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The Ultimate Clicky Pen is made in the USA, smooth as silk, designed to last a lifetime and quite possibly, the perfect clicky pen.
The Ultimate Clicky Pen is made in the USA, smooth as silk, designed to last a lifetime and quite possibly, the perfect clicky pen.
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Ti Bolt Pencil from Fellhoelter

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My buddy Brian Fellhoelter has launched a project on Kickstarter for a new bolt-action automatic pencil. He's a good guy, a pretty decent designer and a great machinist. I've actually done a little solid modeling for him before so I know how well designed his gear is. If you're in the market for an awesome mechanical pencil (and can't wait for ours to come out) then you should really take a look at his project:


Ti Project is LIVE!

Good news; The Ultimate Titanium Clicky Pen project is finally live!

It's true, this took a little longer than we anticipated but as always we wanted to get everything just right (seriously, who would think that a guy who does precision manufactured pens is a little O.C.D right?).

A big thanks to Mike at Stay Safe Media who did a great job filming and editing our video and even made me look a bit taller on camera (we paid extra for that CGI).

So now here's the big question... we have a handful of amazing pre-production prototypes pens that were hand machined out of 6AL4V Grade 5 Ti and hand finished. Normally we don't release prototypes but anybody think we should make these as premium rewards and have them available to send out immediately at project close?

Ti Project Update Deux...

So here's the scoop. The video has been shot and is now being edited by Stay Safe Media. As soon as it's ready and we have a final cut the project will launch. Since our budget for CGI and celebrity cameos is pretty much nil, this shouldn't be too long (how long does it take to edit a 3 minute video anyway?).

Current rewards as we have them planned are:

  • Polished (hand polished, shinny)
  • Brushed (hand brushed finish, time consuming but wonderful)
  • Tumbled (standard ceramic media tumble, looks cool)
  • Blasted (smooth, satin finish)

We've also been experimenting with some more exotic finishes and will consider making them available as long as it doesn't affect the project delivery timeline (does anyone really need a cryogenically treated pen with a compressive surface finish? probably not).

Ti Project Update...

Ok, so here's the deal. We have filming for the Titanium Ultimate Clicky Pen project video scheduled for April 6th. That's right, out friend Mike Rigg from Stay Safe Media is coming out to film the video (I tried to book Michael Bay but he wouldn't return my phone calls). Figure another few days for editing and we should have the project launched by the second week in April.

Project launch checklist:

  • Video filming - scheduled
  • Tooling quotes - done
  • Material quotes - done
  • Functioning prototypes - completed
  • Sharks with lazers - on backorder

Am I forgetting anything?

Countdown to Titanium launch...

I know, I know you're thinking, "Jack, aren't you supposed to be figuring out how to make us some titanium clicky pens? Have you forgotten about us?" Right, sorry about that. I have not forgotten. More to the point, I wasn't planning on launching the titanium pen project until all the design and production bugs were sorted. Like the postman, our Ultimate Clicky Pen project delivered. Seeing how many other titanium projects had production issues and delays (understandably so, this stuff isn't nearly as forgiving to machine as aluminum) I wanted to make darned sure that if we launched another project we could once again deliver as promised.

So how is that working out you're wondering? Well, all the hard work is finally about to pay off... again. I bring you -drum roll please- the final assembled pre-production proofs of the Ultimate Titanium Clicky Pen. 

Machined finish:

Blasted Satin finish:

And the annoyingly difficult to achieve on a consistent basis... High-Polished finish:

So what does all this mean? It means that we now believe that we can manufacture these to the ridiculously high standards you've come to expect from us. Sure, sure it's not all sunshine and daisies; we need raw materials (quite a bit actually), a fresh supply of tungsten-carbide drill bits (we go through these like faster than Lindsey Lohan goes through defense attorneys) and machine time. 

Bottom line is, give me a few weeks to get the logistics worked out (I am still testing a tumbled finish and looking into some other coating options) on what exactly we'd need to make this happen and we'll be launching the Ultimate Titanium Clicky Pen project on Kickstarter. 

And yes... they really are that awesome.