"Hello Norman I just revived my Copper Over the
Top pen and I must say it is a wonderful pen. I own seven pens all of which
write excellently , however the over the top is the only one that does not skip
no matter how fast I not only write but scribble, I can't make it skip. The
finish is beautiful and pen size, shape, style all excellent without being to
flashy. This is a take to the office but still not out of place in let's say a
classroom pen...May I also say what great customer service you have. I enjoyed
the note very much it adds more enjoyment to receiving a fountain pen being
folded the way it is and the wax seal. Also i very much appreciate the link to
the very helpful website. Even if you had sent me the worst pen in the world
based on the note, your prompt/very helpful replays and the link i would
definitely do business with you again."
"The Baoer 517 Over-the-Top bronze
fountain pen is smooth. Well, no surprise here. The Baoers you have sold me all
write with an extraordinary grace across the page. And I finally figured out how
the manufacturer manages it. Really, this was one of those 'duh! of course!'
moments. There is only one other place such 'smoothness' exists. Obviously, they
pay Billy Dee Williams to carry around each pen for a while, and the 'smooth'
rubs off. Yeah, I know. So obvious once you hear it spelled out like that.
I am happy to admit I am a fan of the Baoer pens. Like the others I've had, this
one has a heft and balance that make the pen easy to write with for long periods
of time. The fit and grip do not distract or shift in the hand as you write. The
Baoer construction is solid. If I can manage not to make a gift of it, this pen
will be a joy to write with for many, many years. The Over-the-Top pen clip came
in handy when I wore a denim jacket. The pen clips on to the heavy cloth
securely, and then is just as secure in a regular shirt pocket.
Finally, the comments I made about the Bookworm's
filler cartridge apply equally to this fine pen. As always, Norman, it is a
pleasure to use your products."
The finish on these pens is really quite attractive. Both have non-uniform stripes that seem almost randomly applied. On the bronze pen, this almost hints at a tiger-like pattern. It takes a more discerning eye to see them against the dark blue lacquer, but they're there nonetheless, and add some real visual interest.
The large, hinged clip is what really distinguishes this model however. Somewhat reminiscent of the military clips of a bygone age -- which allowed the pen to seat itself deeper in the pocket, with less of the cap visible than more standard clip designs -- these clips will spread away from the cap almost a full 1/2". Why you'd ever need such clearance I can't really say, but their springs allow them to snap back in place very securely, for worry-free grip.
Removing the slip cap from the pen -- which re-caps with a satisfying snap -- displays the two-toned, gold-plated steel nib. The nib is adorned with 'Baoer', 'China' and the Baoer logo. I'd rate the nib sized as a light-medium, meaning it falls somewhere between a typical western fine and medium.
The included piston converter for bottled ink has a ball agitator to help prevent ink adherence to the converter's sides...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 converter 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 pen will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve.
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)
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If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:
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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: May 25th, 2013