"I received the inks and the surprise pen last Monday,
which would have been October 1st. I absolutely love the Baoer 8 Horses pen.
It writes like a dream and moves across the page so quickly I have to make sure
I don't end up scribbling words that don't exist! It's filled with the Private
Reserve Velvet Black and I love the ink. I knew I needed black, but I didn't
know I would enjoy it so much. Who knew such a 'boring' color could be so much
fun to use...I still can't believe
how a pen could float across a page. I almost feel guilty that I want to use it
more than the other two I have. It might be new pen addiction, but honestly, the
pen is simply amazing."
Norman for the prompt shipping and careful packaging!
I already had one of these ď8 horsesĒ pens and it is
indeed a challenge to count all 8! Itís a great pen and one that I could afford
to give as gifts to friends who feel they cannot afford a good fountain pen.
This one writes better than my vintage mabie-todd."
"Hi Norman, Iím gonna rave
about the Baoer 8 Horses that came today. It is the smoothest nib I have ever
used! That includes many $100-200 pens in my collection. Nobody is going to
believe that this is a $20 pen. The brass construction gives it a solid feel,
and it balances perfectly in my hand even when posted. I have the bronze
finish, and am running Pelikan Brilliant Brown Ė makes for a nice combination!"
"Dear Norman: I received the pens
yesterday! they look excellent! As you kindly said, they conform a beautiful
collection all together. I dive at once on the whole bunch, touching, feeling
and looking closely at every detail and characteristics of every pen. Let me
remark, from the beginning, the severe beauty of the
Stealth, the baroque brilliancy of the
Jinhao and the comfort of the Seven Horses.
Thank you very much for all, you were of great help and everything went so
smooth. We will surely keep in contact. Best Regards from Spain!"
"Hello Norman. The pen arrived
today. It writes beautifully and looks even better in reality than on the
"The Baoer 8 Horse was a father's
day gift for me and I found the Levenger Cocoa ink to be a good match, and
enhances the ancient motif. The Baoer is a good size and weight, and has a
smooth medium nib with just a bit of flex, very nice."
"Got my pen today. LUV it! I like
the way it feels in my hand, also, it's one of the smoothest writing pens I
"The Baoer 8- Horse Silver & Bronze Fountain Pen is time past with its Asian calligraphy and its engraved horses. The black cap with its striking gold accent crowns this beautiful pen. Itís medium weight fits snugly in your shirt pocket and will be well noticed by everyone you meet. I love how the cap fits tightly on the end of the pen, well balanced. Itís like writing with a royal scepter. A pen of antiquity is a welcome addition to anyone's collection. Iím glad I acquired both the silver and bronze."
N. S., Van Nuys, CA
"Norman, the pens arrived today.
Thank you so much! Just wanted to say, I really can't believe the Baoer is
"just" a $20 pen. Nicely made, nicely fit, writes excellently. I think this is
a real sleeper, and a real steal.
Baoer 8-horse Bronze fountain pen
Baoer 8-horse Aged Silver fountain pen
All right, let me clear this up from the beginning. There are only six horses depicted on the barrel of each pen (as far as my eyes can tell) -- you'll just have to get both versions to get the full quota -- with a few to spare. However, the depiction -- and the Chinese characters -- refers to the tradition of giving a scroll or painting of eight horses to a friend as a blessing for a prominent life or career. The number eight is considered to be the most fortuitous or lucky number among the Chinese, and it symbolizes wealth and success. As one source says: "Running horses are full of energy and encouraging spirit, inspiring people to work hard and pursue their own goals." You can read more about the significance of the Chinese relationship to 'Celestial Horses' here.
The pen is a full-sized one, measuring 5-3/8" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. Both versions have an aged appearance to their metal barrels which is quite fetching. It makes one think that they were recovered from a secret cache of a long-ago dynasty.
My wife and I have both examined the clip and believe that it represents a horse's tail -- or perhaps its mane -- tie together near its end.
The cap itself snaps firmly in place upon re-capping, and removing it reveals the two-toned steel nib, which again reprises the Baoer logo. The nib falls into my light-medium category, which mean that I judge it to fall in between a typical western fine and medium....although these nibs tend to run a bit closer to a true medium.
The pens come with a piston converter for bottled ink, which includes a little agitator ball inside to help break the surface tension of the ink on the converter walls. 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.
The pen will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve.
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!
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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 23rd, 2013