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THE INITIAL YEARS OF WATERMAN'S INVOLVEMENT IN PEN MANUFACTURING ARE UNCLEAR. THE EARLIEST RECORDS OF RESERVOIR PENS DATE BACK TO THE TENTH CENTURY, WITH THE OLDEST SURVIVING EXAMPLES DATING BACK TO THE 18TH. WATERMAN'S IMPROVEMENTS ON BASIC PEN DESIGN AND AGGRESSIVE MARKETING PLAYED A VITAL ROLE IN MAKING THE FOUNTAIN PEN A MASS-MARKET OBJECT.

THE KEY NOVELTY FEATURE OF WATERMAN'S FIRST FOUNTAIN PENS WAS THE FEED, FOR WHICH HIS FIRST PEN-RELATED PATENT WAS GRANTED IN 1884. FROM THE BEGINNING, COMPETITION IN THE FOUNTAIN PEN INDUSTRY WAS FIERCE, BOTH IN THE MARKETPLACE AND THE COURTROOM. DESPITE LATER COMPANY LITERATURE THAT DEPICTS LEWIS E. WATERMAN AS A GOLDEN-HEARTED INNOCENT, ALL EVIDENCE INDICATES THAT HE WAS A TOUGH, SAVVY, AND INNOVATIVE BUSINESSMAN.

NONETHELESS, IT WAS AFTER L. E. WATERMAN'S DEATH IN 1901 THAT THE COMPANY TOOK OFF. UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF WATERMAN'S NEPHEW, FRANK D. WATERMAN, THE WATERMAN PEN COMPANY EXPANDED AGGRESSIVELY WORLDWIDE. WHILE WATERMAN INTRODUCED ITS SHARE OF INNOVATIONS, THE COMPANY'S MAIN SELLING POINT WAS ALWAYS QUALITY AND RELIABILITY.

PLEASE SELECT WITH CARE - USED FOUNTAIN PENS CANNOT BE RETURNED