"Hi Norman, Could I just pass on how
impressed I am with both the pen I have just received and the quality of the
service you provided. The pen looks and writes beautifully. I hadn't been
expecting the pen for at least another week (as it was shipping to the UK) and
to get it within just a few days of purchasing it was a very pleasant
surprise. The handwritten note was also a nice touch, look forward to buying
from you again. All the best,"
"Norman, I received the Bevel today. I dipped it in
some ink (pelican blue) just to test it out, I'm very impressed. This is my
first Chinese pen, and it certainly will not be my last! Thanks for the
excellent customer service. I love the way you wrote your note, with the wax
seal (so cool). And that you wrote the color of the ink at the bottom (great
idea!!). We'll be doing business again, I promise!"
The Bevel is a slim pen, but full-sized in length, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6" capped and 4-3/4" with cap held aside. It's a spare, clean design with it's most noticeable feature being its beveled cap top.
The Chrome version has a chrome clip, cap band and cap top, which all nicely set-off the reflective black lacquer of the cap and barrel. The cap band is engraved with 'Jinhao' and '11' (the model number), but it's the raised Jinhao 'Charioteer' logo (upside down in the image) that adds distinction and set on a 3-dimensional honeycomb background.
The Stealth has all of the same design elements, but has more of a matte finish (I suspect it's anodized aluminum, but I can't confirm this), with everything rendered in black. It's perfect if you're an international spy and need to sneak your fountain pen into a den of miscreants.
The pen comes with a slip cap, which securely snaps back into place. Removing the cap displays the 18K gold-plated, silver-colored steel nib. The size of the nib is in keeping with the slim design of the model. I would rate the nib as a light medium, meaning it's between a typical western fine and medium.
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings between section and barrel reveals 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.
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:
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:
1. Card # (dividing this number in two, between two emails, will
If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:
ship via insured Priority Mail
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: January 17th, 2015