The pen and cases arrived this morning. As for the pen, in
addition to being even more impressive in the hand than it
is in the photo, it writes beautifully. Please convey my compliments
to John for the nib work. And thanks to all of you for a pleasurable
Wow, it's here a day early! What a lovely
pen (Ed: Wahl Eversharp Doric). Who could imagine it being
almost 70 years old, just looking at it? The celluloid is
perfect and I've never seen anything like it in a modern pen.
It does look like mineral structure, I can understand Sharon's
attraction. I've filled it with Waterman Blue Black which
gives a nice, vintage look to the writing. That semi-flex
fine nib is just about perfect for me, if I can't have one
of John's italics.
Thank you all, and especially Sharon, for letting me be the
custodian of it for the next generation.
Kent Kochheiser (05/16/07)
The Namiki Falcon has arrived! You have done a perfect job.
It writes just as I hoped, smooth, with a good flow, little
responsive and with enough line variation. Thanks again. When
I have another "nibjob" I will let you know for
Best regards from the Netherlands,
Michael Sliedrecht (05/23/07)
Dear Pat (and John!)
The Red Ripple came back yesterday! I was so excited to see
it and amazed at how great it looked. I sat down to write
out a thank you note--only to realize how awkward & wobbly
I was with my very own pen.
Not that I wasn't able to use it--more like for the first
time I actually COULD use it! I knew in the beginning I'd
be taking a chance with anything that had already been around
80 years, but I thought it would be worth it in terms of potential.
I'm just now starting to see that potential.
Thank you so much again and a world of appreciation for all
of your kindness and help!
-Margaret Mroczek (05/03/07)
Am I to write with the pen? Or just sit back and contemplate
Thank you ever so much for what you've done. It is really
wonderful to be able to make such a quick and pleasant purchase
from far away - and get what one wanted in such a short time!
I'm afraid you will be hearing again from me sometime soon...
Pedro Mendonca (05/03/07)
I received my Namiki Pilot Falcon FP today and absolutely
love it! The customized nib, tailored to my writing style,
makes using the pen a smooth, enjoyable experience. I have
never written with such a fine instrument as this particular
Thank you for providing such fine craftsmanship. I intend
to make future purchases from your company.
Edward A. Hawks (05/05/07)
My Omas arrived today, and it is wonderful, light weight and
beautiful. The nib is luscious, it will become my favorite
I'm sure. Thank you again for your great service and let John
know that the nib is perfect. Thank you,
Robert Gamburd (05/07/07)
My Pelikan M800 arrived without incident. Its
great to have old faithful back! It writes better
than ever the customizations for my writing style make
all the difference in the world. Thank you so much for your
Jaimie Henderson (04/30/07)
Last week I received the Conklin Endura pencil in Lapis
its very beautiful and it is a pleasure to use! Discovering
your web-site was like turning down a side street and discovering
a wonderful little shop with delightful people! Talking to
you was a pleasure; your entire ordering process should be
an industry standard...
John Zientowski (04/30/07)
John, and everyone,
Nibs arrived promptly last week; beautiful work as always;
everything fits and writes beautifully.
Ernie Drown (05/02/07)
Hi Pat, its here (Ed: OMAS Ogiva,
Black/Guilloche). I just inked it up (brought a bottle to
work with me for the occasion). It is perfect. Lovely smoothness
and wetness. Thank you for taking such care! Karen (05/02/07)
I just returned from Toronto this afternoon and the Lamy Persona
was waiting for me upon my arrival.I really love the pen.It
writes beautifully and I really enjoy the weight and size
of the pen.I am so thankful that I went ahead and had the
nib ground down.Please express to John how thrilled I am with
the job that he masterfully performed.I want to thank everyone
again.It is an absolute pleasure dealing with all of you and
especially with you Pat!
My sincerest regards,
Rob Redlich (04/25/07)
I have been quite remiss in not writing sooner. My vintage
1939 OMAS Extra Lucens is simply wonderful. The ink flow is
perfect and the reground modern OMAS 18k stub nib precisely
to my liking. Thank John so very much for once again proving
his amazing attention to detail and craftsmanship! Writing
is a major part of my life, and to do so with a pristine vintage
OMAS is very special indeed. All the very best, Harris Saltzburg
I received the pen today! Thank you very much for an excellent
job! The pen is 100 time smoother than before! The ink flow
is JUST RIGHT! The nib writes flawlessly and smoothly and
solidly on a yellow pad I use daily. It's a keeper for me!
The lines produced are gorgeous! Once again John did his magic!
Please extend my sincere appreciation for his excellent work!
With sincere appreciation,
JK Kim (04/16/07)
The pens arrived yesterday. Thank you so much. They are both
beauties in their own way, although they couldn't be more
different--opposite ends of the fountain pen specturm really.
Yet they are both wonderful writers. John's nib on the Lamy
is great as usual, and the Conklin writes beautifully-- smooth
as silk and just enough flexibility for my lumbering hand.
Thanks for everything,
Pat: My "Sailor" with music nib
was delivered in good shape about 15 minutes ago (a day ahead
of schedule) Very well packaged. I just tested it briefly
(with a cartridge) to make sure everything was working properly.
It was! Requires only the lightest touch ... good ink flow,
and superbly smooth. I'm really going to enjoy this! Now you
have me thinking about a normal writing pen ??? Many thanks
for the great service and, more importantly, for taking the
time to understand what it was that I wanted from a pen. Joe
John / Pat:
Yesterday I received my yellow, full-sized Sailor 1911 with
a music nib ground to a cursive italic. The pen arrived safely,
and the nib writes wonderfully! I do appreciate your keeping
on file a handwriting sample I'd sent a long time ago for
another nib job, and it's great to receive a pen where the
nib and level of ink flow are just right. Wonderful work.
Thanks so much.
Julio A. Thompson (04/09/07)
Ed: this arrived as a hand-written note:
John: The Grand Place arrived yesterday. It works perfectly.
What a beautiful pen, both in appearance and performance.
Thank you so much for your help in selecting the pen and configuring
the nib. It really does make a difference. I'm sure you'll
be hearing from me again soon... Steve Noble (04/09/07)
My Omas grey paragon fountain pen arrived!! It is beautiful!
I love the color, classic look and
the greek key design. The nib is great. I look forward to
many happy penning years with
the two Omas pens from you and John.
Thanks so much for the great support and service. I'm really
excited to become a "new
fountain pen" enthusiast.
The pen arrived, it is inked, and I love it! The feel, the
design (I love Aurora designs), the color...all perfect. This
is why I frequently check the pre-owned section of the website;
I would have missed this fabulous Aurora otherwise. Now, if
only I could find the OMAS designed by Sottass...and a blue
Thanks for your great service. Hope we meet someday.
Bob Rogen (03/26/07)
Dear Pat, Sharon, Danielle, and John:
I have had the privilege to work with everyone at your incomparable
establishment with the exception of Danielle. In the past
several months I have purchased from you a Parker 61, 1929
Parker senior duofold, 1920's lapis Parker duofold jr., Pelican
M 400 Brown Tortoise, and now a 1917 Conklin crescent filler.
The redoubtable, John, has skillfully modified these pens
so that they are all broad to stub with a copious ink flow.
All of these pens are receiving constant use and are performing
beyond expectation. With enthusiasm, I recommend your firm,
without reservation to anyone who requires sales, repair,
or modification, of a fountain pen.
Cordially, James J. Sparandeo (03/26/07)
Ed: the following was received as a hand-written
note: Dear Pat & John, You are every bit as amazing and
talented as the testimonials on your web site indicate. The
pen is perfectly tuned for me and the only thing that could
improve it is a wider selection of ink colors in cartridges
from Sailor.... Thanks, again. Sincerely, Cheryl McCullough
Ed: the following was received as an email
To read the entire letter, please click here or on the line above.
The pen arrived safely this morning, very very pleased with
it set up just the way I like. Thank you very much for everything,
Martin Jones (03/12/07)
Just a note to let you know the Duofold nibs arrived on Friday.
I put in the converter in each nib and put one nib in the
Black Duofold and the other in the Orange or "Big Red"
and they wrote like "very old friends". For me,
they write "perfectly" - very, very smooth and excellent
inkflow. You guys have the "magic touch" even on
pens you don't normally handle...
Thank you so very much!
Joe Nemedi (03/12/07)
I just received the package and true to your promise, the
pens write right out of the box. The pens are
beautiful and your customer service is exemplary! Keep up
the good work.
Anant Dhotrekar (03/14/07)
Sharon, John - thank you so much. The gorgeous,
luminous yellow Sailor 1911 arrived yesterday, and it might
be the silkiest, most lovely pen I have ever had the pleasure
of using. It feels more like a paintbrush than a pen. I am
a customer for life. I will send via mail a writing sample,
probably this weekend. Thanks again. Let me know when you
have the Sapporos with the music nib - I'll probably buy one
of those too. --j (03/23/07)
This is Kybor. I want to thank you for your suggestion on
customization my M600 Blue Demonstrator Pelikan. It is so
beautiful and elegant. I received it one week ago. I tested
it, but I did not have a chance to use it fully. Today, I
took my pen to the bank to deposit my check. The teller commented
that I have a very nice handwriting. And I even used it to
write on happy birthday cards. It was so wonderful and addictive
when it comes to writing and signing. I've fell in love with
Pelikan medium stub nib. It just glides on papers. Thank you
for your service and Master John for his magical skills in
My pen was delivered today in perfect working condition.
It has a "made to measure feel" about it and makes
a wonderful replacement for my previous Pelikan that I lost
a few years ago. It's like meeting an old friend that has
come back to me after a long absence.
I'd like to thank you for your kind and cheerful cooperation.
Albert Edelson (02/27/07)
the nib arrived yesterday. I've been writing
with it all morning. It's fabulous. It's exactly what I was
looking for. Thank you. Larry Sanford (03/02/07)
The pens arrived today, in perfect condition [Parker Duofold
International (UK) Fountain Pen and Ballpoint Green
Marble]. I inked up the fountain pen and made my first strokes
on the paper it was like velvet. So lovely.
The green marbling on the pens is even more beautiful than
the photos captured. My colleagues at work who are also fountain
pen enthusiasts are almost as excited as I am to see this
pen I know they will be very jealous! I have, of course,
made sure they know all about you folks. With any luck, you
may have another few Canadian customers.
Thank you, Pat, for all your kind assistance and patience.
You answered all my questions quickly, thoroughly and thoughtfully.
And the nib works like a dream. Thank you, John. This has
been a very pleasant transaction I feel as though I
have gotten to know you a little bit, rather than merely purchasing
a product from you. You can be sure that you will hear from
All best wishes ~ Trisha (02/15/07)
I received my Pelikan 800 the other day. It writes smoother
that the Montblanc Ive been writing with for over 20
years (I didnt think that was possible). PERFECT!
Please give my best to everyone.
The little Omas couple arrived safely, on the doorstep yesterday.
What a sweet writing couple, as smooth as the
best dark chocolate! UmmmmUmmmm
The best Valentines Day gift ever! What an inspiration
How do l love thee, let me count the ways
you once again for many hours of blissful writing (thanks
to Johns expert craftsmanship). There is no doubt these
will evolve into the most treasured of loves.
Hugs and Smiles, Shea Stanfield (02/15/07)
To: Sharon Hardwick
Subject: RE: Classic Fountain Pens: Draft Invoice - Response
Today I received the Pilot Vanishing Point with the Medium
Cursive Italic nib adjustment. Oh, so that's what a fountain
pen is supposed to feel like! This pen is so quirky looking
I like it very much already. It writes incredibly nicely.
Problem is, now I would consider having other pens adjusted.
My new Parker Duofold and a Shaeffer I like a lot as well.
Did I read the web site correctly, the wait for nib work is
6 months? That's sneaky, you know; "Come here kid, the
first one is free"....
Willy Palmer (02/20/07)
(Ed: all three of the testimonials below arrived as
John and Pat, Received my pens yesterday. Thank you for making
them work so well and look so beautiful. It was well worth
the wait. As you can see, the Parker 51 writes beaiutifully.
Again... My thanks and appreciation. Ra Scavelli (02/09/07)
Dear Pat, Once again, much thanks to you and
John for exceptional service. My new Sailor KoP is awesome!
As always, my favorite pen is..... anything Mottishaw! Best
regards, Dave Burnette (02/09/07)
Dear John, Thank you for this wonderful pen...
You can see how far I have progressed to this point in using
it: it has so many possibilities, and ny penmanship improves
day by day, vaving such an excellent writing instrument to
work with. Thank you! Walter (02/09/07)
Howdy. Got the pen today -- that was fast!
Filled it without any problem and immediately put pen to paper.
What a difference from using a rolling ball and ball point.
The Pelikan seems to glide over the paper with nary a hitch.
If you limited me to a one-word description, I would choose
the word "smooth." I'll be back for another!
Received my Naginata-Togi. Love it. The
"juicier" thing is not a problem. Writes more like
a European medium, which I'm used to anyway. Thanks.
Super job! You haven't lost your touch.
Alan Becker (02/04/07)
The Sheaffer Pen has arrived this morning safely in my office.
I have already inked it. It writes excellently and very smoothly.
Thank you very much for your outstanding service.
Pat, The Bronze Arco HT arrived safe and
sound today. I can only say that it is an absolutely beautiful
pen both in appearance and in the way it writes. It is smooth
with a perfectly even ink flow, comfortable in the hand an
a pleasure to work with. Thank you so much for sending it
so quickly and for the work that was done to fit it to the
writing style I described to you.... Again, many thanks for
getting this pen to me. I could not be happier with it.
Adrian Gordon (02/07/07)
Subject: My new Pilot... is just perfect! The broad
cursive italic is just what I wanted-- there is some thick-thin,
but it is not exaggerated, and I can write small with it.
And because there is no cap I can use it instead of a pencil
for quick one-handed notes. It is the perfect complement to
my Pelikan broad stub. As with the Pelkan, Private Reserve
Midnight Blues seems to work just fine. Once again, thanks
for your help. I can't decide which pen is next.
Pete Sampson (01/25/07)
I have received my order, Inv. 18909, for
a Sailor pen, in good order. Let me say three words: I love
it! It writes just the way I wanted. Thanks for your prompt
service and helpful assistance. You have a new loyal customer.
Joan Sutton (01/30/07)
Just wanted to let you know that I got the Arco this morning.
It is great! Not only is it a gorgeous pen, but it writes
like a dream. The nib that John did is by far the best I have
ever written with. It is almost wasted on my bad handwriting!
Andrew Jablon (01/19/07)
I just wanted to let you know that I received the pen yesterday
and it writes like a dream. Truly a pleasure!Thanks again!
(Ed: this testimonial arrived as a note written
with the subject pen/modification) Dear John & Pat - I
never dreamed a pen wuold write immediately as if I'd been
using it for years. My Sailor Maki-e is tailored to me as
if I'd been in your shop for you to see how I wrote. Your
wonderful service, excellent website and well-thought-out
order form made the process even more pleasant! Thank you
so much for a pen that is beautiful, of course, but also a
true joy to use. Sincerely, Kathleen Bregand (01/24/07)
Thank you so much to John and everyone who was so helpful
to me on the phone and with my order. I LOVE my new pen and
find myself writing down even the smallest list just to be
able to use my pen. I know that I will be back to have some
of my older pens transformed for me as well.
Thank you again to you all for making the entire transaction
so easy and the outcome so "awesome".
Leslie F. Gaylord (01/16/07)
Dear Ms. Ackor and Mr. Mottishaw,
The pen arrived today, the perfect, simple, elegant design
of the pen is astonishing it that it is truly intentionally
understated and the epitome of "less is better"
it is good to have a pen that is not distracting and draws
attention. I am overwhelmed remarkable fluidity of the pen
. On my good paper it has no tooth at all. I used Noodler's
Coeur Royal ink. I am more than pleased , it writes very smoothly.
I think you over estimated my writing pressure. I haven't
twisted, splayed, bent, or destroyed a nib yet to my knowledge.
I like to write deliberately. I can't write well if I have
the pen just skipping along the paper dancing in air making
Thank you for this marvelous pen. Fantastico!!!!...
Steven M. (01/16/07)
Dear Nibs Team,
My 87 year old mother was more delighted with this masterful
repair than with any other gift I have ever given her. She
is hard at work writing to everyone she knows, and fairly
crowed at the smooth and familiar tool she has used, according
to legend, for over 70 years. As a French friend said about
an old and humble bottle of family wine, "It's not so
special, but it is VERY special." Thank you for hand-cleaning
the nib, and responding so promptly. I will brag on your service
for years.... Thanks again,
Ellen Kochansky (01/17/07)
Hi Pat --
Just a note to let you know that the pen arrived on Friday
evening. The pen is absolutely gorgeous, and writes like a
dream. Please let John know that he did a perfect job on the
flow (I don't usually get fine nibs because I like a wet point),
but this nib feels like it's riding on air. Thanks again for
your help. --Phil (01/17/07)
I received my Namiki Falcon with extra fine and flexible nib
much sooner than I had expected, and what a pleasure it is
to write with. I cannot tell you what a pleasure it was doing
business with you; certainly a rare experience these days!...
From frigid Colorado,
Mark Clancy (01/12/07)
Dear Pat, The pen writes wonderfully well.
I am delighted with the way it writes and flows so effortlessly.
I am really looking forward to using the Omas as my "additional"
daily pen. THANK YOU for a great job done! Besides writing
well, it is also a very good looking pen!
Pat... I got the pen... I love it... This
is the first M600 I've owned, and I'm not sure how I ever
lived without it.... You have a great company with a level
of customer service I haven't ever received even from other
pen sellers... Thanks again,
Ray Johnson (01/11/07)
I rec'd the Mont Blanc FP and it is a beautiful
addition to my collection. I just inked it for the first time
today and it writes like on air. Thank you so much for the
prompt service and the opportunity to purchase this pen. Dave
Well, Pat, my pen arrived about an hour
ago and I'm fairly certain my projects for this afternoon
will be tomorrow's projects.
The stub was an excellent choice: now that I've tried it I'm
certain I could handle the cursive italic nib, but I don't
believe I could write as quickly or fluently. I suspect for
my next pen I'll try the Falcon in cursive italic. I'm using
Private Reserve Midnight Blues and I couldn't be much happier
with either the pen or the ink.
Pete Sampson (1/05/07)