Review of the Waterman W5 with a no.5 14ct medium nib
Physically this pen is not much to look at, there isn't any fancy trimmings besides your usual clip and rings around the cap, and a similarly colored lever filler .
12.7 cm capped, and 15.5 cm posted, so it's a very comfortable size for daily usage.
I haven't weighted the pen but it's in a comfortable range for a 1.75m male aged 26.
I'm not sure what the barrel and cap is constructed off, I'm not great at telling the materials apart.
Now this pen is one that I could use on a daily basis at work. I tend to shy away from nibs too thin (because I can't write quickly with them) or nibs that are too broad (consumes ink too quickly and feathers on cheap work place paper) Hence this medium is just what I need, and it gives still, some amount of shading , well, not very important for work..but even dark inks like to shine once in awhile
The nib writes very smoothly without any skips on my rhodia pad and webbies. On the cheaper hospital paper, you can occasionally hear the disconcerting scratch. Over all I would say it is satisfying to write with.
The part I didn't expect that this nib has a good amount of flex to it. I was told that older pens from the previous era all had a certain degree of flex in them even if never advertised as such. After struggling with my ahab, I think this pen is a perfect combination between a daily writer and something with a bit of a flex. I'd say , medium flex?
Just some scribbles while I was studying to show how much this nib can flex. The ink is Sailor Sei Boku, my daily blue ink for work.
For 66 Euros from ebay, I think it was a good buy. Would I reccommend it to you ? Yes i would. It's below a 100 bucks, a reliable lever filler system that takes a good amount of ink ( lasts me 1-2 days with heavy writing ), has that option of being a regular daily writer or flex, an old classic simple black and gold design that you can't go wrong with