About this project
The ATELEIA brass pen has been well received by the pen enthusiast community and is ready to be produced on a large scale. The pen houses several popular cartridges and STRETCH GOALS are planned to increase the options of supportable cartridges. Additionally, ATELEIA’s leather products are a great compliment to the pen and a testament to the brand’s pursuit of excellence in craftsmanship.
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Several years ago, ATELEIA \ˌa-təl-ˈē-ə\ creator Chris Williams designed a leather journal cover for daily writing use. The journal was intended to house replaceable notebooks, so the same journal could be used for many years to come. With a natural vegetable-tanned exterior, the cover would begin to tell its own story of the places it had been and testify to the life events written on its pages.
Once the journal design was completed, it needed a pen that would fittingly compliment the brass hardware and leather shell. Ultimately, the decision was made to design a minimalist brass pen housing with a screw on cap. After a few rounds of drawings, prototypes and adjustments with a local machine shop in Phoenix, AZ, Chris placed a small order for pens mostly for personal use. The first batch sat on the shelf for several months until a December 2013 blog post by pen enthusiast and blogger Mike Dudek of The Clicky Post. The response to Mike’s review was highly encouraging and the first batch was quickly sold off. Shortly thereafter, the decision was made to make more pens and attempt to bring the product to market.
ATELEIA is now excited to offer the brass pen and journal set to a wider market, but in order to do so, we must first secure the capital and patrons to warrant a bulk production run and buy the tools and equipment necessary to produce larger batches of product.
Without further ado, here are the products, bench made in Phoenix, AZ:
The ATELEIA pen is machined of C360 solid brass bar stock in Phoenix, AZ. With the cap, it measures 5 3/8 inches long overall and weighs about 50 grams (1.75 ounces). It has been most often described as a minimalist design, that is both slim and weighty in the hand. Although originally designed to house the Pilot HiTec-C cartridges, several other popular refill cartridges fit the housing with the aid of springs and/or spacers.
As a first launch for this campaign, we are listing 4 brands of cartridges as a “Certified Fit” for the brass housing:
- Pilot Hi-Tec-C or G-Tec-C
Schmidt Rolling Ball Line (including the popular 5888 and
- Fisher Space Refill
This list is not exhaustive, and we will be adding to it as we track down more cartridges that fit. We also know many “hacks” may be accomplished by tweaking cartridges to fit. We encourage buyers to experiment and share their discoveries with the growing number of ATELEIA brass pen users.
Because this pen’s aesthetic is suited particularly well for needle point tips, a STRETCH GOAL is planned at the $25,000 mark to release a new threaded insert that will allow for a precise fit for the Pentel EnerGel Needle Points, and the UniBall Signo UMR-87D needle point. This new design will also work with the very popular conical Signo 207s and Signo DX refills.
To go along with the pen, ATELEIA is offering a hand-cut and hand-sewn leather sleeve. The sleeves are made of full-grain, vegetable tanned leather, sewn with a saddle stitch and edge burnished for a clean, professional look. They are a tailored fit for the 3/8 inch ATELEIA brass pen.
The Slim, 3 Pocket Wallet is one of the first products Chris Williams created to replace his infamous "George Costanza wallet." The ATELEIA wallet comfortably holds the bare essentials - 5 or 6 ID cards or credit cards, another 5 or 6 business cards, and 6 or 7 bills folded in half. With use (and abuse), the leather will stretch to hold a few more cards or bills. For those whose everyday-carry needs exceed its capacity, the wallet also works well as an alternate cash/card holder for special occasions requiring formal attire.
The ATELEIA leather journal cover was designed to be a head-turner. Slip pockets on the front and rear cover hold two pens (or a pen and ruler) securely, while the brass hardware and vegetable tanned leather take on patina and the signs of use as they age. The main body is constructed of one single piece of hide, and held together by brass rivets. The loop closure system prevents the journal from popping open when you don't want it to do so.
Two sizes of journal are offered for this campaign. One to fit an A5 (5.8" x 8.25") sized notebook (this journal will ship with a Rhodia A5 side-stapled book) and another to fit Composition Notebook (7.5" x 9.75") sized journals (this journal will ship with the Michael Rodgers brand Decomposition Book). The notebooks are easily removable from the leather sleeve, so when one journal is full, you can replace with another notebook of your choice.
ATELEIA would like to thank those who have helped make this campaign possible:
Adolfo Solorio (photos and video)
Matt Lu (logo design)
Mike Dudek (The Clicky Post)
Risks and challenges
Two of the biggest challenges ATELEIA could face while successfully completing this campaign are: 1) being overwhelmed by an unexpectedly large mass of orders and 2) production delays from the machine shop on pen parts.
In anticipation of these potential challenges, we have full confidence of our ability to overcome obstacles.
1) While ATELEIA has begun as a one-man venture, creator Chris Williams has birthed it from a background in micro-enterprise development. He has run and successfully fulfilled two Indiegogo campaigns for his non-profit employer (Neighborhood Ministries) and run a bicycle repair shop successfully for the last 7 years (www.barrioworks.com). If this campaign is modestly successful, ATELEIA can simply remain a one-man operation. If it is wildly successful, there is a strong community of craftsmen who can come on board to help see it through.
2) In order to not be overly reliant on one manufacturer, ATELEIA has secured quotes from multiple machine shops and staggered delivery timelines to accommodate large orders. Estimates for product delivery have been placed to give ample time for unforeseen setbacks. We will keep the Kickstarter community up to date of any setbacks and keep lines of communication open.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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