Waterman’s/JIF

1960s
About This Model

After WWII until 1954, Waterman’s designed pens in America that were produced in France, and they designed and produced pens in France; it is not always clear which is which. However, it is well known that the French design of the “New Look” pen introduced in 1948 (and featured here recently) was continued throughout the 1950s in celluloid, and then through the 1960s in plastic and with some design changes. These were very good, solid pens, often a bit larger than the typical shorter French pen; strong statements by JIF that they were a big deal. JIF Waterman, like most other manufacturers, the onslaught of ballpoint pens, issuing JIF-Matics and other minor pens until the Man 100 appeared in 1983. Man 100 was its first truly elegant pen since before WWII, and it remains so today.

About This Pen

This grey pen is one of the 1960s models, 13.5cm long capped and 7mm wide below the cap, full-sized. It carries very clean gold trim, which I believe is gold-plate. The pen itself is plastic, shows a little bit of wear, but cleaned up quite nicely.  There are three small cracks in the cap edge, which were repaired but can still be seen, and are reflected in this pen’s price. The Waterman’s barrel imprint is very faint but still legible. The nib is marked Waterman’s, 18Ct, 3B, France. The 3 is presumably the size, but these are not standardized, and that nib appears to me to be larger than a 3.  It writes a nice wet fine line, with a bit of flex and feedback. It’s also a fast writer. A good pen, should wear well, give it a case to protect its finish.

This pen is not for sale.