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"Hi Norman, Just a quick note to let you know that my order has arrived already! I fell in love with the Conklin when I saw the picture, but it is even more beautiful "in real life". I've inked it up with Noodler's Ottoman Rose and it is writing beautifully. It might take me a little time to get used to the feel of the Crescent "bump" but it is so lovely to have on my desk that I am sure it will soon be a regular. The Crocodile Crystal Leather is also lovely. It's got a surprising weight to it for such a small pen, which I really like (kind of like shopping for papayas - they always recommend fruit that is "heavy for its size"!) and I love the feel of the textured grip in my hand. The screw-on barrel for posting the cap is great, as it feels very secure, although I do prefer it unposted at this early stage. Another great-value, great-looking everyday pen. Thanks once again for the fabulous service and the lovely merchandise!"
N. R., Australia

Crocodile Crystal Leather fountain pen    $45.00

The Crocodile pen company once again looks to Germany -- and a certain well-known manufacturer -- to pay homage to one of their iconic designs.

 

 

 

 

If this design looks familiar to you from elsewhere on the website, that's because I've been carrying the Baoer version for several years, which I call the Black Rectangles. As can be seen when the pens are laid side-by-side, they are virtually the same size and give a similar appearance...but there are differences!

                     

Although slim, the Crystal Leather is still a full-sized pen. It measures 5-1/2" capped, 6" posted and 5" with cap held aside.

The most noticeable differences when held next to the Baoer version are two-fold. First, the Crocodile model has a barrel wrapped in tooled leather, displaying a large number of cavorting crocodiles . Second, although the Baoer no longer displays a floating logo (read more about that on it's page, linked above), the Crocodile proudly displays a floating crystal in place of the original pen's snowflake.

           

The Crystal Leather's clip ring is engraved with 'Crocodile', as is the clip itself -- along with a small, textured crocodile -- should you have any doubt as to the manufacturer!

Unscrewing the cap -- which can also screw on the barrel should you wish to post it -- displays the knurled gripping section and two-toned 22K gold-plated steel nib. The section is very comfortable to grip and provides nice traction to one's fingers. I'd rate the nib a light medium, meaning it's between a typical western fine and medium in my judgment.

 

 

Unscrewing the all-metal 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. 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:

1. Card # (dividing this number in two, between two emails, will ensure security)
2. Expiration date
3. Name on card
4. Address for billing statement
5. Card verification # (3-digit number printed on the back of your card. It appears after and to the right of your card number, or 4-digit number on the front of your AMEX card).
 

If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:

His Nibs.com
  2540 W. Union Street
  Allentown, PA 18104

We ship via insured Priority Mail
(email for cost)

 

 

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 18th, 2014

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