Fountain Pen Restoration

Watermans Taperite Citation

A Merry Christmas Season from Fountain Pen Restoration!  I found this  1946 advertisement for some Waterman mid-1940s Taperites and thought it was a good way to pass on some early Holiday Cheer, and restore a pen that has been in my queue for several weeks – a Waterman Citation (the middle pen in the advertisement below – priced at $8.75 in 1946).


The first Waterman pen of this vintage that I worked on was a non-taperite Waterman Crusader, covered in this post ~

Waterman Crusader – January 24, 2011

Having always  before concentrated on early Waterman’s, I became attracted to the clean art-deco look of the Crusader.  Recently, I had an opportunity to purchase a used Citation that needed restoration and I jumped at the opportunity.   You can see the pen below, after I took it apart.  There are two main problems with restoring these 1940s pens.  First, the sections are often very tightly attached at manufacture and separating them from the barrel can be problematic.  Secondly, if you do get the section apart, the nib and feed are extremely difficult to knock out.  The plastic is quite easy to crack and the nib is hooded and has to be removed in a reverse direction.  As you can see below, I was successful in removing the section, but there is no reason to tempt fate and I cleaned the nib and feed by running the entire unit through an ultrasonic cleaner for about 120 seconds.


The barrel and cap needed to be cleaned up, so I applied scratch remover, polish, and wax to each.  the finished result, after I attached a size 16 sac is below.


The pen measures 5 5/16 inches closed and 6 1/8 inches posted.


Citations were produced in 1945 and after.  The advertisement above is from 1946, and highlights a few other early Taperite models – the Stateleigh and the Corinth.  The Crusader below, was not produced until about 1948 and after.  Both have clips that I think are really cool, and though not particularly strong, are visually appealing.



December 12, 2011 - Posted by | Waterman Citation, Waterman Pen Company, Waterman Taperite | ,


  1. I have a 1946 waterman’s ink pen, in the original case and box, with all the paper work, including the waterman’s 100 year guarantee of service. no damage parts though well dried. per the guarantee if we
    where to return it for repair, there will be a 35 cent charge!. Inside the box is the original bill of sale, My father-in-law’s, purchased in 1952 from L.E. Waterman Company, 344 Hudson St. NEW YORK 13 N.Y.

    Comment by Ross Metcalf | April 3, 2012 | Reply

  2. Very, very nice article, about a equally nice pen. What puzzles me is : how do you do to polish the plastic body and the metals parts such as the nib and the cap so nicely ? What material do you use ? What tools ?

    Comment by Simon | December 16, 2012 | Reply

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