After all the writing I did about the pens I do have, how about a little voyage into fantasy?

This is the Waterman Edson Black Diamond. It has an 18 karat gold nib, which means it's the sort of pen you don't lend to a friend. Not because your friends are untrustworthy, but because the gold is soft and over time will be shaped to match the way you hold your pen. Everyone holds their pen a little bit differently, uses different kinds of strokes to write letters and words. So someone else holding your pen with their angles and their moves is just gonna mess up your well-worn mojo.

The cap is platinum-accented solid silver. Usually I'm not so impressed by rare metals on the outside of a pen where they don't serve a function, but hey: platinum! I like platinum. Who doesn't like platinum? I've got a few U.S. Silver Eagles in my coin collection, and I like the idea of adding some Platinum Eagles to the collection. That's a real investment and one I can't afford, but I'm just saying. I like platinum.

The Edson is designed with an ink flow regulator which delivers a steady amount of ink, even in environments with varied pressure. It's important not to get ink all over the place, and moreover not to have the inkflow stop in the middle of a sentence.

The design is stunning. I really like the symmetry created by the clip and the nib. I've seen the «Sapphire Blue» model and am not as impressed. Of course, I'd want to hold it in my hand and preferably have a half hour or so to get a feel for it before shelling out money for a pen like this. Frankly, from a marketing perspective it's the sort of pen that people collect, not write with. Waterman makes great pens though---every pen I've given as a gift has been a Waterman. I won't go near the Montblancs and their ilk. I hate to see gold slapped on to the same old flawed design. I shouldn't criticize too much, of course. All fountain pens are basically of archaic design. Nevertheless, some manufacturers actually design pens, while some rely on name recognition and precious metals to sell. Waterman is owned by the same huge conglomerate that owns Parker and Rotring. Both of those others experienced some loss of quality after being absorbed, but both have recovered to a level of excellence and autonomy that seems to say complimentary things about their corporate overlords.

The Edson line is named after the Waterman company's founder, Lewis Edson Waterman. The guy didn't exactly invent the fountain pen, but he did significantly improve the design.

It's (heh heh) only a thousand bucks. Seven hundred from discount resellers. According to the announcement it's being released on Sunday.


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