Nib of the Month: Wet Noodle Warranted #8 on an Oversized Supremacy

By Teri Morris • Pens of Interest, What's New • 14 Nov 2013

In stark contrast to our last “Nib of the Month” (admittedly posted two months ago, how time flies) which revolved around a salvaged new old stock nib, this time around we are featuring a rather spectacular super flexible Warranted #8 on an equally lovely oversized pen.

Oversized Supremacy

Oversized Supremacy

For those of you on the hunt for highly flexible pens that aren’t priced like Waterman “Pinks,” we have always recommended the so-called third tier American makers. In fact, we have a category for these underappreciated 1920s-30s manufacturers on our web site. Roughly half will feature the generic “Warranted” nibs, and the majority of those will be flexible. Whereas a 1920s-30s Waterman with a flexible nib will be priced between $120 and $150, you’ll often find these third tier pens priced well below $100. An oversized Waterman 58 will be almost untouchable price-wise (a nice black chased hard rubber model went for almost $900 on eBay last month), whereas a third tier over sized pen will be hard pressed to command a higher price tag than $300.

Warranted nibs were made by various manufacturers, and usually bear generic markings. Some warranted nibs are believed to have been made by the big pen makers like Wahl, only not marked with the maker’s name so that they could be used on lower end models without “diluting” the brand name. They are often numbered like Waterman, Conklin or Wahl nibs, with #2 being most common and #8 representing most often the largest size and found on oversized pens like this Supremacy.

Supremacy #8 Warranted Nib

Supremacy #8 Warranted Nib

For the nib featured this month, it was found on a striking oversized pen bearing the Supremacy clip. Supremacy was an R H Macy Company brand, and is generally considered to be high quality and not that easy to find. It’s obvious from the thick gold filled clip, and the sleek brick red body and cap, that is was one of the better makers. Usually the trim on third tier pens was thinly plated and more like a gold wash than a plated or rolled finish. Eagle and Morrison pens feature lovely celluloid and interesting nibs, but the trim is usually worn and less than lovely. You’ll find better trim on Gold Bond and some Eclipse models, and that is the case for this Macy-brand Supremacy as well.

Oversized Supremacy

Oversized Supremacy

But we’re here to talk about the nib, and it’s really the star of the show. Our regular customers know I am reluctant to boast about flex and I try not to exaggerate. It’s quite eye-opening to try one of the pens called “Super Flex” by a pen dealer only to discover what we would call ordinary, day-to-day flex that requires a bit more pressure than you’d expect. I think that in my 3 years of serious pen dealing, I’ve only encountered three or four genuine “wet noodle” nibs that aren’t on a dip pen. This Warranted #8 nib is one of them.

Supremacy Wet Noodle Writing Sample

Supremacy Wet Noodle Writing Sample

In general, it seems that the majority of gold Warranted nibs we find are flexible to one degree or another. If you visit our flexible nibs category, and sort by price, you’ll see a nice selection of vintage flex nibs on restored pens for less than $120.

2 Responses

  1. Barry Conway

    Is it for sale, Terri?

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