Since I’m new to the hobby of fountain pen using, trading, and collecting, I admit that there is still a long way for me to go when it comes to experiencing different pens that are out there.  But that did not stop me from marveling over the build quality of this pen.

From the lustrous red finish, to the heft of the pen, especially the screw-on mechanism of the cap (a short twist that ends in a nicely dampened stop), this pen oozes quality. It is quite heavy despite the slender (but long) style.

The pen came in its original grey suede case that looked like it has spent the last 20 years in the drawer. While not exactly dingy, it has gone through quite a bit of shuffling probably.

Since the pen does not say what model it is, I had to look online. It is “Grafton” model which is of course, discontinued.

The nib is very interesting, it has this duo-tone finish. And the *cool* seahorse mark and the year 1783.  In my research I have conflicting information on whether this nib is a stainless-steel or some gold alloy. But since there is no mark on the nib, let’s assume it’s a steel nib.

The top of the pen has this cool crystal-shaped engraving which makes sense considering that Waterford is a store specializing in luxury crystal-wares.

Here we can see the depth of the finish, which has some kind of shimmer to the red texture beneath the polished gloss. I believe the whole pen body is made out of metal, probably brass. And the distinctive “dimple” on the clip, which, incidentally has just the right amount of “springiness” to it — translation: It won’t rip your nice shirt pocket.

Moving lower, we see the band on the cap that is engraved with “Waterford” with the textured finish inside the engraving. On the other side, it simply says “Germany”. As I mentioned earlier, the cap securely screws into the thread, and I think this pen is designed to be un-postable because not only it makes this long pen very top-heavy for writing, but there is no purchase for the cap at the other end.  Plus the cap may cause marring on the nice finish on the barrel.

Towards the end of the barrel, you see the evenly-spaced short “slits” that are carved around the barrel.  This “slits” are unique to Waterford pens with similar body type. I’ve seen a model on which the slit is much longer than these. Here again you can see the brushed-red barrel finish clearly. At the end of the barrel, well, it’s basically an itty-bitty, nicely-polished mirror.

Last but not least is the distinguished-looking section, completely metal, cool to the touch, and very comfortable to write with.

That concludes the “tour” of this dignified pen. If you like substantial and classy pens in red, this one is calling your name.

Some Facts
Brand: Waterford
Model: Grafton
Finish: Brushed metal in red with chrome accents
Ink system: Cartridge or Converter (international standard)
Nib: Medium (Steel or 18K Gold, most likely Steel)
Weight: 38 grams with cap
Length: 5-3/8 inches with cap
Cap-posting: Not recommended (top-heavy, and the finish on the barrel could be marred)
Screw Cap: Screw-on with a very nice dampening effect at the end of the short twist
Made in: Germany (at least that’s what it says on the cap ring)

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