In 1883 after losing a big sale with a client because of a leaking fountain pen, then salesman Lewis Edson Waterman invents the ‘Three Fissure Feed’ system. The system prevents, for the first time, excessive discharge of ink when a pen is in use. L.E. Waterman patents the first reliable fountain pen in New York: The Regular, and the Waterman brand is born. Since then the brand has become synonymous with fine writing pens, and is one of the most recognisable pen brands still today.