Glenn's Pens

Pens of Note

Waterman Edson


The Edson Line

The Edson pen is dedicated to the founder of the company, Edson Waterman. The Edson was initially released in France and then in England. The Edson, in Midnight Blue, was introduced to the North American market in 1993.

The pen has been produced in various colours and finished. The classics are the Midnight Blue (1993), the Emerald Green (1995) and the Ruby Red - the last of the translucent colours. The translucent appearance is a result of a narrow space between the barrel and the inner lining. This allows light to pass through and give the body a translucent appearance.

Around 2004, the Edson was released in an all metal body. There were a few versions of the metal. One was a shinny metal that just resulted in being a finger print display! Finally, in 2008 a colour body was issued, the Diamond Black. I was so much looking forward to that pen I had the folks at Vancouver Pen pre-order the pen for me. When it arrived, well it was a grey tone and not that impressive. Thankfully there was no pressure to continue with the sale. There was an Limited Edition which is is overlaid with palladium-coated sterling silver, featuring a distinctive elliptical form and precisely chiseled guilloché decoration. There were 4,000 pens of this limited edition produced.

First Impressions

The inlaid nib is visually stunning. The cap has a strong sleek clip. The small touch points for the cap to grab as it is capped create interesting visuals on the nib section. The nib sections are not black, but rather semi-translucent at the upper end and they are coloured to match to the body of the pen. Keep that in mind in case you order a replacement of second nib. I bought a number of second nib, and each time indicating the body colour it is to match. My Emerald Green Edson, came with a Stub Nib. That had to be specifically ordered so it meant a bit of a wait but it was worth it. I purchased the pen at Vancouver Pen, and the value of shopping in a store pays off, as that is where you can get the specific nib style ordered.

I next bought the Edson in Blue and then, what the heck, might as well have all three, I bought it in Ruby Red. I have also acquired the Roller Ball and the ball point pen to complete one of the set in - green.

You will find the serial number for the pen engraved on the side of the clip at the top. The pen has a solid 18 karat gold nib with an inlaid design. Firm but very smooth writing. You will find the serial number for the nib section on the inside along the top of the nib section where the converter inserts. The nib gives a very smooth writing experience although it is stiff. No flex to this nib.

The cap snaps in place, held by three spring-loaded studs. This is one classy pen; it has great style. The snap-on cap is secure. No fear of over-tightening the screw-on tops. The threaded brass body gives this pen a solid feel. The rubber gasket there, ahead of the threads, meals a good tight seal.


OMAS 360 Magnum

Waterman Edson Emerald Green


Edson Blue

Waterman Edson Blue

OMAS 360 Grey

Waterman Edson Ruby