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Preserved in the English bogs for over 4,000 years, ancient bog oak is a unique wood that has great history.
Preserved in the English bogs for over 4,000 years, ancient bog oak is a unique wood that has great history.
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Over 4,000 years in the making- Pens made w/ ancient Bog Oak

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Thank you to every backer for helping us to reach our stretch goal!  

In addition to the gel ink option, I will be offering the Schmidt Easyflow 9000 as a free option.  

Hello,

My name is Bill I am the woodworking behind https://www.etsy.com/shop/HoneyBeeWoodworking for those of you who have pledged on my previous Kickstarter campaigns you my know that I love history and incorporating history into my woodworking projects.

For my current project I am using ancient bog oak, these are trees that spend the last 4,000-6,000 years in swamps in England and have been around for some amazing historical events

About the wood:

Stonehenge Image Copyright: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0 Bog Oak Image Copyright: Abudimir85
Stonehenge Image Copyright: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0 Bog Oak Image Copyright: Abudimir85

Stonehenge Image Copyright: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0 Bog Oak Image Copyright: Abudimir85 Stonehenge Image Copyright: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0 Bog Oak Image Copyright: Abudimir85 Stonehenge = 4000-5000 years old

Ancient Bog Oak = 4000-6000 years old

Pretty crazy to think about an oak tree that was growing in somewhere in England around the same time that Stonehenge was being constructed. Most of these trees would have fallen and decayed, but lucky us some of these oak trees fell in the peat bogs and were preserved. And if it wasn't enough of a gift to have this wood available today, nature has also turned it a lovely dark color.

How it changes color:

Ancient bog oak represents an early stage of fossilization. The oak preserved by the acidic and aerobic conditions of the bog, while the tannins in the oak react with the acidic nature of the bog making the wood a very dark color over thousands of years. Fast forward another couple million years and it would turn into coal.

Why we are raising funds & stretch goals:

I am currently preparing for the Christmas season, and trying to build out inventory of my pens which can be quire costly, this Kickstarter campaign will allow be to have the pen inventory that I needs.

We will have three stretch goals, each introducing a new pen:

Rewards:

I have chosen some ballpoint, rollerball, and fountain pens for our rewards, I have some of the pens with gun metal hardware as I think it really creates a nice look with the dark colors of the ancient bog oak.

The most important think is that a pen writes nicely so all ballpoint pens you get to choose blue or black ink (plus if we hit our $5,000 stretch goal we will offer gel refills for free)  Rollerballs come with a German made Schneider refill in black, and fountain pens come with a disposable ink cartridge and a refillable ink cartridge.

Note: All pens are made using ancient bog oak dated between 4,000-6,000 years old. Like all wood items color, grain, and look is controlled by nature. Color can vary from a brown to an almost black.  Pens ship in a velvet pouch.  

How do I pledge on multiple rewards?

1) Press the "manage your pledge" button above. If you have not yet pledged it will say "back this project"

2) Increase your pledge in the "Pledge Amount" box by the total of the pens you want to add.

3) After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

Ballpoint Pens

Knurl Ballpoint Pen
Knurl Ballpoint Pen

 

Wall Street Pen
Wall Street Pen

 

Vertex Click Pen in Gunmetal
Vertex Click Pen in Gunmetal

 

Bolt Action Rifle Pen (Available in 7 different finishes)
Bolt Action Rifle Pen (Available in 7 different finishes)

 The bolt action rifle pen uses a bolt action mechanism to retract the point, and has a rifle pen clip.  

Comes in choice of 7 different finishes.  Top picture order: black, gunmetal, come, gold, antique brass, antique copper, and antique pewter.  

Note: at the end of the campaign we will send you a survey where you will be able to select which finish you want.  

Bolt Action Tech Pen (Available in 4 different finishes)
Bolt Action Tech Pen (Available in 4 different finishes)

 The bolt action tech pen as the option to screw on a stylus top or a non stylus top (includes both pieces) 

Your choice of 4 finishes: chrome, gold, gunmetal, antique brass 

Dragon Pen
Dragon Pen

 Rollerball Pens

Rollester Rollerball in Gunmetal
Rollester Rollerball in Gunmetal

 

Shotgun Rollerball in Antique Copper
Shotgun Rollerball in Antique Copper

Our shotgun rollerball uses 4,000-6,000 year old ancient bog oak for the cap which replicates a shotgun shell, and 50,000+ year old ancient kauri for the body of the pen.  

Fountain Pens

Vertex Fountain Pen
Vertex Fountain Pen

The vertex fountain pen uses a magnetically attached cap that can post on either side.   

Graduate Fountain Pen in Gunmetal
Graduate Fountain Pen in Gunmetal

The graduate fountain pen uses a magnetically attached cap that can be posted on either side.   

Shotgun Fountain Pen in Gold
Shotgun Fountain Pen in Gold

 Our shotgun fountain pen uses 4,000-6,000 year old ancient bog oak for the cap which replicates a shotgun shell, and 50,000+ year old ancient kauri for the body of the pen.

Risks and challenges

The project being very successful and shipping getting pushed back a little is always a concern. I have however been wood turning for a long time and quality will always be priority.

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    EARLY BIRD Wall Street

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    Wall Street

    Wall Street Ballpoint pen using ancient bog oak

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    1 Day Early Bird Vertex Click

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    Our vertex fountain pen

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    Vertex Click in Gunmetal

    This ballpoint pen made with ancient bog oak has gunmetal hardware and very quiet click mechanism

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    Knurl Ballpoint Pen

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    Rollester Rollerball in Gunmetal

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    Bolt Action Tech Pen

    Comes in choice of 4 Finishes: Chrome, gold, gunmetal, antique brass. Plus, you can replace the top and add screw on included stylus top.

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    Vertex Fountain Pen

    The fountain pen made with ancient big oak comes with a cap that can magnetically post on either end

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    Bolt Action Rifle Pen

    Available in your choice of 7 finishes: Chrome, gold, gunmetal, black, antique pewter, antique brass, antique copper.

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    Graduate Fountain Pen

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    Dragon Pen

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    Shotgun Rollerball

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    Shotgun Fountain Pen

    The shotgun fountain pen comes with gold hardware and using 4000-5000 year hold big oak for the cap and 50,000+ year old ancient kauri from New Zealand for the body.

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    Bolt action Tech Bundle

    Includes 1 of each finish: gold, chrome, gunmetal, and antique brass. (4 pens total)

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    One of Every Style

    This collection includes one of each of the following: 1 wall street, 1 vertex click, 1 bolt action tech (your choice of finishes) 1 bolt action rifle (your choice of finish), 1 dragon, 1 rollester, 1 shotgun rollerball, 1 vertex fountain pen, 1 graduate fountain pen, and 1 shotgun fountain pen. Plus if we hit or stretch goals you will receive 1 of the new rewards offered.

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Funding period

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