DUKE Gold Medal series
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Gold Medal in Matte Gold & Marble
Gold Medal in Matte Gold & Brown
Gold Medal in Gold Stripes & Marble
Gold Medal in Gold Stripes & Brown
The gorgeous DUKE Gold Medal pen is offered in four finishes. Measuring 5-1/4" capped and 6-1/4" posted, it's on the slim side, and fits comfortably in any hand. The first two make use of a lovely marble-veined Italian resin, used in a number of DUKE pens, while the third and fourth have a deep, rich 'wood-grain' appearing resin that's quite unlike any I've ever seen.
The pens shipped with either a two-toned or monotone14K gold nib, in medium, with a concentric half-oval design engraved alongside 'Duke', '14K' and '580' (which should read '585' for 14K gold!). This differs from the nib show in the catalog photo at the top of the page, and whether a specific pen has the two-toned or monotone nib in place just depends upon what we have in stock at the moment (although we will attempt to honor preference requests).
The pen utilizes a slip cap, which re-caps securely with a noticeable 'click'. A very nice feature to the pen -- no matter the finish -- is that the resin pattern is continued through both the section and the cap top of the pen, rather than opting for a more usual solid black. I've heard Dyas Anna Lawson of Stylophiles magazine describe this, in relation to the section, as a "self-section", and I can't improve on that moniker .
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings of the section and barrel displays a rubber gasket for a tight seal, and the large capacity piston converter. The pens come housed in a large, golden foil gift box, which contains a rich, burgundy 'alligator-skin' pen box.
Opening the pen box displays a metal certificate on the inside of the lid, written in both English and Chinese characters. The English says:
This pen is recognized as "Gold Medal" in DUKE series. With the design saturated with European style and meticulous craftsmanship, it exhibits the modern pen's pith and bears high values for writing and collecting. It is made of 14K gold, platinum and Italian resin under strict test to meet international standards. It makes writing become art. This pen is guaranteed around world. European technology. (With the exception of man-made damage). (I've not corrected the grammar ).
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:
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If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:
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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: July 18th, 2014