5 Stars By Ken in Denver on 2014-08-22
All you wanted to know about the Expert pen ...
I've had probably a dozen of these Expert black with gold trim rollerball pens over 20 years, typically buying 2-3 at a time since I seem to lose one every year or two. Mont Blancs just seem too old-fashioned and snobby to me. I first saw a doctor writing with an Expert 2o years ago, and it looked so handsome I knew this would be my signature pen forever. "Handsome" is the right word since this pen is "masculine" in size. It's 5 1/2" long closed, 6" long opened, and 1/2" in diameter, so it's not for tiny hands or those who like light pens. For those, the Waterman slimmer "Perspective" or "Exception" or "Hemisphere" collections may be more appropriate. It operates like a fountain pen - you pull off the cap (top part in picture) and click it down onto the base (bottom part in picture) to write. You unscrew the two bottom parts to put in a refill.
Expert: "Expert" is one of ten 10 Waterman pen collections. "Charleston" is the next closest in style if you want to compare an alternative. There are 3 generations of Experts. The 1st generation ("Expert I") in the '90s had a plastic barrel and a "W" on the gold top insert. The 2nd generation (Expert II 2002-2011) went with a brass barrel (much better) - you'll know it's brass if you get a good scratch on it - and no "W". The 3rd generation (2012+) only made a small change to the middle gold ring, which is how you can tell the 3rd generation from the 2nd. The 2nd generation middle had two thin gold rings embracing a larger black section with "Waterman Paris" in gold on it. The 3rd generation upper gold ring is thicker than the bottom one, and the "Waterman Paris" is embossed on that gold ring instead of the black barrel in the middle of the rings. So the picture shown is the current generation. You'll see "Expert II" and "Expert III" in descriptions, but "Expert II" is often used for the current generation also, so go by the look of the middle barrel rings.
Color: The "GT" and "CT" in the descriptions mean "Gold Trim" or "Chrome Trim" respectively, i.e., the clip, top end, and rings around the barrel. So you can get the exact style above with Chrome trim instead of Gold if you prefer. But if you want a barrel color other than black, you have to go with one of the Stainless Steel or Chrome Trim variations.
Rollerball: Like most all their collections, the Expert comes in fountain, ballpoint or rollerball versions. I like the convenience of rollerball vs. fountain and the feel of rollerball vs. ballpoint, so rollerball is my pick. Rollerballs use liquid ink that almost "wicks" out onto the paper, while ballpoints use a different "waxy" ink that you have to "push" out. This is why: 1) rollerballs feel smoother writing; 2) rollerballs often have a cap to prevent the tip from drying out; 3) rollerball refills come with a little wax seal on their tip you have to knock off.
Ink: Waterman rollerball refills come in Fine or Medium and Black or Blue. My most recent ones came with Fine black ink. "Fine" is usually too scratchy and thin for me, but these write almost like a Medium ... very similar to Pilot G2 pens. Speaking of that, you can pay $7 for Waterman refills, or just buy Pilot G2 rollerball pens for $1 and pull out their refills like I do ... they fit perfectly and I can tell no difference in writing quality. Plus you can then get the G2 ink in any color you want, not just black or blue. Or you can look up Monteverde or Schmidt refills for a few bucks less that are what Waterman and others rebrand. 4 1/4 - 4 3/8 long refills. Uniquely, Schmidt has a Broad point version in addition to Fine and Medium.
Pencil: There is no matching pencil or rollerball-pen-and-pencil set for the Expert in this style. There is a ballpoint-pen-and-pencil Expert set, but the ballpoint version is less stylish as it doesn't have the gold rings and undulations towards the tip. So if you want a matching set, you have to go with the ballpoint for the pen. If you're ok with a somewhat-matching pencil, you can find the ballpoint-style version online searching under "Waterman S0951720". I don't think Waterman sells even these separately ... I think vendors just break up the ballpoint-pen-and-pencil sets.
Personalization: You can buy these from a seller who also personalizes them. "Personalization" can be: 1) a gold imprint on the side (like your signature maybe); 2) an engraved emblem or monogram on the gold clip or the gold top. Not cheap ... probably another $100.
Warranty: I can find no difference between the non-US/Canada "International" warranty and the US/Canada "Limited" warranty. Both are 3 year repair-or-replace for defects. You pay to send it in, they pay to send it back. If you register your pen at waterman.com you get an extra 2 years. The dealer "proof of purchase certification stamp" on the warranty paper is a kind of "snobby" thing they stamp on it if you buy it from a fancy pen store. You probably won't get a stamp on your warranty slip if you buy online anyway, but you don't need it - all you need is your purchase receipt for warranty issues. Oddly, repairs are handled in the US/Canada by Newell Rubbermaid (yep, that Rubbermaid).
Problems: They're not perfect. I've found 3 things can happen over the years: 1) the oval gold piece on top can come off (just super-glue it back on); 2) if the barrel gets scratched, the scratch will show the brass underneath (appropriately not a warranty issue); 3) the middle ring can come off (tape off the barrel so you don't get glue on it and glue it back on with the very t-i-n-i-e-s-t bit of non-superglue). But I still love 'em.
5 Stars By Erich B. on 2018-04-27
Excellent quality 'writing instrument' (aka pen).
Well made and slightly 'weighty' pen by one of the oldest pen makers still in business: Waterman of France. I had one of these before that was lost, and I had bought a large supply of Pilot G2 refills (which fit the pen and cost much less than the Waterman refills), so rather than toss them out, I opted for another Waterman. My only complaint would be that the cap clicks on rather than unscrews. The internal plastic or nylon insert located inside the cap wears out over time. When it wears out, the cap will fall off, which is likely why I lost my first example. I'm certain that a quality pen store can replace the insert, so if your pen's cap begins to feel less secure on the pen body, it would be a good idea to have it refurbished. This isn't a Waterman problem; I've had other pens in the past that had the cap lock eventually loosen.
5 Stars By Thewordsman on 2015-09-17
The Waterman Expert, a true luxury writing instrument for far less than a Mont Blanc!
This is my first Waterman pen, and as an owner of 3 Mont Blanc pens, the Waterman Expert is by far a better deal for those looking for a real luxury writing instrument for under $100.00! While I mainly write exclusivly with a Mont Blanc Meisterstruck 145 fountain pen, i found that it was somewhat of a bother to carry around an ink bottle, so a few years ago i purchased a Mont Blanc Meisterstruck 164 rollerball pen, which really emulates the personal writing flair of a fountain pen without the need to carry around your ink bottle in case your ink runs out. I was compleatly happy using my Mont Blanc 164 and would never consider buying a new pen, until i had used a collegues Waterman Expert when i had forgotten my Mont Blanc at home on one occasion.
The Smoothness of the fine point nib is remarkable. The Expert is a full sized rollerbal pen and the weight and balance of the pen is what gives it that fluid feel while writing. I have written with a few other Waterman pens, and for me the Expert is the perfect pen for my hand! The ink flows rich and precise, exactly the way you would expect when writing with a fountain pen, and even though i am using a fine point nib, if i want to add a bolder thick touch all i need to is add a small amount of pressure and viola you are now writing thicker lines. The main reason i choose the Waterman Expert is because Waterman also offers an extra fine nib that gives their pens an additional measure of precission that Mont Blanc doesn't offer. While you can buy Monteverde or Schmidt extra fine rollerball ink refills, i feel that the Waterman refills are a far better choice for thier pens. I use Monteverde fine point rollerball ink refills for my older Mont Blanc Meisterstruck 163 ballpoint pen and they are perfect, but the Monteverde refills for Waterman pens jiust don't feel as smooth as the Waterman ink tubes do, so i will stick with Waterman extra fine refills for my Waterman Expert.
With a price tag around $90.00 you can not go wrong choosing the Waterman Expert if you are looking for a true luxury writing instrument without spending more than $100.00 I know there are many other pen manufactures on the market who offer a similar wrting experience, and for less that the price of the Waterman Expert, but in my opinon, i have not found a pen that matches the comfort along with rich and precise writing like the Expert does, so my investment was well worth it, and when you buy a Waterman pen you are also buying quality, and craftmanshiop that has very few equals!
5 Stars By Scottie on 2014-10-28
I love this pen
I love this pen. It is lovely to look at and very easy to write with - the ink just flows, but like any rollerball, put the cap on when not continuously writing or it will dry a bit. The fine point is really not too fine. It is right the amount of ink to use when writing any document or check, etc., not like a Sharpie. The body of the pen is not too slender or too fat so it fits comfortably in your hand. I do think the cap should be on it when you write because it gives the pen the weight, balance and length it needs to write easily. I feel it is a very reasonable price compared to Mont Blanc, and I do love that pen as well.
4 Stars By pika6pak on 2016-03-22
Loved my Waterman fountain pen my wife got me as ...
I've been a writing tool enthusiast for a very long time. Loved my Waterman fountain pen my wife got me as a wedding gift 25 years ago, until it was stolen off of my desk at work. Didnt want to spend hundreds again on another pen but did want to get another decent writing instrument. This one works flawlessly and feels good in your hands. I also had a Mont Blanc pen but it did not write quite as well as this one.
5 Stars By Paul Camira on 2016-11-16
Beautiful fine writing instrument. My wife loves Waterman more than Mount Blanc. Very elegant. Prefer the rollerball model over the ball point. Seems much smoother and the ink flows without any pressure.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-11-20
Great pen for decent price!
I bought his for my dad’s birthday. He loved it! He said it was better than the expensive Montblanc pens that he has! Writes very smoothly!
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2018-04-18
Love, love this pen
Love,love this pen. It feels as great as my mont blac, writes beautifully, and is very classic. To the person who complained there was no refill, did you look under the pen, in the box, with the warranty?
5 Stars By Jay Chang on 2014-08-10
Love this pen
Love this pen, not overly pretentious with the matte black gets a lot of compliments and most importantly writes very smooth as you would expect from any waterman. Heavy, very satisfying click when closing the cap and undeniably can feel the quality. Can't beat the price and I would take this over an over priced mont blanc plastic pen any day
5 Stars By D. Mason on 2015-07-11
Wonderful Quality Pen
Very high quality pen and very beautiful to look at. (One of the physicians I work with admired it the other day). I use it now more than my Mont Blanc roller ball. The stock refill is very smooth. In a pinch, you can substitute a G2 roller ball refill, which are available just about everywhere. I plan to buy another at some point.