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Fits Parker style refills, Machined body, Tactile Details, Smooth 'lock in' action, and an effortless Gel Writer from Itoya.
Fits Parker style refills, Machined body, Tactile Details, Smooth 'lock in' action, and an effortless Gel Writer from Itoya.
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Friends and followers,

We're excited to announce the arrival of our latest model in the Field Pen Line: The Twist. It's our first design to incorporate Parker size refills. The fully machined body is integrated with tactile details, smooth 'lock in' action, and an effortless gel writer from Itoya.  

See our full catalog here: machine-era.com




Quality Components

Ink:  After running through many different Parker size ink cartridges, we've settled on the Itoya Aquaroller as the best choice for this writing tool. The 0.7mm acid free gel ink flows onto your writing surface like no other. It's very reliable, and starts flowing as soon as it hits the paper. No scribbling to get it going. Made in Japan.


Mechanism:  For motion control, we've gone with the Schmidt Easy Glide for super clean, satisfying twist motion engagement. Machined from stainless steel and thermoplastic, it has a 'lock in' feature. Once the cartridge is extended to its full length it will lock in place, preventing retraction until turned back in the other direction. Made in Germany


Clip:  Manufactured in New England from proper spring steel. This important part is chrome plated and DLC coated in models with black detail. Made in USA


Design Features

  • Fits Parker size refills
  • Tactile Grip Detail
  • Balanced Center of Mass 
  • Fully machined from solid stock
  • Anodized aluminum Twist Button
  • Black versions coated with DLC 
  • Solid in hand feel
  • No play tight tolerance tip
  • Recessed clip locator pocket

How We Manufacture

By using Swiss-type turning techniques, our two man team (Adam & Ryan) are able to deliver parts that are extremely accurate- tolerances usually reserved for medical and aerospace industries. 

Machine Era Shop  |  Richmond, Va
Machine Era Shop | Richmond, Va

 What Is DLC? 

Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) is a type of PVD coating, it’s impact resistant, and almost impossible to scratch. DLC coatings are used in sectors that require highly precise and extremely durable components – it's commonly used in performance racing, aircraft, firearm, and fine watch industries.

About Machine Era

At Machine Era, we strive to create high quality machined goods at great price points. We use top grade materials and keep prices as low as we can by manufacturing all of our products in our shop in Richmond, Virginia.

Your support allows us to continue to develop and produce high quality products at the best price we can offer.

If you don't know Machine Era, you can see our full catalog at machine-era.com. Our products have also been featured by the following publications:


Prototyping & Manufacturing

As always, our products are designed, prototyped, and manufactured by us in our shop. 

Prototyping process: Wireframe view of the body and components.
Prototyping process: Wireframe view of the body and components.
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SOLD OUT!

Risks and challenges

Every project has its challenges. Because we're a machine and fabrication shop, we are better equipped than most to handle issues that come with production manufacturing. We have our own equipment and are able to do the work in house, and maintain control over the processes involved.

The biggest challenge of a project like this is delivering on schedule. In order to accurately calculate manufacturing time and foresee potential problems, we have not only finished a prototype, but completed a short production run and projected accordingly.

To ensure an organized and smooth shipping process we will be using a tried and true fulfillment/logistics company for delivery, and only shipping via USPS 2-3 day First Class.

With quite a few Kickstarter projects under our belt now, we are confident in our ability to manage the entire process and make necessary improvements through the production period.

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