"The pens [Crocodile
Big Croc Clip and Diamond Cut] arrived last
week. I had my mail held at the Post office because I was out of town for a few
days. So I have had the pens in my hands only one day. Pure pleasure to hold
each one. All three are small and easy for me to hold for writing purposes. The
Duke pen is just the right size. The two tone
color makes it easy to find among my collection. The nib glides along very the
greatest of ease. I am writing letters to people who haven't heard from me in
years. I need reasons to use my pens...Thank you for your web site and the
personal care of the products."
A slim pen, it measures 5-1/4" capped, 6-3/8" posted and 4-5/8" with cap held aside. Although metal, this is not an overly heavy pen, due to it's somewhat slim profile. It's well-balanced with its cap posted or not, and allows for extended writing sessions without fatigue.
The diamond cut pattern on cap and barrel really makes the pen shimmer in light, and provides a pleasing texture to the pen as well. The pen is otherwise unadorned, with the exception of the small crocodile logo at the top of the clip.
Removing the slip cap reveals the two-toned, 22K gold-plated steel nib, which reprises the Crocodile logo. I would rate the nibs as a light-medium, meaning it lays down a line somewhere between a typical western fine and medium nib.
Unscrewing the all-metal threads between the section and barrel displays the piston converter for bottled ink. It contains a coiled metal agitator, to help prevent ink from adhering to the inside walls and thereby starving the nib/feed. 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. A gift box is included.
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:
1. Card # (dividing this number in two, between two emails, will
If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:
We ship via
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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: November 7th, 2022