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Waterman Pens


In New York, in 1883, Lewis Edson Waterman lost an important contract due to a temperamental pen, so he created the forefather of the modern fountain pen called the Regular. At the urging of a friend, in 1884 he advertised in a magazine and was soon swamped with orders leading to the opening of the first proper factory, the production of 200 pens, and the founding of the Ideal Pen Company. Over the next several years business continued to expand and in 1888 Lewis renamed the enterprise L. E. Waterman Company. The brand moved over to Paris, France in the 1950's. Today, the Waterman brand is one of the most recognized in the world.

Most of the fountain pen and rollerball models have snap-caps, while the ballpoints are twist action.