Who Are The People In The Pen World: The Nibmeister

by Galen Leather January 16, 2024 4 Comments

Nibmeister

What is a Nibmeister?

A nibmeister, by definition, is someone who can improve or reform a nib. It is an honored tradition and the nibmeisters are like the alchemists of the pen world; they can take a nib that isn’t functioning properly or isn’t to your liking and turn it into gold (not literally, unless it is gold, but you get the picture).

How Hard is it to become a Nibmeister?

This niche position in the pen world requires lots of training and practice. Through mentorships and repetition, each nibmeister acquires their own style of grinding nibs and their work will exhibit a personality that is singular as well. Choosing one is a matter of preference and often requires researching what others say about their work and having them tune or grind a nib or two for you. Some fountain pen collectors like all of their pens to be cared for by one nibmeister, and others enjoy the variety of having many hands perfect their pens.

How Can I Get a Nibmeister to Fix My Pen?

Nibmeisters can be found tuning and grinding at pen shows or in their own studios. Nibmeisters often have websites that will let you know how long their waiting lists are (this can be months or even years, depending) and also the process for sending your pen to them. Often they will have forms to fill out and may ask you to send photos of how you hold your pen when writing to make the most optimal adjustments to your pens nibs.

Nib Grinding

Nibmeisters are often more skilled or specialize in certain kinds of nibs, like italic and architect nibs, for example. Some have their own proprietary grinds that are a combination of more traditional grinds or have created a new nib of their own. If you are lucky enough to attend a pen show, they will often have samples of their nibs to try, so that you can see if it suits you and your handwriting. If this isn’t a possibility, research can be done on pen boards and through the nibmeisters site. There should be a fair amount of writing samples available to you to at least get a sense of the capabilities and style of the nibmeister you are interested in working with.

Some nibmeister are also pen restorers, so if you require that kind of work for a pen, be sure to ask if they can assist. If they cannot, they may know a restorer that they trust and can recommend to you if they don't do this work themselves. 

It is very heartening to see the nibmeister tradition continue, with several young nibmeisters learning from masters so that this important work stays in good hands.

Nibmeister near me

Below is a list of the nibmeisters currently working around the world. If you know of someone who should be added to this list, please leave their information in the comments. We would love to hear about others in this very special profession.

Nibmeisters in USA

Alexander Stroud - Frontier Pen Co

USA (NY)
Web: http://instagram.com/fpc_alex
Insta: http://instagram.com/fpc_alex

Audrey Matteson - Franklin-Christoph

USA (NC)
Web: https://www.franklin-christoph.com/
Insta: http://www.instagram.com/franklinchristoph

Brian Gray - Edison Pen Company

USA (OH)
Web: https://edisonpen.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/edisonpenco

Damien Alomar - All in the Nib

USA (PA)
Web: https://www.allinthenib.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/allinthenib

Dan Smith - The NibSmith

USA (IO)
Web: https://nibsmith.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/thenibsmith

Gena Salorino - Custom Nib Studios

USA (LA)
Web: https://www.customnibstudio.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/customnibstudio

Greg Minuskin - Greg Minuskin

USA (CA)
Web: https://gregminuskinpens.com/
Insta: https://gregminuskinpens.com/

JC Ament - Nib Tailor

USA
Web: https://www.www.nibtailor.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/thenibtailor

Joshua J Lax - J.J. Lax Pen Co

USA (NY)
Web: https://www.jjlaxpenco.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/jjlaxpenco

John Mottishaw - Nibs.com

USA (LA)
Web: https://www.nibs.com/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/therealnibsdotcom/

Kirk Speer - Pen Realm

USA (CO)
Web: https://www.penrealm.com/
Insta: https://www.penrealm.com/

Les Sheely - Stylosuite

USA
Web: http://instagram.com/stylosuite
Insta: http://instagram.com/stylosuite

Letta - Pendemonium

USA (AZ)
Web: http://www.pendemonium.com/
Insta: http://www.pendemonium.com/

Linda Kennedy - Indy-Pen-Dance

USA (IN)
Web: https://www.indy-pen-dance.com/
Insta: https://www.indy-pen-dance.com/

Mark Bacas - Nib Grinder

USA (GA)
Web: http://nibgrinder.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/nibgrinder

Mike Masuyama - Mike it Work

USA (CA)
Web: http://mikeitwork.com/
Insta: http://mikeitwork.com/

Pendleton Brown - Pendleton's Pens

USA (GA)
Web: https://www.pendletonspens.com/
Insta: https://www.pendletonspens.com/

Ralph Reyes - Regalia Writing Labs

USA
Web: https://www.regaliawritinglabs.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/reachingralph

Nibmeisters in EU

Anabelle Hiller - Opus Cineris

Netherlands
Web: http://www.opuscineris.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/stringsandpedals

Mislav Lukace - Nibworx

Austria
Web: https://www.ml-nibworx.com
Insta: https://www.ml-nibworx.com

Lutz Fiebig - Interpens

Germany
Web: www.interpens.de
Insta: www.interpens.de

Pablo Carrasco - FP Nibs

Spain
Web: https://fpnibs.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/pablo_carrasco_gimena

Nibmeisters in UK

John Sorowka - Oxonian

UK
Web: j.f.sorowka@googlemail.com
Insta: j.f.sorowka@googlemail.com

Jose Munuera - Nib.Lab

UK
Web: https://www.instagram.com/nib.lab/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/nib.lab/

Nibmeisters in Turkiye

Ahmet Çarpık - Nibworks

TR
Web: https://www.instagram.com/nibworks
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/nibworks

Meltem Hazarhun - Amphora's Tale

TR
Web: https://www.instagram.com/amphorastale
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/amphorastale

Nibmeisters in Philippines

J.P. Pentangeli - JP's Pen Spa & Nib Works

Philippines
Web: http://instagram.com/jppenspanibworks
Insta: http://instagram.com/jppenspanibworks

John Lim - Nib Sage

Philippines
Web: http://instagram.com/penproclivities
Insta: http://instagram.com/penproclivities

Nibmeisters in Australia

Jack Landau - The Pen Smith

Australia
Web: http://www.pensmith.com.au/
Insta: http://www.pensmith.com.au/

Taveet Sinanian - Taveet Sinanian

Australia
Web: http://instagram.com/nunc_est_scribendi
Insta: http://instagram.com/nunc_est_scribendi

Nibmeisters in Japan

CY - Kyuseido

Japan
Web: http://kyuseidotokyo.com
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/tokyostationpens/

Yukio Nagahara - The Nib Shaper

Japan
Web: http://thenibshaper.com/
Insta: https://www.instagram.com/thenibshaper/

Nibmeisters in Singapore

Sunny Koh - Straits Pens

Singapore
Web: http://web.straitspen.com/
Insta: http://web.straitspen.com/

Nibmeisters in India

Jaspreet Singh Gill - The Nib Studio

India
Web: http://instagram.com/thenibstudio
Insta: http://instagram.com/thenibstudio

Nibmeisters in Canada

Salman Khattak - Toronto Pen Company

Canada
Web: https://torontopencompany.com/
Insta: http://instagram.com/torontopencompany

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4 Responses

Josh
Josh

January 08, 2024

CY of Kyuseido / Tokyo Station Pens is a Nib technician working out of Japan, lots of info on the grinds he offers on the website under ‘Nibwork.’

Website is: http://kyuseidotokyo.com

Instagram: @tokyostationpens / @kyuseido

Aissatou E Sunjata
Aissatou E Sunjata

July 12, 2021

Wow! This resource for those needing it.
Deb Kinney in Raleigh, NC
https://www.penhero.com/DebKinneyMain/customnibs.html

Flo
Flo

July 12, 2021

Another nibmeister well worth mentioning is Mislav Lukacevic in Vienna, Austria (https://www.ml-nibworx.com/) He does a very good job.

sandeep awasthi
sandeep awasthi

July 12, 2021

We are doing this work in India with a super speciality job of re tipping on old vintage nibs in EF, F, M , B or BB point our website is www.kanpurwriters.com

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