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You answered me perfectly, thanks.
Hi Andrew! Great question! As portrayed in the video, the magnets are definitely as strong as they appear. The pull force of the small ball magnets on the clip is 2lbs. The pull force of the top magnet holding the ball is 3.6 lbs. There is also a ring magnet under the top magnet with a pull force of 1.63 lbs. I hope this answers your question.
My concern is the strength of the magnets. The people in the videos do seem to be fidgeting pretty hardcore without sending anything flying, but it also doesn't look like the magnets hold so tightly as to make it difficult to pull them apart. How much force would you say it takes to really separate one of the magnetic spheres from the pen? This was pretty much the first thought I had as soon as I came across this project, as I had just recently been playing with magnetic toys at work that barely held to each other. Though seeing the videos did reassure me and convince me to back, I still can't get that question out of my mind.
Hi Konrad! Great question. A metal ink reservoir will not work because it won't flex with the body of the pen. However, most any ballpoint pen refill that utilizes a plastic ink reservoir will work fine. An internal springlike exo skeleton surrounds the ink refill providing additional support and preventing ink disasters. Our goal was to create a user friendly low maintenance pen with a high functioning fidgeting tool. We'll be posting acceptable refills on our Kickstarter page soon.
I am interested in the refill question. I am not aware of many quality refills that will flex as easily as the pen body flexes.
I am wondering how to load up a metal refill, Parker, fisher cross etc, or even quality writing plastic like pilot g2 and not have a flex-accident?
Hi Monika! Thanks for backing us! To this point, the product is nickel free. Nickel is typically used as a coating for some metals, but is not able to withstand the rigors of fidgeting and for that reason we don't expect to use at all.
Good comment on the refill questions. We'll try to post some specs and images to reassure you that in fact we expect to use the most common styles of readily available refills.
Love the look of this, backed a two-pack, and looking forward to the sliders as well. A couple of questions:
- nickel free?
- refill types, is it the narrow plastic "straw" or a thicker closed version? Could you post pictures in the FAQ or in an update? I'm worried that different parts of the world have different ones that are "the normal"
Thanks for your answer! Concerning the magnets coating, I am very happy that you are obviously giving it a lot of thought, I backed a pen made of multiple rare earth small magnets on KS and after a few days of moderate use, a large number of magnets were chipped and one of them was even broken in half!
Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly!!
You guys are awesome!! Keep up the amazing work!!
First off, thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm for our project. It truly makes it all worthwhile.
In answer to your questions: The Sliders will DEFINITELY be rolled out as some point in the near future of our campaign. We first wanted to give back to all of our amazing backers by offering the Desk toy as a complimentary gift to all of our supporters. So if you purchased 2 pens, you can expect to receive 2 desk toys at no additional cost once we reach $25k shortly.
We're getting the sliders ready to introduce, so stay tuned and again much thanks and gratitude for all the kind words!!
Hi there! I had a couple questions!
First off, I want to mention how excited I am for the Think Ink Pen! I have been watching your progress since the week before the kickstarter campaign started!
The first question I have is about the pencil topper, "Think Ink Sliders" is what you called it in your second update.
I am a college student and I am constantly working with both pen and pencil. Is there any way that the "Think Ink Slider" for the pencil will be available through kickstarter? And if it not on kickstarter, will there be an option to order it from you on your website or some other way?
Or will it/could it be an add on for the backer surveys for shipping and information?
Your third update mentioned the "Desk Toy" will come with every pen when we reach $25K.
I love the Desk Toy, also! If, god forbid, the campaign doesn't make it to $25K, although I am sure it will, will that be an option as an add on or able to order from your website?
I love both the "Desk Toy" and the "Think Ink Slider" for the pencil and would love to have them both, along with the Think Ink Pens! (I selected to get 2 of them, one for me, one for a gift!)
Hi Bert! Great Question! Yes I can confirm that all things 'shiny' will be strong and sturdy metal based materials. Of course, our neodymium (rare earth) magnets must be plated with strong and stable metal coatings and we are currently testing several options for durability. We will continue to update as we go, but as a fidgeter myself, I completely understand the need for lasting durability through the rigors of repetitive motion that will occur.....We want you to pass this product down to your kids....:)
Could you please confirm that anything "shiny" in your pen and accessories is not chrome plated (or something close)?
"Plated" metal tends to flake over the years. And we will playing with the pen (and accessories) a lot.
Yes that is correct! We are definitely delivering the pen, and our stretch goal is a student specific product that is also now likely to be delivered as well! Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support and stay tuned for more updates.
I just want to make be sure. Since you have been backed by more than the goal everyone who backs will receive the pen correct? My son and I could both use these and I was extatic when I found your pens.
Great question. We specifically designed our pen to accept a wide variety of ballpoint pen refills found locally at any office supply store. We'll be posting the accepted refills on our site and through our updates after launch.
We didn't want to be in the refill business and wanted this to be user friendly!
Curious about refills as well, pen isn't practical without easily available refills.
Very cool! What refill does it take?