This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, March 30 2019 10:31 PM UTC +00:00.
We've set stretch goal.
Thank you to support us! We are planning to add a small gift for backers,when we reach 1,000,000 yen. The gift is a passport size ( 125×88 ｍｍ ) plain note with 24 pages of high quality Japanese papers. You can see that Mario is using it on the top video.
Review of our 22pen. Check it out!
The Pen Addict(Instagram) : https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu3_4JcFTVu/?fbclid=IwAR117iq4MD-6iKjB_S9_cck2vx0a1t9aZB3MuN3n59ARlRsZ8LZF1W3t3nQ
The Pen Addict(podcast #349 44min 20~) : https://www.relay.fm/penaddict/349?fbclid=IwAR1axxDPwfc4F9ku_tNr736j-OaIA3aijU5dFuLWjjo3vVgKrU6XNIHT4TY
The Pen Addict(podcast #350 43min53sec～) :https://www.relay.fm/penaddict/350
●Why 22pen is beneficial for idea thinkers?
1, Anytime Anywhere: 22pen will always stay in your notebook with its original clip. The clip allows you to hang the pen with one hand and without damaging the pages.
2, Only two seconds：Only one second is needed to find a blank page as 22pen works like a bookmark. No need to look through pages to find the latest page; just simply open it with one action. The other one second is for taking off the pen and writing down the idea. The 22pen allows you to have a quick start. All you need to do is grab the 22pen as it doesn't have any cap or need a knock.
3, Two colors: Extra color allows you to bring out more ideas than just one color. The seamless color switching will further boost up your ideas.
4, Comfortable grip: Although 22pen is the world’s thinnest two color pen, it is also very comfortable in writing and drawing, unlike other mini pens. The reasons for the comfortness are shown below.
①Enough width for easy grip. Normally, we hold pens with three fingers; thumb, index finger, and middle finger. We control the pen with our index and middle finger, and the thumb works as a fulcrum.
I found out that when the distance between the index and middle finger is too close, it becomes very difficult to control the pen. This is, in fact, the reason why we feel that it is hard to write with a very thin pen. So, I designed a pen with enough width which made it comfortable to hold.
②The hole near the tip provides a view of the opposite side of the pen. The hole helps you to have a smooth feeling especially when you draw sketches.
③ A slight dent on the body allows your thumb to fit perfectly. Putting thumb on the dent provides a feeling of unity with the pen.
④Stable tips :The tip of the ordinary bollpoint pen has very little clearance for clicking, but the tip of 22pen doesn't have any clearance.
So,the writing feeling is very comfortable.
5, Luxury-Italian material × Japanese Craftmanship:
For this project, I did not want to compromise at all including the materials. I searched for suitable materials all over the world for a long time. After all the search, I found a beautiful bio-compatible cellulose acetate in Italy. The material is produced by Mazzucchelli, which is a famous Italian material manufacturer for Luxury eyeglasses.
And Japanese craftsmen for machining and polishing each pen.
Italian material & Japanese craftmen, as a product of this dream team, 22pen has got a luxurious and beautiful design suitable for any business scene.
6, Easy to refill:
Pen refills are simple and easy; just pull off the old one and put in the new one.
7, A wide variety of refills: Do you prefer solvent ink? Or water based ink? The additional color of blue or green? You can attach any multi-function ballpoint pen refills in the world (4C type). You can select your favorite colors and sizes. Refills that are replaceable are listed below and will be updated occasionally. Zebra 4C Ballpoint Pen Refill/Mitsubishi uni SE-7/Mitsubishi uni SXR-7 Jetstream Ballpoint Pen Refill/Pilot /Cross-Mini-Ballpoint-Pen-Refill
●Specifications: ※ International PCT patent pending!
Length:103mm Width:12mm Thickness:5.7mm (exclude the clip)
Weights: 6.6g (including the pen ink)
Material: - Body: Cellulose Acetate sheet by MAZZUCCHELLI Italy. An environmentally friendly material made from cotton.
Clip: Real gold-plated steel wire.
Ball-point pen ink: Mitsubishi uni jetstream black & red
22pen is designed for my daily design work. As an architect, it is very important to get good ideas. But ideas always come up when unexpected such as on the train, in restaurants, and so on. So, I usually carry a pen and a note with me all day. However, despite my efforts, I have lost many good inspirations because I just couldn’t find my pen. So, I decided to design a special pen for my creative work. After 16 months of developing the pen, I finally was able to create a beautiful pen together with outstanding creators. I named the pen, 22pen, as it takes only 2 seconds to start jotting down ideas and has two colors.
●With your pledge, we will...
1. Order fixing jig for machining work
2. Buy the materials
3. Order the machining and polishing work
4. Make the data for machining
5. Order boxes and ship the products
2016 August, Start designing a whole new pen for idea creation 2016 December, Meet the beautiful material
2017 February, Complete the prototype
2017 May, First model launch on Japanese cloud funding https://www.makuake.com/project/zeropenne/
2017 July, Success of the first cloud funding
2017 August, Start improving the first model for more comfortable writing
2017 November, Invent an eye-hole at the tip for easier writing
2018 November, Complete the prototype
2019 February, Start Kickstarter←we are here!
2019 April, Order the material
2019 May Start manufacturing the 22pen
2019 June and after, Start shipping
・Why do we need a pen? We have a keyboard.
There are 3 reasons that I recommend using a pen.
1. Pen helps you to find ideas. Handwriting is not just to record something on the paper, but it is also an idea-generating process. As proposed in many research paper, hand-writing activates our brain.
2. You can Quick-draw. You don't need to wait for your computer to start and it only takes 2 seconds to start jotting down ideas.
3. Free and easy drawing. It's better than using a mouse and keyboard.
・Wouldn’t the ink spill on the note without any cap?
Everyone asks the same question. But don't worry, it will never get on your notes if you hang it on the page with its clip as the tips of the pen will be approx. 2.5 mm above the page when you close the note.
・Wouldn’t the ink get on clothes or other things if I carry it in my pocket or bag?
It will never get on your clothes or bag if you carry it in a notebook. If you carry it in your pocket or bag, the ink may get on your clothes or bag as 22pen is made to be carried in a notebook.
・Wouldn’t the pen tip dry or stick without any cap?
The answer is no. We have tested the pen for more than one year, but we have not found any problem like that, and the pen works well. As you may know, most of the multi-colored pen does not have an airtight cap but doesn't stick. With the same reason, our pen will not stick. However, as it depends on the refill pen, we recommend using the Japanese ballpoint pen refill listed above.
●About me：Mario Shimodaira
The principal architect of "MARIO DEL MARE Architects". Born in Rome, Italy. Graduated from Waseda University.
●Architectucal & Interior Works: http://www.mariodelmare.com/english/framepag_eng.html
●Product shop https://shop.delmare.co.jp/
●Zero pod：I have been developing zero impact architecture since 2011. Minimal but a comfortable space in the wilderness field without any impact on nature. It works as an emergency shelter during disasters.
Awards winning: "GOOD DESIGN AWARD" in Japan. "JAPAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECT" EXCELLENT DESIGN PRIZE. "JAPAN COMMERCIAL DESIGN ASSOCIATION"EXCELLENT DESIGN PRIZE. "KANAGAWA PREFECTURE EXCELLENT ARCHITECT AWARD". "ARAKAWA RIVER ART" SPECIAL JURY AWARD.etc.
Risks and challenges
We have already been successful in producing the first model through cloud funding in Japan.
We are positive that the 22pen works very well as we have been testing the latest prototype
model for more than 6 months.
But there are still matters that are work-in-progress.
We've succeeded in making many prototypes, however, this is the first time to produce the actual 22pens.
22pen is machined from cellulose acetate sheets, and we polish it one by one by hand.
As it takes about three hours to make one 22pen, I'm afraid that it may take more time to produce it when I get more orders than expected.
The time it takes to deliver them to you may depend on the number of orders I get and the number of artisans available.
Of course, I look forward to receiving a big number of orders, and my team promises that we will deliver them to you by overcoming any hardships that may come.
We need your support to complete our world's first pen for idea creation
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