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They are full-sized pens, measuring 5-1/2" capped, 6-1/2" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside. I prefer not to post these pens. They're large enough unposted to write comfortably, and I think there's some danger of the leather wearing at the barrel end from constantly rubbing up against the plastic inner cap, as well as the fact that these pens are brass underneath the tooled leather -- and I find the balance to be slightly top heavy with the cap posted. YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
The tooling is quite intricate and detailed, with the barrel chock full of gamboling crocodiles in various poses! Each side of the cap has 'Crocodile', 'Since 1952' and a larger member of the Crocodyidae family standing guard. Although leather, I do not believe that it's crocodile skin. I'll update this page if my sources in China are able to tell me more.
The capband is engraved twice with 'Crocodile', and the clip ends in a fabric wheel, for easy clipping onto a pocket.
Removing the cap reveals the large, two-toned, gold-plated steel nib, which I would rate as a true western medium. The nib is engraved with 'Croco' 'Dile' split in two, '2008' (which I believe is the year this model was first introduced in China) and '22 GP'. The curve of the section I find to be particularly comfortable while writing, but that's an individual experience.
Unscrewing the all-metal threads between the section -- again engraved twice with Crocodile and in rose gold-plate -- 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. An attractive gift box is included with this very stylish pen.
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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!
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Revised: November 18th, 2020