Type Unusual capillary-filling fountain pen
Product Name X-Pen Junior
Manufacturer and Year Waterman, France - 1957-1959
Length 5-3/16" long
Filling System Capillary filler, similar to the Parker 61. Simply dip the pen into an ink bottle, and the ink will be absorbed by the wicking material inside. The initial filling can take several minutes, as it may take a while for the dried fabric to absorb liquid. Note that the instructions suggest picking a single ink and dedicating the pen to that ink - since you cannot disassemble it for cleaning. David Nishimura has a good informational page on this pen, along with a very clear photo of the instruction sheet.
We tested the filling system with ink, and it filled well, though it it hard to tell how completely it filled.
Color Black with a chrome-plated cap that has a "stacked coin" appearance of horizontal rings.
Nib MEDIUM hooded steel nib.
Condition Excellent condition in box for this unusual pen. The barrel and section have microscratching, but are largely smooth and shiny. The end of the barrel has two small scrapes. There is a chalk mark on the barrel that says "Plume Moyenne" ("medium nib"). The cap looks fantastic - very shiny, and no brassing, plating wear, or pitting. The cap takes a little more force than you might think to replace it - it took us a while to realize that it really does cap tightly, rather than rattling around if you only gently replace the cap. Having a tight seal here is necessary to keep the pen from drying out - with no feed, it's important for the wicking material to stay wet. The box is a small red box with "Post Drafting Materials" on the outside (the company was an importer of drawing instruments and slide rules, based in Chicago). A folded copy of the instruction sheet is included in the box.