"Hi Norman: My new Prima Tiger Eye pen and Hero Victorian arrived and were promptly " (un)locked and loaded" with MB Toffee Brown ink. I love the stub nib for italic and the fine line of the Victorian for whatever cursive script of the moment! Thanks for these beautiful instruments and, as always, your wonderful service!"
T. J., Victoria, BC, Canada
"I just received the Hero Victorian, and was
surprised at how lightweight it felt, considering its all metal construction.
It writes beautifully, and is very comfortable to hold."
"Received the order of the Hero Victorian and the
Private Reserve Black Velvet. My only regret is that I did not order two
Victorians. The pen compares quite favorably with those costing three times as
much, the Waterman Charleston for instance, and the near extra-fine nib is quite
delightful for a modified Copperplate script style. The heft of the pen is
remarkable for its size and fits my stubby fingers quite nicely. The flow of the
Private Reserve black Velvet is superb, having Calligraphy ink quality. I am
very satisfied with the order and hope to make further purchases."
"Hi Norman, Just wanted to let you know that the
Hero Victorian arrived this afternoon and I have been using it quite happily for
several hours. The nib is nice and smooth. I primed the converter with a
little water with dish detergent, just to make sure there would be no sticking
of ink to the sides. Don't know if the converter needed it, but I did it anyway
as a preventative. (I wish I had as much luck getting my more expensive pens
going.) All together a nice pen and a good writer."
"Norman, I received the ink and victorian. Both
are very nice. The ink is a great color and may quickly become my favorite.
The nib on the victorian is very smooth. Also good to hold. I have to write
more with it to see where it fits in with the rest of my pens."
Hero Victorian fountain pen
I've been on one of my periodic Sherlock Holmes and Victorian era kicks recently -- both books and videos -- and here's a pen that would fit right in. It's the kind of pen design that I envision someone in the British aristocracy using in replying to a royal invitation.
Now this pen is of course chrome, not sterling silver, but the appearance is quite similar. It's a mid-sized, slim beauty that has a comfortable bit of heft to it, due to its all-metal construction. The pen measures 5-3/8" capped, 5-3/4" posted and 4-7/8" with cap held aside.
the all-metal fittings between section and barrel displays the full-sized 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.
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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)
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If you would like us process your credit card directly instead, then please email us:
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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 26th, 2014