Waterman Exception Slim Celadon Fountain Pen Review

Waterman Exception Fountain Pen Review

For the first Waterman review on the blog, we started off with the high-end level of writing instruments, a line that complements the versatility seen in the range. So, what is the Waterman Exception fountain pen? In ceramics, celadon is a type of glaze that is usually pale jade in color. Used as a lacquer color on the pen barrel and cap, its creamy, opalescent shade is elegant and contemporary. If we are to talk about the Exception, we have to talk about the rule. Most pens are cylindrical or rounded in shape. Some have faceted sides, but none quite like the Exception, which has a quadrangular shape. Imagine a rectangular box in three-dimensional space, round the corners and edges, and you've got the overall shape of the pen.

Detailed Review of the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen's Features

The design stays true, through and through. The cap barrel and front section all offer the boxy shape. The cap only fits on to the top of the pen with a satisfying click by putting it on so that the shape aligns with the rest of the pen. The cap posts on the back securely in such a way to match up with the rest of the pen's shape. The pen is never out of aesthetic alignment.The lacquered brass and silver-plated trim offer a nice heft to the pen. While they call this a "slim" model, the width at its thickest point (the bottom of the cap) is a shade under a half inch, which really isn't slim (like a , for example). The black front section is contoured to match the quadrangle, which is aesthetically pleasing, but not kind to the fingers. The front section was crafted with looks held in higher regards than ergonomics.

Performance and Writing Experience with the Waterman Exception Pen

The Exception uses a rhodium-plated, 18k (750) solid gold nib. The pen fills by cartridge or converter (both options provided in box). The tip is smooth and the ink flow is fairly good. There is not much flexibility, but some line variation is possible. The pen becomes a bit unruly with the cap posted on the back, extending to 6 1/2" in length.

How Does the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen Write?

The Waterman Exception Fountain Pen is equipped with a rhodium-plated, 18k solid gold nib, ensuring a smooth writing experience. The pen's design allows for a fairly consistent ink flow, with minimal flexibility in the nib. However, it does offer some degree of line variation, catering to those who appreciate subtle changes in stroke width. The pen fills via cartridge or converter, providing flexibility in ink choice. Despite its aesthetic appeal, the pen's grip section is noted for being slightly uncomfortable, particularly when the cap is posted on the back, extending the pen's length to 6 1/2 inches. This can add to the discomfort during prolonged writing sessions.

Is the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen Worth the Investment?

Priced under $300 for the fine point model and $307.95 for the medium point, the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen sits at a higher price point, reflective of its 18k gold nib and lacquered finish. While the pen's unique quadrangular shape and elegant design justify its cost to some extent, potential buyers should consider their priorities. The pen's aesthetic qualities and the prestige of the Waterman brand are significant factors. However, its ergonomic challenges may detract from its value for those who prioritize comfort and functionality over style. In terms of investment, it offers a blend of luxury and performance, with a slight emphasis on form over function.

Who Should Buy the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen?

The Waterman Exception Fountain Pen is best suited for collectors and enthusiasts who value unique design elements and the prestige of a luxury brand. Its distinctive quadrangular shape and opalescent lacquer finish make it a standout piece. However, due to its ergonomic considerations and the premium price, it may not be the best choice for those seeking a daily-use pen for extensive writing. It appeals to individuals looking for a statement piece in their collection or a luxury gift, rather than users prioritizing comfort and prolonged writing ease.

Buy Your Waterman Exception Fountain Pen at Goldspot Pens

Goldspot Pens offers a special deal on the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen, particularly the Celadon finish. With options for both fine and medium points, the pen is accessible for under $300, making Goldspot an attractive retailer for this exquisite writing instrument. Goldspot's commitment to providing high-quality pens and excellent customer service ensures a satisfying purchase experience. Whether you're adding to your collection or selecting a gift for a discerning pen enthusiast, Goldspot Pens is the ideal destination for acquiring the Waterman Exception Fountain Pen.


  • Writing Quality : 18k solid gold nib writes smoothly with a good flow. Grip section is a bit uncomfortable and writing posted adds to that discomfort. (grade B-)
  • Aesthetic Quality : Unique quadrangular shape and pearl-like lacquer looks elegant and modern. The light jade isn't for everyone, though. (grade A-)
  • Utility : The snap-click cap only caps and posts a certain way to become unified with the rest of the pen's shape. Consider that you will have to write with cap in your other hand. (grade B)
  • Price : Goldspot a special deal on the Celadon finish. The fine point comes in under $300 while the medium point is offered at $307.95. While being a more generous offer, the cost for a lacquer finish pen with an 18k nib is a bit higher since it is a Waterman. (grade B-)

Final Grade : BThe design, while unique and stylish, seems to have been constructed on the basis of favoring form over function. For the money, go with a Waterman Expert instead.

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