Uranus 966 series
"Hi Norman, I received the pens yesterday. I am happy to report that all 4 pens [Invincia Stylus and Yellow Filigree pens] work great right out of the box! I have been using fountain pens for many, many years and have bought more than my share. I have found that buying pens online is pretty tricky. I generally prefer to go to a store and try out the specific nibs, to make sure the alignment, flow and smoothness are what I expect. I have had mixed experiences even with high end pens like Montblanc (I even took a pen to their repair center, but it has never worked quite right). I really like Lamy pens, but I would not buy them online either, because of the variations in the nibs. The reason for mentioning this is that your shipments are the exception. I have now (between this last order and the previous one) purchased about a dozen pens from you. Every one of them has had great flow, smoothness and alignment. Every one. Thank you again for your attention to detail and as always, your handwritten, sealed note."
T. D., Thornhill, Canada
"Hi Norman. Just received my new pens
today. They are even more beautiful than the WEB images imply! Absolutely love
the Uranus Butterfly model...couldn't help myself...just so whimsical! And it
was in YELLOW! Love the unique finger hold shape with the three sided finger
flats...brilliant. The Duke Sapphire is as expected
from Duke. Fantastic feel, just right weight and a splendid job of ornate
metal inlay. I am going to build myself a wall display cabinet over the
winter. Realized I forget about my small (but much loved) collection because
they are hidden away for safe keeping. I'll send you pictures of the finished
product! Thanks for the great customer service as well. Where else do you get
hand written thank you notes with wax seals on original origami folds!!! You
me say...I LOVE THEM ! The 966 is very cool looking, has a nib which seems
"just right" (just "write") as far as line width is concerned, and has a snap
on cap which I always look for...for a more rapid deployment!"
#966 Grapesicle $20.00
#966 Black/Green Butterfly $20.00
#966 Magenta/Black Butterfly $20.00
#966 Yellow/Black Butterfly $20.00
Here we have a really fun collection of colorful pens that are quite nice writers as well. These are full-sized pens, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 5-3/4" posted and 4-3/4" with cap held aside.
As you can see, there are two basic motifs of the 966 series. What I've called the sicles and the more obvious butterflies. The first two pens, because of the the colors used, immediately put me in mind of an orange creamsicle and a grapesicle. Due to lighting conditions I think, my camera had a difficult time capturing the true color of the Grapesicle. The individual photo above is too blue. The pen in real life is a true purple. I'd say the closest to capturing it is the group photo to the right.
The other four models all proudly display a spread wing butterfly. I'm not sure that I agree with the decision to but the center of the design behind the clip, but they're neat looking pens regardless.
is a sub-brand of DUKE, and removing the slip cap, which reseats securely
with a satisfying click, reveals a DUKE steel nib. I'd rate the model's
nib as a light-medium, between a typical western fine and medium
(although shaded perhaps to the fine end) and appears to be identical to that
used on the Duke Bamboo and 962
series. This is a pretty terrific little nib and is engraved with the
Duke logo and name.
The included piston converter for bottled ink (shown outside the yellow butterfly pen to the right), 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 (outside of the pen!), 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. 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.
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: March 12th, 2014