The ebony 'jewel' refers to the glossy black insert on the cap of each pen, no matter the color of the the barrel and cap. The model is available in both solid colors with and ink-view window, and colored translucent demonstrators as well. Although much of the design is based on the Lamy Safari -- at about 1/3 of the cost! -- it clearly differentiates itself by both the clip design and the large engraving of 'Jinhao' on the barrel -- as well as the ebony jewel.
This is a full-sized pen, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 5-1/8" with cap held aside. Of plastic construction, this is a great 'knock-around' pen and a perfect introductory fountain pen for an adult or a teenager (it's a bit large for a child). Because of its consequent light weight, the pen is equally comfortable and balanced when posted or with cap held aside.
Finding a color you like shouldn't be much of a problem -- as their are seven solid and three translucent demonstrators available for you to choose from (I won't stop you from purchasing a complete color set).
The clip is also reminiscent of the Safari shape when viewed from the side, but looked at face-on Jinhao has replaced the 'paperclip' look of the Lamy pen with a flattened -- and to my taste, more attractive -- version. The Jinhao 'chariot' logo is subtly engraved near the top of the clip.
The barrel of both the solid and demonstrator versions has an ink-view window on opposite sides (not really needed for the demonstrator) which tells you at a glance when you're getting low of ink and need to refill your pen. The barrel also boldly states 'Jinhao'.
Removing the slip cap -- which reseats with a secure 'click' -- presents you with the steel spear-shaped nib, which I judge to be a light-medium, meaning it falls between a typical western fine and medium. The nib says 'Jinhao' and 18KGP (for 18 karat gold-plate). Every nib I've used has been very smooth with good flow -- but of course as with all pens that leave the His Nibs' Palace, they are carefully examined and the nibs are adjusted if needed prior to shipping.
Unscrewing the threads between the section and barrel displays the piston 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.
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
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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 26th, 2014