The long-promised 20th Anniversary profile of HisNibs.com is in the December issue of Pen World magazine. If you'd like to read more, please click here. Those that subscribe will hopefully receive their copy this week (I've only received my advance copies).
Well, this newsletter is better late than never. I had some health issues recently that prevented me from completing this earlier in the month. Maybe we'll just consider some of the items mentioned as 'post-stocking-stuffers'?
Please go to the home page to see the links to the stocking stuffers, which are right below the first video.
If you prefer watching video to reading further in the newsletter, you can just click here, the homepage at HisNibs.com.
I would like to mention two new additions, the Monteverde Monza (which I've been using as an eyedropper for several weeks!) and a Double Tip brush pen set from ONLINE (mentioned further in the newsletter as well as in the video).
In addition to ONLINE from Germany, YAFA has become the US distributor for a number of pen companies from Italy, including the latest -- MARLEN.
I haven't yet set up detailed pages, but with so many offerings, perhaps I won't! What I've done now is link on my website to YAFA's pages. So here we go for Marlen; Napkin and Parafernalia.
Please note that any brand represented by YAFA and can obtain (assuming they have the pen in stock). My prices will always be 20% less than the retail prices shown on YAFA's various pages.
NOTE: You may have noticed in recent months that the prices listed on HisNibs.com already reflect the 20% discount. For instance, the new Monza retails for $20.00, but is shown as $16.00 on my website. I've removed the old system of crossed-through retail prices due to the Federal Trade Commission cracking down on the whole idea of 'suggested retail price', when no one ever sells an item for that amount anyway!
As this newsletter goes out to a mailing list of thousands of customers, please understand if there's a delay in answering your email queries or orders after one of these is sent. We will respond in order received and as soon as possible!
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!