The Waterman’s Edson Diamond Black ball pen is worthy to carry this name because the black diamond has a special strength among minerals, and this ball pen is worthy to carry the name. With its black resin body and matte platinum-plated cap, the Waterman Edson Diamond Black Ball Pen is gracious enough to be an everyday pen. Introduced in the 90’s and named after the company’s founder, Louis Edson, this pen becomes their flagship pen.
Waterman Edson Diamond Black Ball Pen
The Waterman pen company founded: in 1884, in New York, by Lewis E. Waterman. it is one of the few old fountain pen companies, also known as Waterman S.A. located in France. Waterman’s advances on pen design and marketing played a vital role in making the fountain pen a mass object.
In 1883 Lewis Edson Waterman invented the “Three Fissure Feed” system which prevented excessive discharge of ink. After losing a big sale due to an ink leaking fountain pen, which led Waterman’s to perfect the feed. The perfected feed, got a patent, granted in 1884. Since the beginning, competition in the fountain pen industry was tough, both in the marketplace and the courtroom. 15 years later, the L. E. Waterman company developed the “spoon Feed” which prevented overflow of ink. This also led the company to receive a gold medal at the “Paris Fair”.
The Company Takes off
After L. E. Waterman’s death in 1901, the company took off. Under the leadership of Frank D. Waterman, Waterman’s nephew. The Company expanded worldwide. While they introduced a series of innovations, the company’s main selling point at the time: “Quality and Reliability”. 3 years passed, and the pen clip design saw the light, it allow to fix the pen to a pocket or to an object. That same year they also developed the first no leak retractable fountain pen.
At the end of the 20th. century, their more innovative competitors gain market share against them—Parker, Sheaffer, and Eversharp, in particular. By the late 20s, Waterman tried to catch up; but they continued to struggle through World War II and finally they shut down in 1954. Their French subsidiary, Waterman S.A., absorbed what remained of the American company including its British arm.
After this. The company was acquired by the Bic company; Bic in 1987, sold the Waterman division to The Gillette Company which grew overall sales by 40% and later sold it to Sanford, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, in 1993.