The Waterman Edson is name in honour of the man who formed the company. The Edson is an exception pen in the design as well as the materials and workmanship.
Fountain pens are amazing creations
Pens are fascinating. While you may look at a pen and think: what's so complex about this thing? There is a high degree in complexity in the pen as well as the nib. The pen itself is made up of many differents. They have to cut to precision size. Each part whether it be a ring or a section that screws into another must be precise. A pen is very tactile. If there is anything not right, you will feel it in you hand every time you pick it up.
There are two things about owning a fountain pen that make it very different from the disposable ball point pen. First, it becomes "your" pen. You carry it around with you. It becomes one of your possessions. It generally is not an item that you lend out to others. Second, the writing experience comes down to the experience of the nib and the ink flowing across the paper.
Pens in some form have been around for a long time. Whether quills, or sticks with iron nibs for dipping, pens have been an important part of communication. In terms of actual pens, at first they were made with a steel nib that was dipped in ink. The pen was used at one's desk. Or, ink, bottles, blotting powder or paper were transported with the person to set up a writing desk - possible, but not really that mobile.
The next major innovation was to have the pen body hold ink. These pens generally had problems. In 1870 Lewis Edson Waterman invented the now famous system to control the flow of ink from the ink chamber to the nib. He developed a three-channel feed that would allow air to travel up into the ink chamber while ink flowed out.
Pens went through some innovations, an eyedropper was used ti get the ink into the ink chamber. Then the pens progressed so that the ink would be drawn up into the pen body through the nib.
Since that time there have been innovations in terms of the materials used to make the pens, however, the basic workings of the pen remain fairly consistent.
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