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Monday, November 1, 2010

John Mottishaw sure makes nib tuning look easy...

Here's a video that was shown to me by a fan who knew I initially had some flow issues with my holy grail pen, my Pelikan M800 1.5mm italic. This is nibmeister John Mottishaw tuning my pen (not really my pen, but an identical one) with what seems like the greatest of ease. It's a testament to his skill and experience for sure! Kinda makes me want to get into nib tuning ;)

I have heard John has a great reputation, though I have never met him or had any work done by him (so don't consider this to be an 'official' endorsement here, no affiliation)....have any of you ever had anything tuned by him? How about other nibmeisters?




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17 comments:

  1. What I'd like is John to talk us through the tools he uses.

    His skill is very plain to see. His tools appear to be personalised standard tools.

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  2. All I can say is wow..if I took a nib to the grinder..I would end up with nothing but a feed haha.

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  3. I have one of Richard Binder's Specialty Nibs - the Pelikan M250 nib, reground to XF/XXF duo-point, full flex added. It's a dream to write with.

    I also have a Parker 51 XF nib that has been professionally fine tuned by nibmeister Mike Masuyama that I purchased from Mauricio Aguilar.

    Since I've started collecting fountain pens, I've noticed that the nib makes a huge difference in terms of the writing experience. A beautiful pen...well, it's beautiful - but an amazing nib, is... amazing. Now an amazing nib on a beautiful pen, well... beyond words.

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  4. Given the prices one pays for such pens, one shouldn't need to tune them. The manufacturer should get it right. But thank goodness for people like John who can make it right after market.

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  5. I've heard great things about Mr. Mottishaw's nibs from Karen Traviss. She's an author and fountain pen enthusiast who has her nibs custom made by Mr. Mottishaw. I'd like to be able to afford that kind of quality one day.

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  6. I have a Sailor Sapporo Mini (EF) I purchased from Mr Mottishaw - well actually my wife purchased it, I communicated the desired characteristics to John. The huge advantage one gets from buying a pen from John is that you get to specify parameters specific to your needs such as flow, angle you hold the pen, etc - at no extra cost. There is a questionnaire that must be completed at purchase with your specs. The Sailor I received writes exactly as I wished- medium to medium light flow and smooooth (for an EF). John keeps your specs on file so if you ever want another pen tuned the same way, he has that info. Additionally, his prices are discounted about 20% at least for Sailors. In this case buying a pen from a nibmeister is not about correcting the pen but having it custom tuned for you.

    I have also had Michael Masuyama tune a few pens for me as well. He does an excellent job at a reasonable price. I have an Aurora Ipsilon he tuned that writes like it is on velvet - an awesome writing pen.

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  7. He makes it all look so easy and effortless. Like DaveP said, I'd like to see him going around his shop showing all his equipment.

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  8. I have a Pilot Custom 74 with a broad nib that John customized to a cursive italic. It's a great pen! Greg Minuskin has worked on a couple of Pelikan's for me and he does a fantastic job with great turn around time. In fact, I just sent him a Montblanc 146 that I'm getting Greg to grind to a left-oblique cursive italic. He does great work!

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  9. I've had good luck with pens writing just fine out of the box. Except for two which I sent to Michael Masuyama to tune. Mostly I've used nibmeisters for regrinding modern nibs into stubs to give my writing a little bit of flair. Also "in the wild" most pens in the US are medium point and I like 'em much finer. Thus another reason to regrind a modern nib. I've been happy with the work of Masuyama and Deb Kinney. Recently Mottishaw stubbed a new pen I bought from him... it is my absolute favorite nib! Yet these are all very personal aesthetics.

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  10. Yes, Brian, John has tuned two great fountain pens for me: a Montegrappa Miya with a stub nib and the divine Pelikan M800 with the 1.5 italic nib. That is why the Pelikan flowed so beautifully right out of the box. I inked it with the Edelstein Ruby that I got from you and what can I say? Smooth as silk! Thanks for posting the video of him.

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  11. John Mottishaw has done about ten pens for me, and he's the best of the best of the best. Nicest guy in the pen world, too, with the possible exception of Brian. His backlog can be a little daunting, though I usually treat myself to rush service.

    As a calligrapher with a light touch, I like an Italic nib that's very sharp and copious ink flow, which is not something I expect to get out of the box. Spending $400 on a pen and then not spending another $100-$150 to make it exactly the tool I want isn't economy in my book.

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  12. Until I bought a vintage Montblanc 144 from John, I had no idea nibs good be fine tuned. He does great work.

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  13. John Mottishaw has done about ten pens for me, and he's the best of the best of the best. Nicest guy in the pen world, too, with the possible exception of Brian. His backlog can be a little daunting, though I usually treat myself to rush service.

    As a calligrapher with a light touch, I like an Italic nib that's very sharp and copious ink flow, which is not something I expect to get out of the box. Spending $400 on a pen and then not spending another $100-$150 to make it exactly the tool I want isn't economy in my book.

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  14. I have a Pilot Custom 74 with a broad nib that John customized to a cursive italic. It's a great pen! Greg Minuskin has worked on a couple of Pelikan's for me and he does a fantastic job with great turn around time. In fact, I just sent him a Montblanc 146 that I'm getting Greg to grind to a left-oblique cursive italic. He does great work!

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  15. I've heard great things about Mr. Mottishaw's nibs from Karen Traviss. She's an author and fountain pen enthusiast who has her nibs custom made by Mr. Mottishaw. I'd like to be able to afford that kind of quality one day.

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  16. His work is not for everyone though... He has a tendency to *overwork* nibs which he tunes prior to shipping them out. As you can see in the video, he takes out the stock nib and heads straight the diamond wheel after fixing the tines, thereby making the tip a *Motishawed* tip. The video clearly shows the flow *improves* after balancing the tines alone...additionally, he says it's "skippy" only after a few seconds of use out of the box. This is not uncommon and heading to the grinder seems extreme.

    If you want a stock nib, order it elsewhere and examine the tines on your own. I would not want to order a specially hand crafter nib, like one of Sailor's nibs, only to have John grind away as part of his pre-shipping inspection before sending it to me.

    His work might be your cup of tea, but "is not for me"!

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  17. I'm not sure he jumps to the diamond wheel for every pen, like he did here. The reason I posted this video is because I bought this exact pen (Pelikan m800 with a 1.5mm stock italic nib) and the nib had significant issues with skipping and starting. Mine did need to be reground to be fixed (not by John though), and now it works great. This video wasn't meant to serve as a reflection of what he does for every pen, just more what he did to fix this particular pen. All this said, I've never had any work done by John nor to I have any professional relationship with him.

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