There are no shortage of Waterman 52 reviews, and as such, this review applies more broadly to vintage pens. I started using fountain pens in 2014. I started with a Pilot Metropolitan and was soon purchasing my first "serious" fountain pen: a Pelikan M200. Since then, I have acquired a respectable collection of modern fountain pens ranging from a TWSBI Eco to a custom-pen made by Scriptorium Pens (am still waiting for my order to come up in the queue).
Before, I would have never considered purchasing a vintage pen because they were used, and almost all have some sign of use. I decided to purchase my first vintage pen: A Parker 51 from South Slope Stylos. Last summer, I took the summer to explore Ontario and the eastern provinces. When I went to a new city, I would search the classifieds to find someone advertising vintage pens, or ask a local stationary store for a referral. In my experience, nearly every city has someone known for dealing in vintage fountain pens. I would make contact, meet up for coffee or at a ferry terminal, try out pens, and make a purchase. I met incredible people, and there was only one experience where I felt uncomfortable and purchased a pen out of fear and to avoid an altercation. In my view, this experience cannot be replicated in a traditional fountain pen store that sells only modern pens.
I have now acquired six vintage fountain pens: an Esterbrook J, a Parker 45, a Parker 21, a Parker Vacumatic, a Sheaffer Balance Oversize, and most recently a Waterman 52. While the Parker 45 and Parker 21 do not get used as often as the others, the Sheaffer and Waterman are in heavy rotation.
The Waterman 52 is a great pen. It is light and fun to write with. Admittedly it is a bit sensitive, and I occasionally find it leaks a bit on the section. But what is great about vintage pens is the history, much of which will be unknown. The 52 is, at least, 90 years old. During those 90 years, I do not know who owned it, or what he or she wrote with it. As I do not know this information, it brings a sense of warmth that cannot be replicated in modern pens.
My hope in writing this post is to encourage those who, like me, might be reluctant to enter the vintage pen realm, to give it a try. Yes, vintage pens might be physically dirtier than a freshly manufactured modern pen, but it is nothing a cloth with water cannot clean!
PS: Given the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not advisable to meet strangers in public, but it is a fun experience!
PPS: Can someone please tell me what you would classify my flexibility as? I find it flexible, but am unsure whether it would be considered full-flex or not.
Edited by Bornin1992, 26 March 2020 - 02:50.