The 5 Best Waterman Pens of 2020

Best waterman pens

For pen enthusiasts, when one says fountain pen, Waterman immediately comes to mind. Waterman’s pens are synonymous with the ultimate quality and luxury in fine writing.

This fountain pen has a rich history, dating as far back as the 1800s. Lewis Edson Waterman improved on the existing fountain pen in 1883. This was after noticing there was no control over the flow of ink and they caused ink spills and blots. This made them unreliable and messy.

Lewis solved this problem by creating the “Three Fissure Feed” system. It balanced the flow of ink and air in the pen reservoir and the Waterman fountain pen was born.
The brand became so popular that by the end of the 19th century, seven out of ten writing tools were Watermans.

“To sit at one’s table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen — that is true happiness.” Winston Churchill

In the 21st century, usage of the fountain pen has diminished and they are not as common.

This is because ballpoint and rollerball versions are cheaper and more accessible. They are also more attractive as you can choose a non-traditional ink color.

Waterman has moved with the trend and now creates both rollerball and ballpoint pens.

Watermans are now valued as luxury gifts or collector’s items. Owning a Waterman pen is a status symbol and each pen is a prized possession.

With embellishments such as gold and chrome trim, they are the epitome of elegance.

If you are looking for the quintessential pen, Waterman is the go-to choice. But how do you know which one to choose?

With the wide range of ‘quills’ available, which are the best in 2020?

Read on and find out.

Types of Waterman Pens

The Waterman collection of writing instruments consist of a number of series with their own luxurious features. Each of the series is unique and additions such as chrome trim will play a big role in your buying decision. 

We’ve looked at the most popular ranges under the famous Waterman label.

1. Elegance

This is one of the most luxurious writing tools available. Waterman offers this fountain pen made from ivory, gold, and silver.

Many also feature an elegant chrome trim. It is a statement piece, incorporating floral patterns and engravings. It is not your every-day use pen but is perfect for special occasions.

2. Perspective

Reviews describe this as a stunning fountain pen. Waterman has featured a satin lacquer finish embossed with overlapping decorative lines for a touch of grandeur.

It has a steel nib that provides for smooth ink-flow and can be glammed up with a gold or chrome trim.

3. Hemisphere

This is a ‘cigar’ shaped pen - thin on either end and thicker in the middle. It boasts a classy, modern design, perfect for the working professional. It is lightweight and fits well into a pocket or purse.

4. Expert

The Waterman Expert range comes with a stainless steel nib which can be fine or medium-sized.

With average width, this Waterman Expert fountain pen looks classy enough for a business meeting yet not ostentatious. Reviews applaud it for providing consistent writing without being scratchy or bumpy.

5. Carène

The contemporary design of this fountain pen series is appealing, resembling a luxury boat. It writes extremely smoothly but should be cleaned frequently to maintain consistent ink-flow.

6. Exception

This pen is aptly named; being an elegant, beautiful, and exceptional fountain pen. Waterman has designed a square body shape with a classic understated finish.

It is perfect for serious fountain pen users who revel in fine writing. It is also a worthy buy for collectors of fountain pens who want to watch it age with finesse.

7. Charleston

Inspired by Waterman’s iconic 100 Year Pen, Waterman Charleston is reminiscent of the 1939 fountain pen. It is smaller than most Watermans and has a conservative, polished appearance.

For more contemporary looking fountain pens, Waterman has included a chic black design with chrome trim.

Top 5 Watermans of 2020

There are tons of reviews about the top Watermans, each with their own opinions. You may be looking for the perfect gift, but unable to sort through the mass of information.

As a trusted supplier of Watermans, we have filtered through all the clutter. We are here to help you find which of Watermans pens are most favored as 2020’s best.

Here is our list of Waterman’s top 5 writing instruments for 2020.

1. Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen

Colour: Matte Black with 23k Gold Trim
Nib Size: Medium Nib

By far the most popular fountain pen of 2020, both the matte and lacquer versions have received rave reviews across the internet.

The elegant, slim design makes for a refined silhouette. It reflects a crisp style with a 23-karat gold trim and Waterman’s iconic nib.

This fountain pen has 5-stars from Dayspring Pens, being a best-selling pen. Waterman does not disappoint with this best-selling fountain pen. 

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2. Waterman Emblème Fountain Pen

Colour: Red with chrome trim
Nib Size: Fine point

Inspired by the striking Parisian skyline, the Emblème exudes creativity and style. The large size provides the ultimate comfort and ease of use.

The stainless steel nib is distinctive with an engraving of the Eiffel Tower making for an enjoyable writing experience.

3. Waterman Expert Fountain Pen

Colour: Gloss Black Lacquer with 23k Gold Trim
Nib Size: Fine point 

Waterman Expert


With a high-quality stainless steel nib, The Waterman Expert Fountain pen is designed to last a lifetime.

Even with heavy use, the durable cigar-shaped body is ideal for writing day in and day out. Waterman Expert is perfect for those who want more than to display their fountain pen.

4. Waterman Kultur Fountain Pen

Colour: Various colors, with silver trim, translucent barrel
Nib Size: Fine point

This fountain pen is one of the best for 2020 due to its lightweight design. Weighing only 18g, it is perfect for a marathon writing session.

With a comfortable grip, Waterman Kulture reduces the risk of soreness when writing. The bright colors also give it a contemporary look, attractive for younger users.

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5. Waterman Carène Amber Shimmer Fountain Pen

Colour: Mottled brown/black with gold trim
Nib Size: Fine point

A truly innovative pen, Waterman Carène is inspired by the look of a luxury boat with flowing curves.

Mimicking the sleek lines of an opulent yacht, the solid 18-karat gold nib is a unique Waterman innovation.

Find the Perfect Waterman for You

You may be looking at this list and wondering where to begin looking for genuine Watermans.

Look no further than Dayspring Pens. We offer the highest quality products, along with free engraving and fast delivery.

Made in Paris, the Waterman fountain pen ink cartridge will ensure you never run out. We even offer discounts for bulk purchases.

Thousands of customers are proud owners of exclusive Waterman writing tools, and they could not be happier.

Shop now and join this distinguished club.


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