I bought this Waterman in eBay a few weeks ago and forgot about it until it arrived the other day. It’s a Forum and they were launched in 1980 or thereabouts. That makes it forty years old – hardly vintage for me but long out of production. I do vaguely remember them being current stock and I have a distant memory that the pattern is from some artist’s abstract work. I’m not quite interested enough to look it up. There were other versions of essentially the same pen: the Agora which had psychedelic patterns and the Atrium which had metallic designs.
To the pen itself: it’s a school pen, cheap when first sold and cheap when I bought it, but a very good pen for the money. In shape it harks back to earlier times with its straight sides and flat ends. It’s more slender than the average. It posts well. So far as I know this pen was intended to be a cartridge filler only and was never issued with a converter. The nib is EF or F depending on the paper. It would be no good to those who insist on flexibility but it’s perfect for me, a faultless wet deliverer of ink to the page.
I believe the pattern is a veneer on top of plastic and I have heard that it can chip at the ends. That hasn’t happened to this one – yet, at any rate!
I am most impressed with the little pen. The plated steel nib with its short slit and no breather hole does the job splendidly. The kids of the eighties and nineties were provided with a very good pen at a low price. I suppose that Waterman hoped to make money on the sale of cartridges, and probably did. It’s a different story now that you can get such a kaleidoscope of colours by so many manufacturers in cartridges that fit this pen. It’s a keeper.