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Waverley Monoline Dip Nib - Dozen


If you need a practical, tough, business-writing nib for daily use, this classic "Waverley" is an excellent choice. It is easy to use, meaning that it won't catch on upstrokes, and can glide across all sorts of paper, smooth and not-so-smooth (think: laid and other textured papers). It is very forgiving, and will fit in a standard holder such as the Tachikawa and others.

The tip is unsharp, and slightly upturned, giving it a fountain-pen-like feel, but with enough flex "action" to make it comfortable...it's not as springy, delicate and brush-like as, say, the Brause 361, but it is more flexible than the Pilot Falcon or Nikko G. For all practical purposes it produces a monoline.

Overall, we like it for its toughness - it is very well made - and if you were ever inclined, for some reason, to provide customers a dip-pen for filling out forms, or to use it in a meeting where a co-worker asks in earnest "can i try it?", this one would certainly be up to the task. Or, on a more realistic if not mundane note, you could use it at home for making to-do lists, signing checks, doodling, then tossing it in a drawer. In other words, this pen will do a lot more than a sharp pen such as the Brause, and will last longer. If Rambo used a dip pen, it most certainly would have been a Waverley.


A bit of background: Although the name "Waverley" has been bantered about during the last hundred-plus years by many companies, including the venerable Pilot corporation (yes - that is how famous this nib is/was), the one offered here is the genuine article, the cat's meow, the real deal, "new old stock", made some time around the turn of the century (the last century, not this one) by long-gone stationer Macniven and Cameron of Scotland. They were hugely popular until fountain pens became practical and reliable. These nibs came out of a sealed tin, and thus look brand new, pristine even, just like any modern dip nib that was manufactured, say, last week.


Anyway, for more, better and just plain beautiful information about this illustrious and storied pen, please see this page from the Vintage Pen News blog. The Waverley is also mentioned in this IAMPETH article about nibs for monoline writing.


Made in England, comes in packs of a dozen, holder not included.



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  1. The "Waverley" Natural and Unique 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2015

    My first experiences with dip nib pens was because of these different nibs that were offered on Nanami Paper. I really enjoyed reading the descriptions that were provided, because it almost gives the reader an actual feel of the nib and how it writes. So I bought the Waverley among other nibs that I also purchased, but the Waverley stood out to me the most. When I received the nib, I inserted it into a Tachikawa nib holder and dipped it into the Mont Blanc Mystery Black ink and started writing on Apica paper first...The results were amazing :-D I really loved how the words turned out and it almost writes just like a fountain pen. It was also much smoother and easier to glide across the paper. I just loved the way how the Waverley creates the curves and lines as you move the ink across the page. It's definitely become one of the dip nibs that I frequently use, and because of this, I ended up acquiring a Pilot Custom Heritage 912 WA [Waverley] nib fountain pen and I have been enjoying it ever since ;-)