DUKE Khaki Squares
"Norman, the Duke Khaki Squares also arrived. This pen is very nice. The nib is smooth and has nice ink wetness. This will become a favorite for my rotation of my other pens. Thank you for your fast and excellent customer service!"
M. H., Mililani, HI
"Hey Norman, received my pens [also the
Dragon Overlay] on Tuesday, thanks for the
quick shipping. I absolutely love every one. I already own a Cross and a Lamy
and these put them to shame. The weight and feel are excellent. The fact that
they are metal and that they cap and post firmly was an awesome surprise.
Thanks and we will talk again soon."
DUKE Khaki Squares FP
I struggled a bit in finding a name for this pen (DUKE tends to only number models, and this is #929), and actually spent quite a bit of time reviewing color charts to find one. I wanted to highlight the rather fetching appearance of this color and although I never found an exact match, the closest I came to was 'dark khaki'. Matched with the sharply defined squares that cover the cap and most of the barrel, the moniker was born.
The pen is constructed of brass and chrome overall, but the lacquering that now gives the pen its name gives it a texture somewhat like that of snakeskin pens I've felt in the past. It's a full-sized pen, measuring 5-1/4" capped and 6" posted, and has a pleasing heft without being at all tiring during long writing sessions. It's well balanced, whether one writes with the cap posted or held aside.
The barrel-end has a black, textured 'jewel', which serves no purpose other than to provide a nice design element, and somehow fits better than leaving it all chrome.
The steel nib, an indented spear shape, is finished with white 22K gold and attests to that fact within a modified scallop shell engraving. The DUKE crown logo is also reproduced here. The nib size, like virtually all DUKE models, is what I describe as a light-medium, falling in between a typical western fine and medium.
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings between the section and barrel reveals a large capacity piston for bottled ink. The pen is comes in a sateen-lined gift box, which has a magnetic closure.
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: July 18th, 2014