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Transform the Sharpie and G2 refills into a tough EDC tool for camping, hiking, leather and metal work, prying, ice breaking and more!
Transform the Sharpie and G2 refills into a tough EDC tool for camping, hiking, leather and metal work, prying, ice breaking and more!
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Add-on: Use the Pilot G2 Refill with the Tactical Marker! See Update #6
Add-on: Use the Pilot G2 Refill with the Tactical Marker! See Update #6
            
 
Standard Configuration Before Stretch Goal and Before Adding Tactical G2 Tip
Standard Configuration Before Stretch Goal and Before Adding Tactical G2 Tip
Configuration After Stretch Goal and Adding Tactical G2 Tip
Configuration After Stretch Goal and Adding Tactical G2 Tip
Add-On: Carbon Fiber Tool Holder. See Update #2
Add-On: Carbon Fiber Tool Holder. See Update #2
                    
Add-On: Brass or Aluminum Tool Holder. See Update #1
Add-On: Brass or Aluminum Tool Holder. See Update #1

Just when you thought the Sharpie pen couldn't get any better! 
The Tactical Marker upgrades the Sharpie refill from a simple writing implement into a beautiful multi-function writing tool, perfect for camping, work or using as an every-day-carry! 

The Tactical Marker includes 3 tool tips machined from 7075 alloy!

The available Tactical G2 Tip lets you use the Tactical Marker with a Pilot G2 refill!

The Tactical Marker is also available in 'non-sparking’ Aluminum-Bronze, for use in high risk work environments!

Use Sharpie AND Pilot G2 Refills
Use Sharpie AND Pilot G2 Refills

The TM includes the standard "Tapper", the larger "Hammer" and "Spike" tool tips as well as the beloved Sharpie permanent ink.
The TM and “Spike” is great for camping, hiking, punching leather and sheet metal or using as an awl, breaking hard ground, breaking and gripping ice, boating, prying, rope work and much more!

The smaller "Tapper" and larger “Hammer” are great for ”persuading” things. The "Hammer" is especially handy when you want to leave the house without dragging your tool box along.

The TM features a removable  leather strap and the knurling is deep and crisp to give a good grip in wet conditions or even with a gloved hand. With the heavy leather strap, you'll never have to worry about losing it overboard or dropping it while using it at the campsite.

The TM's joints use O-Rings, to keep out moisture.

The TM barrel is machined from durable and lightweight 6061 alloy and the cap and tip tools are made from super tough 7075 alloy (7075 is even used in the M16). The TM uses a .125" thick wall tube to give it some nice mass and is ready for tough use.

Without the cap, it measure about 5.75" in the standard configuration and about 6.25" with cap in the standard configuration. The "Spike" adds and is about 2.30" long. The “Hammer” adds and is about 1.66” long. The TM weighs in at about 3.3 oz. with the "Spike" attached and about 4.2 oz. all tool tips. 
The Tactical Marker pen cap attaches with the classic Sharpie "click". One thought was that a screw cap requires two hands. The click cap is very effective and only requires one hand.

It took several iterations of prototyping to get the TM  just right.

 The Tactical Marker's dimensions in inches:

Risks and challenges

I have successfully delivered several other projects, including the CB + P pen, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/179537728/cb-p-counterbalance-pen

The Tactical Marker will be made in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which eliminates the issue of dealing with out of town machine shops and shipping logistics.
Production costs and allowances have already been established.

My machinists experience and successful delivery of other Kickstarter projects, gives me great insight to production considerations, e.g. how to design the Tactical Marker and time effective production and delivery.

The material used for the Tactical Marker 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.

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    A BIG "Thank You", along with project updates AND if you're ever in Minneapolis, drop me a line and I'll give you a tour of my humble shop and talk prototypes! This reward applies to all reward levels.

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    BASIC BACKER - One (1) Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, NO leather strap and choice of ONE (1) tool tip. 'Tapper' OR 'Hammer' OR 'Spike'.

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    EARLY BIRD TACTICAL BACKER - One (1) complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips.

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    TACTICAL BACKER - One (1) complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips.

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    TACTICAL BLACK BACKER - One (1) gorgeous matte BLACK ANODIZED complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips.

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    EARLY BIRD DOUBLE TACTICAL BACKER - Two (2) complete Tactical Marker's with two (2) Sharpie refills, removable leather straps and six (6) tool tips.

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    DOUBLE TACTICAL MIX BACKER (One Black Anodized and One Regular Finish) - One (1) gorgeous matte BLACK ANODIZED complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips AND One (1) complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips. (reward added 1/21)

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    DOUBLE TACTICAL BLACK BACKER - Two (2) gorgeous matte BLACK ANODIZED complete Tactical Marker's with two (2) Sharpie refills, removable leather straps and six (6) tool tips.

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    TELLURIUM TACTICAL BACKER - One (1) complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips. The Barrel and Cap will be machined from 145 Tellurium Copper. (reward added 1/16)

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    EARLY BIRD TRIPLE TACTICAL BACKER - Three (3) complete Tactical Marker's with three (3) Sharpie refills, removable leather straps and nine (9) tool tips.

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    TRIPLE TACTICAL BACKER - Three (3) complete Tactical Marker's with three (3) Sharpie refills, removable leather straps and nine (9) tool tips.

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    NON-SPARKING TACTICAL BACKER - One (1) complete Tactical Marker with one (1) Sharpie refill, removable leather strap and three (3) tool tips. The Cap, Barrel and Tool Tips will be machined from 954 Aluminum-Bronze. (see update #5, reward added 1/24)

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    TRIPLE TACTICAL BLACK BACKER - Three (3) gorgeous matte BLACK ANODIZED complete Tactical Marker's with three (3) Sharpie refills, removable leather straps and nine (9) tool tips.

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