John and Pat,
The Pelikan arrived today and it is wonderful. I never would
have chosen a stub for my foray into customized nibs without
Pat's patient advice, and I'm so glad that I did. The write
is smooth and even, but with significantly more character
than a regular medium nib. The ink flow is immediate, but
without soaking the paper. You can be sure you'll be hearing
from me again when the time comes to further my collection.
Hi Pat and John!
I wanted to wish both of you and yours the happiest of holiday
and new years greetings from a new "Raving Fan".
The reworked nib on my Vanishing Point has far surpassed my
expectations for writing pleasure. While you generally discourage
my kind of italic nib for every day writing---at least for
me it makes my extensive daily notations FUN, CLASSY, and
EXPONENTIALLY NEATER! And by the way, I find the precise tactile
smoothness of my italic nib, much more desirable than my regular
smooth as glass stock medium point. I can always use my fast-messy-writing
ball points and rollerballs for quick jottings. So..don't
sell the talic point short for every writing for special customers,
they could be missing out on a whole new writing experience.
Finally, I will never "sell short" the outstanding
professional, courteous service you have given me and I sense
all your customers.
Stan Goldstein (12/24/03)
I just received my Pelikan M800 with the fine cursive italic
nib. After using it for the past hour, I can honestly say
that I am truly impressed. You do outstanding work! I have
never used a fine nib, let alone italic, which writes so beautifully.
It is very smooth, which is important to me, yet still is
crisp. I have custom nibs from other suppliers but not one
comes close to the performance of yours. Great work...
Kirk H. Edelman (12/30/03)
I received my pen yesterday, and I must say, "It's a
beauty!" When I got home, I was anxious to dip it in
ink and give it a try. I was not disappointed! The pen writes
beautifully-- very smooth and just the right ink flow. It
will be my everyday writer. Thanks so much for your attention
to detail to get everything just right. As always, your work
is exemplary. Thanks so much.
Richard Farrington" (11/18/03)
I received the package today. The pen writes like a dream!
I can't believe the difference in how it writes now versus
before I sent it to you. Your work is absolutely outstanding.
I won't even think of considering anyone else for any work
I may need done in the future. You are a gifted craftsman.
Thank you very much.
Richard Carlino (10/31/03)
John and Pat,
I received my Patrician today in good shape. I was very happy
with the restoration job and amazed at how great the pen looks.
The bent nib now looks beautiful and writes real sweet.I can't
even tell where you removed the engraving and everything polished
up so nice! John, you are truly a master at your craft, and
I really appreciate your attention to detail to get everything
just right. Thank you for getting this back to me so fast-
it was a pleasant surprise!!
Richard (Farrington, 12/1/03)
I just picked p the Paragon waiting for me on my front porch.
Inked it and now I am another one among very happy customers
of yours. The attention and care you took to provide me with
a great pen really exceeds my expectation. It turns out that
medium nib is perfect for me as well as the ink flow. And
I want to say thank you very much.
Now, after all the mistakes I made (as well as wasted money)
with other pen shops, I know where to buy my future pens...
il kim (12/4/03)
My word! Are there really still businesses like
you left in America? Quick superb service. Stands by your
The VP is PERFECT! Not a note of singing and brilliant smooth
line. I could not be more pleased. It warms my heart to see
that pride and craftsmanship still flourish and in
LA of all places!!
Scott D. Nelson (10/30/03)
The Pen came yesterday, and it's excellent - Thanks so very
much for this! (the gold nib, by the way, is without any question
the best nib I've ever written with, so I'll keep the steel
nib stored away as a backup.) I'm really very pleased..
Ed. Note: this arrived as a hand-written letter:
I thought I'd take a minute to write you a note to let you
kow just how pleased I've been with my Namiki Vanishing Point/italic
nib combination. It's been the perfect combination of form
and function; the vanishing point is ideal and most convenient
for notetaking during meetings & court work, and keeps
the ink from drying, while the custom shaping you effected
on the nib is exactly the style I had hoped for in my writing....
Adam Brener (10/31/03)
I have been writing with the pen for a few weeks now. You
spectacular job! It is the most amazing pen I have ever written
with. Its hard to believe that you could achieve that considering
the nib you started
with. I used to have a pen rotation among my user pens. I
can't bring myself to rotating this one back into the case.
John T. (10/25/03)
Thank you so much for your excellent nib regrind and repair
of my Waterman #7. Without doubt, this is the finest work
I have seen and best of all, it works perfectly. It has gone
from an occassional user pen to an every day writer! The italic
nib cuts a fine line and the ink flow adjustment suits this
nib well. Best regards...Mark Druash (10/23/03)
Perhaps understandably, I had a little trepidation about
purchasing a pen with a custom nib from a web-site and a company
that I hadn't dealt with before . Clearly there can be no
opportunity to try-before-you- buy; however, the extensive
information to be found on your site instills confidence that
proved to be well-founded. The Pelikan pen arrived this morning
and looks as elegant as I had imagined. I've just finished
a 15 minute test drive and wanted you to know that the nib
is wonderful, the ink flow is better than any pen I've owned
and that I am a very happy customer with a new pen which I
am sure has just become an all-time favorite. Now if only
the Yankees can win game 7 it'll be a perfect day!
I just wanted to write and thank you for the work you did
on my Carad d'Ache fountain pen. Since I have gotten it back
from you it is now my favorite pen and the best writer I have.
Not sure what you did, but I do know that any pens I get from
here on in that do not write the way I think they should will
be sent to you immediately for renovation.
Again, thanks for a true Master Craftsman's
job on this pen.
I have to write again about the cursive italic nib that John
made for my pen. It is spectacular! I've used it for several
days now and can tell that it will become my everyday nib.
It makes my less than stellar writing look beautiful and even
my printing has more panache.
Lucinda Gaston (9/20/03)
Hi John and Pat
Just got my Ancora's back this afternoon and all I can say
is PERFECT. I hate to admit this but I'm glad the pen jumped
out of my hand and buried its nib in that hard wood floor
and caused me to have to send it in for repairs. Both nibs
are wonderful and I honestly can't tell which one was the
damaged one and which one was the one I just didn't like how
it wrote. John, whatever cut it was you put on those nibs
fits my writing style exactly. I hope you kept a record of
it so when I get a green ancora at the next pen show you can
retro-fit the nib to match these two. To me this is like magic...I
can't believe the difference. Love it....Rh (9/19/03)
(Ed: this arrived as a hand-written note and
concerns a Waterman's Carene and Ideal)
What can I say - I've been Mottishawed. I love
this pen like I never knew I could. I love the other one too.
They are both so smooth, so perfect, so addicting. I can't
put this one down. You have another very satisfied customer.
Now the problem, what next.... I will send more. I just have
to prepare myself - like sending a child to college. Til next
Pam (Murray, 9/22/03)
Where have you been my whole life?
I received the Omas desk pen (for which you have worked miracles.)...
It is wonderful. . .absolutely wonderful! I hate you. Now
I have to go through my pens, my Father's pens and my Grandfathers
pens and figure out what I want to use or make more useable.
It's no wonder you are kept in hiding and protected by the
lovely woman that controls the phone. . . you are obviously
a scriptological genius, a national treasure and the CIA must
be scared to death that the Russians will kidnap you (I know
that dates me.) Never the less, the pen is perfect and, now
I understand, one of the few I own that actually writes as
smoothly and comfortably as it should. Thank
you, John. I look forward to sending some more to you. . .that
is if the
Russians don't get to you first.
It (Ed: Parker 51) arrived safely and Writes wonderfully.
Many thanks for such extremely pleasant, competent and thorough
service. You definitely represent a form of service which
is all too rare.
Best wishes to you and John... many, many thanks for restoring
David (Van Horn, 9/12/03)
Pat, The Pelikan tortoiseshell arrived yesterday and I couldn't
be more pleased. The pen is absolutely gorgeous. I can't imagine
why they no longer make them. I had some doubts about modifying
a fine nib to cursive italic but, as I had hoped, it is perfect
for my small handwriting. In short, I love the look, the feel,
and the performance of the pen. Please convey my thanks and
appreciation to John. As usual, your help was invaluable and
I look forward to speaking with you when next the urge to
own just one more pen strikes.
John and Pat,
I received the modified Omas Arco Brown Celluloid and the
Omas 360 75th anniversary last week..... The Arco Brown Celluloid
is superb. The line variation is noticeable and quite elegant.
The flow is perfect for my writing style. It has skyrocketted
to the top of my list of favorite writers.
I also am having a lot of fun with the Omas 75th 360. The
line is indeed broad, but is great to write with. I like the
bold smooth style of this pen. The commercial angle seems
fine for me as well. Let me write with it for another few
months and I will let you know if I still like it or whether
I wish to modify it at all.
Thanks for your help. I look forward to doing business with
Terry Sheppard (8/19/03)
Just a quick note to say I received the Omas
360 and am very pleased on first impressions. Nice flow, just
enough rotation to ensure perfect contact (less than I thought
I needed - thanks for the precision!), and no hint of skipping
or hesitation and of course that buttery smooth nib. In other
words all the best characteristics of an Omas without their
occasional QC headaches you get buying from elsewhere. Thanks
again John and Pat !
Just a note to let you know I recieved the Waterman
pen Friday. It's
great !!!! I love it. The pen writes beautifully. It feels
like I've moved
from a lumbering gray elephant to a cheetah. Now the challenge
is to harness the cheetah. But, I look forward to it!
Well, I am stuck at home working on the computer
so I was here about 10 minutes ago when the UPS guy arrived.
So of course I took a break from work to load the cartridge
and give it a whirl. I do really like the way it makes my
penmanship look more expressive, (sorta the southern California
version of fountain pen plastic surgery to make it look better
than it was....ha ha). So thanks again for the quickness,
taking the time to chat with me about all the choices,etc.
Now that interest rates are up perhaps my appraising business
will die down (hopefully not too much) so that i have time
to write some letters with the sharp new blue carbonesque
custom hot rod courtesy of THE NIB MAN,
best wishes, James umgelter(8/15/03)
John and Pat,
My red demonstrator arrived Tuesday as scheduled.
I had to be on campus that day because of all the trouble
with the WORM. It kept me busy all
that day and most of Wednesday verifying that I had eliminated
my two computers at home. This duty did not keep me from trying
out the oblique fine nib that John perfected. I know you claim
not to be able to perform miracles, but putting an oblique
grind on a fine nib is nothing short of fantastic. It has
the same appearance as the other oblique nibs (medium, broad,
and double broad) John has done for me, only thinner. I hope
my students appreciate it as much when I get carried away
grading their quizzes and exams.
Thanks very much for your skills and attention
to detail in handling my
writing needs. Many people complement me on my handwriting
(something I thought I'd never hear in my younger years).
I merely tell them it's all
in the pen, because with a ball point my writing just does
not look the
With best regards,
Don (Robinson, 8/15/03)
I received the m805 & have to say it is
fantastic! I think you were right to suggest giving the nib
a limited amount of flex initially; as I find I can write
with it in a fairly "fearless" way, without worrying
too much about bending it beyond the point of no return!
Interestingly I found that I was instinctively
writing in cursive,
something I tend not to do (as no-one can read it!).
I am really impressed that the nib was just
right the moment it hit the
paper and I felt instantly that I had been using the pen for
Jolyon (Wright, 6/27/03)
I received the pen yesterday. It is more than
I expected. I filled it
up this afternoon and it writes great. Thank you for suggesting
vanishing point and for all of your patience and help! I look
to doing business with you again in the future. Thank You.
Pat and John,
Two, count 'em, two Pelikan demonstrators rec'd in prime condition
on Tuesday. Been scribblin' with them ever since (Aurora blue)
and trying to learn the best way to write with a stub nib.
Fun, fun, fun.
thanks very much; time and money well spent!
Pat, John, et al:
Just received my repaired Waterman and am VERY pleased. Many
thanks for resurrecting it from its near-death experience.
Writes smooth as silk and the blackened rubber looks so much
Crescent City, CA(6/26/03)
Pens arrived exquisite and lovely. Me go play
Thank you for dwelling in this universe now.
Carmen (Hermosillo, 6/26/03)
I got my nib today. It is wonderful!
When I was young, my money was supposed to go towards wine,
women and song. That plan didn't always come to fruition.
Now that I am MATURE I can spend my few extra coins on pens
and nibs. Now that I know where to get guaranteed excellent
nibs, I am more confident that my hopes (and ink lines) won't
Thank you for an excellent purchase and super service.
Rich Canova (6/26/03)
I had no idea that my favorite flexible nib
styles of the 1920's-30's could be recreated today, starting
from modern, firm nibs. You have truly satisfied me with these
two creations (Ed: M600 and M800 14K nib units with our added
flex modifications), and I am very happy with them.
Budd (Parrish, 6/19/03)
Pat & John -
Blue Paragon is my dream pen! Big, beautiful, and blue. Lightweight
and the smoothest fine nib that needs only the lightest touch
- just the way I like it! Yes, I'm happy with it.
Elizabeth Wilde" (in a written note on 5/20/03)
I am delighted with the stub nibs you created
from my Pelikan 800 BB and Namiki V.P. B units. The exceptional
smoothness of these nibs has been retained while the line
variation is wonderful. This is exactly what I wanted! I would
say more but am reluctant to raise the specter of magic. However,
dictionary.com does provide a definition (#2) for Wizard that
is ... "a skillful and clever person" ... will that
The nib arrived yesterday and I installed it
Another fine job. It took only about half page
or so of writing to understand how the new nib
works. Its very smooth, starts first time every time
and I really like the look of the line it produces. Heck,
it even makes MY printing look good.
Thanks again for the great work.
Jim (McCool, 5/15/03)
Just a brief note to let you know the Pelican
M 1000 fountain pen arrived this afternoon in perfect condition.
It's an absolutely beautiful instrument, the nib just glides
so very smoothly over the page and writes absolutely magnificently;
it's exactly what I wanted. I own several fine pens but I
believe I could not have asked for one better than this, thanks
to John's skill and expertise with nibs. I am thrilled to
add it to my collection but plan to use it on a daily basis
of course. Thanks so much Pat to both John and yourself for
an excellent service provided in such a warm, friendly, knowledgeable
and professional way.
David (Wright, 3/26)
John & Pat,
My 100N feed unit with replacement gold nib
arrived today, and I love it. There is nothing quite like
combining the history and feel of a late 1930's fountain pen
with the comfort and reliability of a modern gold nib, fitted
and adjusted by the Mottishaw team.
I tore into the packaging the moment I got home
for work, put the nib into the pen and filled it. What a great
feel. The ink flow is great, and it is wonderfully smooth
on paper. Of course, its so much better than the old steel
CN nib, which felt like I was writing with a rusty nail.
You guys have once again demonstrated why your
reputation is as
deservedly high as it is....
Feel free to use this note as a testimonial.
Hello Pat and John,
The Moore Midnight blue pen arrived. What a
splendid restoration it is ! I think this pen will surely
be one of my treasures.Thank you very much!
Kei Wakiji (3/25/03)
(Ed: CP5 & CP6 with italic customizations)
I am more satisfied than I could expect to be.
The line which the pen produces is much more
elegant than I believed it would be, and it is so smooth to
write with. Regular nibs are scratching the paper much more
thsi one does.
The overall impression:
It seems that these are the only pens that I
will need for the rest of my life.
John (Christensen, 3/24/03)
I have received them .
I am much satisfied with your work .
I could not feel better !
Thank you very much . (H. Sakuma, Japan)
Dear Pat and John:
Considering the number of pens I have gotten
from you in the last six to seven months it is only right
that I write and tell you how wonderful I think they are.
I have just received the Pelikan M850 and the OMAS Saffron
Blue celluliod. I am particularly impressed with the OMAS.
It is much more interesting "in the flesh" than
in any picture. As you know, I have several of the OMAS celluloid
pens and in addition to being wonderful writing instruments
they are works of art that enhance the writing experience.
The Saffron Blue is a welcome addition to my collection.
This is not to ignore the Pelikan. It is a
wonderful pen and the nib is superb, exactly what I had in
mind. It is just that my focus is on the
OMAS since I knew what the Pelikan was going to look like
but was not sure about the OMAS.
I appreciate the fact that you thoroughly check
out and adjust each pen to my specifications before shipping
it. I do not have a collection of uninked pens. A good high
quality pen is a tool that I use and enjoy. But it has to
be "right". Your pens are "right". They
have nice smooth nibs, correct ink flow and do not leak, beyond
the beauty of the pen, this is what is important to me.
The enjoyment I derive from having and using
these beautiful tools is no
greater than the pleasure of my transactions with you both.
I have a mental
list, I imagine most of us do, of the individuals and businesses
which we deal that we think are tops in professionalism and
pride in their
product. You are at the top of my list.
Very best wishes,
Stuart Houston (3/19/03)
Pat and John:
Incredible (Ed: an Omas Paragon with Broad cursive
italic customization). John is an absolute Master. I love
it, absolute Perfection. The service you gave me Pat leaves
Thanks so much.
Mike (Farha, 3/17/03)
I received the nib yesterday that you reground
for me. It is a tremendous improvement. It writes smoothly
and there is no skipping at all. Thanks for being so understanding
with a real newcomer. Your willingness to take time in your
busy schedule to talk and then to make this nib right makes
it clear why you enjoy the respect of all others in the pen
the pens are here, safe and sound (Editor's note: Pelikan
M800s, one Red, one Green, with our formal italic customizations).
After I had tested them, I went out to the local software
mart and bought a copy of the new Dullword Adulation Reduction
Program. I takes out all traces of adulation, praise, expectation
of miracles, and blush stimulators by eighty-three point seven
percent. After all we don't want to embarrass John. Before
I switch it on, let me say that it was great to hear from
The pens you repaired are here. They are all right. I guess
I was pleased to
have them back. They are working as well as they ever did
moderately all right, if not just a little more than moderately.
But not a
great deal. Some. You did a little more than an all right
job. But not a great deal. Some. They were done in by Higgins
Eternal. I find it somewhat hard to believe that I was so
g..d.... stupid as not to realize that waterproof means not
soluble in water. Well, thank you from the top part of my
heart where the tubes come in from my liver for getting them
back in fairly good shape with only satisfactory service and
not too long a delay. It means something to me. But not a
great deal. Some. Don't you think you should change it to
the 'nibjourneyman?' With some regards, but not a great deal.
Have an ordinary Easter. William Congdon.
Pat, tell him that I wanted to sign it Bill,
but Dullword doesn't allow
it. The pens are themselves and wonderful. It's like a miracle,
but for God
sake, don't tell John that. B
(then, from his authorization-to-post email:)
Dear Pat, I guess it would be all right. Sort of. Maybe I'd
be just a
little proud to be on the nibjourneyman site. But not a lot.
Some. Please add a line about the Pens being sort of pretty?
[Off] Love. [On] William Congdon (April 17, 2003)
Dear John and Pat.
Well, Steady On! is here. And very beautiful. The blue is
a lovely shade -- truly. Please notice that I am not using
Dullword. I just have had enough of that and John will have
to deal with what's coming to him, not some but a great lot.
The nib is exactly right. The point of the exercise (as it
were) was to get a normal size line and therefore, an everyday
page, in short, to establish the real size of my handwriting.
SO! does exactly that. What I write with it looks right and
feels right -- the true way it should be. It is a sort of
strange sensation to see one's hand in its correct size. The
other two pens allow me to augment the standard. As for the
shaping and sensitivity of the nib they are miraculous and
perfect (Ha, John, take that!)
I spent much time writing the same line in the three sizes.
They look balanced and in correct proportion to each other.
So once again, you have done a fine thing for me and I am
Of course every time I pick one of the pens up I shall think
of my good friends in California.
I guess this finishes our current business. I have precisely
what I need and want. (How often can one say that?) I shall
stop by the site from time to time to say hello.
So au revoir. I wish good things for you both -- all of them.
And finally, 'thank you.'
John is the nibmaster.
I have been using fountain pens since the first grade (about
50 years). When I tried my Stipula with the recently reground
nib I realized that I have wasted my life! ;-) (Stephan Miller,
my Omas Saffron Blue fountain pen on Friday. I really like
how the colors blend together and how effortlessly the nib
moves across the paper. This is a beautiful writing instrument
-- thank you. Again I also want to thank you for your prompt
and courteous service. Hopefully in the future I will call
upon your outstanding personal services again.
Respectfully Yours, Bruce Lewis" (1/26/03)
I received the nibs today, and I am, to say
the least, extremely happy. The Pelikan nibs have a truly
vintage feel and line, and are just outstanding. I had expected
the nibs might look a bit funny due to the adjustment, but
this is not even remotely so. The nibs look great. The Namiki
Vanishing Point oblique is a double surprise, as the pen is
now a much more comfortable writing instrument, and the line
variation is far more than I expected considering the small
nib size. You have a formidable reputation in the fountain
pen community, and I now know that your reputation is fully
deserved. Thank you...for a set of nibs that exceeded my high
Dear John -----
Very few things in my experience live up to
expectations; however, in
the case of my new pen it is truly a fine piece of work (Ed:
a Pelikan m600 with our cursive italic modification). I have
given it a good workout this evening and am completely satisfied
with your craftsmanship. You have a new customer for Classic
Fountain Pens, Inc. I'll spread the word. Thank you to you
and Pat for such quality service.
Jim Huse (1/22/03)
Guess what arrived just now, yes, my wonderful
pen (Editor: M1000 with 3B cursive italic customization).
I am speechless, it is so lovely, and sooooo smoooooth and
sweeeet! I have tried it... and calligraphy and expressive
handwriting has been a wonder.
Thank you so much for your patience, and for
doing exactly what I was
All they say about your nibsterbility is true
with bells on John!!!
Sincerely, in awe,
Chris" (Cull, 1/20/03)
(Second message from Chris, same day:)
I tried the other nib (Medium with "sharpish stub"
customization)... I have never, ever, had a medium nib like
this - the BBB is wonderful, and I will need to practice my
calligraphy with it, the two together are all I dreamed they
would be, and more.