"Hi Norman, just to let you know Kakuno safely received. The Inner child is well pleased! The pen is very light, has a nice grip, and writes very smoothly indeed. Thanks again for your usual good and efficient service. Regards,"
M. B., Toronto, CA
Let me first try to clear up the confusion about the nib sizes available. The Japanese 'F' designation is actually like a western xx-fine nib. The 'M' is like a typical western fine nib.
OK, let's me honest. Who doesn't want a smiling face staring up at them from their nib while they write? It sort of encourages the endorphins and makes for an all-around better disposition I say! Also, you might just find that your nib winks at you (the nib on the white-barrel version)!!!!!
The Kaküno is actually a full-size pen, measuring 5-1/8" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 5" with cap held aside. Despite this, it's a great starter fountain pen for a child (much like the Dollar SP-10) -- who often find it easier to write with a pen that has some girth to it. Or, if you're an adult (with a child inside, screaming to get out), then here's a pen that adds a bit of whimsy to your life.
The pen comes packaged with a starter Pilot black ink cartridge, but you can also substitute the CON-50 converter, to use bottled ink. Unless you ask me not to, then I'll break the packaging seal in order to examine, and if necessary, adjust the nib for you -- as I do with all pens that ship from HisNibs.com.
Both the barrel and grip section are hexagonal, making it easy to find the perfect finger position -- and keep the pen from rolling off the desk! There's actually a little tab on the cap that doubly ensures that the pen's not going anywhere. I actually think that the tab serves the purpose of helping your thumb push off the snap cap. The cap posts securely through friction.
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.
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:
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
If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:
ship via insured Priority Mail
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: November 11th, 2018