"Got the pens yesterday. Awesome, is all I can say! They are fine tuned, better than I could imagine, and write as smooth as China silk! Many Thanks!!"I. J., Belgium
A. K., Malvern, PA
"Hallo Norman, the windows shocked me….it is
very heavy (which I love), very wide and with a firm and steady writing. I
am very happy with it and left all my other pens aside for the time being……I
"I forgot to say in my last email a big thanks for your lovely handwritten origami letter, your visit card and the lovely pink seal, it made me feel like a princess. The pen is very beautiful (you have chosen lovely shades, thanks!) and I love the size and how smoothly it glides on the paper...I have filled it with a purple scented ink and it is lovely, I just miss that beautiful golden dot on the cap to finish it off in beauty. I personally think the dot made it looks million bucks, more beautiful than this 'western' style logo."
"Dear Norman, my beautiful Pearl Windows pen just
arrived. When I ordered it, I wasn't sure how it would measure up to the
reigning favourite (my Sapphire), but I was willing
to give it a try. I was surprised at how impressive and pleasingly hefty a pen
it is. After I prepped it, I loaded it up with ink and gave it a whirl. It
glided gracefully across the page like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! When
I'm not using it, I keep it out just so I can admire it. It's definitely a
keeper. The downside to my purchase? It's whetted my appetite for at least
one more of your pens! Thanks for
providing another lovely product!"
"Dear Norman, I received the Pearl Windows fountain
pen. Yikes it lovely! It writes like a dream. I’m using it for some extremely
important healthful New Year journaling/processing. With purple ink. Thanks also
for your gracious help in discerning the efficaciousness of my “hint” regarding
this pen to my husband! It worked out perfectly!"
This oversized beauty measures 5-3/4" capped, 6-3/4" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. Due to its lacquer-over-brass construction -- and given its size -- this is a pen that you might want to write with unposted, although I find it remains quite balanced even with the cap affixed.
This is really a stunning pen. The Mother-of-Pearl inlays are of course all unique, so one pen will differ a great deal in appearance from another. Due to the grid pattern employed, it reminds me of a series of windows (there are eighteen panels or windows in all).
The top of the cap evokes the pinnacle of many Chinese temples and adds a nice balance to the weight of the gold-plated clip and cap band. The center of the decorated clip displays the Chinese character for 'blessings', and the characters on the cap band roughly translate as 'blessings from the east' or 'orient'.
Removing the slip cap (which re-positions with a satisfying 'click', or friction posts on the barrel end) displays the oversized, two-toned 18K gold-plated nib. Along with scrollwork, the nib is engraved with 'Jinhao' and '18KGP'. I'd rate this as a true western 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: November 5th, 2014