"I bought a blue one with a stub nib - and man am I
happy with it - a great writer very smooth...Thanks Norm."
"Hi Norman, I received the Wing Sung Salmon Crest and the Monteverde Napa (stub nib) pens last Mon. & I'm very pleased with both. The Salmon Crest is an excellent jotting pen that writes fine and is reliable on all types of paper. I'm really enjoying the Napa with the stub nib. This pen is attractive and has just the right amount of heft to produce clear calligraphic lettering. It writes incredibly smooth. I must admit that I've never had so much fun writing! Thanks for these great pens."
KFG Columbus, OH
it. Great pen. The clip is great and the colors really pop. Monteverde's
design continues to evolve. Very nice."
As you can see from the photos, these are multi-colored resin pens -- so 'Red', for instance, only speaks to the predominate color (I would have preferred 'Café au lait' rather than 'Ivory', but I've decided to use that name for one of Lai Yee's newest pen roll patterns). The Napa oversized fountain pen is an homage to Monteverde's home state of California, and it's premier wine region (and see the new Catalina, which pays homage to the island off the coast of Los Angeles).
The fountain pen measures 5-3/4" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 5-1/8" with cap held aside. Along with the brilliant colors, the first things you notice about the Napa is the wide filigree cap band -- and the even wider ink-view window.
The Napa also introduces Monteverde's new clip design, which incorporates a wheel for easy rolling over any pocket fabric -- allowing for quick placement or removal -- coupled with a secure grip. The clip also sports the new position for Monteverde's mountain logo.
The ink-view window adds terrific functionality, allowing you to instantly gauge the amount of ink present in your pen, as well as providing the opportunity of playing with different ink color/pen color combinations. Although I haven't done so personally, the pen's design calls out for an experiment with silicone grease on the threads and removal of the ink converter, to turn the pen into a massive-capacity eyedropper by filling the barrel directly.
The cap of the red Napa is particularly interesting, as in the examples I've so far examined (each pen's pattern is unique in all three colors), the resin used is semi-transparent in sections, allowing for an ethereal glimpse of the enclosed nib!
The cap is a screw type and posts securely as a slip cap. The nibs are available in B, M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that the Monteverde nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the B nib as a typical medium, the M as a fine and the F as an x-fine. The stub is a 1.1 mm medium. Please specify the nib size you'd like, by letter or 'stub' only, to avoid confusion when ordering.
Should you wish to order an additional nib ($24.00 each), in another size, note that the Napa doesn't have a screw-out nib unit, but rather the nib and feed can pull out, directly from the section.
The fountain pens come with a piston converter for bottled ink...but 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 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 take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve. The Monteverde gift box and warranty are included.
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 25th, 2013