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    Default Choice of modern pen retailer

    As a vintage pen guy, I rarely buy a currently-manufactured pen. When I do, the pen is invariably used and bought at a pen show or from a forum like this one. Now, I am considering a Pilot Custom 823 F with its plunger (vacuum) filler. I see I missed a couple of 823s on the FPG classifieds, but they are selling new for $336 on almost every USA online retailer I find.

    My question: Which USA retailers actually test and tweak each new pen they sell before sending to their customers?

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    The Nibsmith tunes every pen for free. (Obviously also he does custom grinds as an extra option)

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    +1 on the Nibsmith if you're not in a hurry. Over a certain amount spent I recall some extend of nib customisation was also offered for free (with an even longer delay).

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    Hope you can find one. I've owned a few of them. I've sold a few to fund other things. But I currently own 3.

    They're excellent pens. To me, they're the perfect workhorse pen. I LOVE THEM!!!!

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    At the risk of invoking Murphy and his law, Pilot is about as safe of a bet you can make for a nicely tuned nib out of the box.

    Id look at a Japanese retailer though Amazon for a good price.
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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    Heres one on Amazon for $213

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    Kirk Speer of Pen Realm is a nibsmith who will tune nibs of pens he sells.
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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    J. Mottishaw's company, "Nibs.com" offers nib tuning to your specification for pens they sell, and they do an excellent job of it.
    That said, I mostly always do my own fine tuning, and it's well worth learning how to do it, not that it is that difficult.

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    I agree. I have a nice 823, and the plunger filler works well, and yes, the nib is as good as any ever straight out of the box. You are probably accustomed to Japanese sizing, but they do run narrower than e.g Parker and way narrower than Pelikan.

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctox View Post
    J. Mottishaw's company, "Nibs.com" offers nib tuning to your specification for pens they sell, and they do an excellent job of it.
    That is no longer Mottishaw's company. He retired a few years ago and it was sold to "The Pen Family". They moved operations to Florida and have had a lot of issues with abysmal customer service. I have no idea if they still offer nib tuning, and if they did, have no idea who does it and if I would trust them with good pens. It's a real sucky situation.
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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Doctox View Post
    J. Mottishaw's company, "Nibs.com" offers nib tuning to your specification for pens they sell, and they do an excellent job of it.
    That is no longer Mottishaw's company. He retired a few years ago and it was sold to "The Pen Family". They moved operations to Florida and have had a lot of issues with abysmal customer service. I have no idea if they still offer nib tuning, and if they did, have no idea who does it and if I would trust them with good pens. It's a real sucky situation.
    I can attest to the abysmal CS. I wanted an in stock pen but had a question regarding the serial number. When I called I got someone who could not answer the question but sent an email to the person who should have had the answer. I was cc'd on the email and still have not received a reply or any contact whatsoever.

    When John was around, they had what I considered the best CS in the business.

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    Default Re: Choice of modern pen retailer

    Thanks all. A private sale might happen, but at this point, I've got the Baltimore/Washinton Int'l Pen Show in two weeks.

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