Vintage Pens: Waterman Ink Vue, Type 1

Vintage Pens: 2909 Waterman Ink Vue, Type 1
Era: 1930-1939
Price: $175.00
Fountain pen competition was red hot in the 1930s. Waterman was still in its hey-day and scrapping with the new Parker Vacumatic. Instead of reinventing the wheel, Waterman achieved the see-through hollow barrel effect by reverting to a variation of the bulb-filling system. A hinged two-piece lever compresses an ink sac bulb in the tail of the pen. Once you pump it about a half dozen times, it fills the pen completely with ink. A breather tube helped to fill the pen more completely. It was advertised as cheaper and less mechanically complicated than its rivals. This one is a senior sized model and has been completely restored. Good barrel clarity, light to moderate wear and only a little brassing on the chrome plating. Strong imprint. The original inkfeed and 14k gold nib write a fine line with some flex. 13cm capped.