"What a happy day today has been...my two new pens arrived and am absolutely delighted. Just so that you know, one googled for fountain pens, checked out several and you looked like the best one to try. In the past a few things don't turn out so well via the net so it is best to start slowly. You answered all my questions, shipped promptly and the pens are exactly as described. Thank you so much for being the who and what you are and thank you for giving as much attention to this very small order as one thinks you would have given a much larger one. Additional research of yourself and your company only tickled my appetite for future items. Again, thank you so much."
E. S., Bandera, TX
Cloisonné Beijing Opera
Cloisonné Ancient Chinese Characters $10.00
Cloisonné Chinese Dragon $10.00
Let's be clear from the start. These are fun cloisonné pens. They are not high-end cloisonné pens. Their fit & finish is highly variable at this price. This means the enameling -- although hand-done -- is done quickly and not always completely with the metal wires of the designs. It also means that not all caps post (although all caps will securely snap closed over the nib/section); the gold-plating over brass may be of poor quality and even shown minor scratching, etc.
Now that I've got you all excited about the quality , let me say that they are functional fountain pens, look great if you keep your loupe in your pocket and are a lot of fun to collect. They make great inexpensive starter pens, especially as a gift to a youngster. They come in four basic designs, shown above, but often arrive in various color combinations. If you have a color preference within one of these four groups I'll try to accommodate you, but at any one time I may or may not have specific colors in stock, so ordering a Chinese Dragon for example will be the luck-of-the-draw, color wise.
The pens measure 5-1/4" capped, about 6-1/4" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside. As mentioned, only some of these will actually post their caps. It seems that all attention was placed on the cap fitting snugly on the nib-end of the pen. The tolerances on the barrel end tend to vary just enough that sometimes the cap will post, and sometimes it won't!
Removing the cap on these wild pens reveals another wild aspect...the gold-plated steel nib. What's wild about the nib is not that I'd rate it a western light-medium -- meaning between a typical fine and medium -- but rather that the nib is engraved with the name Parker! Now, I can assure you that these nibs were never within a thousand miles of a Parker factory...but the name is still magic in China...from 60 years ago when Parker did have a factory in China.
Unscrewing the barrel reveals the piston or slide converter for bottled ink. It will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve. As with all new pens, I recommend to run a dilute solution of dishwashing soap (two or three drops to a small bowl of water) through a new pen a few times, followed by water only. Step one is effective at removing manufacturing oils that can tend to make the ink less than enthusiastic in heading from the converter/filler to the nib, and step two removes the traces of the detergent you've used...which tends to have the opposite, diuretic effect.
All-in-all, fun and different fountain pens that won't break the bank.
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:
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:
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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: May 17th, 2013