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HisNibs.com update A wee mini fountain pen
September 14th, 2018



...for the new Conklin Minigraph

Can you say small? Petite? Compact? CUTE???? Well, if you're a fan of discrete and diminutive fountain pens like I am, do I have the model for you!

Here's the direct link to the Conklin Minigraph page, where a video look is also offered. NOTE: I had a bit of trouble with this video (both video and sound), so my apologies! You may need to adjust your speakers up or down in the various scenes. Sorry about that!

Also, look below for some other 'blasts from the past' below!

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!

in this issue
  • Conklin Minigraph
  • Crocodile Celluloid Flecks
  • Feather Pen Calligraphy Set
  • Jinhao Snakeskin
  • Uranus 621 series
  • Baoer 8-Horses
  • 'His Nibs' page on Facebook

  • Crocodile Celluloid Flecks

    "Dear Norman, the Green Marble Crocodile pen arrived today, & it far exceeds my expectations. How they can produce a pen of this quality and beauty for the price is beyond me. One hesitation was the crocodile clip that I thought might be gaudy & cheap looking, but in reality it adds a certain elegance to the pen that I really like. Most important is the writing experience, and the ink flow and line are just right. The Private Reserve American Blue is a great color, and looks to becoming one of my favorite daily inks. As always, Lai Yee has done great work on the pen wrap, and that is also most appreciated. Thanks also for the personal note. I know it takes your time, but I always feel really good after receiving that...You have a great site, wonderful products, and if I can be useful in promoting your business, it would pleasure me greatly to do so. You give personal service that far surpasses anything I have seen other places, and you certainly deserve to be supported for that. Warm regards," C. K., San Antonio, TX

    "Hello Norman, the pens arrived safe and sound, and thank you for your care and attention to detail with the order. A very nice presentation package! Also thank you for the guidance on how to keep pens in good working order if they are not used for an extended period of time." K. D., Sydney, Australia


    Feather Pen Calligraphy Set
    Picasso Peace Dove Pair Random 2

    The top of the box says 'The Writing Collection' in glossy purple (not well captured in the photo above), and the set makes for an outstanding gift for a pen collector -- or for you to pull out to sign that important document or letter -- where a conventional pen just won't do!

    A beautiful and classic feathered dip-pen calligraphy set. The pen, depending slightly on the nib employed, measures about 13" from tip to tip (nib to the end of the feather). Six interchangeable steel calligraphy points are included, which are friction-fit into the holder. I find the easiest way to remove one is with a piece of rubber -- or a rubber glove -- for a non-slip grip on the sides, using a slight and gentle rocking motion from side-to-side. One needn't push in the replacement very far for the holder to supply a firm hold.


    Jinhao Snakeskin
    Crocodile Big Croc Clip Group Random 2

    Let me first mention that this is an all-metal pen, and is not covered in snakeskin! I suppose that this pen could also have been called the Chessboard or Checkerboard, but the somewhat diffuse, slightly irregular markings more readily suggest a biological pattern.

    Although of metal construction, the pen is actually quite light, and writing for extended periods with the cap posted is not a fatiguing proposition at all.


    Uranus 621 series
    Crocodile Leather Torpedo Group

    "Dear Norman, I LOVE, LOVE my Petri dish colored Uranus 621 and want another one this time in purple." S. P., La Grande, OR

    "I do love that 621, it writes with the finest line of any pen (including those with "fine" nibs) that I own. It works great with the narrow ruled stationary I use at work." G. P., Topsfield, MA

    "Norman, I just got the pens and they are great, expecially the Picasso. I'm a big fan of fine nibs. I filled it up with my current fav ink of Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black and it writes great. Thanks!" S. V. M., Eagle River, AK


    Baoer 8-Horses

    "The Baoer 8- Horse Silver & Bronze Fountain Pen is time past with its Asian calligraphy and its engraved horses. The black cap with its striking gold accent crowns this beautiful pen. It's medium weight fits snugly in your shirt pocket and will be well noticed by everyone you meet. I love how the cap fits tightly on the end of the pen, well balanced. It's like writing with a royal scepter. A pen of antiquity is a welcome addition to anyone's collection. I'm glad I acquired both the silver and bronze." N. S., Van Nuys, CA

    "The Baoer 8 Horse was a father's day gift for me and I found the Levenger Cocoa ink to be a good match, and enhances the ancient motif. The Baoer is a good size and weight, and has a smooth medium nib with just a bit of flex, very nice." A. Y., Camarillo, CA

    "Thanks Norman for the prompt shipping and careful packaging! I already had one of these "8 horses" pens and it is indeed a challenge to count all 8! It's a great pen and one that I could afford to give as gifts to friends who feel they cannot afford a good fountain pen. This one writes better than my vintage mabie-todd." C. F., Dallas, TX


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    Conklin Minigraph

    Measuring just 3-7/8" capped, 4-7/8" posted and 3-1/2" with cap held aside -- I'd say the Conklin Minigraph qualifies. Although I don't know many people that could comfortably write with the pen alone, when the cap is posted it's a comfortable writer for one and all.

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