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Waterman Edson Fountain Pen Nib Leakage/creep (Repair Solutions Or Replacement Options)


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I have a Waterman Edson fountain pen with a broad nib. It is a beautiful pen. Unfortunately, I discovered that the nib "creeps", when the pen is held vertically. The leakage can be substantial if I ink the pen and hold it in a vertical position; ink would slowly gather at the tip of the nib, and even form a tiny droplet and fall from it. If I slightly tilt the pen to its normal writing position, this problem is alleviated. However, the nib would then become excessively wet when inked up freshly and used for normal writing.


Also, I noted that when I use a converter to ink up the pen, as I turn the knob of the converter, the ink is not being drawn up as it is supposed to. Thus, I cannot fill the ink up to the converter's full capacity, but can only fill to less than one third of the converter's visible capacity. In addition, neither carriage nor the regular Waterman converter from my Carene would fit into this pen. They would not stay in position snugly, and would invariably fall off once pressure from hand is removed.


After some research and thanks to the patient help from another FPN member in Canada, I think I may have pin-pointed the problem that the lance in the nib section is broken (it's not broken entirely, but is damaged laterally, either because of corrosion or force). In any event, it is currently not usable.


Now there seem to be two solutions to this problem. The first is to find the right part and fix it myself or have some expert fix it. The second is to purchase a new nib section for replacement, and throw this one away (which seems a waste as the rest of the nib section seems alright).


Any suggestions for either solutions, or alternative solutions that I have not thought of are greatly appreciated.


I really would like to start using this pen instead of just putting it away to gather dust. Such a pity that right now I can only look at it lying on the table, not fulfilling its purpose as a true Edson.

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I did not touch it...only joking.

 

Option 3 - send it the Waterman for assessment. At one time I think they only replaced the complete sections but now I believe they repair. I might be wrong but you will not know until they get it. Their prices are high for a complete replacement so you might end up looking elsewhere for one. Finding a broad will make that hunt more difficult though. See what Waterman say.

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I did not touch it...only joking.

 

Option 3 - send it the Waterman for assessment. At one time I think they only replaced the complete sections but now I believe they repair. I might be wrong but you will not know until they get it. Their prices are high for a complete replacement so you might end up looking elsewhere for one. Finding a broad will make that hunt more difficult though. See what Waterman say.

Thank you for your reply. Yes, that is another option. I already emailed Waterman three times in the past four days, and nobody has replied yet. Plus, I figured that having them replace the nib section or fix it may be more expensive than purchasing a replacement section somewhere else, such as on ebay or FPN classified. Hopefully an economical solution will come up and I can put the pen to good use.

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