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Waterman Etoile

It was our 10th Wedding Anniversary, we were in Rome. What a great place to get a wedding anniversary gift. For some reason I was "confused" and thought to celebrate the 10th year, the gift would be in silver. Not so I found out later. It is paper. Well a pen does write on paper.

We had travelled to Rome and Augusto, the owner of Novelli Pen in Rome, invited us for a visit. We had a great morning talking with him, and when it came to purchasing a pen, he shows us the Waterman Etoile - a limited edition version of the Man 100 pen, in Sterling Silver. I have the 199th pen of the 1,000 pens produced. This is my first Limited Edition, so this is a pretty big deal for me.

There is another pen that Waterman produced in the Man Line. The pen is in Sterling Silver but the end and the nib section are in black. The Etoile is a numbered Limited Edition pens, and the Fougere style pattern of engraving, gives the body a beautiful look. Although produced in France, at Waterman's factory in Nantes, the pen was designed and marketed for the Italian market. At the time, precious metal pens were quite popular in that country.

This is a large, even by today's really big pen standards, and a pen with solid weight because of the brass inner mechanism and the sterling silver body. The pen measures 5 5/8 inches long when capped and 6 3/4 inches when the cap is posted to the pen. I really like the nice tight snap when the cap is placed on the pen body.

The barrel and cap are engraved in a Fougere style pattern. The nib section and the top of the cap are in plan sterling silver.

The packaging was impressive. The pen comes in a large blue box complete with a nib that can be pinned on your clothing. I reserve that very special meetings!

The nib sections that come with this pen were available in Fine and Medium. My pen is fitted with a Medium Nib. The nib is a very smooth 18 carat two tone gold with rhodium plate. The 18-karat gold nib is made at the Waterman factory in Nantes, as is the 23.6-karat gold-plated cap and clip. Few nibs around like that! The pen is a pleasure to write with.

The filling mechanism is the regular Waterman cartridge/converter method.



Waterman Man 100 Etoile



Waterman Man 100 Etoile


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