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Camlin pens

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"I received the Dollar and Camlin fountain pens early this week. Thank you very much for the nice note. The two pens are great, and for their prices, they are well made. The nibs are delightfully smooth with a hint of tooth (expected of fine nibs) which I am sure has been enhanced with your policy of inspecting every nib.
The Camlin retractable nib mechanism is very good and smooth with no play. The Dollar 717i piston has a solid feel on the turn and is well built. They are truly good value for money. You will definitely have me as a repeat customer. Thank you very much."

A. B., Melbourne, Australia

"First, I'm really enjoying the pens I purchased.  I haven't used a fountain pen since elementary school, and I believe using one actually improves my (abysmal) handwriting.  And it's much less tiring than a ballpoint.  I should have done this a long time ago.  All three I ordered from you [Dollar, Pilot] write beautifully, and the ink colors you picked for me are perfect."
V. C., Richmond, TX

"Hi Norman, I received the pens on Saturday.  Thanks so much for the quick shipping and nice note!  Both pens (the Camlin and Dollar) are real gems with my ideal nib style:  wet writing fine points.  I'm not sure
how much that's a credit to the manufacturers or your tweaking of the nibs before shipping...I really appreciate that service. You can definitely count on me ordering again!"

J. S., Sherman Oaks, CA

"Hi Norman, I wanted to let you know that I really like the pen and have been using it since I received it. As with many of the other pens you sell it's a great writer that writes like a pen many times its cost."
F. C., Chatham, NJ


The Camlin retractable fountain pen from India is a conversation starter the moment you take it out in public. The fun starts when you remove the cap to reveal....well....nothing! Not unlike the Monteverde DIVA in design, it's a bit more conventional in it's appearance.

It's a slightly undersized pen that travels easily in pocket, purse or organizer, measuring 5" capped, 3-1/4" retracted, 4-1/2" with nib extended, and a full 5-3/8" with the cap posted.

Available in three barrel colors, each pen's brushed steel cap is adorned by a matching-color derby on the cap's top.







Camlin Black retracting FP    $20.00    Sold out


Camlin Blue retracting FP    $20.00    Sold out


Camlin Burgundy retracting FP    $20.00    Sold out


The brushed steel cap is nicely offset by the polished steel of the cap band and the gracefully arching clip. The design of the pen hearkens back to the turn of the last century, when safety fountain pens with retractable nibs were all the rage. Actual safety pens filled and sealed quite differently, but the retracting nib remains in the Camlin.

The two-toned steel nib, marked 'Iridium Point'  -- which at this time is only available as a western fine -- extends by turning the piston knob at the end of the barrel counter-clockwise. Important note: as the internal piston mechanism is plastic, it's very important that you don't try to forcefully extend the nib by turning the knob clockwise, else I could see the plastic gears stripping in time.

The photos below show the sleeve that extends and retracts the nib, which pairs up with the turning mechanism at the base of the barrel.


Due to the size of the barrel, the sleeve and the piston mechanism, these are cartridge-only pens. There's no room for even a mini-converter. They fit the short international-style cartridge, like those from Private Reserve, and a cartridge is included in the pen to get you started.

                   The photos above show the ink cartridge in place, in both the extended and retracted position.

As much fun as it is to extend and retract the nib each time you use the pen, if you use it frequently during the day it can also become a wee bit tiresome. Fortunately, unlike the somewhat similar Stypen Up pen from France, the Camlin can be capped with the nib extended, just like a normal fountain pen.

So, if you want to amaze your friends, pets and small children with the incredible disappearing/reappearing nib...this is the pen for you!



IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely, flooding. There are other factors  -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired before any pen leaves the Palace.

The only 100% guarantee of course comes when the pen is actually filled with ink and written with for the first time, but our pre-shipping inspections and tunings have eliminated 99.99999 (my finger is getting tired) of the frustrations that a customer experiences when first using a new fountain pen. Although this can be time-consuming on occasion, it affords our customers a much more pleasant experience when receiving a fountain pen from His Nibs -- and saves us the frustration of dealing with returns!


Ordering Procedures & Returns

International customers, please note, we will not falsify shipping documents

Please send your order and shipping address (along with any questions) to:

(on PayPal transactions, the email address may also display as stonebri@verizon.net)

We will email you back with your order total (PA residents please add 6% sales tax)

Credit cards, for the quickest fulfillment of your order, are accepted through PayPal, a secure site allowing you to use your credit card without us even seeing the information. If you'd like to make use of this credit card service, please let us know when you email your order and address, and we'll email you the appropriate Request for Payment, and instructions for the simple payment procedure (you don't need to join PayPal to use it).


If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:

1. Card # (dividing this number in two, between two emails, will ensure security)
2. Expiration date
3. Name on card
4. Address for billing statement
5. Card verification # (3-digit number printed on the back of your card. It appears after and to the right of your card number, or 4-digit number on the front of your AMEX card).

If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:

His Nibs.com
  2540 W. Union Street
  Allentown, PA 18104

We ship via insured Priority Mail
(email for cost)



Warranties and returns

If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.

Should you wish to return a non-defective item within 3 days of receipt because it doesn't suit you for some reason, again please email us and we'll arrange an exchange, credit or refund (minus any shipping/insurance charges), if the item is returned in an 'as new' condition. If you've dipped a fountain pen to try its writing characteristics, kindly clean off any ink residue prior to shipping -- to save us both a nasty surprise .

We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!


Revised: October 19th, 2015

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