Thursday, April 4, 2013

A very unusual Waterman lever-filler

Early Waterman lever-fillers have long been an interest of mine. The pen shown above is one of the rarest, though at first glance it seems normal enough. If you can't guess what makes it special, take a look at the end of the barrel.
Yes, it predates Waterman's adoption of the 5X numbering for lever-fillers -- and the pressure bar is the early two-piece sprung version, with the J-spring toggled into the bar. But it's not a PSF: it's an SF.

Yes, it's a slip-cap! "PSF" stands for "Pocket Self Filler", "Pocket" indicating a screw-on cap. This is an SF, and no mistake. I know of only a handful of surviving examples, most of which are Canadian, as is this pen.

PS The cap is neither a standard 12PSF/52 cap, nor a standard 12. The diameter is somewhere in between, which is why I went through the trouble of sleeving this pen's cap, which came with a big crack through the lip.


Marc Bloom said...

So it's a predessor of the 62, That's very cool! I wasn't sure I'd ever see one.

David said...

I've never seen a Waterman slip-cap lever-filler with the 6X numbering. They may exist, but like the pump-fillers with the 8X numbering, they may be vanishingly rare -- more a place-holder in the lineup, rather than an actual production model.