Waterman Ink-Vue Demonstrators


I recently posted about our Catalog #70 sale (10% off remaining items), which includes three Waterman Ink-Vue demonstrator fountain pens.  There are a variety of filling mechanisms available on fountain pens and these Ink-Vue demonstrators are designed to show off Waterman’s vacuum-fill mechanism, their answer at the time to Parker’s Vacumatic-fill pens.  The Ink-Vue employs a lever near the bottom of the pen which is unfolded and then pumped.  Each stroke depresses a press-bar which in turn evacuates air from a diaphragm (aka bladder or sac), creating the vacuum needed for ink to be drawn into the barrel through a center filler tube.  Just like the Parker Vacumatic-fill, several pumps are needed to completely fill the barrel.  It is an efficient system (although certainly not as efficient as Sheaffer’s one-stroke vacuum-fill mechanism).  The Ink-Vue also helped to satisfy the pen-using public’s desire at the time for more complicated filling mechanisms.  Collecting demonstrators is both rewarding and challenging as they are not plentiful, especially in wonderful condition.

Waterman Ink-Vue Demonstrators

Waterman Ink-Vue Demonstrators available in Catalog #70

Although clear bodied fountain pens today are often called demonstrators, the Waterman Ink-Vue demonstrators are true demonstrators. These pens were often used in stores to show potential customers how a mechanism worked, and the clear/translucent bodies showing off ink also appealed to a lot of individuals.

Waterman also produced, in addition to these vacuum-filling Ink-Vues, CF demonstrators to show the cartridges, including pens with glass cartridges inside. One might wonder what the appeal of a cartridge-filling demonstrator is, but when it is a glass cartridge, it certainly becomes more interesting! Add an Ink-Vue to your collection!

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  1. […] Demonstrator pens were usually clear pen models used by sales clerks to show customers how the insides of a pen works, to show off the parts of a pen, how a particular filling mechanism worked, and more. Check out our post on Waterman’s Ink-Vue demonstrator pens. […]

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