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Lanbitou
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"Norman: This is to advise that my Lanbitou "Plum Blossom" has arrived safely - nicely packed and obviously dispatched without delay. I have washed out the pen, as you suggest, and have filled it with ink.
The pen is nice to hold and writes smoothly (thanks, I am sure, to your attentions). I tend to vacillate between medium and fine nibs. I'm not sure which I prefer. This pen solves my problem, in that the nib is
somewhere between the two. A nice pen and great value for the money."

P. B., Bulleen, Australia

 

Lanbitou Flowers Chrysanthemum fountain pen    $15.00    Sold out   

Lanbitou Flowers Orchid fountain pen     $15.00    Sold out      

Lanbitou Flowers Bamboo fountain pen     $15.00    Sold out       

Lanbitou Flowers Plum Blossom fountain pen     $15.00    Sold out       

These oversized beauties measure 5-2/4" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 5" with cap held aside. They appear to have a light white enameling over a brass base and are light enough for extended writing sessions. That expanse of white background provides the perfect canvas for the slightly raised artwork.

 

 

 

The four blossoms are sharply-rendered, and next to each flower is the Chinese character for the blossom that's depicted. Beneath that is the Lanbitou logo, name and model number.

       

                          

The pen body itself is a very pleasing design, with the white expanse highlighted by the gold-plated furniture, of cap rings, barrel rings, clip and jewel insert on top.

The clip bears the Lanbitou logo and has an interesting shape that will deal with the thinnest -- or thickest -- fabric.

                   

 

 

 

 

Removing the tight-fitting slip cap (which re-seats with a secure 'click') displays the knurled section -- providing non-slip purchase for one's fingers -- and the two-toned gold-plated nib. I'd rate the nib as a light-medium, meaning it falls between a typical western fine and medium...shaded a bit more toward the fine side.

              

 

Unscrewing the threads between the section and barrel displays the piston converter -- with ink agitator -- for bottled ink. The pen will also fit international-style ink cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve (including the larger MAXI cartridges). 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.

So, collect your favorite flower...or at this price...collect them all!

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:

orders@hisnibs.com
(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: July 18th, 2014

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