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How many Watermans do you own?

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Poll: How many Watermans do you own? (841 member(s) have cast votes)

How many Watermans do you own?

  1. Voted 1-3 (401 votes [47.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.29%

  2. Voted 4-6 (193 votes [22.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.76%

  3. 7-10 (90 votes [10.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.61%

  4. Voted 11+ (164 votes [19.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.34%


#1 inkdesigner


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 12:51

Let us know how many Waterman's you own.
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#2 Onion


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Posted 11 September 2006 - 16:02

I have 13 Waterman fountain pens, two Expert II ballpoints an Expert II pencil and a Phileas rollerball. So that's what, 17 total. Yep I do love Watermans.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 22:23

I have 6 fountain pens and 3 ballpoints.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 22:34

Should I only count complete pens?

2 Waterman 12
1 Waterman 13
1 Waterman 14, no cap
2 Waterman 12s, no caps

1 Waterman 12, PSF
1 Waterman 14V PSF
2 Waterman 52s with gold bands and cracked caps (still work though!)
1 Waterman 52V, up for sale shortly.
1 Waterman Commando, up for sale as soon as I do some nib alignment
1 Waterman 52 1/2V with replacement nib

Then there is "The box" with, a Waterman 52 double-imprint, no nib or lever-box; Waterman 54 barrel section and feed; Waterman 13 barrel, section and feed; Waterman 52 1/2 parts; Waterman 52 1/2V cap and barrel, Waterman 12 barrel section and feed, a couple of stray feeds, one 52 section and feed, a couple of cracked caps, 32V without lever, and 32V without cap, and probably some other bits and pieces I have forgotten about.
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Posted 13 September 2006 - 22:58

2 - C/F
1 - Ideal No. 7
1 - Ideal No. 12
2 - Ideal No. 12-1/2VS "Baby"
1 - Ideal No. 24
1 - Ideal No. 45
7 - Ideal No. x52
7 - Taperite
8 - X-Pen
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 00:09

I only have one Waterman, a nice chrome one. I think I heard one of the board members call it a Flighter? I like it - it's nice and moist/wettish.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 00:40

Have only two Phileases. One has a fine nib while the other has a broad. I like the fine better. The broad nib is my wife's. I'm looking for something vintage.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 01:21

Just 3 here: a 52 Red Ripple with a wet noodle, one I'm not sure on the name that's got a nice flex nib, and a Taperite Commando (not sure on the name) awaiting restoration efforts.
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 03:14

Just a Gentleman and a Phileas for me. Nice to see the new forum, though!
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 04:51

Well, pre-1940 Wateman is my main focus of collecting, so a high percentage of my collection is Waterman- just shy of 200 Waterman instruments, counting pencils and pens.
Best regards, greg
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#11 Onion


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Posted 14 September 2006 - 04:59

I think we may have found our pre '40's expert..... 200.... dang!

Can you post some of your favorites with pictures?

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 06:56

I've got 4 - Lady Charlotte - fountain pens, in dark red, bright red, green and blue and a blue Lady Charlotte ball point.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:28


Red Ripple 52
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 12:10

Hey there Onion!
No expert here, just someone who has acquired many pens and some knowledge over the years. Even with one maker, the amount of data- both common and arcane- to find and assimilate for 50 years of manufacturing is beyond my capacity.

It sure is fun to keep reading and chatting to learn more though!

Best, greg
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 13:30

I've just started liking the old Watermans, so thanks for starting this. I have one 52 1/2, who won't suck up ink, but on the way I have a 52, a 54, and a 12. Such colorful names they gave those pens, like poetry almost.

Oh 52, you write so true,

But I yearned for more, then came a 54,

That 52 and a half,

Just makes me laugh,

After the 12,

I shall not Delve.

(And now this poem I think I'll shelve)

Off to sleep,

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 13:31

Gentleman, a Laureat, one Phileas and two Expert II, plus two or three ballpoints...
The FP are great writers, being that the Gentleman if probably one of the best of my humble collection...

Edited by solaris, 21 December 2006 - 13:02.

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Posted 14 September 2006 - 13:59


12 - CF (yes, I do collect those)

1 - Expert Rollerball (does that count?)

1 - nice Prussian Blue Carene

1 - 452 1/2 in gold overlay

2 - pieces of *&@#$^ that I thought were something else (that's ebay for you)
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Posted 14 September 2006 - 15:41

10 in total.
5 Kulturs
4 Phileas

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 03:34

As usual I'm late to the party. There's a Waterman forum!

I'm also late coming around to Waterman's fountain pens.

8 Waterman's pens here. All vintage.

A Silver streaked Ideal military clip (chrome) with a semiflex XF nib. My favorite pen !
A similar model that's deep blue streaked with Gold trim that's the prettiest pen in my collection.
2 more similar Ideals that are going to need some TLC
An older Canadian brown steaked, with the old wimpy clips. It's got my favorite flexy nib.
A Black Junior I need to sac.
A Stars and Stripes Taperite that somebody else will have to sac. :doh:
A unknown Waterman coming in from eBay.

My silver streaked one is my best combo pen. It's great for writing, jotting and drawing /:) . Pretty close to perfect for me.
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Posted 19 September 2006 - 17:46

Right here we go:

7 C/F's, Sterling silver/white gold trimmed, guilloche, a heavy gold plated guilloche, a black,a burgundy, and a blue with brushed caps, a black with a gold filled cap and clip, and a turquoise one with a white section that showed up from somewhere that I don't like.

2 W3's, one blue/black/silver longitudinally striped with a No.3 Broad, the other a Maroon with a Medium.

2 W5's, one dark blue the other black,

2 515's, one maroon, the other black and the pencil to go with it

2 503's, one a shorthand pen with the red cap end but a gem of a flexible No.2 nib, the other maroon with a stiffer nib.


32 From Canada in green/grey/with red veins and someone's attempt at an italic regrind and a Thoroughbred with an even worse attempt, these both came from the same place.

A flat top BHR from the 30's no idea what to call it

Then theres the Torsade and 5 other 1950's and 60's open 18ct nib pens with bright steel caps and g/p clips and a heagonal black semi hooded nibbed pen.

I have no idea what they are but they write well now that I have remade the funny flappy side lever fillers/converters. These are amongst my favourite pens for drawing with.

You might have guessed I like Watermans. :D

Cheers, John

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