Waterman Hemisphere, the french-american pen for the writer

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Stephen King used a fountain pen of Waterman, one of the better pen brands,  to write his novel Dreamcatcher and even mentioned this in the Author’s Note:

“One final note. This book was written with the world’s finest word processor, a Waterman cartridge fountain pen. To write the first draft of such a long book by hand put me in touch with the language as I haven’t been in years. I even wrote one night (during a power outage) by candle light. One rarely finds such opportunities in the twenty-first century, and they are to be savored.”-Stephen King

He not only became a defender of longhand writing and the rhythm and peace it can give, but it gave a little edge to the great pen brands, Waterman. Here is the video interview with Stephen King where he talks about his writers pen and the long hand experience (around the 4th minute): video Stephen King.

Back ground on the Hemisphere by Waterman, one the best pen brands

The Waterman pen company is one of those major pen brands that have always been with us. Waterman is a brand that everybody links naturally to fountain pens and rarely anything else. I wrote some more history and background in my post on the Waterman 22. Established in 1884 in New York City by Lewis Edison Waterman, it is one of the few remaining first-generation fountain pen companies. It is only when his nephew Frank D. Waterman took over that the company flourished. He was the man who actually expanded the company substantially and made it international. Waterman stood as several pen brands for reliability and quality but a couple of decennia later other companies bypassed them in innovation and took some market share they initially enjoyed. Waterman’s French subsidiary, Waterman Jif (later Waterman S.A.), prospered greatly even in ball pen brands decennia and actually absorbed what remained of the American company. It does say something that Europeans probably still buy more fountain pens than Americans… It was only recently acquired by Sanford, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, mother company of The Parker Pen Company.

Is the Waterman Hemisphere french or American?

Production today is in France, although Waterman pen company has American roots and is still today an American company. We all know there is a particular relationship between the French and the Americans. In my opinion it is no coincidence and quite interesting to think that an American author like Stephen King who writes contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy and on the other hand Francois Mitterrand, President of France between 1981 until 1995 and therefor the longest-serving President of France both are associated with Waterman. Mitterrand supposedly always carries not one but two Waterman fountain pens on him.

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Waterman is quite known for its innovation in the feeds. That was their key novelty when they started out. They have several patents, like the Three Fissure Feed system or the Spoon Feed system). Many are still in use today, and their nibs are prized for their smoothness and flexibility.

Back to the Waterman Hemisphere

The Waterman Hemisphere and the Perspective are the entry-level Waterman fountain pens. I personally think the Waterman Hemisphere is the closest to a classic icon and is the true writers pen.

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(image from Bernie Wilson, Wikimedia Commons)

Waterman Hemisphere is a light pen with cigar shaped barrel. It comes in many colors (metallic, blue, green, red, cognac, white), all lacquer finish, or a brushed chrome or gold finish.

I think these are great pens of one the better pen brands. Especially if you want some color. The metal ones have a fairly traditional look. If you do go for color, know the lacquer is on the matte side, and is not shiny at all. They are quite elegant because they are surprisingly slim. The clip comes in chrome or 24-karat gold finish.

Waterman Hemisphere is a fountain pen that is not too expensive and has only one type of nib, namely the medium type. It is made in stainless steel and marked with the ‘W’ of Waterman. They come standard with cartridges but you can order the converter if this is a must. You will have to pay extra for this.

I have to say that this writers pen from this french-american, unfading pen company is a true beauty. I love the colors. Waterman Hemisphere adds dash to an outfit or a collection. But at the same time, you do have some traditional penmanship of an icon of pen brands in your hand. True heritage over 140 years. Some fine people -like Stephen King- use them quiet intensely.

You can find more information, reviews and the price of this pen, here.

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