"Dear Norman, The Duke Bamboo fp arrived today,
and I appreciate your sending it so promptly. The pen is very
attractive, well-made, and comfortable to use. The ink flow is just as
I like it, and I appreciate very much your making the flow adjustments
I requested. What continues to amaze me is that a pen of this quality
can be offered at such a low price whereas other pens costing much
more offer much less. In many instances, I guess, it is the name one
pays for, but that means nothing to me if the pen doesn’t write well
or is cheaply made. Your enclosed note meant even more this time
because of your video
showing the process you use to form them. They are a wonderful
addition to your excellent service, and I save them all."
"Hi Norman. The Bamboo arrived safe and
sound and it is a lovely pen! It writes so smoothly and I love the
heft of it!... It is a smooth writing pen and makes writing a breeze!
"Hello Norman. A BIG thank you is in order
for the two outstanding pens. This is the Duke Bamboo [handwritten
note] inked with Eclat de Saphir. Lovely -- smooth and wet! The
8-Horse is just as nice. Both magnificent in their own right. Your
promptness in processing my order is very much appreciated as well. I
wish you continued success. P. S. The included note was over the top!"
"Dear Norman, I've been meaning to write
to you for sometime about the Duke Bamboo which I bought from you a
couple of months ago. What can I say? From the moment I started
writing with it, I was completely in love with it. I could spend many
absent minutes in between studying gazing at the grain of the bamboo
and the way it caught the light. It served me immensely well in
sitting my final undergraduate exams, and the esteem in which I held
it could explain the only moment of mild consternation which I
experienced on my wedding day last week - when I realised that it had
somehow ended up, after I used it to sign the register, being
nominated as the pen for guests to write in the guest-book with! As
apparently one guest asked 'which way up do you hold it?' (wince!), it
can only be a testament to the sturdy nature of the nib that it was
still as beautifully smooth the day after as it had been before.
Unfortunately, you may have noticed that I write in the past tense. A
couple of days ago, tragedy struck - I had packed the Bamboo in my
rucksack for a journey and, somewhere along the line, it must have
managed to slip out. To say that I acted like a bear with a sore head
when I realised its absence would be putting it mildly! Indeed, I fear
I scowl every time that I am forced to write something down in the
spare gel pen which I brought - the resistance, the plasticky look of
the ink! I have been spoilt by wonderful fountain pens. I am hoping
the Bamboo might be found through some judicious calling of bus
companies, but, if it cannot, could you please (once again!) put me on
the waiting list for another should you get another batch in? I have
been saving up for a new laptop with which to commence graduate
studies, but have decided that equally important is a good pen -- so I
am going to get a cheaper laptop, and another Bamboo, and will then
surely be well and truly set-up for another couple of degrees!"
"Hi Norman, the pen and pen roll arrived
today. Thanks to your instructions on initial clean, the Bamboo is
writing beautifully from the get-go. The pen
roll [Tracery Vines]
is absolutely lovely. The note with the wax seal is a lovely touch.
Thank you so much for the service and I hope to shop again soon!"
"The Bamboo pen just arrived. I'm afraid my
English is not good enough to describe how pleased I feel. From the
gorgeous case to the clean writing: the pen itself is so beautiful, the
feel in my hand while writing is that of something strong and delicate
at the same time...Wonderful. Thank you."
"By the way, the last two pens
[he purchased a Duke Bamboo and
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."
"The Duke Bamboo pen arrived today. I've been
using it for the last few hours, and I'm very pleased with it. It's as
handsome a pen as I expected from the pictures on your website, but I was
pleasantly surprised by the quality of the nib as well. It writes very
smoothly, even on lower quality paper (I tend to write in cheap
composition books, which are hit or miss for fountain pens). Also--and I
don't know whether this is a result of the nib's engineering, your
adjustments, or both--it is one of only two pens I have used whose nibs do
not creep when filled with my preferred Noodler's Inks (the other being a
much pricier Sailor)."
"First of all, thank you very
much for the Duke Bamboo pen that I ordered from you recently...I would like to say more fully that the pen is
beautiful, exceptionally well made, and writes superbly (which I
attribute in no small measure to your checking of each and every nib,
especially going by my past experiences with nibs out of the box on far
more expensive pens); and the whole buying experience is made a pleasure
by your first class service and attention to detail."
"Hi Norman. The pen (Duke, bamboo) and
pen-roll arrived! I'm still getting used to
the feel of it--alas, the way I prefer to grip pens happens to span this
pen's metal threaded join between section and barrel, due to the shorter
section on this pen--but I can't believe how well it writes! Thanks for
the tuning, you got the balance just right, not too dry, not too wet. It
writes so "smoothly"... not butter smooth, but a more "utilitarian
smooth", that's the best way I can put it. Reminds me a lot of the feel
of the LAMY Safari in fact. I doubt the the professed German roots of the
Duke are reason, but who knows. The smoothness is so at odds with nib's
rather very common and basic appearance. Anyhow, thanks for a great pen,
it's vying for top spot of "daily pen" with my Safari now. :-) BTW, I
really liked the packaging (and the seal!)."
"Norman, Received my latest order
this afternoon. Really appreciate your service in what must be trying times.
Those series 329 pens took me back to my
youth. They are smooth. Remind me so much of the feel of the Parker 61
although the barrel appears to be slightly smaller. I believe the
Copper Burst does work better for my vision. Stands
out more than the Chocolat for my reading. As usual,
saving the best for last. Thanks for the selection on the Duke Bamboo. This
pen in six hours has become one of my all-time favorites. To put it mildly,
this is a luxury pen at a student price. The pen maneuvers with such balance
that it's hard to believe the length is so great. Only comparable length I
have tried is a Mount Blanc Diplomat and the Duke has it beat on balance.
The dark bamboo brings back memories of a lamented lost Pelikan 800. That
delicate taper makes you take a second look. And then I started to write
with it. It more than matches the two pens I referred to above. Really
satisfying...This Bamboo pen is so smooth...Thanks
"Norman, the pens arrived and are wonderful. The
Duke is a Gorgeous pen and an incredibly smooth writer (given your
adjustments), the ink flow is perfect for me! The
Pilot is an incredible value, the stub nib writes wonderfully and it seems
to be a great value in an everyday writer. I believe I remember that it comes
in a BB nib as well, if so I will be ordering one. I love stub nibs and the
nib is what makes that pen a great piece. Thanks for your prompt service.
Till next time...."
"Hi Norman, I wanted you to know
that I really like the Duke. I used it today at a conference, and besides its
great looks it is a very good writer. The nib reminds me of those on Cross FPs
(which, to me, are very good).
The most versatile grass plant in the world -- and certainly the Panda Bear's favorite -- finds its way into making the barrel of the gorgeous DUKE Bamboo fountain pen.
This is a full-sized model, measuring 5-3/4" capped, 5" with cap aside, and a humungous 7" with its cap posted. The pen is light enough that posting the cap is not unreasonable, but certainly not necessary for a comfortable fit in the hand.
These pens were on my order waiting-list for several months, as my supplier told me that DUKE was out-of-stock of the special bamboo used in their manufacture. I thought that bamboo was bamboo, but have since learned that there are at least one-thousand species, and the deep, rich texture and coloration of this bamboo was definitely worth the wait.
The long barrel of bamboo -- which is lacquer-coated -- is interrupted at the end by a metal posting band. Interestingly, the bamboo is continued, in a stepped-down diameter, beyond that...until it meets the dome-shaped chrome end-cap.
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings between the cap and barrel reveals not only the silver steel nib -- which I would rate as a light-medium -- but also the two-step section. Rather than use just a plain black section, Duke used a resin with blue and white pearlized inclusions. It's a subtle, but pleasant discovery.
The included piston converter, for bottled ink, has a wire 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 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. The pen comes equipped with a piston converter for bottled ink and will also fit 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: April 17th, 2014