"What a great pen design Norman. As much as I like
the mother-of-pearl panels, I find that I'm drawn just as much to the pearl
ones. You can't really see it in your photographs, but they are iridescent as
well. I find it to be a very comfortable pen to use, whether I post the cap or
not (I love that it screws on both ends!). Oh, and writes great too! I've come
to expect that from pens from His Nibs.com."
“Hi Norman!, I received my Pearl Panels pen and wow does it write like butter!,
the kind I can spread on my paper. I love it!”
"Hi Norman. What a magnificent design and writer!
As you may remember, I also have the Pearl Windows
pen, and am amazed at the quality of these pens for such a small price. Like all
the pens I've ordered from you over the years, it writes like a dream. Whatever
you do to nibs before you send them out, really does the trick! It looks like I
have to order another one for myself...as my wife has already laid claim to this
one. Thanks again for the care you show and for bringing these great designs to
the fountain pen community."
Like its larger brother, the Pearl Windows, Jinhao has done a wonderful job of incorporating beautiful mother-of-pearl into its pen design. The barrel intersperses three panels of lustrous pearl with three of iridescent mother-of-pearl, creating a gorgeous pen when viewed from any angle.
The pen is full-sized but fairly slender, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. The cap itself is topped by Jinhao's chariot logo, based on the terracotta warriors from Xi'an, and the cap band is simply engraved with the company name. The shield and sword clip reprises the logo. The cap screws on both ends of the pen -- which is well-balanced with cap posted or held aside.
Removing the cap reveals the monotone, 18K gold-plated steel nib, simply adorned with the company name and 18K GP. I'd rate the nib as a light-medium, meaning that it falls between a typical western fine and medium.
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:
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
If you'd rather pay by money order or check, kindly make payable to:
ship via insured Priority Mail
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