This is a great letter I received from 'Sam F', all about the 'Purple Profile' person. Just click on the letter itself to enlarge it. You can see the creases in the paper itself, as Sam has taken to using my note-folding approach, including the use of a seal (in his case, purple of course!).
"One last thought: the Dreadnaught in particular is delighting me! nice, heavy feel and a big, broad wet line it puts down...so far, I think it's a real bargain..."
"Hi Norman, I received my Jinhao 159 Dreadnaught on Tuesday and the best I can say is that it fits - looks and performance - right in with my Mont Blanc 149, my Sailor King of Pen, my Pelikan M1000, and my Jinhao Pearl Windows. Thank you for your descriptions of this pen in the recent issue of Pen World Magazine - you did not overstate the form and excellent function of this pen. And as I have done, I would recommend purchasers buy one of each, and maybe even jazz each up a bit with a Monteverde nib (I am using the 1.1 Stub Nib with the Pearl Windows and the Fine Nib with the 159 Dreadnaught)."
T.M., Pasadena, CA
"The two pens arrived
yesterday and I am delighted. The Wooden
Chariot is quite colorful, but still tasteful, and classier than
a photograph can show. It writes nicely, as I have come to expect with a
Jinhao that you have tuned. The Gold Champagne Dreadnaught color doesn’t really
show up in a photo, but it is a gorgeous gold. If you open the pen and
post the cap the result is a really beautiful pen, the silver contrasting
with the gold. Like my other Dreadnaught, it writes superbly. Thanks
a lot! It’s always a pleasure doing business with HisNibs."
"Hi Norman, received the two pens (Jinhao
Dreadnaught and Hero 616) as well as the
pen rolls in record time! The pen rolls are great.
As you know, I am a huge fan. They are extremely well made and soft and will
protect my pens from daily bumps. The pen roll design is particularly fantastic
for carrying over-sized/long pens (such as my Nakaya) which simply won't fit in
standard leather cases. The four pen roll will be my daily pen case. The Jinhao
Dreadnaught with the Monteverde stub nib is simply amazing. It is surprisingly
well balanced (uncapped) being a large pen and is a great writer. It has to be
one of the best values for its price. The dreadnaught may become my daily
note-writing and signature pen (it will definitely be in the rotation). Thanks
again for your fantastic service and selection of products."
"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 . . .
"The 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 pen!"
"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,"
"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
"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."
"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
"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
"I write in praise of my Jinhao Black
Dreadnaught. This is a beautiful pen, really quite striking in appearance. The
fit and finish are excellent, the screw-on cap going on with silky smoothness.
Its nib glides across the paper with elegance. There is one caveat, however. It
should be removed from one's shirt pocket before attempting push-ups. Yes, its
heft is noticeable. Cheers,"
"Norm, I got the nib * today (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 day writer."
"I am having a ball with the Chinese pens I
ordered. I love them all, but the Black Dreadnaught makes me smile every time I
pick it up."
"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 prefer."
"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 future!"
"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 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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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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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: May 31st, 2020