(Ed: this arrived as a hand-written note)
If I could, I would sign this with musical notes
- my song of praise for your wonderful work yet again. Instead,
consider this a lot of hum...
Thanks again... Elliot (Abemayor, 12/14/02)
The pen arrived today. You guys are magicians.
It writes better than ever - truly. The flow and feel is great.
A joy to use....
Thank you so much.
Karen (Sikorski, 12/12/02)
I wanted to let you know that I received the
pens today. I have to say that the quality of your work is
of the highest caliber and you exceeded my expectation in
every regard. Back when my son was a toddler, he bent the
nib on the Parker Royal Challenger. I thought that it was
beyond repair and that it would find its final resting place
in the bottom of a drawer somewhere. A local pen shop took
the first stab at the repair and the result was what you saw-
a bubble on the nib and an ink flow that left blotches on
I am delighted that I found your company on
the internet. You absolutely made the pen look like new, and
the writing quality is spectacular.
I have to admit that I had reservations about
sending the pens (especially the Parker) to a complete stranger
across the internet. I don't know if you recall, but I sent
you an email outlining my concern with doing so and you sent
a reply that made me feel at ease. Furthermore, you set the
expectation on delivery at the outset. You informed me of
the backlog in your workflow and because you informed me,
I was fine with it. The end result was that you had the pens
back to me about 90 days before I expected. I am in sales
management and you did what I always tell my team; "undercommit
To wrap this up, I just wanted to restate my
extreme satisfaction with my dealings with your company and
with the quality of your work. You obviously take a great
deal of pride in what you do and how you do business. My best
wishes for continued success. There is no doubt in my mind
that your other customers feel as I do.
Steve Blais (12/6/02)
John et al,
Not only is the Madrid Pelikan lovely to hold
and see, it writes beautifully!
After years of writing with balky, crabby pens
that leaked and dragged fibers from the paper, it is such
a pleasure to have such silky cooperative nibs. Thank you
for again working your magic to improve and refine another
fine writing instrument.
Karen (LaFleur, 11/22/02)
As usual, the pens you sent are spectacular.
I am convinced that my entire pen budget should go to you
to improve my existing pens! Thanks again. I look forward
to sending you more.
Barbara (Schone, 11/21/02)
dear john and pat,
took the B&E for a test-drive today.
smooth and fine.
everything it never was before.
very, very happy to have my favorite pen back.
i'm truly grateful for your work!
kevin (Kreiger, 11/20/02)
The three pens are a joy to behold, be held,
and be written with. Thank you.
Thank you for..... my new Pelikan M600 Fountain
Pen. As a former customer service manager - I know that customers
are constantly looking for merchants who will listen and respond....
Other(s) should take lessons from you. The fine/stub nib is
great, as is the "drier" inkflow. Well worth the
Tim Vaughan (10/30/02)
Dear Mr. Mottishaw,
The Namiki Vanishing Point pen, two spare converters,
and Namiki ink arrived safely. Thank you very much.
My first thought when seeing the new VP pen
style in catalogues was skepticism. I thought the old, simpler
style was about as simple & functional as one could hope
for in a design. It has been my everyday pen for more than
ten years. But, I was wrong. The new style is larger, as you
said, and fits more comfortably in the hand- the lack of ridges
is much easier on the inside of the middle finger for extended
writing.. The extra weight, due to the new body, seems to
ease writing. The Blue Carbonesque and Raden finishes are
added bonuses. The new, twist converter seems to hold more
Thank you for narrowing the medium nib, and
improving the ink flow. Now the pen glides across the paper,
and my grip is lighter on the pen.
The stub nib you made for me a few moths ago
is a real joy to use. It took me quite some time to become
accustomed to its virtues.
You have increased what had been a modest affliction
for fountain pens, and perceived idiosyncrasy by others, into
a full blown virus.
Thank you again,
P.S. Do you fix cars? I have an old Saab.......
It's beautiful. I've missed it but it was certainly worth
You guys are FANTASTIC. I'll dance at weddings,
buy you all coffee,
sing your praises anywhere, anytime.
Thank you a thousand times over!
John Ben (Sutter, 10/23/02)
The pen arrived today, in perfect
order. It writes beautifully. Maybe I will learn not to buy
fountain pens from concerns other than John. They all end
up going to him anyway, be it for repair or tune up. The man
is a genius.
Again, thank you very much.
PS: could you stop making such an attractive
web site, full of wonderful pens? No, I hope not.
Bill (Senn, 10/16/02)
I received the pens about two weeks ago. I moved
recently and life is
still less than organized, especially the pen part of it.
I inked the
jade Duofold. Well what can I say... I know why I am always
to wait for John and Greg's wonderful work. It writes a wonderfully
fine line. I do not particularly like fine lines except when
they are smooth and wet which this one is. They have made
a pretty but poor writing pen into a pretty desirable writer.
I will be using this pen more often than I had due to their
wonderful work..... Thanks for the sheer artistry.
Ray (Okoniewski, 10/15/02)
I received my repaired Pelikan M800 the other day and have
been enjoying it. Its amazing how far a pen can go downhill
without one realizing it. The repairs and particularly the
nib modifications are just great. I didn't realize just how
flexible a nib could be made. This writes as smooth as silk.
The same is true for the medium italic nib. This one is just
fun to write with. All in all, its better than when the pen
was new. My final thought is that while I own and have tried
a lot of fountain pens, there is simply nothing like a good
Thank you. Robert St. Claire, 10/11/02
What can I say? Thank you, thank you. I am now in possession
of a very rare bird indeed: an XF stub! It's just wonderful.
I've been writing
with it for several days now, and the ink flow is just amazing--esp.
given the tiny tip that must deliver it to the paper. Additionally,
very smooth--again, esp. given the tiny tip. But, most of
all, it fits my
tiny script perfectly. The only funny thing is that I am now
using this big, beautiful pen to take notes--not sign my name
or write letters (where I
use a broader nib so that others can see what I've penned).
But hey, that's what I do the most of anyway.
The only additional praise I can think of is:
It was definitely worth
the wait! (Playful AND true.)
Thanks yet again for your wonderful work....
Eric (Warshaw, 10/9/02)
Hi John, hi Pat.
What can I say? The Namiki Raden VP arrived
today, and... well, it was like the restaurant scene from
When Harry Met Sally. Now I've calmed down a bit, I'm coherent
enough to say that this is absolutely the perfect nib, exactly
what I wanted. And it's the prettiest pen I've ever seen.
Right now, I'm not sure whether to write with it or just worship
it for a while. I haven't been this excited about the contents
of a parcel since I was a kid!
Many, many thanks. I don't know how you did
it, given the limited and imprecise information that I gave
you, but you did. Brilliant!
With very best wishes
Karen Traviss (10/4/02)
My PCA pen with your nib work arrived today. I should really
written a proper note of thanks with the pen, however I am
way too anxious to share my elation with you.
I am almost at a complete loss of words to properly
express how happy I
am with the way the pen writes. I am finally in possession
of a pen that
is exactly what I want. The pen looks great and the nib write
with an ease
and style that exceeds my expectations.
I cannot tell you the number of pens I have
ordered which look great in
my display cabinet but are an utter disappointment once the
nib meets the
paper. In fact, last week I received a Parker Cisele with
italic nib which I had hoped would be what I was looking for.
Unfortunately it is another writing disaster. The nib bleeds
ink across the page, spreading and feathering it to the point
where the writing is devoid of any style and almost illegible.
When that occurred I began to feel that maybe I had made a
mistake having you cut the PCA's nib into a medium stub. I
tried to bolster my confidence by remembering the many testimonials
on your web site, including some from executives of pen manufacturing
Obviously upon inking the pen and putting the
nib to paper my fears
vanished and your work has made me quite a happy man this
morning. I arose at 3:30 AM to catch a 5:40 flight back to
Chicago and have been dragging myself through the day until
the pen arrived. I have a boring conference call in about
an hour but I am looking forward to taking many, many notes.
I am so very glad I found your website and have
finally come across
people who understand what the writing experience is all about.
Many, Many Thanks,
Randy Ferris (9/27/02)
Dear Mr. Mottishaw...
This is just a quick note of thanks for the
lovely nib for my Vanishing Point pen.... It is exactly what
I hoped it might be and precisely to my liking!
Thanks... for the immediate understanding of
my needs and the remarkably quick service.
Im looking forward to working with you
Pat / John,
I received the Parker 51 Demi with BB nib over the weekend.
I am thoroughly satisfied with the quality of the pen and
of the nib!!! I can't describe how much I am satisfied with
pen. It fits my writing style just right and the ink flow
Thank you so much for the excellent service and buying experience.
Dear Pat & John,
I felt like STeve Martin in "The Jerk"
as I was almost running around yelling, "my pens have
arrived, my pens have arrived."
After yearning for a Parker Senior Duofold
for more years than I care to admit, the Big Red arrived safely
today. I filled it almost immediately, but I had to fondle
it for a few minutes first. It is a dee-light to use. Very,
very smooth. It is odd something more than 70 years old can
give one such pleasure. Planned obsolescense wasn't part of
the business plan at Parker at that time.
What a differance from the Esterbrook I first
purchased back in 1973.
The new Namiki Stub nib is a treat. Smoother
than the medium nib I replaced it with, and the ink flow allows
for a much lighter touch.
I plan to get another Namiki from you, the
Blue Carbonesque, later this fall. I believe they are the
best everyday pen made and have been using one for more than
Do you fix autos as well? I have an old Saab
. . . .
Horace Keesey IV (8/29/02)
Got the nibs yesterday, and both are just swell!
I'm mailing my son's
Parker off to him today, and I know he's going to love having
The fine grind you folks did on the Parker International medium
exactly the size I hoped for, and I'm tickled pink with it.
much for your prompt service and excellent craftsmanship-
both are rare
commodities these days. More nibs in need of repair will follow
Mike Stanger (8/17/02)
Hi, The pens arrived today, and just in time
for me to take them home and
dip test them during my lunch break. I can only say one thing:
Wow! The nib on the Sheaffer looks fantastic, I can hardly
believe its the same nib, the one that used to look like crumpled
tin foil. And it writes so smoothly,
just gliding and flexing across the page. Same goes for the
Waterman. I love the older pens with flex nibs for personal
correspondence, especially around the holidays. Already I'm
trying to decide who should get the first letter. Gosh, I
may even need to brush up on my handwriting a little. Thanks
again, I'm very happy with the work.
Ansel (Olson. 8/12/02)
Hi, John & Pat - just to say am really enjoying
this pen very much - I
have had a variety of Parkers: Duofold, slimfold, 75, Schaeffers,
Mont-Blanc, Waterman, Conway Stewart..... but the Pelikan
(ed. note: an M600) is the best, the nicest feel and weight.
The fill mechanism feels good, the pen feels good in the hand,
it looks good, it's well built, the nib unit looks sturdy
and looks right - most of all it writes right... if you see
what I mean.
I've never had a Pelikan before but I'm a convert
now. I've never had a
customised nib before either but Now I will - every time!!!
David (Wight, U.K., 8/10/02)
Thank you for another outstanding
job! The Omas is perfect! It's as if you were reading my mind.
And that Waterman #7 - Wow!! With these two pens I could almost
give up collecting and be a happy writer forever!
Terry (Clark, in a penned letter,
It arrived in perfect condition yesterday morning...
(ed: a Pelikan M800)... The pen balances perfectly; the ink
flows perfectly; the line is a perfect italic cursive (within
the writer's limits); the nib glides smooooooooothly. No problems
with up strokes. As we say here in England, "it's not
bad". Then I had a look in the Oxford English Dictionary.
motti-shaw, verb transitive. To take common
materials and to transmute
them into precious objects; to make perfect.
motti-fact, noun, An object created to be totally
fit for its purpose.
mott-astic, -acious, adjective. Having qualities
motti-, prefix. The form denoting an object
in its perfect condition,
as in motti-car, a perfect form of transport.
Perhaps that explains it... I've just got me
Thank you very much.
Tom Piercy(with, we trust, his tongue firmly planted in his
I got the pens today, and they are awsome! :)
way better than what I was expecting. The widths of the medium
and Xfine are perfect, and they feel great; very comfortable!
Be sure to thank John for his groovy work on the extra fine
The big boy arrived safely! The infamous M(iles)-1000
is now inked and
goes with me everywhere!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot say
that enough! The pen is
fantastic! You did a great job. Now, I can use it without
of ink" it used to lay down. And what's even better,
with the flex of
the nib, I still can put down a "river" if I want
Again, thank you for the fantastic work!
Miles (Turner, 6/29/02)
I've had some fairly expensive modern fountain
pens in my collection in times past, including a MB Lorenzo
and a Hemingway. Until today, however, I had no clue a fountain
pen could write so well and feel so good on paper. THANK YOU!!
Needless to say, I received the Pelikan broad,
stub nib today, and I brought the pen with me to work this
morning just in case it arrived. I filled the pen with the
Herbin ink I received in the mail yesterday, and I am a very,
very pleased customer. What a difference Mottishization does
to a nib! <g>
Kudos to you guys down there! I am truly amazed.
Trent (Amonette, 5/16/02)
I wanted to let you know that I have received
the pen and just now have gotten to test drive it. I had to
get used to writing with this nib before I was able to get
the writing to flow uninterrupted. Now I am so very happy.
Finally, I have a pen that I can use for the purpose that
I had initially intended it for. Again, your craftsmanship
has brought out an instrument to be used and not placed in
a drawer only to be forgotten. Sometimes I can just imagine
what my estate sale will be like. :-)
Ed (Estoye, 5/15/02)
Thank you for sending my new Namiki Falcon fountain
pen, with a soft
fine nib. I received it exactly on time. I didn't know that
a pen could write
so smooth, yet with a very fine, flexible line. I love it......it's
like having an artist's sable brush in a nib!
Never have I experienced the level of service and the meticulous
that your company has provided during this purchase. You have
business for life.
Steve Meunier (5/13/02)
The pens arrived here as expected yesterday...
I am absolutely stunned, each one is absolutely perfect, exactly
what I had wanted. I cannot really praise them highly enough.
My only regret is that I cant use either one in an email.
Anyway, very many thanks again, it was a pleasure dealing
with you and I am very glad we could get all this accomplished
via email and am just simply blown away by the craftsmanship
that went into the customizations I ordered its
easily of the highest order. Next year, probably at about
this time or slightly earlier, I hope to be able to order
Great job! All the best.
The pen arrived back last evening. The conversion
from broad to med
stub nib is perfect. It writes exactly the way I had hoped
-- very smooth,
very consistant, just the right ink flow. You did a great
job! I can now enjoy a pen which I thought would never be
of much use.
Thanks for the prompt service and friendly communication.
Dale Feist (5/3/02)
Thank you so much for smoothing out the M800
EF flexible nib for me--the nib now draws like its silky twin.
I've never drawn with a nib so responsive as these two ultra-flex
nibs you've made for me.... I don't know of anybody anywhere
who is doing the kind of work you do.
You say on your web site that you are a "lapsed
metal sculptor." "Lapsed"?--or simply working
in a new medium? By my lights, the magic you work on little
bits of gold--coaxing them to talk and sing with ink--embodies
the highest ideals of both craft and art.
Asheville, NC (5/2/02)
The pen arrived last Thursday.... After writing
with it for several hours I can say unequivocally that its
perfect! Once again you amaze and spoil me by letting me have
exactly what I wanted.
Take care. Thanks,
Lelan (McLemore, April 21, 02)
To: John Mottishaw
Subject: They Arrived and We are in Hog Heaven
Thank you for all your work - John on the pens
and Pat to keep up with
us. :) The pens are all wonderful and we have already begun
to show them
off on a regular basis. People really are amazed at the difference
a plain old nib and a MOTTISHAWED nib. Even non-pen collectors
can tell the difference and are duly impressed. My 360 ink
is flowing just the way I like it too, smooth and free. Ahhhh.
And Arvin's two are just as he
likes them too. Thank you so much!
Ann & Arvin(Chaikin, 4/20/02)
John, Pat, Sarah & Greg,
As you know, we 'Bexley Boys' are incurable
pen enthusiasts. So, it's
no surprise to find me writing with a beautiful vintage pen,
or with one of our competitor's pens, as well as a Bexley.
Just received my vintage OMAS desk pen, and my Pelikan Toledo,
back from you. The nibs now have a wonderful flexible smooth
feel. Your work is absolutely first rate!
I'm looking forward to writing with my Bexley
Deluxe & Gold Line pens
once you've tweaked the nibs!
With hearty thanks,
Bexley Pen Company(4/11/02)
John and Pat, this is again full success! My
pens are like never before. Omas T-2 with a B-nib modified
to an italic F/M point writes perfectly and so wonderfully
smooth. The vintage MB146 which I have been hardly using before,
is amazing now. Again smooth, with a good ink flow and a beautiful
line variation. My "Big Red" has improved considerably
Frankly speaking, I truly regret that my English
is insufficient to find the right adjectives that could properly
express the pleasure of writing with these pens right now.
John and Pat, thank you so much for your perfect
Kasia Leijten-Nowak, The Netherlands(3/18/02)
I received the Pelikan Red M800 with O3B Nib
and the Parker 03B Nib today. I immediately put the Nib easily
into the Parker 75 Pen I own from way back, and proceeded
to write with both Pens. The Red Pelikan is a beautiful piece
of workmanship, and fits so nicely in the hand. And, the nib
is nothing short of spectacular. I really like the ink flow
and the variation in width of this Nib. To say it is wonderful
is an understatement.
The new Parker Nib has brought new enjoyment
to a Pen I haven't used since the 70's when I was in Medical
School. It brings back fond memories, with a smoother, nice
Thanks so much for the great service, I don't
think there is anything you neglect to think of in terms of
excellent customer service...
Dear John, Pat, et al.,
The pens arrived safely today. It's hard to
describe my satisfaction with your work. After owning the
Parker 75 for the better part of two decades, I finally know
how it should have been all along, which may explain why the
original owner parted with it. In addition, the Lady Skripsert
is working flawlessly and amazingly smooth for a nib that
is that fine. I can't even see where the missing tine was
replaced! Thanks. You'll be sure to get any future work from
Mark Z. (3/18/02)
Just a quick note to say that all the nibs arrived
safely today, delivered to my door. My warmest congratulations
for such a fine job:
- the Vanishing Point nib is truly wonderful.
This won't be the last one I'm ordering from you!
- the M1000 M is way better than the original
- the CS and the Stipula are perfectly smooth
yet with lots of line variation.
- the 4 Waterman Mans: they finally work after
20 years of frustration! They not only work, they are extraordinary!.
Thanks and very best wishes to your whole team,
cheers, Michael (Scharf, U.K., 3/12/02)
My fine italic Pelikan arrived today... and
From the first few words I wrote I could tell that this was
the nib I'd needed for a long time; similar to a Swan Calligraph
but with a more predictable line and a better ink flow. My
writing has become far more legible at a stroke.
Many thanks for your prompt attention and for the supreme
Use me as a testimonial if you like!
Dave Shepherd (U.K.)(3/11/02)
Couldn't resist temptation. Put my work aside
to tear open your package and try my new nibs. They are very
fine indeed. You work miracles out there. My thanks to John
and Pat and anyone else who had a hand in the transformation.
LL (Leone Lewensohn, 3/8/02)
Thanks very much--it is my fist really nice
fountain pen and I am
enjoying it immensely. I was in need of some inspiration.
switched to handwriting my dissertation because I need to
be able to see
lots of pages at once (something impossible on a computer)
my work, and, believe it or not, I believe I think more clearly
pen in my hand, over a keyboard. In any case, my script is
more uniform, and writing easier. I think I guessed right
Thanks for your craft; I will try to match it.
David Goodgame (3/6/02)
I have just received the pens back and what
delights they are! The Sheaffer writes like a dream, I could
not imagine a more perfect nib for my florid style of writing
and the Montblanc, though less responsive, will I am sure
with use, become a regular.
Thank you, the long wait was well worth it.
Tony Cassie (3/5/02)
Received the Pen shipment today. AWESOME, ELEGANT,
SPECTACULAR PERFORMANCE, SHEER DELIGHT, A great joy to use.
Beautiful work. My compliments to you Pat, John the whole
Am greatly pleased with the beautiful pen and
Regards, Andy (Morales, 3/4/02)
Hi John and Pat,
I got the pen yesterday and as usual, it is a beautiful repair!
You took the most common pen around and made it into a most
desirable one. The nib really suits my taste. Thanks so much
I am very, very pleased...
Best regards, Sterling (Picard, 2/21/02)
I arrived home from a trip to find my beautiful
new pen. Your suggested specifications for the nib seem perfect
- my mundane handwriting looks (almost) distinguished. The
pen has inspired me to look for a "proper" ink and
Thanks for your precise, professional, and most
Rob (Greer, 2/18/02)
Just a quick note of thanks.... All over the
Internet I see people arguing about what pen or nib is the
best. As far as I am concerned, this is a ridiculous discussion.
No two people like the same thing, or write the same way.
The best you can say truthfully is that this or that works
best for you. Which brings me to my pen...
It took me a while to articulate what I was
looking for... what impresses me about your work is that you
were able to translate my desires, most of them inchoate,
and transform them into a nib and pen that write the way I
want. No easy task!
Well, if the proof of the pudding is in the
eating, you are looking at one well-fed customer. Thanks for
your great work.
Adam Rodman (2/5/02)
I am simply stunned at how well the Dandy and
Parker 51 turned out!... You 'mottified' them both to exactly
- and I do mean precisely - the specifications that I had
requested. The Parker 51 which you modified using my Great-Grandfather's
nib means so much to me and you got it so incredibly smooth
and expressive that I truly look for any excuse to write with
it. I will treasure this pen for as long as I live and it
will mean so much to my son, as well, when he is old enough
to use it. I really can't thank you enough for that alone.
The Dandy project was one which I really didn't think anyone
could do right, but you did it just as I had requested and
it is a pure delight to use. .... I am so grateful that we
have such an absolute artist such as you and your incredible
staff who can truly make the most bewildering request possible.
You are truly miracle workers! Thank you all so much!
Dan (Levine, 1/26/02)
All four fountain pens arrived safely. Each
has its own definite writing "character" now. I'm
especially pleased with the Parker 75 and the steel nib pens.
To my "untrained" eye, the Parker (although you
classified it as "near mint") is perfect. The steel
nib pens are the smoothest pens that I've written with, outside
of the gold nibs you've done for me. My order was well worth
Timothy Vaughan (1/26/02)
I RECEIVED MY PEN TODAY AND MUST SAY AS A LEFT HANDER IT SEEMS
TO ACTUALLY WRITE BETTER THAN THE
DAY I BOUGHT IT. SUPERB REPAIR JOB, AND WILL BE IN USE FOR
ALL OCCASIONS INCLUDING USING IT AT WORK IN MY
MUSEUM WHERE I AM A CURATOR....
BOB Cohen (1/24/02)
Dear Pat (for John):
I received today two pens that you modified.... for which
thanks. I now have a series of pens and nibs whose points
have been superbly crafted by you, and I must tell you that
as I use the pens my mind often turns from
content, what I write, to form, how it is written, and the
latter always causes me to send mental thanks & good wishes
towards Los Angeles. So I take this occasion to convey out
loud, as it were, gratitude and thanks for
your very good work.
Mark Argetsinger (1/24/02)
Dear Pat & John,
Thank you for sending the "improved"
Pelikan 1000 so promptly. To say that I am pleased is an understatement.
The first few letters have emerged from it to tell a tale
of a nib as silent and supple as a jungle cat: elegant, graceful;
I like it. I'm only sorry I have waited so long to decide
to get it. To polish the miracle, I find that the total cost
in time and funds ends where purchasing the pen from another
and sending it on to you for modification would have only
begun. Well done.
Michael (Munro 1/14/02)