"Hi Norman, I just wanted to write
you to say that both the pens you sent me arrived in excellent condition and I
couldn't be happier! The Monteverde Invincia
Deluxe is amazing and I love the stub nib! I'm using the Haolilai as my
daily writer though (to keep the Monteverde safe) and I'm amazed at how well it
"Dear Norman, I was taken very much by surprise by the quality and smooth writing of the Haolilai ZHF. Both pens you sent [the other was a Dollar pen] are an excellent value for the money. I will certainly be a repeat customer."
R. R., Palestine, TX
"By the way, the last
two pens [he purchased a
Duke Bamboo and Haolilai ZHF-101]
were real beauties. I wasn't surprised, however, I have yet to be less than
thrilled with your merchandise. This is unusual in this day in age, where
disappointment is the norm."
"My pen order arrived today! I have
been considering the Haolilai ZHF101 first. The nib is very nice; smooth,
proper ink delivery. Pen has great balance. The finish of the pen is
exceptional. The gold flake, speckled design is noticeable yet not
overpowering. My wife was going to confiscate it for her own use but decided
she was afraid she would loose it, so i still have it! This is easily the
finest $45 pen I have ever seen."
"In general, if I were to choose a line of pens, it would
be the Haolilai...I find it not only beautiful in a subdued, unpretentious way,
but also comfortable and marvelously well designed. It also writes with a
fluidity that I haven't found in pens tens of times more expensive."
"This pen with itís powerful bold black body and star burst gold cluster glitter brilliance is itís statement of quality. But what caught my attention is the gold sharp dagger like nib. It is very different from other nibs. Powerful and quick when writing out decisive directives."
N. S., Van Nuys, CA
"Norman, the Haolilai you sent is Magnificent!
Smooth as silk. Perfectly weighted. Exquisite look. A treasure. Many thanks
for making this possible...It's a week later I'm still stunned at the
Haolilai's sheer beauty and exquisite functionality. To find such quality for
an affordable price amazes me. Like
having a $45.00 (real) Rolex!"
"Norman: I finally sat down to ink
up the new Haolilai ZHF101 you sold to me a couple of weeks ago. Ah, what a
great pen! I was surprised how smoothly it wrote and how well the ink flowed
through the fine nib. That, I suspect, is due to your pre-inspection before
sending it out. It has a solid feel to it and a nice balance. So far I prefer
writing with it unposted, though that may change as I get more experience with
it. Many thanks for offering such a great pen for sale! May I also add that my
wife has admired the pen's look and feel. She
"A short note to say, Happy Holidays and to tell
you how pleased I am with my Haolilai pen. I have used it every
day for the past two weeks and it has really passed the writing test. This pen
writes smoothly, is dependable (always ready to write, even if I leave the cap
off) and attractive to carry.
"I wanted to let you know that the Haolilai arrived yesterday. I filled it with Noodlers' Blue, and I must say that for the money it's a great pen!...It always amazes me how a pen that only costs $45 or so can outperform pens costing 5 to 10 times as much." F.C., New Jersey
Here we have a pen from a Chinese manufacturer that's coming up with some really terrific designs, and the ZHF101 fits the bill in a number of ways. This would be considered as a large or full-sized pen, measuring a bit over 5-1/2" capped and a full 6-1/4" posted. When I first saw this pen I was immediately reminded of a Dunhill-Namiki maki-e pen from the 1930's that I'd seen in the November, 2005 issue of Pen World magazine.
The subtle use of gold-colored flecks against the black lacquer background gives a similar appearance to the gold powder used on Japanese maki-e pens (which often run into the many thousands of dollars).
It actually has quite a subtle appearance, unless brought under direct light (as in these photos), where it sparkles. The classic, modified-torpedo shape and understated use of gold highlights of clip, rings and crown (which bears the Haolilai 'opposing triangles' logo) makes one feel that perhaps they have acquired a fountain pen from the golden age. The solid, gracefully-curved clip has a triangular piece removed near the top, which really adds to the overall beauty of the pen's design.
The cap is a slip-off type, which re-seats with a secure snap. Removing the cap reveals the next design surprise...a semi-wraparound nib (it doesn't actually meet underneath), finished in 22K gold-plate. Much like the unmarked nibs from DUKE, I would describe these as light-medium, meaning that in my experience they shade slightly toward the finer side of a western medium nib, but are very definitely broader than what we'd consider a fine.
The nib itself is engraved with '22KGP', 'Haolilai', and a reprise of the double triangle logo found on the cap top. The section is a highly-textured one, providing a very firm purchase when writing.
This is a classy, retro-styled beauty that seems to have become a daily user for me...as exemplified by the ink stains on the nib!
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
International customers, please note, we will not falsify shipping documents
Please send your order and shipping address (along with any questions) to:
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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: October 22nd, 2014