This wonderful Waterman Expert pen is beautifully shaped like a cigar. This pen features Parisian styling combining retro and modern look. This one is sturdy and perfect for someone on the go. Waterman describes this pen as ‘Business Chic’. Waterman Expert is a great addition to the professional life and adds a personal flair to all things classy, we have a full review here for you on the site.
The cap of this pen is chrome made and is available either in silver trim or gold trim. On the cap, there are rings engraved which lends a very classy look to the pen. The clip of the pen is shaped like a neck tie and has a perforation that runs along its length. The clip also has a ‘W’ on top of it which makes a statement. The top of the cap doesn’t have any designs or engravings. The cap band contains the words ‘Waterman’ on one side and ‘France’ on the other. The cap is a little heavy though with all the designs.
The body of the pen is round and about average size, i.e. not too thick and not too slim. It has a black shiny lacquer finish. There is a ring that separates the bottom cap with the rest of the body. It’s really great to hold and doesn’t slip.
This pen employs a standard steel nib which has engravings on it, like most of the Waterman Fountain Pens do. The nib is available only in two sizes that are fine and medium. The fine nib is the one that is used more commonly and many people prefer it for the ease of writing.
This pen is best used with a giant ink cartridge. But a convertor works great as well to use a different cartridge. Bear in mind that the cartridges or the convertors should also be from Waterman. This ensures the absolute best in compatibility as well as quality.
This pen needs to be held at the correct angle for the ink to flow smoothly. And once the writing is started, the ink doesn’t skip no matter how hard one writes or how fast. It’s very smooth and feels great in writing and doesn’t have any ink leakage. The ink flow is consistent and reliable. The fine nib doesn’t starve or skip or choke while writing.
The only drawback of this pen would be the pull-off cap. The cap is heavy and over a long period of time the cap has been known to become a little loose and slip off. Also, when you post the cap on the back of the pen, due to its weight, it throws off the writing balance. It can be jarring for some. For some fountain pen users, the steel nib will also be a drawback, because a gold nib is much smoother than a steel nib. Most of the pen’s design is concentrated on the cap.
The Waterman fountain pens are a bit pricey but they are a long term investment and will last indefinitely if used properly. The Expert pen costs anywhere between $120 and $150 (the prices may not be same depending on the region).