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Our second take on the vintage bullet pencil, this time in an elegant wood case. Write it down with the Timber Twist Bullet Pencil.
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In 2014, we successfully launched the Twist Bullet Pencil right here on Kickstarter.  Now we are back with a new variation, the Timber Twist Bullet Pencil.   Our new Timber Twist utilizes the basic modular platform of the Twist but adds a new aesthetic element of a machine milled, hand polished wood case.  Options for the wood include Red Cedar, Mahogany and Walnut.  Backers will choose their wood during the survey at the end of the campaign.   As with the original Twist Bullet Pencil, the Timber Twist will be loaded with the Blackwing 602 pencil.

The original Twist Bullet Pencil was one of the first Backer Club projects.  Now we are back!
The original Twist Bullet Pencil was one of the first Backer Club projects. Now we are back!

Everyday Analog with the Timber Twist

How often do you find yourself wondering, “What did people do before smart phones?” The answer is different for the different tasks smart phones compensate for. But for quick entry of ideas people used a pencil and paper. To our modern speed, writing something down seems too slow, less format-able, and less uniform (many of us are self conscious about our chicken scratch). At the same time, there’s a slow revolution occurring. Running from fast food, people are returning to home cooked meals. There’s a movement from highly processed to more natural, organic foods. Vinyl albums, with their imperfections and delicate nature, hold sway over audiophiles. There is a slow, steady, and growing movement to a more analog life to give us the chance to unplug and reboot.

This is where the Timber Twist Bullet Pencil comes in. It covers the needs of the 21st century person. The pencil allows us to slow down, just enough, to capture our ideas in a more intentional manner. This pencil is encased during travel so when not in use it can handle the pace of the life we are used to. As children, we remember pencils being brittle and breakable, unable to retain a point when put in the pencil case. Now as adults, looking for practical solutions, pencils are often overlooked. The Timber Twist Bullet Pencil solves this problem. It has two main parts: 1) the protective casing (body or tube) and 2) the bullet pencil holder, which securely holds a 2.5" pencil nub. The bullet twists into the tube to protect the pencil point when not in use. When you need to write something down, you untwist the bullet, reverse it, and screw it into place. From there you have a full length writing instrument, ready to capture that character idea for your next book, that last grocery item your wife needs you to get, or as you sit down to help your daughter with her algebra homework.

The bullet pencil idea is not our own. It originated from the souvenir sellers of the battlefields of the Great Britain colonization efforts in Africa in the late 19th Century, re-purposing spent bullet casings into semi-mechanical pencils. In 1914, Princess Mary, the grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth II, sent Christmas care packages to all of the British troops fighting on the battlefront of World War I. Part of that package was a pencil stuck in a bullet casing, ideal for carrying around the battlefield. In the 1930’s, this concept was Americanized and commercialized, no longer using actual bullet casings but manufacturing metal, and later plastic, casings which often held advertisements of everything from sports teams to cattle feed. Inspired by what became a classic mid-century American design, we created the Twist Bullet Pencil made of machined aluminum. We were so inspired by the wood casings of the pencils our original Twists held, we wanted to create a natural look to this iconic design. The warmth and character of wood gives more personality and flavor to this practical piece of craftsmanship. We have three different woods from which to choose, Red Cedar, Mahogany, and Walnut. You’re certain to find a wood to fit your personal aesthetic.

Product Options

The Timber Twist is available in three wood options.  Red Cedar, our lightest color.  Mahogany is slightly darker with a reddish brown hint and our darkest wood Walnut.  You don't need to choose your wood now, we will determine that during our post campaign survey.  All three wood options will be sanded. The primary finish will be a friction polish that creates a smooth sheen which brings out the natural beauty of the wood. We understand some will prefer a natural (sanded only) finish so this option will be available as well (in backer survey).

Show with standard friction polish finish.
Show with standard friction polish finish.
Natural finish.  Sanded smooth without the fricition polish process.
Natural finish. Sanded smooth without the fricition polish process.

The only decision to make for backers choosing a single Timber Twist is your bullet material.  Choose between brass or aluminum. (see below for specs on those options).  

Okay, So How Does it Work?

If you are new to the Timber Twist of Twist Bullet Pencil, you can check out this quick video on how it works.  Just don't blame us if you can't get the song out of your head. (shown with the original Twist Bullet Pencil)

Once your pencil nub wears down its SUPER easy to change it out.  Each Timber Twist comes with two extra nubs ready to go!  Just remove the bullet from the body of the Timber Twist, unscrew the old pencil nub and screw a new one fully into the bullet.  Its that simple! (oh and the same process applies for the eraser).

Backer Reward #1

It's time to add a reward for you awesome backers. Reward #1 will unlock when we hit $17,500 in funding. Help spread the word about the Timber Twist. Reward #1 will be a Timber Twist sticker designed by TJ Cosgrove.

Timber Twist Reward Levels

All reward levels include:

  • Three (3) Blackwing 602 pencil nubs per Timber Twist Bullet Pencil. Each nub is prepped, sharpened and ready to go!
  • Two (2) Erasers

Early Bird - Timber Twist with Aluminum Bullet $38 (limited to 75 backers) SOLD OUT, Thank you!

Your choice of Walnut, Mahogany or Red Cedar. Wood choice will be determined during post campaign survey. This reward comes with the aluminum bullet as shown.

Early Bird Aluminum Bullet - Shown with Mahogany
Early Bird Aluminum Bullet - Shown with Mahogany

Early Bird - Timber Twist with Brass Bullet $40 (limited to 75 backers)  SOLD OUT, Thank you!

Your choice of Walnut, Mahogany or Red Cedar. Wood choice will be determined during post campaign survey. This reward comes with the brass bullet as shown.

Early Bird Brass -  Shown with Red Cedar
Early Bird Brass - Shown with Red Cedar

Timber Twist with Aluminum Bullet $45 

Your choice of Walnut, Mahogany or Red Cedar. Wood choice will be determined during post campaign survey. This reward comes with the aluminum bullet as shown.

Timber Twist with Aluminum Bullet - Shown in Walnut
Timber Twist with Aluminum Bullet - Shown in Walnut

Timber Twist with Brass Bullet $47 

Your choice of Walnut, Mahogany or Red Cedar. Wood choice will be determined during post campaign survey. This reward comes with the brass bullet as shown.

Timber Twist with Brass Bullet  - Shown in Mahogany
Timber Twist with Brass Bullet - Shown in Mahogany

The Box Set - Two (2) Timber Twist Bullet Pencils $83 

Choose two (2) wood types from either Walnut, Mahogany or Red Cedar. Wood choice will be determined during post campaign survey. This reward includes one (1) aluminum and one (1) brass bullet.

Box Set Reward - Choose two woods, One of each bullet material
Box Set Reward - Choose two woods, One of each bullet material

Trifecta - All three Timber Twist Bullet Pencils $120

Get all three (3) Timber Twist Bullet Pencils. Your choice of bullet materials. Wood choice will be determined during post campaign survey.

Trifecta Reward - All three woods.  Your choice of bullet materials.
Trifecta Reward - All three woods. Your choice of bullet materials.

Upgrades and Options

Our original plan was to offer each backer a discount code for any accessory post campaign.  But  we've heard ya and yes we are flexible so here we go:

Pocket clip and cap system

If you prefer to use a pocket clip we have a modular system that allows you to add the clip with a variety of caps.  If you upgrade, it will come installed.  If you decide to wait and see, its easy to install.  Our pocket clip is laser cut stainless steel that is hand sanded, bent and tumbled.  The caps come in a variety of styles that can be interchanged.  You can also use just the cap if pocket clips aren't your thing and you like the look of the cap.

Aluminum caps:  Available with an eraser, solid aluminum and our new low profile solid aluminum.  To add the aluminum system, increase your pledge by $10.  If you add, I will message you and note your choice, we will also include a survey question regarding upgrades.

Brass caps: Available with an eraser, solid brass and our new low profile solid brass. To add the brass system, increase your pledge by $11.  If you add, I will message you and note your choice, we will also include a survey question regarding upgrades.

Specs

Timber Twist with aluminum bullet - .4oz

Timber Twist with brass bullet - .6oz

The Timber Twist measures approximately 4.25" closed and 6.25" open.

Both are incredibly light and well balanced for writing.

Follow the Process

We are very active with our social media accounts.  In addition to the Kickstarter updates, you can follow our social media for great photos and videos of the process.

Instagram - metalshopct (our primary social media)

Facebook - metalshopct

Twitter - metalshop5

Credit Where Credit is Due

This project wouldn't be possible without some amazing people behind the scenes.  Metal Shop is truly a one person show, so finding the right (and best) people is vital. The following is the team that has made this all possible.

TJ Cosgrove (http://woodandgraphite.com/)  for video and photo work. 

Tim Wasem for voice over work.  If you are a pencil fan, please join Tim, Andy and Johnny of the Erasable Podcast at http://www.erasable.us/

Father Kyle Sanders for copy work.  Check out his blog at http://www.reverencedwriting.com/

Dickson Product Development for the bullet machining.  Casey at Dickson has spent many hours perfecting the product.  Check them out at www.dickson-dev.com

Royal Screw Machine Products for the Timber Twist tubes.  The team at Royal Screw had the light bulb moment to take the original Twist and make it into the Timber Twist.  Give them a look at www.royalscrew.com

Risks and challenges

As with any project there are typically a few bumps in the road. After successfully fulfilling our original Twist Bullet Pencil on time (well 95% of them at least) we are confident in our ability to again get your Timber Twist to you on time.

We have already begun the process of the "little things" including cutting and sharpening pencils, prepping the packaging and increasing output on our bullet portion of the product. In addition as noted above, the decision to only offer the base product will expedite fulfillment. We will be extremely active in updating the status of the project here on Kickstarter as well as through our social media. So follow along to see how we make the Timber Twist.

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