"Norman--Of course, I am again honored that you wish to share my note on the website and in the newsletter, so by all means, post away! After you posted your video about note-folding, I have followed your method with great success. I correspond regularly with a friend who loves these specially-folded and sealed notes. So again, I am doubly indebted to you for your note-folding knowledge and your excellent service. I am enjoying the Prima very much, especially equipped with the black B nib. It is a wonderful pen, and it gets daily use along with the Jinhao Dreadnaught I acquired from you last December (2013. . . I think). Best regards to you. Until next pen . . .
--Sam F., Rockford, IL
"Whenever I just
think of the Lanbitou Pocket Rocket
it just brings a smile to my face. It is such a beautiful, tiny
piece of work. I’m smiling as I type this! The
Duke Gold Rings and the Jinhao
Black Dreadnaught are both beautiful pens. When I first opened
their packages it was a case of “Wow, these are impressive.” The
Duke is well weighted when posted and the impression of quality is
carried through when the pen top closes with a satisfying click.
It produces a rich wet line even though it is a fine point. It’s
so good I’m buying another as present for my sister. The Jinhao
Black Dreadnaught exudes quality with a deep glossy black finish,
this is as impressive as a pen can get. It is quite weighty,
which adds to the feeling of high quality, but when posted is
beautifully balanced. Even allowing for the fact that I prefer
fine nibs the line it produces is the finest I have encountered.
This is a pen I can write as small as I like with and not have to
worry about my writing becoming an indecipherable blob – love it!"
"Hi, I actually used to own a
Meisterstück. Great pen, but it didn't write well. What a concept.
I really believe the Dreadnought with Monteverde nib is superior.
It writes great. Thanks for marrying the nib and the pen.
Masterpiece. Now if it only came in red.
"Hi Norman, today the pen nib
arrived; it's just wonderful! Upon opening the package, I had a bit
of momentary panic as I didn't realize the existing metal nib on my
pen had to be pulled out of its holder and the new one inserted.
Most likely due to my not reading a description on your website
thoroughly. Now the black fine nib is installed on my Dreadnaught
and it writes beautifully. Just what I was wanting. And I did enjoy
your handwritten and well-folded note. With sealing wax no less, how
nice. Thanks again."
"This Jinhao Dreadnaught with the stub nib is amazing -- as I
knew it would be! Uncapped, this hefty pen fits nicely in my hand,
and the stub nib is exceptionally smooth. I have become quite
a fan of such stub nibs, so I am thrilled that you offer them as an
option...Huzzah for His Nibs!"
"Hi Norman, I received my Jinhao Dreadnaught and
Silver Chain Dragon fountain pens. I
prepped them and inked them up with Diamine Oxblood ink. Wow! What a
wonderfully smooth writing experience with each of them! I write
with the pen unposted. Along with the smooth writing, I truly enjoy
the weight and balance of each pen in my writing hand, but
especially that of the Dreadnaught. Thank you for not only
providing such a pleasant writing experience, but also for the care
that you give to each and every nib, and the special personal touch
that you added to my order. This was my first purchase from you,
and am looking forward to my next one."
"Norman...The Jinhao Dreadnaught and
Baoer 8 Horses pens are very nice looking as well as nice writing
pens. They both feel good in the hand and glide across the paper when
writing. Also, the pen wallet is a good
place to store pens securely. Thanks for your care in packing and
shipping the order promptly - very good customer service. Good online
layout of your products."
"Norm, I got the nib
(unbelievably fast!!), put in on my Dreadnaught and it works like a
champ. Thanks so much for helping me transform my pen into an every
"One converter full at
office doing reports. One converter full after work writing letters. One
converter full for sixteen journal entry pages this evening. SMOKIN HOT
! Never skipped or leaked a drop !!!"
"Norman -- Thanks for continuing to send the
updates. This time it reminded me that I had been meaning to write and
tell you how much I've enjoyed the pens gotten from you. That
"dreadnaught" is one heckuva pen! Probably the bulkiest pen I own at
this moment. I had to find a special pen case to carry it around since
it wouldn't fit into the one I normally carry. Even at that size, I find
I enjoy it and tend to carry it most days, filled with Waterman purple.
The nib is amazingly smooth and always starts right up; the line
definitely leans toward the broad side of medium, which I very much
Dreadnaught FP arrived today . . . it’s perfect! The wide girth, nice
center of gravity (even when posted), and smooth-writing medium-to-broad
(always my preference!) nib makes it my favorite writing instrument. It’s
every bit as good—if not even better—as you-know-who. . . I might have to
purchase another color to have two in my collection. Definitely a superior
"Hi, Norman, My new Jinhao Black Dreadnaught arrived today. I was so eager to try it, I dipped the nib in ink and wrote with it before even following your washing instructions. Afterwards, I washed it. It fits well in my hand. I very much like the size and weight of the pen. Also, the nib glided over paper smoothly. I was too late to order it the first time you stocked it -- my bad. I am happy you brought it back, and that I bought it this time. Happily Writing,"
R. D., Melbourne, FL
"The pen arrived yesterday. It looks great, a
bit heavy though. And it writes magnificent, the point really slides over
the paper. I also have the original mb149 meisterstück, but i would not know
which one of them writes the better. Thanks for the very correct handling
and shipping. Kind regards,"
"Norman, my order arrived today and I am a very very happy customer !!!!! I want to complement you on the wonderful prompt, efficient and polite way that you processed my order. The hand written note was a very nice touch. If only more companies realized how important small things are, perhaps more companies would have more customers that return again and again. Now for the pens. WOW!!! After the converters had short wash up with Mr Clean and a good rinse I inked the pens with my favourite Diamine ink. I can not say enough about how smooth the nibs are or how well the ink flows. I was absolutely taken by surprise by the performance. I always had a rather dim view of Chinese pens, given the rather disparaging comments that we hear at the typical pen show from collectors. Until now I was a confirmed Conway Stewart and Onoto user with a few Pelikan and Mt Blanc pens. The nibs on these Chinese pens perform better than other pens in my collection. I believe that I have become an enthusiastic convert to Chinese pens. The only thing I still am unable to work out is why Chinese pens have not taken over more of the market and why the high quality and performance of these pens is not more well known and do not claim a greater share of the market. Niceties of finish are ever so fine but it really is about the nib and the paper. Thanks for making this a very fine and enjoyable experience. Please keep doing business the way that you are doing it now. Good quality and careful customer service are becoming rare."
B. M., Enfield, CT
"Hi Norman, I just wanted to let you know that I
believe that my new Jinhao Dreadnought pen is the best one I have purchased
from you to date. I like the feel immensely, with or without the cap
attached, while writing. It is smooth as silk. I'll buy more Jinhao in the
"Hey Norman, What a surprise! I got home from the
office and found the Jinhao 159 Black Dreadnaught waiting to be tried out...WOW,
I didn't think it would arrive so soon. And it has not disappointed! This is a
great pen-by far my biggest in size and the best value...$35 ??? AMAZING!!! It
has such a smooth stroke and I am running out of superlatives so I'd better get
back to writing. Thanks for bringing this awesome pen to the USA! Best regards."
Here we have an homage to one of the most iconic of all fountain pen designs from a certain German luxury brand, which I'm always careful not to mention out loud, due to their litigious nature. I'll just let the side-by-side photos here speak for themselves as far as a size comparison:
For those who crave actual measurements, this is definitely an oversized pen! The Black Dreadnaught pen measures 5-3/4" capped, 6-3/8" posted and a still-large 5" with cap held aside. The construction is lacquer-over-brass, but despite being a hefty pen, I still find the pen well-balanced with the cap posted.
The Dreadnaught sports three rings, with the center cap ring engraved with Jinhao on the clip side and the model number 159 on the reverse. The clip is Jinhao's new blade and shield design, with the shield displaying Jinhao's chariot logo.
The cap unscrews from the barrel and friction-posts on the barrel's end. This displays the oversized nib, which is engraved with Jinhao, 18K GP (eighteen karat gold-plate) and the chariot logo. In keeping with the size of the pen, I'd rate the nib as a full western medium, tending toward the broad end of the spectrum.
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. A gift box is included.
* The Monteverde nibs are available in B, M, F or the new stub sizes. I've found that Monteverde nibs run about a size smaller than typical western nibs. Hence, I'd classify the B nib as a typical medium, the M as a fine and the F as an x-fine. The stub is a 1.1 mm medium. Please specify the nib size you'd like, by letter or 'stub' only, to avoid confusion when ordering. They may also be ordered separately, for $24.00 each.
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: April 17th, 2015