"Norman, I received my three pens, my three inks and the pen case. Thanks so much! I got home from work late last night after teaching my evening class to find the package and couldn't wait till morning to open the box and flush the pens out. All three pens are just delightful, so whimsical and pretty. And all three work perfectly. The white porcelain horse (filled with the Supershow violet) is perhaps my favorite of the three. It writes so smoothly and isn't too heavy. I hadn't used Private Reserve inks before and love the wide-mouthed jars and the deeply saturated and wet inks, fun colors for fun pens. The silky little terra cotta pen case with your note and the gold seal made the whole package special. That pearl windows still calls out to me, as well as many other pens on your site. Thanks for the great pens and the great service."
K, S., Ijamsville, MD
"Norman, I got the pens last week! Thank you so much! The nib is wonderfully smooth and the pen is a lovely addition to my fiance's collection (it was his birthday gift). I won't hesitate to order from you again.
E. M., Huntersville, NC
"Me again. Just received my porcelain dragon pen,
gassed it up and it writes like a dream, smooth with nary a skip. I like the
slightly heftier weight of it too, fits my hand nicely. Thanks for a very nice,
"I got some compliments on my Jinhao porcelain
sailboat pen when I took it to a recent
book-signing; one person even thought I'd borrowed it from her friend that
had just returned from Burma! It's a great correspondence pen, too. Thanks
again for such great products and service!"
"Just a note to let you know the Dragon pens
arrived today safe and sound! They are beautiful! One is to be a gift, but the
one for myself was rinsed out and filled right away! Even though they are
porcelain, they feel nice in the hand if you use them cap unposted. It writes
with a super smooth wet line. Thanks so much for inspecting the nibs before
selling them. I can give my gift pen with confidence!"
The Dragon is of course synonymous with China (in Chinese, the people's name for themselves roughly translates as 'offspring of the dragon'), and the association goes back thousands of years. The barrel depicts a classic dragon, while the cap shows the dragon name in ancient Chinese characters or script.
The Horse come from a very famous Chinese painting of '8 Horses', referenced on the cap in characters.
The Bamboo is quite striking, and as with the Horse version just above, has a famous poem associated with it on its cap.
The pen cap has a black 'jewel', and the cap band is engraved with 'Jinhao' and '950', for the pen model. The clip sports the Jinhao chariot logo within a shield, representative of the terracotta warriors of Xi'an.
I would rate the nib as a western light-medium, falling 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.
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: May 21st, 2015