"Pen (Tiger Eye) came in
today’s post. PR Cosmic Cobalt drew the first ink. I really like the pen, style.
Colors, and the nib is really really smooth. I think we are to do fine. Thank
you for your personal (professional) care through this process."
Here's a trio of full-sized pens, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-1/4" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside.
Interestingly, my camera didn't like taking the Tiger Eye and the Royal Purple in the same photo, color-wise. If I had an accurate reflection of the Royal Purple -- as in the first photo above -- the Tiger Eye would loose its deep orange/brown tint. Conversely, adjusting that pen to reflect reality, would turn the purple blue! So, I've taken enough photos of the pens individually for you to see their true colors, but the group shots are off one way or the other. (photo at right adjusted for Tiger Eye color)
Although full-sized, and lacquer-over-brass construction, these are not heavy pens. Whether writing with the cap posted or held aside (the pen is plenty long enough for this), this is a well-balanced model at allows for extended writing sessions without fatigue.
Employing a slip cap which re-seats with a secure 'snap', it posts through friction. Some of the pens I received had nibs engraved with 'Iridium Point Paris', while other displayed 'Baoer'. In either case, the nib falls into my light-medium category, which mean that I judge it to fall in between a typical western fine and medium....although these nibs tend to run a bit closer to a true medium.
Unscrewing the threads between section and barrel displays the included piston converter and it's little ink-agitator ball. The pen will also fit international-style ink 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.
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: August 27th, 2014