View Full Version : FS: Red Waterford Fountain Pen

October 7th, 2015, 07:05 PM
Offering a Waterford (Germany) fountain pen.
Not inked. Came with a short international cartridge inside the barrel, unused.
It's not a new pen (as in NOS) but at the same time I can't find any traces that it has been used. Probably a gift that went into a closet for years.

What I like about this pen: From the lustrous red finish, to the heft of the pen, especially the screw-on mechanism of the cap (a short twist that ends in a nicely dampened stop), this pen oozes quality. It is quite heavy despite the slender (but long) style.


Brand: Waterford
Model: Grafton
Finish: Brushed metal in red with chrome accents
Ink system: Cartridge or Converter (international standard)
Nib: Medium (Steel)
Weight: 38 grams with cap
Length: 5-3/8 inches with cap
Cap-posting: Not recommended (top-heavy, and the finish on the barrel could be marred)
Screw Cap: Screw-on with a very nice dampening effect at the end of the short twist
Made in: Germany (at least that's what it says on the cap ring)

The pen came in its original grey suede case that looked like it has spent the last 20 years in the drawer.
While not exactly dingy, it has gone through quite a bit of shuffling probably.
I'm including it in the sale simply because it protects the pen, nothing more.

Since nothing on the pen says what model it is, I had to look online: It's a "Grafton" model which is of course, discontinued.
Have a look here: http://www.amazon.ca/WATERFORD-Grafton-Fountain-Medium-W356GRRED/dp/B00MTYQE9G

The nib is very interesting, it has this duo-tone finish. And the *cool* seahorse mark and the year 1783. In my research I have conflicting information on whether this nib is a stainless-steel or 18K gold. It has some spring to the nib, but I've also seen some springy stainless steel nibs. To be safe, just assume it's a steel nib.

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The top of the pen has this cool crystal-shaped engraving which makes sense considering that Waterford is a store specializing in luxury crystal-wares. Here we can see the depth of the finish, which has some kind of shimmer to the red texture beneath the polished gloss. I believe the whole pen body is made out of metal, probably brass. And the distinctive "dimple" on the clip, which, incidentally has just the right amount of "springiness" to it -- translation: It won't rip your nice shirt pocket.

Moving lower, we see the band on the cap that is engraved with "Waterford" with the textured finish inside the engraving. On the other side, it simply says "Germany". As I mentioned earlier, the cap securely screws into the thread, and I think this pen is designed to be un-postable because not only it makes this long pen very top-heavy for writing, also there is no purchase for the cap at the other end. Plus the cap may cause marring on the nice finish on the barrel.

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Towards the end of the barrel, you see the evenly-spaced short "slits" that are carved around the barrel. This "slits" are unique to Waterford pens with similar body type. I've seen a model on which the slit is much longer than these. Here again you can see the brushed-red barrel finish clearly. At the end of the barrel, well, it's basically an itty-bitty, nicely-polished mirror.


Last but not least is the distinguished-looking section, completely metal, cool to the touch, and very comfortable to write with.


That concludes the "tour" of this dignified pen.
If you like substantial and classy pens in red, this one would be a nice one for your collection.

Price: $100 shipped within US Continental. International offers welcome but I cannot do returns/refunds.

October 10th, 2015, 09:53 PM

I also will consider trades with some of the pens in my radar:

1. Faber Castell Ambition (Pearwood version with F nib)
2. Kaweco AL Sport (Stonewashed version)
3. Taccia Timeless (Gunmetal version)

Used is fine as long as it's in clean and 100% working condition.
Thank you!

October 11th, 2015, 05:30 AM
Do you have calipers? I'm wondering about the grip diameter.

October 11th, 2015, 08:37 AM
I do not have a caliper (I measure a lot in megabytes, but not in millimeter :blink:)

But here's a shot of the section of the Waterford next to my Lamy Safari:


The Lamy looks chunky next to the slender Waterford.
The metal section flared out towards the nib and it makes writing very comfortable for my medium-sized hand.

Let me know if this gives you enough of an idea, if not, I'll see what I can do to give you the precise measurements.

October 13th, 2015, 12:52 PM
Final Bump!

This is a good opportunity to get a non-IPG, nice German -made nib in a classy pen body.
PM me with your offer.

October 13th, 2015, 01:41 PM
Awww it's a Seahorse.