DUKE Pearl Waves
"Norman, the pens were outstanding! Everyone here is incredibly jealous of them!
I will be sending them all your way! By the way I had a complete blast trying to
figure out how to fill these up! Bottled ink was definitely the
way to go! Iíll
be for sure making more purchases soon!"
"Another great pen from His Nibs! How do you find
all of these Norman? Make them in your basement? I especially like the shape of
the section and how it 'interacts' with the nib visually. I now want all of my
pens to have pearl jewels! What panache!"
"What a terrific pen Norman! This is my fifth or
sixth Duke pen I've purchased from you over the years, and they never
disappoint. I love the look of the Pearl Waves and the fact that the cap screws
on both ends is a plus for me. A smooth writer -- of course, from His Nibs --
and worth many times this price, as it compares very favorably with other pens I
have that cost hundreds! Thanks for continuing to bring these beauties to the
I've named this model for it's two most striking visual cues...the pearl 'jewel' on top of the cap and the herringbone or wave pattern of the barrel. Duke also employs pearl jewels on the Duke 962 series of pens and Conklin makes use of the herringbone pattern in its...wait for it...Herringbone model!
These are full-sized pens, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-3/8" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside. Although primarily lacquer-over-brass construction, they're not particularly heavy and are very comfortable for extended writing sessions.
The capband has a distinctive crenellated pattern and the clip has Duke in script and 669 -- the model number -- engraved upon it. Also of note are the threads visible near the end of the barrel -- as the cap screws on to both ends of the pen.
Unscrewing that cap reveals the same nib as used on the 962 series previously mentioned, I'd rate it as a light-medium, between a typical western fine and medium (although shaded perhaps to the fine end) and is also used on the Duke Bamboo. The nib reprises the Duke logo and name.
Unscrewing the all-metal threads between the section and barrel displays the piston converter -- with a steel ink agitator -- for bottled ink. It will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve.
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
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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: August 19th, 2023