"Norman, I wanted to send a quick note to say thanks for the latest pens and ink. The Moka is a very fun pen, and a great note-taker with that fine nib. The one I've fallen in love with is the Duke 962—it's such a slim, understated design but very light, with an amazingly smooth nib. I can't get over how easily it writes! It's found its way into my shirt pocket for the last two weeks, which is a long time for me. I may very well have to buy more of those before long!
C. P., Easton, PA
The Moka's surprising shape and posting method are reminiscent of two other pens that come to mind, the Monteverde/Walt Disney Sleeping Beauty, and the Montblanc Marlene Dietrich. I've read that Montblanc designed the contoured shape to be reflective of Ms. Dietrich's figure and signature trouser suits. As you can see from a web search for prices, the Moka is available for a miniscule fraction of the cost of those two pens (on Montblanc's website for instance, I've seen their pen listed for $935.00...and it only takes cartridges!)
The Moka is a slim pen where one grasps the writing section, but gracefully enlarges toward the top of the cap and the bottom of the barrel -- with the barrel end being wider. The pen measures 5-3/8" capped, 6-5/8" posted and not-quite 5" with cap held aside.
However, this is one model that you'll want to post, just for its fun method of posting the cap on the inside of the barrel.
The knurled design of the cap band provides a nice visual balance to the pen design, but with the cap removed it also provides a secure grip for those who like to rest their fingers high on the barrel. For those that don't, the regular gripping section rests below.
The hooded nib provides a sleek look to the model and I would generally rate the nib as a western fine, but being an inexpensive model, there's a fair amount of variety from pen to pen...with some shading a bit broader and some a bit finer.
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.
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
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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: July 18th, 2014