"I want you to know we are thrilled with our I Ching
fountain pen. We love the beauty of the pen. The nib writes very nicely. The
feel of the pen overall is very nice. This is a wonderful pen to use. Just using
this golden I Ching makes you feel blessed and prosperous. That's wonderful in
itself. What a pen to use in your everyday business dealings, eh? The price of
the pen and shipping is negligible and very affordable. Yet the way one's spirit
soars when handling this pen is beyond what even a fancy limited edition could
do, and we all know that attitude is everything. Thanks again."
"Norman, The pen and ink arrived today! I just want
to thank you for your quick delivery. The pen writes great! I am so glad I chose
the I Ching. I will definitely be buying more pens from hisnibs.com."
"I checked my
box Saturday Voila!! My order was in. My daughter asked if she could open the
box, I allowed her under very close supervision and scrutiny. She saw the I
Ching and looked at the Taijitu on the end cap and gasped, I told her the
number of hexes were 13 – she didn’t care – we aren’t superstitious, but she is
totally into this Ying & Yang lately. She knows I love dragons and she was
excited to see the clip. Looks REAL good. Once we returned home I filled it with
the bottled ink I have and Love (Namiki) and began writing. It writes
wonderfully smooth, and the weight – for me – is absolutely perfect. What I have
learned about myself, after a while my hand gets spasms while writing (or
drawing) and I have been known to drop things. So even when my hand spasmed, the
weight was fine enough to lean against my hand and not topple over, nor did the
ink bleed out onto the paper. The I Ching writes very closely like my Pelikan M
205 (fine Nib). It just longer and a bit more weight (heft as you call it). I
agree with your assessment of the fine-medium, absolutely beautiful. I am
writing now, (something I should have been doing a lot more of, for years) and
hoping this will turn into a book in about 30 days. At some point I will have
to put the pen down to turn it into a word processed format of some sort, but
for now going to enjoy my I Ching. I am SO glad I selected it."
I Ching Silver fountain pen
Ash fountain pen
I Ching Gold fountain pen
Here's a pen design that clearly embodies its Chinese heritage! A full-sized pen at 5-3/8" capped and 6-1/4" posted, this brass-bodied beauty has a nice heft to it, but is well-balanced for extended writing sessions with or without its cap posted.
The barrel and cap of the I Ching are made up of 13 'sides' or panels (the number 13 is not considered an unlucky one in China ), which smoothes out the hard edges that can sometimes be felt with the more common hexagonal shape (now, aren't most 'hexes' considered unlucky?).
It's cap top is adorned with symbols from the ancient (close to 5,000 years) text of I Ching, often referred to as the Book of Changes. The center is shows the Taijitu symbol, more familiar in the west as the yin-yang symbol, which broadly translated indicates the dynamic balance of complementary opposites. This is surrounded by the eight Bagua or trigrams of Taoist cosmology, (the solid line represents yang, the creative principle, while the open line represents yin, the receptive principle.). Each, or trigram symbol has a name, nature, season, personality, family, direction and meaning...so you can see that there's a bit of complexity developed over 5000 years. If you want to learn more about this fascinating subject, just click on any of the underlined links above.
Now it would be hard to find anything that more represents ancient China -- or modern for that matter -- than the dragon. Here we have one well represented, as it is the clip! From the highly textured scales of its back, to the gleaming red eyes resting behind its snout (I think we can safely assume that they're not rubies at this price), this is a clip that means business.
Removing the slip cap reveals the two-toned steel nib, which employs the attractive ovals pattern seen on many of Jinhao's nibs -- such as the Flames -- and the company name is engraved upon it in script. I would rate the nibs as a light-medium, meaning it lays down a line somewhere between a typical western fine and medium nib. Smooth, and not as stiff a nib as those found on many Chinese pens.
Unscrewing the section from the barrel, one finds the included piston converter for bottled ink. The converter includes a little agitator ball to help prevent adherence of the ink to the plastic walls of the cylinder, but it's still recommended 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 (outside of the pen!), 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 fit international-style ink cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve.
All-in-all, and attractive and representative import from China.
There's a fairly subtle distinction between the Gold and the new Bronze versions. The Bronze is a bit darker and has an aged, two-toned look to it. The Gold is uniformly gold, and a bit brighter in appearance.
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 21st, 2013