Jinhao Snakeskin fountain pen $35.00
Let me first mention that this is an all-metal pen, and is not covered in snakeskin! I suppose that this pen could also have been called the Chessboard or Checkerboard, but the somewhat diffuse, slightly irregular markings more readily suggest a biological pattern.
Although of metal construction, the pen is actually quite light, and writing for extended periods with the cap posted is not a fatiguing proposition at all.
Due to the fairly dark colors, this is actually a demur-looking pen and quite sophisticated in appearance. A visually arresting sheen appears under direct light, which almost makes the pattern seem lit-from-within.
Removing the slip cap -- which securely reattaches with a satisfying snap -- reveals the oversized nib (larger than that on a Pelikan M800 for instance, but not quite as large as that one a Montblanc 149). The nib is a monotone, 18K gold-plated steel nib. I personally find these nibs a joy to use, and rate them as western mediums. The nib pictured shows a dragon's head and neck, and is also engraved with the Chinese characters for Jin Hao and '18K GP'. Jinhao sometimes uses the regular nib, which is engraved with 'Jinhao' rather than the dragon's head.
Unscrewing the barrel reveals the piston converter for bottled ink, with its included ink-agitator inside. 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. A gift box is 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.
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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.
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Revised: May 25th, 2013