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Waterman - Expert Essential Fountain Pen (Chrome)

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#1 Nyte


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Posted 10 July 2008 - 17:50

Price: $130

Description: A striking metal version, fusing luminous satin-finish lacquer and chromed trims in a seamless expression of bold masculinity and contemporary style. (Credits: Waterman)


-Great fitting in the hand.
-Simple design
-Love the cap
-Works wonders on nice paper
-I've dropped it more than once (Whoops!) and not a scratch on it, and thank god the cap was on at all times when I dropped it! So sturdy build and great finishing paint job (Or whatever they use...).

-I think because of the ink and cheap paper I use sometimes, some of the paper gets lifted off onto the nib and I have to clean it afterwards.
-I find the nib a TAD bit stiff, just a bit!

I've not too much to say about this one, it's designed simple, but it looks quite sharp. The nib itself, in my opinion looks a bit too simple, but works fine.
The ink seems to last a long time even with daily use (Medium nib!). Fairly large ink cartridge though mind you.
On a personal level, I love how this pen fits in my hand.
I think with this pen, you either like it for its simple design and functionality or you don't cause it's just not visually appealing to you.
All in all, I personally like it! thumbup.gif

Edit: The little silver hairs that you may or may not see is the thread from the box, not scratches.

Edited by wimg, 26 August 2015 - 22:25.

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#2 FrankB


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Posted 11 July 2008 - 11:59

Thank you for a straightforward review.

I think the Expert and Expert II are very underrated pen models. I agree that the pens are well designed and quite comfortable to hold. I find them nicely balanced. I find the nib a bit small for the size of the pen, but I am sure that is a very personal impression. I do not find the nibs just a bit stiff, I think they border on being nails, but I like that feeling against paper. Maybe the stiff nibs is something that puts some people off these pens? The nibs themselves are infinately useful and excellent writing. - I find the cost to quality ratio of these pens to be outstanding.

I hope you continue to enjoy your pen.

Edited by FrankB, 11 July 2008 - 11:59.

#3 calliej



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Posted 12 July 2008 - 13:23

I have to say I love my Expert II. It isnt a pen i would have thought of buying but one came up on ebay cheap and it turned out not to even have been inked. I am very pleased and now wouldnt be without it - a smooth wet writer, stiff yes but still wonderfully smooth and I too like the way that feels on the paper. After a disappinting experience with a Kultur F this pen brought Waterman back up in my estimations.

Glad you like yours too..

So I'm opinionated - get over it!!.......No, really - get over it!!
Hmmmm I was going to put up a WANTS list - but that's too long as well ......

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#4 mel o

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Posted 12 May 2012 - 16:59

What a lovely pen you have! I think that you should buy pens from penheaven.com they have the same pen as yours for £73.00!

#5 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 11:33

I prefer the first generation expert to this pen
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

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