Here with have a pair of pens from Jinhao with the classic, cigar-shaped design of a Montblanc Meisterstuck or a Pilot Custom model. Hence the name -- Classique.
These are mid-sized pens, measuring 5-1/4" capped, 5-3/4" posted and 4-5/8" with cap held aside. So, they're really a comfortable fit for just about any hand, posted or not. Being all-acrylic in construction, these are pens that can be written with all day without producing any fatigue (if anyone has the opportunity to write all day anymore!).
Before we get to the rather obvious differences between the two versions I'm offering, let me mention a few of the commonalities. Both pens have screw-on caps and employ friction-fit posting of the cap. The cap bands are engraved with Jinhao, but the pens are otherwise unadorned with name or number. Unscrewing the threads between the section and barrel displays the piston converter for bottled ink. They will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve. However, a really nice feature of both pens is that due to their all acrylic construction -- and the thoughtful addition of an o-ring just above the section's threads -- these pens are perfect candidates for use as eye-dropper pens, with the inherent large ink capacity that filling the entire barrel affords.
Now we come to the differences between the two I've selected to carry. The Jet Black version comes with gold-colored highlights, which is carried forth to the two-toned steel nib. At this point (pun intended), the Jet Black is outfitted with an F fine nib only. Depending upon the model's popularity -- and nib variation availability from China -- I may expand that in the future.
The Demonstrator version has silver-toned furniture, and that extends to the single-color steel nib. As you can see in the listing above, the Demonstrator is outfitted with a 1.5mm stub. After lobbying for so long with companies like Monteverde and Conklin to offer a stub nib (the parent company of both, YAFA, didn't know what such a nib was before I introduced it to them!), I'm thrilled to finally see that some of the Chinese manufacturers have taken up the cause. It was a long time in coming!
Unscrewing the threads between the section and barrel displays 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.
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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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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.
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Revised: May 8th, 2022