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What's Going On With Richard Binder's Shop & Nib Service?

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#1 TeaTherapy

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 16:04

Is he really closing his shop and customized nib service?

If so, what other alternatives companies are there to his customized nib services?, specifically other nib customizing services that can customize Namiki Pilot Vanishing Point nibs?

 

I'm still kind of new to the customize nib world and have only been using Mr. Binder's service. And I'm addicted to customized nibs now.

 

 

Please help!! Thanks



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 16:32

He's winding down and taking a well-earned step back from the retail business, but will remain active as an enthusiast:)

 

I am fond of Mr. Masuyama's work, and in fact anticipate the arrival of one of my pens from his workshop. 

 

J


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 16:33

As I recall, according to recent Nib Noise newsletters, Richard and Barbara will continue the Nibarama aspect of the business, "as long as it makes sense to do so". This means it will be possible to buy loose Binderized nib units and nib units plus customization as before. Hurray!

 

My understanding is that they will no longer be a retail outlet for whole pens, nor accept incoming pens for service.

 

There are a number of other nibmeisters and repair specialists that have had good testimonials from clients here on FPN...



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:09

Hello TeaTherapy,

 

From what I understand, Richard no longer repairs pens; he is continuing to run his store-front if you wish to buy a pen, (I do not know if he is taking on new inventory or just selling out his existing stock).  He also continues sales of used pens with his Pen Show Tray and Barbara's Attic Tray.

 

He has been closed for an extended period of time due to a death in the family.  However, I believe he resumed sales yesterday and will resume shipping this Saturday.

 

Best regards,

 

Chris


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:10

Per the Nib Noise news letter from Richard:

 

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*** Retail Closing Down ***
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As noted above, we are closing down our retail sales of pens and
accessories. As our current stocks sell out, we will not be restocking
these items. Most of the accessories we no longer carry can be found at
Indy-Pen-Dance:

http://www.indy-pen-dance.com/

* Even after our pen and accessory sales are gone, there will still be
the Pen Show Tray and Barbara's Attic Tray.

* Also after our pen and accessory sales are gone, we will still have
nibs for an indefinite time, and we'll keep the NIBARAMA page running for
as long as it makes sense to do so.

* We will still attend -- and work at -- several pen shows every year.
Our next show after Ohio will be the Philadelphia Pen Show, in January.

* The Gate City Pen Company already has a new home. Find out all about it
here:

http://www.gatecitypen.com/

* We will be able to accept some orders for special pens or nibs. For
example, Bexley's 2015 Owners Club pens are available now to registered
Bexley owners, and we will be happy to order yours for you. Special
orders will need to be prepaid, and we can guide you in placing your
orders with us.


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#6 LamyOne

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:15

Looks like Indy Pen Dance is the new owner of Gate City Pens.

 

- Chris


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- "A woman clothed in the sun," (REV 12.1); The Sun Danced at Fatima, Portugal; October 13, 1917.

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:32

I would urge you to contact Tim Girdler at -Phone: (304) 839-9448  He was trained personally by Richard and is an accomplished nib meister.  He is fast and affordable and will not dissapoint you.  He worked on one of my nibs from a really uncommon pen a Parker 012 Jointless and it looks and acts like new.

You will not regret using his services.

Jerry
 



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:36

Thanks so much for the replies guys

I'll look into the other services you mentioned

In the meantime tomorrow I'm going to place one final customized order with the Binders and then start to look more into Edison Pens customized pens and services



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:37

I would urge you to contact Tim Girdler at -Phone: (304) 839-9448  He was trained personally by Richard and is an accomplished nib meister.  He is fast and affordable and will not dissapoint you.  He worked on one of my nibs from a really uncommon pen a Parker 012 Jointless and it looks and acts like new.

You will not regret using his services.

Jerry
 

 

Thank you for this info Jerry; I've been wondering where I'd send vintage pens for service, (if I ever buy any).  Being in West Virginia, he's close to me.  :D

 

Best regards,

 

Chris


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- "A woman clothed in the sun," (REV 12.1); The Sun Danced at Fatima, Portugal; October 13, 1917.

- Thank you Blessed Mother and St. Jude for Graces and Blessings obtained from Our Lord.

 


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:39

Thanks so much for the replies guys

I'll look into the other services you mentioned

In the meantime tomorrow I'm going to place one final customized order with the Binders and then start to look more into Edison Pens customized pens and services

 

Hello TT,

 

If you're buying NEW pens and want them custom adjusted to your tastes; John Mottishaw of HisNibs.com also sells his new pens as "pens that write right."  ;)

 

Best regards,

 

Chris

 

PS:  I should also mention, I've never purchased a new pen from him, but he does enjoy a rock solid reputation in FP Land. 


- He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me; and I in him. (JN 6:57)

- "A woman clothed in the sun," (REV 12.1); The Sun Danced at Fatima, Portugal; October 13, 1917.

- Thank you Blessed Mother and St. Jude for Graces and Blessings obtained from Our Lord.

 


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 17:49

If you're buying NEW pens and want them custom adjusted to your tastes; John Mottishaw of HisNibs.com also sells his new pens as "pens that write right."  ;)

 

PS:  I should also mention, I've never purchased a new pen from him, but he does enjoy a rock solid reputation in FP Land. 

 

I have bought a pen from John M, and it was a smooth transaction, and a very nicely adjusted pen.  I believe his site is actually http://www.nibs.com/ - hisnibs is a different site.


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#12 LamyOne

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 19:17

 

I have bought a pen from John M, and it was a smooth transaction, and a very nicely adjusted pen.  I believe his site is actually http://www.nibs.com/ - hisnibs is a different site.

 

Hello Lou,

 

Yes.  You're right.  Thanks for catching this typographical faux pas.  (I always get the two places confused).  :)

 

Best regards,

 

Chris


- He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood abideth in me; and I in him. (JN 6:57)

- "A woman clothed in the sun," (REV 12.1); The Sun Danced at Fatima, Portugal; October 13, 1917.

- Thank you Blessed Mother and St. Jude for Graces and Blessings obtained from Our Lord.

 


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 19:51

Sad news, really.  I have always wanted to buy a pen with customized nib from Mr. Binder - if only to see what all of the fuss is about :P - but have never come up with the $$ to do so; now it is likely that I never will find out what all the fuss was about!

 

I wonder if he will maintain reference pages on his website or if that resource, too, will be gone when Richard and Barbara call it quits as far as their pen business is concerned.  That would be a shame....

 

By the way, Pendleton Brown was also trained by Richard B.  I have a nib customized by Pendleton with his butter~line stub italic grind.  I really like it and plan to do business with him again.  In addition to Tim G. and John M., you might want to add him to your list of likely candidates to be your new nibmeister, TeaTherapy.

 

Holly



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Posted 13 November 2014 - 19:55

I've had several pens purchased from or modified by Pendleton Brown and he's an excellent nibmeister. In fact, I purchased a Pilot VP from him at the Atlanta Pen Show this year (2014) and it was a beautiful writer. I actually wasn't even looking for that particular pen, but when I went to his table, I wrote with it while he was adjusting another pen of mine and when I came back later he told me that my handwriting with that pen was "all the rage." 

 

After hearing that, I couldn't help but purchase it. Wonderful pen! And Pendleton is a wonderful guy with awesome values. He'll do it right.

 

I have also purchased from Nibs.com and have had excellent results there as well.


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 21:16

He's winding down and taking a well-earned step back from the retail business, but will remain active as an enthusiast:)

 

I am fond of Mr. Masuyama's work, and in fact anticipate the arrival of one of my pens from his workshop. 

 

J

Thanks for the information!


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 21:37

John is indeed at http://www.nibs.com and does fantastic work. I have purchased a couple of pens from John and company - always a fantastic experience!


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 21:48

Can give a personal experience +1 for John Mottishaw and Tim Girdler.

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 04:24

I've had several pens purchased from or modified by Pendleton Brown and he's an excellent nibmeister. In fact, I purchased a Pilot VP from him at the Atlanta Pen Show this year (2014) and it was a beautiful writer. I actually wasn't even looking for that particular pen, but when I went to his table, I wrote with it while he was adjusting another pen of mine and when I came back later he told me that my handwriting with that pen was "all the rage."

 

 

Where can I see what such handwriting looks like?  B)



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Posted 14 November 2014 - 14:28

I would urge you to contact Tim Girdler at -Phone: (304) 839-9448  He was trained personally by Richard and is an accomplished nib meister.  He is fast and affordable and will not dissapoint you.  He worked on one of my nibs from a really uncommon pen a Parker 012 Jointless and it looks and acts like new.

You will not regret using his services.

Jerry
 

+1 for Tim Girdler.  A really nice guy too!



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Posted 17 November 2014 - 19:07

I've done business with both Tim Girdler and Linda Kennedy (Indy-Pen-Dance).  Both have been training with Richard Binder, and both do extremely good nib work, IMHO.  As things unfold, it also appears that Indy-Pen-Dance is also carrying on with the pens of the Gate City Pen Company.  Too bad nobody is able to carry on with their Ever Flo inks.







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