"I received the Jin Hao Wooden Chariot, and Dancing
Dragons today. They are truly works of art as well as reliable smooth-
writing pens that actually write better than many of my expensive European
models. Thanks for your kind attention, first class service and the hand written
note. I look forward to purchasing more pens from you in the near future."
Wooden Chariot fountain pen
Ok, your first question is probably "Is that really wood"? Yes. Your second question most likely is "What kind of wood"? I don't know! I'm guessing rosewood, but I'm not really up on my types of wood. I'm sure that a more knowledgeable person than I will let me know in short order.
What I can tell you is that this gorgeous pen is the first displaying Jinhao's new logo (even though I introduced the Celluloid series first), a stylized representation of a horse, chariot and two charioteers. This was inspired by the terracotta warriors found buried with the first Qin emperor of China, in the city of Xi'an. Hence the name.
This is an oversized pen, measuring 5-5/8" capped, 4-3/4" with cap held aside, and a theoretical 6-3/4" posted. I say theoretical because although some of the caps post on some of the pens, it's apparent that this wasn't really part of the design. I rarely post caps on any of my pens, and the size and heft of this one shows that the designers don't either. On those individual pens where the inner cap grabs a bit on the barrel-end, it's not a particularly attractive fit, and really makes the pen too 'butt-heavy' for comfortable writing.
Personally, I find this to be one of the most attractive designs yet produced by Jinhao. The wood barrel is handsomely complimented by the black of the cap and end-cap, and the gold-plated furniture of clip, bands and cap 'jewel'.
Removing the slip cap, which reseats with a secure 'snap', displays the two-toned, 18K gold-plated steel nib. The new logo is reprised here as well, along with 'Jinhao', '18K GP' and a Greek Key border. It's a good-looking design, with a large circular breather hole. Like most of the current Jinhao nibs, I'd rate this as a true western medium.
Unscrewing the all-metal threads between the section and barrel displays 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.
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: May 25th, 2013