DUKE Golden Rings
"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 Norman, I
have some free time and I wanted to tell you of a gratifying experience I
recently had. Even when I buy several pens at the same time usually they don't
stay unused for very long, since as you know we fountain pen aficionados like to
try out our pens as soon as they come into our hands. However, for some reason
or another, as I was finding a place for my latest acquisitions (a
Jinhao Blue Plasma and a Duke Gold
Rings) I noticed that my Jinhao
Black Tiger was sitting inside its box utterly untried. So I proceeded to
fill her with Private Reserve DC Super
Violet and tested her out -- boy, what a surprise. As you know I own
several very expensive Japanese and European fountain pens (as well as some
fantastic vintage Parkers and Sheaffers, and some priceless Costa Rican pens
hand made with native precious woods), worth some 100 times or more what I paid
for the Black Tiger, but I can honestly say none of them writes better than this
Jinhao pen -- maybe a couple write AS well, but I find it hard to believe that
any pen could possibly write any better. This pen glides smooth as silk, with
absolutely perfect strokes, impeccably uniform lines in every which direction,
and with incredibly regular ink flow. Jinhao pens as a rule are very high
quality (I love all of mine), but this one is simply exceptional. I know nibs of
course vary in large or incredibly subtle ways (as everything else in the
universe) -- no two nibs are exactly alike, no matter the brand or make. But
even so, I am very surprised at the surpassing perfection of this nib. Just
wanted to let you know. Oh, and thank so much for very many pleasurable moments
with some of the finest (and most inexpensive) pens on the market today. Mind
you -- inexpensive, certainly not cheap. Warm regards,"
"I LOVE my Duke Golden Rings!!! It writes
beautifully and my penmanship has definitely improved already...Already looking
for another pen to use with a different colored ink. Then maybe more than one
pen since there are so many great ink colors. Thank you again for your great
service and rapid replies to my emails."
"As I am making another order, I have obviously
loved my previous purchases. The Duke Silver Rings has been a revelation. The
ink flow is consistent and the nib is relatively smooth, although the page is
still felt slightly. What makes this pen special is that it writes well on a
variety of paper, even recycled copier paper. What I had purchased as a writing
pen has become my grading and editing pen! I look forward to trying more Duke
pens. The Pilot 78G stub has already become my
favorite script pen. It seems to work well with every ink I have tried so far.
The flow and nib are spectacularly consistent even when writing speedily. The
Monteverde Prima (M nib) is a wonderful writer. It lays
a nice fine line without any feathering. It is slightly finicky depending on the
paper chosen. It is perfect on my good papers, but does have some problems with
stuttering on cheap legal pads and printer/copier paper. Thanks for the great
work in adjusting the nibs! "
"Received the pen. Love the weight of it and the
feel of it in my hand. The ink flows so smooth and the fact I can buy such a
excellent quality pen so inexpensively (avoiding the word cheap) is incredible
and makes fine writing instruments available to the masses."
"I wanted to let you know my friend, Mike, safely delivered my Golden Rings pen and I can't tell you how impressed I am with it. I really like the size, the weight, and the overall good looks and quality of this pen. I was attracted to it right away on your site, and it has not disappointed me. I normally use roller ball pens and have never felt comfortable with fountain pens in the past, but this one is absolutely great. Thanks so much for making it available to us!" D.A., Kansas City, MO
"Received it today. As classy looking as my Mont Blanc Diplomat, and might even replace it as my favorite. Definitely will be used every day. Fantastic value!" J.S., Martinsville, WV
"Norman, I received my Duke Golden Rings pen today.
At first when I started writing it didn't want to write without skipping and
being very dry. But after using it for awhile it writes very, very well. I
really like the feel
"These "oversized" Duke pens are outstanding! I find the smaller ones hard to hold, but these new ones you have are great!!!" R.W. Lewis Center, OH
"Hello Norman, Golden Rings arrived safely. Very well made and great value for money, I'm delighted with it." R.W., Glasgow, U.K.
DUKE #D2 Golden Rings FP $35.00
The Golden Rings classifies as an over-sized pen, measuring 5-1/2" capped and 6-1/4" posted, with a nice heft derived from its lacquer over brass construction. As much as I like the brilliant colors and patterns of many of today's resin pens, sometimes you just can't beat the classic black and gold fountain pen.
DUKE #D2-1 Silver Rings FP $35.00
The gold-plated highlights of the clip, cap band and rings perfectly offset the high luster of the black lacquer. The clip bears the DUKE 'crown' logo, which is reprised on the cap band -- along with 'Duke' and a series of interlocking golden rings.
The pen utilizes a slip cap, which re-caps securely with a noticeable 'click'. The two-toned steel nib, which I would describe -- like most DUKE nibs -- is a 'light-medium' in width. The nib itself reprises the DUKE 'crown' logo in its engraving, as well as 'Duke', 'Germany' and very attractive scrollwork.
Unscrewing the all-metal fittings between the section and barrel reveals a rubber gasket for a tight fit, and a large capacity Duke piston converter for bottled ink.
The pen comes boxed in a black, pebble-textured gift box. The Golden Rings is a terrific, classy-looking pen for the price.
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: January 17th, 2015