I'm hooked to Wahl Eversharp pens.
And I'm here to admit that (with perhaps a short quasi-question).
It didn't happened by design or by my own will - but by coincidence and through circumstances.
When I got into flexible nibs, vintage pens and so on - and started to investigate more, I was drawn by default to Waterman pens. What I have seen and read it was sufficient for me to believe that's the way to go.
While trying to find a decent 52 with super-flexible nib, one that writes exactly as what I've seen in videos and reviews, photos... I ended up purchasing two Wahl pens. One Gold Seal Victory, and one Penrite - Tempoint.
I've tried my pens, wrote with them for some time and although I was quite happy with performance - I never really thought much about them. I was searching for Waterman's with that ... unicorn nibs.
And so - I've got my Waterman 52, 42, another 42, 54, 56, 3V, 52-1/2V, 52V... few more 52's... several 94's... 100 YR Pen, Commando, Nurse's Pen, 12 and 13 eyedroppers... and that gorgeous 58 woodgrain. Few had extra-flexible nibs, one or two with super-flexible wet noodle nibs, most have flexible or semi-flexible nibs and several manifolds.
All in all - I was buying Waterman's almost indiscriminately, sometimes just for a nib.
In that process I have picked up few Wahl pens. Usually, I'd look at them, see if they have any flex, and if they are in decent condition, so if the price is right (i.e. if I won't notice it in end of month statements) - I'd buy them.
So I've got one Decoband Equipoised with Flexible nib (written on the nib) and one - no clue what the model is, gold filled with #5 long nib...
And then I saw new Decoband Rosewood (and blue lapis) with superflex nib in our local store- tried it too.
So I have to admit - only few of my Waterman's pens come close to quality of build or writing experience of my Wahl's. And - I keep reaching for them first (WE's).
I probably won't stop looking at and buying good Waterman's - but it's the Wahl Eversharp what really I started to appreciate more.
Thus the semi-question: those who have new Decobands - I'm torn between Rosewood hard rubber and Blue (celluloid?). Considering hard rubber being more sensitive (I think) - does celluloid material make more sense? Is there any considerable differences to take into account before I spend 800 USD or more?