Waterman 44 Red Ripple 1923

Pen: Waterman 44
Type: Eyedropper filling safety pen
Material: Red Rippled Ebonite
Weight: 20g
Nib: Waterman ideal 14 ct Gold flex
Ink: Noodler’s Heart of Darkness
Paper: Clairefontaine 90g

This is a beautiful pen in mint condition. It’s quite remarquable as this pen is just about 90 years old, but it’s preserved in such an amazing condition. This is my first experience with a safety fountain pen, and I must say I quite like it. There are no starter issues whatsoever as the nib and feed are continuously bathing in ink. The pen is graced with the amazing vintage waterman feed that keeps a steady flow to the nib, even when flexed to it’s maximum potential. The pen writes a nice fine line and is quite the smooth writer. I must however confess the only downside to this pen is probably the fact that it is not the most convenient pen to use/have in a daily carry, as you must also cary with you an ink cloth. When you extend the nib out of the ink filled barrel, the nib and feed will be completely soaked and you might want to wipe the excess, and let the few drips fall into the cloth. If you are fine with carrying an ink cloth around, then this is a great pen.
Maintenance is rather easy, you just take it appart as shown in the picture and just flush the ink out, however you must make sure not to exert to much pressure while taking it appart as you would not want to snap or break any of the ebonite, if that happens you’ll have a hard time fixing it and might need to send it to a pen refurbisher that is experienced with safety pens.
All in all, this is quite a lovely pen and I’m quite happy with it :-)


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