John Mottishaw

John Mottishaw

John Mottishaw left metal sculpting in the 1990s and entered the world of fountain pens. He is one of America’s two unmatched nibmeisters, based in Los Angeles and accepting orders worldwide for nib adjustments and tuning.

He spent time in Japan, where he visited Platinum’s Koshigaya factory to observe the work processes. He participated in one lively discussion after another with the Nakaya craftsmen, and came away impressed by the quality of the Japanese pens.

Early Life and Education

During their early years, children are entirely dependent on their parents, daycare providers, babysitters, family members and teachers. This period is considered by many to be the most crucial and formative of a child’s cognitive development.

The brain develops at a much faster rate during these early years, which can have lifelong consequences. This is why UNESCO supports high quality early childhood care and education as one of its sustainable development goals.

To promote a child’s development, ECE programs must be designed with active stimulation and interactive experiences in mind. These programs should also focus on social-emotional development and the beginnings of literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills.

Achievements and Honors

John Mottishaw has made many achievements in the world of fountain pens, including creating the Nakaya Naka-ai fountain pen. He also helped pioneer specialty nib grinds, and has been instrumental in advancing the art of writing with fountain pens. In addition, he has made the most out of his retirement by founding Classic Fountain Pens in Glendale, California. This has enabled him to devote more time to his hobbies and interests, including sculpture and design.

Personal Life

John Mottishaw was born and raised in Duncan, British Columbia. He lived for a time in Port Alberni and later moved to the Washington state. He was a tree farmer for many years before he began his career in the pen industry. He was also an art enthusiast and designed the logo for Pen Collectors of America (PCA). He retired from Classic Fountain Pens after more than 25 years in the pen business. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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