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 received the great tiger pen Monday, I love it!"
D. R., Atlanta, GA
These are hefty, oversized pens, which measure 5-5/8" capped, 6-1/4" posted (not recommended) and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. The reason I don't recommend posting the cap on these pens is two-fold: first, due to the added weight of the metal overlay (the pen is lacquer-over-brass to begin with), the pen becomes top-heavy, which is not ideal for writing; second, I think there's a slight chance that the overlay toward the barrel-end could become scuffed with repeated cap postings. In any case, that's a personal decision, and you might find posting to be comfortable -- although I find the unposted pen plenty long enough for easy writing.
I think Jinhao has done a very nice job with the chromed-steel overlay. The cap top is a latticework placed over the underlying red (with black flecks) or black lacquer. The pattern is repeated on the barrel, with the addition of the intricately detailed growling tiger and cartouche.
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
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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: December 18th, 2014