"I have been on vacation since I sent in the
order. So, I just got the pen. It's really quite nice. Better than I expected. I
have a MB 149 and a Pelikan 800, bitter/sweet to say that the Jinhao is smoother
than both of them...Thanks and I will be ordering more!!!"
This finish on this pen is reminiscent to me of Jackson Pollock paintings...of a spatter of white paint on a black canvas. It's a very sharp-looking pen, and quite unlike anything else I've seen.
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), as well as the cleverly-designed section, with grooved finger pads for a secure grip. The nib is a two-toned, 18K gold-plated steel nib. I personally find these nibs a joy to use, and rate them as western mediums. This is the same underlying pen model as the Desert Sands, Ivory, Plasma and Starry Night.
As the photos show, the nib is engraved with Jinhao in script, as well as 18K GP. I've been writing with one of these pretty extensively for some time now, and unlike the majority of Chinese nibs, I judge this to fall in the range of a true western medium. That's still a rarity, but can also be found on the Silver Chain, Evening Stripes and Dragon's Offspring series of pens.
Jinhao, like Duke, is making a real attempt to design pens and nibs that appeal to western users, as well as their home market. Consequently, these nibs are not as stiff as the typical Chinese nib designed for domestic use (where a fine, stiff nib is preferred for writing their more intricate characters). The one I've been using is very smooth. It even has a hint of flex to it!
I find the Plasma's section to be a well thought out piece of ergonomic design. It incorporates three ribbed indents, that at least on my hand, fit perfectly where I rest my thumb, index and middle fingers when writing. This provides for an exceptionally secure feel when laying down ink to paper, and is a design that I wish more sections employed.
Unscrewing the barrel reveals the piston converter 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. A gift box is included.
* The Monteverde nibs are available in B, M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that 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. They may also be ordered separately, for $24.00 each.
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: December 5th, 2013