If missed out on this project and you are interested in obtaining BAUX Pens, please visit www.bauxpens.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!
There have been a lot of cool pens on Kickstarter. Most of those focused on exotic materials, unique actions or other features, all of which typically drive higher costs. I like a tricked out pen as much as the next person. However, I wanted to create a simple custom pen that was affordable and cool, custom machined in the USA and utilizing Bic® pen parts which can be readily found everywhere.
For everyday use... BAUX is your pen.
Many will ask how I arrived at BAUX (pronounced BOX).... Bauxite is aluminum ore, which is mined to make Aluminum. So it seemed natural... the BAUX Pen.
Using a hobbyist lathe, I have made numerous prototypes of the BAUX pen. Tweaking the look, and tweaking the grooves to get the feel just right. For production, a professional machine shop will be contracted to make the pens per the specifications I have developed.
There are three option choices for each BAUX Pen. These will be selected in the survey (assuming funding is achieved) at the conclusion of this project.
First, choose between the "GROOVED" version (red & black pictured below) or the "SMOOTH" version (blue & gun metal pictured below).
Second, choose your BAUX Pen color. Natural Aluminum, as pictured above or Anodized Red, Anodized Black, Anodized Blue or Anodized Gun Metal as pictured below.
And finally, choose... black or blue ink.
Every BAUX Pen will be "hand stamped" with the "BAUX-USA" logo by yours truly, right here in South Carolina, USA. One cool Stamping Tool!
A great thing about the Baux Pen is that it is infinitely customizable using the Bic® Stick pens you likely already own.
Bic® pens come in many collar, cap, and plug colors… so use those parts to change it up and make a truly unique Baux Pen. The ink and collars typically pull out of the front of a Bic® pen without much of a struggle. The end plug tends to be a bit more stubborn. With each shipment, we’ll include a 6” plastic rod that works great in popping out the end plugs from the barrel. From now on, any time you run across a Bic® pen… think ‘free refill’ or ‘spare cap’!
Any backer interested in additional BAUX Pens can simply "manage your pledge" to increase by $9 for each additional pen you would like.
THANKS FOR CHECKING OUT BAUX!
Risks and challenges
The BAUX Pen design has been extensively prototyped. The prototype process has allowed me to select the machine shop and anodize shop that will be doing the work to produce the pens if the project funds. These US suppliers are reasonably local to me, so I have the ability to visit to assure work is completed on time and per specification. Additionally, I have already acquired the BAUX-USA stamping tool and have spent some time developing a nice fixture to allow for consistent pen housing marking. While there is always potential for unexpected items to come up, the planning and preparation that has already gone into the BAUX Pen puts the project in position to be executed per schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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