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Get more control of your writing hardware by balancing this retractable tip pen with a system of internal and external weights.

SEE UPDATE #8 Ready for Production!

SEE UPDATE #6 The 'Fisher Space Pen Pressurized Refill' Fits the Adjust-O-Weight Custom Balance Pen!

SEE UPDATE #5 How To Get The Brass Tip Option and a Unique Way To Get Both Tips!

SEE UPDATE #4: ALL Backers Can Now Choose From 4 Anodized Pen Barrel Colors!

The Adjust-O-Weight Custom Balance Pen lets the user balance the pen as they wish. Tip heavy, back heavy or any number of weight balancing possibilities in between.

When a user buys a premium pen, the first thing they do is check the pens balance and feel. Now pen users can get the balance and feel YOU want and not just the "one size fits all" approach currently on the pen market.

Some writers may want a tip heavy pen to help eliminate writers hand fatigue or an illustrator may want a heavier backed pen to help with the pen tip pressure for the delicate nuance of fine lines in an illustration.

The writers/illustrators reasons, possibilities and weight combinations are nearly limitless, which is what makes the Adjust-O-Weight Custom Balance Pen, a truly unique custom pen. Brass tip option pics below.

Will ship with everything you need to assemble, balance and write!
Will ship with everything you need to assemble, balance and write!
Tool & Weight Case in Kickstarter Green.
Tool & Weight Case in Kickstarter Green.
Brass tip option weighs about 18 grams vs. about 5.0 grams for the aluminum pen tip.
Brass tip option weighs about 18 grams vs. about 5.0 grams for the aluminum pen tip.
Retractable Ink Cartridge! No Cap To Loose!
Retractable Ink Cartridge! No Cap To Loose!

Springs secure internal weights in place for rattle-free, solid balance.
The'Adjust-O-Weight' pen ships with internal and external weights, weight springs, aluminum screws (M4 and 10-32), two Allen wrenches, desktop pen stand, barrel components and a Hi-Tec-C ink cartridge(s) in the color of your choice and a tool/weight case for storage!

Hex shape prevents pen from rolling.
Hex shape prevents pen from rolling.
Knurled Grip.
Knurled Grip.
Smooth Grip
Smooth Grip

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Choose your 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen from three ink colors and three tip sizes: 0.3mm, 0.4mm and 0.5mm.
Choose your 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen from three ink colors and three tip sizes: 0.3mm, 0.4mm and 0.5mm.
Pen Stand.
Pen Stand.

Why am I asking for the amount I'm asking for?
The 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen consists of several precision components. Turning raw material into a precision writing instrument is an enjoyable but time consuming effort.  The cost of tooling (turning tools, taps, etc.) are included in the production cost estimate as well as packaging and shipping.

For a Hi-Res Project Timeline, Click Image...
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Turning the pen tip...
Turning the pen tip...

Why is the Hi-Tec-C so loved?
The Hi-Tec-C so loved because of two innovations.
The ball. A three-point mounting system supports the carbide ball. Three dimples around the tip of the pipe allow the ball to rotate in a natural, frictionless manner. This allows for the highly precise lines that the Pilot Hi-Tec-C is known for.

The ink. No matter how small the pen tip is, it is impossible to write fine lines if the ink bleeds. The Hi-Tec-C uses a special "biopolymer ink" that uses resin made from microbes, such as yeast. This allows the ink to flow smoothly and cleanly from the tip, and prevents the ink from bleeding on the page.

Hi-Tec-C Ink Cartridges
Hi-Tec-C Ink Cartridges

The 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen, as a Kickstarter project, will end when the pens are produced and shipped. Support for the 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen (extra weights, springs, replacement parts, etc.) will last as long as demand, demands.

When you pledge your support to the 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen, I pledge to:

  • Give weekly updates.
  • Listen to you (it's your money that I'm entrusted with).
  • Promptly respond to emails.
  • Offer great rewards.
  • Follow through to delivery. Repeat. Follow through to delivery.


Where the money will go:

First and foremost, your pledges are making this project possible. I understand that you work hard for your money and you expect me to work hard for the pledges I receive. Here is where the money will go:

  • Production materials.
  • Production tooling.
  • Production. 
  • Packaging.
  • Shipping.


Reward Summary:

  • $10- AWESOME BACKER- EXTERNAL TIP WEIGHT #5 KEYRING & FOB. 
  • $25- HEAVY BACKER- BRASS PAPERWEIGHT.
  • $35- EARLY BIRD BACKER- SMOOTH GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND + FIRST TO SHIP.
  • $38- EARLY BIRD BACKER- KNURLED GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND + FIRST TO SHIP.
  • $40- AWESOME BACKER-SMOOTH GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND.
  • $45- AWESOME BACKER- KNURLED GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND.
  • $68- FANTASTIC BACKER- KNURLED GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + BRASS PEN STAND + BRASS PAPER WEIGHT + KEYRING & FOB.
  • $85- WOW BACKER- TWO PENS  - 1 SMOOTH GRIP + 1 KNURLED GRIP + 2 ALUMINUM PEN STANDS.
$10 Reward: Awesome External Brass Tip Weight #5, Keychain!
$10 Reward: Awesome External Brass Tip Weight #5, Keychain!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The pen will be made in the U.S. (Minnesota) which eliminates the issue of dealing with an out of town machine shop. Production costs and allowances have already been established.

My machinists experience gives me unique insight to production considerations, e.g. how to design the pen and time effective production.
As a screen printer, I have to meet daily customer printing deadlines and schedules which gives me a great understanding of operating within delivery dates.
The aluminum and brass materials used in the pen have good availability and are not subject to extreme pricing spikes or shortages.

If I need to ramp up production speed or in the unlikely event I get hit by a bus, I have another local machine shop that will assist.

FAQ

  • Yes the pen cartridge does retract. Twisting the pen end, retracts the ink cartridge into the pen barrel, where the cartridge tip stays protected. Checkout the video at about 1:20. No cap to loose!!

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    AWESOME BACKER - EXTERNAL TIP WEIGHT #5 KEYRING & FOB. We're absolutely thrilled for anything you give us. As a "Thank You", you get a key ring with the Adjusto-O-Weight external tip weight #5, as the key fob (picture, page bottom). A great, functional reward!

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    HEAVY BACKER - BRASS PAPERWEIGHT. A paperweight machined by me. Looks like a larger version of the pen desk stand. The 3/4" hex shaped paperweight is ~2-1/2" long and weighs about 1/3 of a pound. That's enough weight to keep your creations from hitting the floor. This is a beautiful, functional reward!

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    SMOOTH GRIP - EARLY BIRD BACKER - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND + FIRST TO SHIP. Yay you! For being one of the first backers, you get one (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a smooth grip and everything you need for assembly and balancing including the aluminum pen desk stand! These rewards will ship first, as they are produced. I'll get your ink color/tip size preference via a survey.

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    KNURLED GRIP - EARLY BIRD BACKER - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND + FIRST TO SHIP. Yay you! For being one of the first backers, you get one (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a knurled grip and everything you need for assembly and balancing including the aluminum pen desk stand! These rewards will ship first, as they are produced. I'll get your ink color/tip size preference via a survey.

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    SMOOTH GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND. You get one (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a smooth grip and everything you need for assembly and balancing including the aluminum pen desk stand! These rewards will ship first, as they are produced. I'll get your ink color/tip size preference via a survey.

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    KNURLED GRIP - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND. You get one (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a knurled grip and everything you need for assembly and balancing including the aluminum pen desk stand! These rewards will ship first, as they are produced. I'll get your ink color/tip size preference via a survey.

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    KNURLED GRIP - FANTASTIC BACKER - ADJUST-O-WEIGHT PEN + ALUMINUM PEN STAND + BRASS PAPER WEIGHT + KEYRING & FOB. You get one (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a knurled grip and everything you need for assembly and balancing including an ALUMINUM pen desk stand and the brass paper weight in the $25 reward and the $10 reward keyring! I'll get your ink color/tip size preference via a survey.

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    TWO PENS - WOW BACKER - 1 SMOOTH GRIP + 1 KNURLED GRIP + 2 ALUMINUM PEN STANDS. You get one (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a smooth grip with aluminum tip AND (1) 'Adjust-O-Weight' pen with a knurled grip and aluminum tip and everything you need for assembly and balancing two pens including (2) aluminum pen desk stands. Kickstarter has approved this multiple pen offering! I'll get your ink color/tip size preference via a survey.

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