How to take apart a waterman pen

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How to take apart a waterman pen
Waterman pens have been around for more than 100 years. (nib image by Alex White from

For more than a century, Waterman pens have epitomised a sense of style and refinement. The classic fountain pens are a favourite of business professionals. Fountain pens are slightly different from inexpensive ballpoint pens, the traditional pens most of us use. Therefore, the process for taking apart a Waterman pen is also different.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Pull the cap from the top of the Waterman pen.

  2. 2

    Unscrew the writing nib from the barrel of the Waterman pen.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the decorative ring that sits between the writing tip and the base of the Waterman pen. This is the fancy ring that features the Watermen logo.

  4. 4

    Remove the ink converter from the nib. This is a semi-transparent ink chamber.

  5. 5

    Remove the ink cartridge from the barrel. This is the long, thin tube that holds the ink.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a pair of tweezers to remove the ink cartridge if you can't grasp it.
  • When refilling a Waterman pen, always make sure the refill ink cartridge is compatible with your type of pen. Different models sometimes require different refill cartridges.
  • Beware of ink spills when you take apart a Waterman pen. Put a piece of newspaper on your work surface.

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