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"Dear Norman, It seems like with each order, the pens just keep getting better. The Jinhao Jasper that arrived this morning looks like it belongs on some executive's or statesman's desk with the translucence giving it a presence that is truly noticed. Ink flow is excellent, and the nib puts down a most satisfying medium/fine line that is right now in rich PR Sherwood Green. The solid feel bespeaks a well-made pen, and overall it is a joy to engage this pen on paper. Thanks so much for making these pens available to us, Norman. I did not expect another pen case, but it is most welcome and as fine and beautiful as the first one. This one went to my wife for her Jinhao Ivory, and she was thrilled. Thanks also for your note. I notice the various inks you use to write them, and this has gradually gotten me out of my blue ink rut. I used black ink for nearly 30 years before I would even go to blue. Now, when I see some of the colors you are using, they interest me, and I am willing to try some of them. The greens I ordered are very nice, and I will enjoy using them."
C. K., San Antonio, TX

"The pen arrived and is certainly an attractive specimen. I have an imitation centennial made by Hero which wasn't too good. The Jinhao looks a lot better. As regards its size, it is closer to the International (the smaller model) than the centennial. Its cap is smaller than that of the international. I can't use Jinhao's pens for spare parts for Parker, but it is certainly a nice pen in its own right. Many thanks."
C. S., Israel

New! Yellow celluloid fountain pen    $45.00    Sold out

Jasper celluloid fountain pen    $45.00    Sold out

Cortina celluloid fountain pen    $45.00    Sold out

Blue celluloid fountain pen    $45.00    Sold out


Let's get the initial question out of the way as much as possible. Are these made from celluloid *, as opposed to another form of plastic? Not having a chemistry lab in the palace, I can't definitively say one way or the other. There's a real mystique that's grown up around this material and its use in pens. Celluloid -- or its allied formulations -- is not the rare substance that some seem to think it is in pen manufacture. I have no reason to doubt Jinhao's claim, and the large majority of the stock I received have that distinctive camphor order inside the cap, which I've always associated with vintage celluloid. So, I vote 'yes'!

For those of you that are Parker fans, the Jinaho Celluloid series is quite reminiscent of the design of the Centennial Duofold -- at a small fraction of the price, of course.


The pens measure 5-3/8" capped, 6-5/8" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. They're fairly slim pens, so fit well in all hands.


I've named the first version Cortina, as the appearance is very similar to that of the retired pen series of that name by Monteverde, which like the Jinhao, was designed to recall the striations in natural rock, with each individual pen being quite unique in appearance.



Here we have the cap and clip of the Cortina celluloid, displaying Jinhao's new logo, a stylized representation of a horse, chariot and two charioteers. This was inspired by the terracotta warriors found buried with the first Qin emperor of China, in the city of Xi'an.


Although each Celluloid pen is unique in appearance -- no matter the color -- this variation from pen to pen is perhaps most obvious with the Cortina version.


The Blue Celluloid is no less captivating in appearance. The royal blue really seems to pop, especially due to its pearlescent appearance and in contrast to the gold of the pen's clip and rings.


All three versions are more transparent than opaque -- allowing one to discern the brass fittings beneath (especially true of the Jasper), but this is least true of the Blue, as its pearlescent sheen masks the effect and fools the eye.






Next, we have the Jasper Celluloid pen. This is the material that bears the most resemblance to the Parker Centennial Duofold.

The translucence of the celluloid is most apparent with this version, not only allowing a glimpse of the brass fittings and ink converter in the barrel, but even of the nib beneath the cap! You'll have to take my word for that last, as I couldn't quite capture that in my photographs.


Finally, and newest, is the Yellow Celluloid pen.

Like the Jaspar, this version is quite translucent and allows you to see the nib inside of the cap. It's a mixture of pearlized canary yellow with black swirls throughout. Quite a standout in its color combination!



The Celluloid series pens have a screw cap which posts securely on the barrel-end through friction. The rounded cap band is simply engraved 'Jinhao', with no further adornment. Unscrewing the cap displays the two-toned, 18K gold-plated steel nib, which I'd rate as a light-medium, falling between a typical western fine and medium, but slightly more to the medium end of the spectrum.

Unscrewing the all-metal threads between the section and barrel displays the piston converter for bottled ink, which contains an agitator screw to help keep the ink from adhering to the the converter walls (not shown in photo). 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. A gift box is included.


*(Chemistry / Elements & Compounds) a flammable thermoplastic material consisting of cellulose nitrate mixed with a plasticizer, usually camphor: used in sheets, rods, and tubes for making a wide range of articles.

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!






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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 19th, 2023

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