi flex nibs will suite both people who love playing with line variation and use it for regular writing.
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I always try flexible nibs and always find they are not for me.
I can't write in cursive, I only print so for me firm nibs with some spring is perfect.
They are not as refined and smooth as firm nibs even though I wouldn't say they are rough to use.
Compared to other flexible nib this nib is actually smoother but still my Lamy 2000 or Omas Paragon nibs are smoother and I enjoy using them more.
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I love the feel, weight and balance of the pen.
The design is a true classic and the red ebonite is stunning.
The nib is great for people who like flexing their nibs and this semi flex is a great combination for people who want a pen for all applications.
Pen hold a fair amount of ink too.
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So if you want a pen that is fun to use, to looks at and has a long history behind it then the 54 is worth it.

Edited by goodguy, 11 May 2010 - 17:43.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 01:30

Looks Great!
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My favorite fountain pens in my collection:
Parker 51 (cedar blue, vacumatic, 0.9mm Cursive Italic)
Waterman 52 (Black Chased Hard Rubber, SuperFlex .2mm to 2.0mm)
Conklin Crescent 25 (Black Chased Hard Rubber, Wetnoodle .3mm to 2.5mm)
Diamond P.P. Combo Pen (Orange, Flexible Fine, 1.1mm Graphite)
Pelikan M200 (Black, M400 Condor Nib)
Waterman Carene (Deluxe Blue, Medium)
Omas 360 (Black w/ Rhodium Trim, Medium)

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 01:58

that is a great looking pen. i'm gonna have to find an ebonite pen one day so i can feel what you're talking about.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:00

Thanks & great review. Beautiful pictures. I appreciate reviews for vintage pens. :thumbup:
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:25

Thanks for the review. Best looking pen I've seen in a while. Amazing how well those pens have held up. Many seem to be in the hands of a relative few collectors.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 16:24

Great review, a really beautiful looking pen, thanks.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 18:58

Absolutely gorgeous! A pen from solid engineering and careful craftsmanship that will outlast our grandchildren and still serve.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 04:56

Amir: Do you mind posting a close up picture of your nib?
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Posted 14 May 2010 - 14:43

Thanks for a nice review, goodguy. I find the nib on my BCHR 54 a little scratchy - not rough, just loud! I've tried to print with it, but I always get carried away and write in copperplate anyway.

The nib is Waterman's Ideal No. 4 - here's a couple close-up shots. The nib has a definite beak-like profile, hooking downward at the tip.

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