Lewis Edson Waterman, founder of the Waterman company in New York, originally turned a great idea into the modern fountain pen. Since 1884, Waterman pens have been known as some of the most beautiful writing intstruments in the world. The Waterman fountain pen, in its earliest days, was an innovation with its patented feed system and continued to evolve. These days, the company has continued its heritage by consistently innovating and using advanced techniques with an eye on quality. With the coming of modern technology, the company has produced newer pens, such as Waterman roller ball pens and ball point pens.