About This Model
Stalwarts and Dauntlesses were North American production by Waterman's in the post-WWII years. The clearly military name fit its time, as with the Taperite and Crusader submodels. One has to be curious why pens were given adjectival names, but there are always questions about Waterman's nomenclature. Generally speaking, these were inexpensive pens of decent quality, good writers. Stalwarts are partially differentiated from Dauntless(es) by origin: Stalwart was Canadian, with gold trim and two cap bands; Dauntless was American, had chrome trim and a single cap band. However, a Dauntless with gold trim and an American imprint was a Stalwart. If you're not yet confused, there was also an American lady's version, called a Starlet. Such was Waterman's.
About This Pen
This is a good example of the 1942-53 Stalwart/Dauntless. They were almost identical, but this pen has an American imprint and gold trim, so it’s a Stalwart. At 4½” long, it is Waterman’s typical size for budget pens from the late 1930s forward. This pen is actually one of the better examples I’ve come across, in very clean grey marbled celluloid. It has Waterman’s excellent lever box, but shows cost savings in the rivet holding the clip in place. All of the trim is in very good condition, although the plating on the cap rivet is quite thin. The strength of this pen is its original Waterman’s Ideal nib; these are usually excellent writers, and this full fine nib is no exception. It writes a firm extra fine to fine line, a fast, smooth writer.
This pen is not for sale.