hello, waterman preface!

Waterman came out with the Preface some years back; it is now discontinued and not available on the company website, but still available brand-new here in Manila and in quite a few other places in Asia as well, I daresay. Elsewhere on the Internet it’s sold as a collectible, for less than what it cost when it first came out.

This one is in Escapist green, glossy marble-look lacquer over brass. It’s slim and tapers slightly toward the end.

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The Preface comes out to play at a playground along Legazpi Street, Makati.

The tassie on the cap is flared and ends in a distinctive black hexagonal Waterman signature design.

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An elegant 18k gold nib adorns the tip, while the rest of the trim is in 24k.

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The cap snaps securely at the end of the barrel, and thus posted, it’s a nice weight, well-balanced, quite comfortable for writing for long periods.

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Dipped in black Parker Quink ink, it wrote smoothly, like ice skating over a mirror. But when I rinsed out the nib and inserted a Waterman green cartridge, it got scratchy. I wonder what happened? *sob* Could it be the ink? Was it the rinse? Or something else?

In any case, I love my Waterman, and will keep scribbling with it until it smoothens out and adjusts to my hand, becomes a part of me and my art.

Here’s a bit of trivia about one of my most admired writers, Stephen King, and Waterman:

Shortly after his accident, King wrote the first draft of the book “Dreamcatcher” with a notebook and a Waterman fountain pen, which he called ‘the world’s finest word processor.’

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3 Comments on hello, waterman preface!

  1. loyalarcher
    6 November 2009 at 2:11 pm (3803 days ago)

    Just bought a blue one recently. This is one excellent pen!

  2. O.J.
    28 November 2009 at 6:13 am (3781 days ago)

    Very nice pen! I bought a preface as well, but in color blue. I wanted to get a black one, but I couldn’t find any. Anyways, it hasn’t failed me so far. I’m very satisfied with this fountain pen!

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