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"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."
C. K., San Antonio, TX 

"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! Cheers."
C. L., Afton, MN

"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 Baoer 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!"
J. P., Raleigh, NC

"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!"
D. H., Oxford, UK

"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!"
N. R., North Melbourne, Australia

"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."
C. M., Laredo, SPAIN

"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."
J. S., Millville, NJ

"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)."
E. J., Watertown, MA

"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."
M. F., United Kingdom

"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!)."
M. K., Waterloo, Canada

"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 again."
J. C., Columbia, S.C.

"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...."
A. R., Huntington, NY

"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).
Thanks again Norman--you have a winner here! This is, by far, the best Duke pen that I have tried."

 F. C., Chatham, NJ

 

DUKE Bamboo FP    $45.00    Sold out

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.

An additional metal band balances the other end of the barrel, where it meets one of the three bands adorning the cap. All-in-all, a well thought out design.

 

 

The cap top is adorned with a pearl 'jewel', and the black lacquered cap tends to accentuate the beauty of the wood barrel.

 

 

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

International customers, please note, we will not falsify shipping documents

Please send your order and shipping address (along with any questions) to:

orders@hisnibs.com
(on PayPal transactions, the email address may also display as stonebri@verizon.net)

We will email you back with your order total (PA residents please add 6% sales tax)

Credit cards, for the quickest fulfillment of your order, are accepted through PayPal, a secure site allowing you to use your credit card without us even seeing the information. If you'd like to make use of this credit card service, please let us know when you email your order and address, and we'll email you the appropriate Request for Payment, and instructions for the simple payment procedure (you don't need to join PayPal to use it).

                                                                                               

If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:

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His Nibs.com
  2540 W. Union Street
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We ship via insured Priority Mail
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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: July 18th, 2014

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