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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.