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Waldmann Xetra Vienna Fountain Pen Review

12/13/2021

Luxury Brands of America sent a Waldmann Xetra Vienna Black fountain pen for review quite some time ago and now it’s time to share some thoughts about it.

The Xetra Vienna is a handsome pen that has a layered, lacquer finish and hand engraving that makes every pen unique. The Vienna pattern sparkles against the black finish. To say it stands out on my desk would be an understatement.

With certainty, it is one of the most well-built pens I have ever used. It is both elegant and solid. It is not a large pen, but heavy for its size. Given its length, diameter and balance, I still found it useable even though I prefer pens that are half its weight. It posts securely and has a spring clip that grips snugly.

The broad, iridium tipped, rhodium plated, stainless steel nib is very wide creating lines that are bold and strongly colored. There is no definition as is found with a stub, so it is a true, round nib. Initially it experienced hard starts,  but that has disappeared with use. In fact, after over a month of idleness, it wrote as soon as put to paper though that was with the very well-behaved Waterman Blue-Black ink. Writing more slowly than usual allowed the ink flow to keep up with the broad nib, but I have found that to be helpful with wide nibs in general.

Quite a few retailers carry Waldmann pens, so it should be easy to find this model. It comes in white as well as black, both neutrals so any ink will look fine with it. Admittedly, I am partial to the black and silver that puts my matchy-matchy urge to rest. One of these days I’m going to introduce it to a pale pink or orange and see how the wide nib handles a softly colored ink. It should be very pleasing and appropriate come spring.

The Waldmann Xetra Vienna Black would make a beautiful addition to any collection. Thanks Luxury Brands for sending such a fine pen for review.

Dimensions from Waldmann:

  • length closed in mm: 137,00
  • diameter in mm: 10,80
  • weight in g: 38

Fill Mechanism: Cartridge/Converter Cartridge Type: Standard International

Waldmann Xetra Vienna Fountain Pen Unboxing.

7 comments

  1. That is a truly lovely pen!

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    • Isn’t it? Which pen was your most attractive acquisition in 2021?

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      • The only pen I know for sure that I got in 2021 is my Pilot Custom 74, which I love. So I guess that one! 😉

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        • That’s a nice pen. Which nib?

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          • I got the EF nib. I got it as a replacement for my EF Decimo, because that pen was too narrow to be comfortable in my hand.

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            • The Decimo is too narrow for me, too. The Pilot Custom 74 is much more comfortable in my hand. I can see why you like it. 🙂

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