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