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Gladiator

(These are not currently stocked, but can still be ordered)


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Have you always wanted to unleash your inner Russell Crowe or Kirk Douglas? Have I got the pen for you!

A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, "swordsman", from gladius, "sword") was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death.

Irrespective of their origin, gladiators offered spectators an example of Rome's martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they could inspire admiration and popular acclaim. They were celebrated in high and low art, and their value as entertainers was commemorated in precious and commonplace objects throughout the Roman world.

 


Gladiator red fountain pen        $195.00     $156.00    Sold out


 

Gladiator black fountain pen        $195.00    $156.00    Sold out


Gladiator blue fountain pen        $195.00   
$156.00    Sold out


 

The Gladiator is an oversized resin pen, measuring 5-5/8" capped,
6-1/2" posted and 5" with cap held aside.

             

                                                          

 

It's that cap that first captures the attention! The matte-finish capband is -- to use Stipula's phrase -- "high sculpture artwork", recreating the current ruins of the magnificent Coliseum...home to many gladiatorial competitions over the centuries. 

             

 

 

Equally captivating is the no-nonsense, spring-mounted clip, which reproduces the famous Roman short sword, or Gladius -- which was a commonly used weapon amongst gladiators.

                               

 

The top of the cap depicts a typical gladiator round shield as background to a net, which was used to ensnare an opponent, a helmet and a trident.

           

 

Another matte-gold ring, this time near the end of the barrel, reprises the studs used in the gladiator's shield.

              

 

The barrel itself displays the only manufacturer marks, with 'Stipula' in script;  'Firenze' (Italian for Florence, Stipula's home city); 'Made in Italy'; and 'Gladiator'.

 

 

 

Unscrewing the cap reveals another matte-gold barrel ring, this time separating the section from the barrel. The cap posts securely on the barrel end through friction. Also on display is the gold-plated steel nib, engraved with the leaves from the Stipula logo. The Gladiator comes with the chose of three nib sizes: fine, medium or a 1.1mm stub!

                                

 

 

                
                                                                                                The 1.1mm stub nib is visible on the red Gladiator

                                                           

 

Other, special-order nibs in titanium, 14K gold and 18K gold are also available.

 

              

 

 

 

The Gladiator comes delivered in a large red gift box. Opening the top reveals a side door, which houses the piston converter for bottled ink, a starter cartridge (International style, such as those from Private Reserve) and the warranty/care guide.

                   

                                                       

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 Stipula Gladiator. Now you don't have to choose whether the sword or the pen is mightier. You've got both together!    

                                             

                                                                                   

 

Gladiator rollerball

 

                                                                   
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                                                           Gladiator rollerball        $175.00    $140.00

 



Gladiator ballpoint

                                                                     

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                                                           Gladiator ballpoint        $155.00    $124.00

 

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: September 1st, 2014

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