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#1 artaddict

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 13:58

Having collected mostly ringtops, I never thought I would like a full-sized fountain pen. This is the pen that changed that, a Waterman 55 BCHR lever filler with nickel plated trim (cap band right on the cap lip).
It is 5 1/4" capped and about 1/2" in diameter. Despite its length and huge #5 nib, it is light and easy to handle. It writes quite fine, and not too wet. With moderate pressure I can get decent line variation.





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Posted 16 December 2008 - 14:22

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Thanks for the writing sample. I'd been checking out vintage nibs looking for replacement #2.

Found a lot of #5's but figured too broad for my tastes. Looks like you were able to get good fine to medium lines out of it too.

Anyway enough about me & nib sizes.

Congratulations on your new pen! Enjoy!

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 14:26

QUOTE (Pensee @ Dec 16 2008, 09:22 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Schweet! thumbup.gif

Thanks for the writing sample. I'd been checking out vintage nibs looking for replacement #2.

Found a lot of #5's but figured too broad for my tastes. Looks like you were able to get good fine to medium lines out of it too.

Anyway enough about me & nib sizes.

Congratulations on your new pen! Enjoy!


Thanks, Bruce!
I wasn't sure whether to call it fine or medium fine or fine medium. Seems finer than a medium, but not fine fine. blink.gif

Edited by artaddict, 16 December 2008 - 15:30.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:03

I don't know about the nib, but a fine pen it surely is.

#5 Peter from Sherwood Park

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:23

Thank you for this review -- I am new to the world of flex and semi-flex, so I can use all the information I can get. Would you term this nib a semi-flex?

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:30

It's great looking, and has a nice little cap lip ring-- something you don't often get on the regular 52 fare.

The thing I love about the waterman 5x series is that they're so simple and functional. There really is no part of the pen I can described as "poorly designed"-- everything works well when it's in place. They're a lot like a Ford Model T, I think.

That nib you have is a pure flex writer's nib. I have a Mabie Todd with a similar point-- it starts out VERY fine, but can flex way out to a broad. It's not terribly useful for everyday writing because of the extreme fineness, but if flex writing is your goal, then the nib serves very well in that capacity.

Edited by Ray-Vigo, 17 December 2008 - 03:31.


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Posted 17 December 2008 - 04:23

Thanks, wykpenguin.

QUOTE (Peter from Sherwood Park @ Dec 16 2008, 10:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thank you for this review -- I am new to the world of flex and semi-flex, so I can use all the information I can get. Would you term this nib a semi-flex?


Peter,
It's somewhere between semi-flex & full flex. I'd say closer to semi, in comparison to my other flexies. I've got a lot of flexies though and have high standards for flex.

Ray-Vigo,
Thanks for the comments re 5x series. It is indeed simple & functional.
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