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The AIR Best Writer calligraphy set is my first foray into the Online line of pens, but will be adding more as interest grows. Here's what's available currently in the U.S.
The AIR Best Writer calligraphy set is comprised of a soft triangle shaped calligraphy pen and two additional grips, which house three high-quality iridium calligraphy nibs in sizes 0.8 mm, 1.4 mm and 1.8 mm. The variety of nib sizes guarantees a pleasant, fluid writing style which is perfect for creative writing. The AIR Best Writer calligraphy set accepts standard ink cartridges or converter (I find that the Monteverde green or clear piston converter works fine, but not the screw-in or Jinhao ones due to barrel size) and includes a magnetic closing reusable box, linen case and standard ink cartridges.
Although referred to as a calligraphy pen, the nibs are not what I would consider italics, but rather stub nibs, due to their rounded edges. These are perfectly suited for normal, shaded writing, as well as for use in the practice of italic calligraphy.
The pen measures 5-7/8" capped and 5-5/8" with cap held aside. The cap cannot be posted on the pen barrel and snaps back into place over the nib. Changing nibs is a simple procedure of unscrewing one nib/section and screwing in the next. The triangular grip section has a slight 'give' to the material and is exceptionally comfortable to hold, and also positions the fingers perfectly for the correct angle of attack for the stub nib.
The kit comes with a long, proprietary cartridge of blue ink in the barrel, and 6 short international-style cartridges in the box -- three black and three brown -- along with a velcro-closing linen pen sleeve and magnetic-closure gift box.
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: November 16th, 2018