First Impressions--Based on my excellent writing experiences with a Waterman Phileas, I was interested in something with a little higher quality build. Comes in a stout box with a converter and one ink cartridge.
Appearance and Finish--I chose the Prussian Blue version with the vermeil cap. The barrel is indeed Prussian Blue, a steely-tealy dark blue. The main trim color is gold, with an angled end cap that surrounds a contrasting black button. The cap is metal, plated in gold with silver stripes that have been hammered through the gold plate. The clip has a slight swoosh for easy pocketing, and has the distinctive Waterman slot in the middle. The pen has a classy streamlined look from the past.
Design/Size/Weight--The pen is primarily metal in construction, giving it more heft than most pens this size, but it doesn't seem overly heavy to write with. With a full load of ink, it weighs in at 35.5 g (1.25 oz), about 20-30% heavier than resin pens this size. The pen is 5 7/8" posted, 5" unposted, and 5 3/4" capped. The cap can be posted securely, but it takes a good push, and it seems a shame to do so anyway for fear of eventually marring the blue finish. The cap snaps off for quick removal and replacement. The nib is inlaid and flush with torpedo-shaped writing point.
Nib design and performance--As is my wont, I selected a fine nib. As mentioned above, the nib is attractively inlaid into the grip/point in 18K gold. This is a true fine point, laying down a line no more than 0.5 mm wide, somewhat narrower than most fine-nibbed pens. The nib is smooth, but has a significant amount of tactile feedback. It is quite stiff due to its tightly tapered point and inlaid design. It will stand up to a heavy touch. This would be a nice nib for making detailed notes; I will probably use mine frequently to write in my laboratory notebook. It lays down a line that is actually quite wet, but not sloppy enough to encourage feathering or smearing.
Filling System--Uses a converter or cartridge. Fills nicely from a breather hole drilled through the back of the grip directly behind the nib. Make sure this hole is submerged, and turn the converter piston.
Cost/Value--Available for $225 from Swisher Pens. OK, it's not inexpensive. But it has the classic looks of the Edson for significantly less.
Overall Opinion/Conclusion--I admit I bought this primarily for the aesthetics and my prior experience with inexpensive Waterman pens. It's significantly "dressier" than my other everyday writers, and very well-made. Everyone who spies it in my pocket comments on it. Highly recommended.
Edited by chemgeek, 12 April 2007 - 13:04.