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Michael Masuyama Video - "the Pen Shaper"

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Yep, Michael does great work. I was fortunate enough to get a slot for a couple of pens at this year's Colorado Pen Show. I had him grind two nibs for me to something between a stub and CI. A Pelikan M800 and a Y-O-L Grand Barley. He turned rather plain writing pens into very fun pens.

The experience was quite pleasant with Emiko running interference and making sure you were ready to go when it was your turn and Mike conversing while he worked.

I highly recommend his work.


I also had Dan Smith do a couple of pens for me and he also does excellent work.

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Thanks for posting the video. I had Mike Masuyama clean up a bent Esterbrook nib that I had tried to fix myself (on the grounds that I couldn't do any more damage than had already been done) -- the nib was literally bent into an S shape when you looked at it in profile :yikes: when I got the pen. I took it to three other nib people at my first pen show (DCSS about 5 years ago) and they all said "Toss the nib unit and buy another one" -- but that was easier said than done since it was a 9128 nib (and I couldn't afford to pay more for a replacement than I had for the entire pen...).

And then I took it to his booth (and kept checking back over the course of the afternoon, since I was pretty far down on the waiting list, and I think my turn was at around 5:15 pm). He didn't blink an eye, just cleaned up my cruddy attempts to make the tines straight and aligned; and I couldn't be happier with the results.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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Mike has worked on several of my nibs. Now I find out he's a surfer! Cool

"If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live."

– Lin Yu-T'ang

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Very nice video. Mike is one of the few who does amazing work. He worked on several of my pens, and I have one of his nibs on my Franklin Christoph FP. A rare artisan!

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