I’m still playing with the dip pen. Some of my correspondents have had to put up with my scratches and scrawls and have been kind enough not to complain. I flatter myself I’m getting better – perhaps a little. I had confined myself to the Esterbrook Relief nib which seems to make the most of my writing. I thought it was time to be brave and try something new. I have a wide variety of nibs, some from my own purchases and others from Rob Parsons who kindly sent me a selection of nibs.
I bravely chose a pointed nib, A Macniven & Cameron Waverley. It requires a delicate touch and feels somewhere between an everyday fountain pen nib and a paintbrush. Being very careful with the nib at first, until the nib took on a little polish, I managed to avoid digging into the paper or depositing any blots. This Waverley is a lovely nib and on the right paper I can write with it quite well. An interesting point: not all Waverleys have the tilted tip for which they are famed. This one’s just a straight, pointed nib. It’s capable of some flexibility – a semiflex, I’d say. But that’s more than I’m capable of.