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Waterman Edson

Waterman debuted the Edson in France and then issued the pen in England. The Edson, in Blue, was introduced in North America in 1993. The pen is dedicated to the founder of the company, Edson Waterman. First issued in Midnight Blue (1993), was followed with the Edson in Emerald Green (1995) and then with the Ruby Red as the last of the colours. Those were the initial colour versions. Later in 2004, or about that year, the pen was re-issued in all metal body. Finally in 2008 the pen was issued as the Diamond Black.

In addition to the production lines in blue, green, red, Diamond Black and chrome, the Waterman Edson has a Limited Edition which is is overlaid with palladium-coated sterling silver, featuring a distinctive elliptical form and precisely chiseled guilloche decoration. There were 4,000 pens of this limited edition produced.

Waterman Edson Ruby



First Impressions

I was impressed from the first time I saw the pen. At first I thought the cost was too high. Later, well maybe not.

The inlaid nib is visually stunning. The cap has a strong sleek clip. The small touch points for the cap to grab as it is capped create intesting visuals on the nib section. The nib secftions are not black, but rather semi-translucent at the upper end and they are coloured to match to the body of the pen. Keep that in mind incase you order a replacement of second nib.

My first Edson, Emerald Green came with a Stub Nib. That had to be specifically ordered so it meant a bit of a wait but it was worth it. My advice is not to accept the Medium or Fine just because they are typically carried in stock. Here is where dealing with a pen store really pays off as they will order the nib for you.

I continually receive comments when I use the Edson. People often refer to it as my "big funky pen" I think because of the almost art deco styling of the cap and clip.

Wterman Edson Green




Some have asked, why did you buy three Edson pens? Well that question only would come from someone that does not know me! But I think it best is summed up as follows. I thought the Edson was a well styled, well built pen. Many of the pens in other lines that were being released by other pen companies really did not measure up.

The pens are numbered. You will find the serial number for the pen engraved on the side of the clip at the top.

The secret of the design that creates the translucent appearance is a very very narrow space between the barrel and the inner lining. This allows light to pass through and reflect back out.

The pen has a solid 18 karat gold nib with an inlaid design. Firm but very smooth writing.

Waterman Edson Blue


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