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Waterman Phileas Solid Black Medium Point Fountain Pen - 19704W3


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Technical Details
Brand NameWaterman
Product Dimensions6.8 x 2.7 x 1.4 inches
Item model number19704W3
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Point TypeMedium Point
Manufacturer Part Number19704W3
  
Additional Information
ASINB000FNFOC6
Best Sellers Rank #135,249 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableMay 10, 2006
  
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Product Description

Presented in solid black The Waterman Phileas Solid Black Medium Point Fountain Pen receives its inspiration directly from the Art Deco period with its oblong shape cigar band ring and stylish clip. Available in medium point with a 23 karat gold electroplated engraved nib.

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Customer Reviews

I love fountain pens.
Anon.
He loves the way the ink flows smoothly and the point glides across the paper.
Amazon Customer
It writes beautifully and feels well balanced in my hand.
bexley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By M. Kreffel on July 26, 2007
I just purchased mine yesterday, and was a bit hesitant at first because of the price and unknown quality of the workmanship and ease of use. But not to fear, this is a wonderful writing instrument. The nib has a rather medium/bold point, but that is what I was wanting. I'm not one for extremely fine and delicate pen points, I enjoy a bold stroke to my writing. The pen itself is heavy and masculine, made for a larger hand.

Accessories are sparse, consisting of a single cartridge of black ink, and a pump action ink converter, which you can use to fill ink directly from a bottle. Despite the warnings of sales clerks, I filled mine with artist's India ink. I've been doing this for over thirty years, and haven't had a bit of trouble with my fountain pens. I like a rich black pen stroke, not the washed out non-permanent inks sold for most fountain pens. As an artist, that is what suits my style. If you wish to try this, please use an India ink containing ammonia. That prevents clogging.

The box it arrives in is rather large and overkill, but can be useful for storing other items. Directions are poor in that they are printed using a two point eye-strain font. Have a magnifier handy.

I also intend to use my pen for sketching, as well as writing. It is smooth and performs with facility straight from the box. No breaking in of the point to adjust to one's handwriting style. A full five stars for the folks at Waterman. It is a pleasure to own and use.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ford Madox Prefect on November 18, 2008
Even as a child I knew the name Waterman for fine pens. At that time, of course, Waterman pens ran hundreds of dollars, and they were a pipe dream. This one, by contrast, is usually under $50 and, while the price is much lower than the top class Waterman pens, (Phileas is their "budget" line) the quality is excellent, and you are getting a lot of pen for this money. Also, despite this being under $100, this pen is made in France, not mainland China like so many other fountain pens these days. This pen is reliable; it is easy to clean, even after months of sitting there, and it writes smoothly. What else can you ask for? Only some of the Italian pens can match this at a lower price, and those are usually pretty hard to find.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Witter on February 10, 2009
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I bought this pen thinking it would be a good everyday pen. Actually, its a great everyday pen. It writes smoothly without skips, drip or slips; good value for money.

On the negative side, its a bit small for my hand but not too small. Refilling the converter is easy but if you don't want to use the converter, you must use Waterman's cartridges; a bit longer and smaller diameter than the standard international cartridge.

So there you have it, a good quality everyday pen.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Judge Knott on August 18, 2009
I'll start from the middle, and then work my way out. The "innards" of this fountain pen are outstanding. In terms of ink delivery and smoothness of writing, this pen is an all-star.

There are a few little but annoying problems with the Waterman Phileas, however. First of all, the nib that is supplied with the pen, a "medium" nib, writes too thickly for my taste. And replacement nibs are expensive. Second, I find the body of the pen a bit too narrow. (I am a medium-sized adult male with a medium-sized hand, so maybe this wouldn't be an issue for you.) Third, the body of the pen is plastic, and so it feels cheap, and starts looking cheap and plasticky after a few months of use. The cap is plastic, too. (Most high-end, traditional fountain pen bodies are made of metal.)

So, in sum, the actual writing ability of this fountain pen is excellent. In other areas, however, I feel this pen leaves a bit to be desired.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Maria C. on November 18, 2009
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I ordered and received my Phileas pen, and at first could not find the cartridge or the converter, so I looked under where the pen was and voilà! When I tried writing with it, the nib was a bit broader than I had expected. I had forgotten to look at my old pens, and noticed later that they are fine nib. However, I hope to get used to my new pen. It is my first Waterman.

One more thing: the converter has very little space for ink. The manufacturers might want to replace it with one with more ink capacity.

Something else that might influence the performance of a fountain pen is whether or not the ink is fresh. Today I bought a bottle of ink locally (I didn't want it to spill in the mail) and I won't say the brand. It wrote much better. I think the new ink had something to do with that. It wasn't Waterman's ink, so there goes the theory "use the same brand of pen and ink".

After several weeks, I got used to the Phileas fountain pen, medium nib. It's a question of not pushing (I've been using a ballpoint too long) the pen but letting it glide over the paper. Now I just love writing with it. I still prefer a fine nib, however. It's a pity Amazon doesn't have the Phileas with a fine nib, it's such a comfortable pen.

Feb. 8, 2010 -- I bought this pen for much less than its current price -- unless the new price is a mistake and it comes down again in a week or so.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Moiz on December 5, 2010
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The seller sent me a returned/repackaged unit that looked like it has been passed around much like the maligned holiday fruit cake.
The pen body was chipped at the barrel threads, and the box looked manhandled. The "medium" nib wrote like a frayed felt tipped pen, and the light weight gave it the feel of disposable pen.
Waterman must make good pens, but this model doesn't deserve the moniker.
I promptly retuned mine.
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