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A Redesign of The Original. Clipped & Loaded with Fineliner ink. Available in Stainless, Black DLC and Brass
A Redesign of The Original. Clipped & Loaded with Fineliner ink. Available in Stainless, Black DLC and Brass
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Friends and followers,

We’ve got a very special release for you today. After years of getting requests to add a clip to our Original Machine Era Pen, we’ve finally come up with a solution worthy of this well-known design.

Originally released in 2015, the Machine Era Original Brass quickly became our most popular item. Although we don’t know exactly how many we’ve made. It’s been featured on almost every gear blog, Multiple collaborations, EDC review channels, and rose to #1 brass pen on Amazon’s Choice. 

We’ve decided to clean up some lines, dial in some finishing work, add a 3D machined pocket to hold the well made (in USA) extra flexible clip in place, and actually laser engrave our logo so you know it’s the real deal- It’s inspired quite a few copies.

Adding a 3D machined clip holding pocket doubles production time, but securely holds the made in USA extra flexible spring steel clip- no spinning, scratching the body, or coming loose. 

The Machine Era Markup comes pre-loaded with a felt tip Fineliner by Schmidt. We fell in love with this new ink, and thought it worked perfectly with this design. But don’t worry, if that’s not your thing, it still fits standard Pilot g2 cartridges (also included). The internals are the same as our Original. 100% machined. No springs or any other moving parts. 

Machine Era | Markup in Solid Brass
Machine Era | Markup in Solid Brass






Machine Era | Markup in Stainless
Machine Era | Markup in Stainless



Machine Era | Markup in Black DLC
Machine Era | Markup in Black DLC



Simple. Utilitarian. Solid in hand feel.
Simple. Utilitarian. Solid in hand feel.





Fineliner ink

The 1.0mm Schmidt 6040 Fineliner is a Reservoir based refill with a spring loaded felt tip. For those of you who aren't familiar with fineliners- it writes like well flowing (non-permanent) marker.  

Hand Polished Stainless Steel
Hand Polished Stainless Steel

Features & Specs:

  •  Machined clip pocket
  •  Zero tip play
  •  Postable cap threads on body
  •  Balanced weight
  •  Compact size
  •  No springs or mechanisms
  •  Weight- 1.6oz
  •  Length (capped)- 4.6 inches
  •  Length (open)- 4.3 inches
  •  Diameter- 0.40 inches 
  •  Fits Standard Pilot G2 refills (included)
  •  Pre-loaded with a Schmidt Fineliner (included) 

Finish

The Stainless steel version is hand polished to perfection. The Black DLC is blasted to a matte finish and coated with aerospace diamond like carbon. The brass has an incredibly clean off the machine finish that we’ve dialed in after much trial and error over the years. 




About us and how we operate.

As many of you have noticed, we don’t always keep making our products. Although we frequently get requests for gear we’ve discontinued, our main priority is always to keep improving and releasing new designs. Our machine time is limited, and most of what we manufacture isn’t going to be in production forever. 

So if you like what you see, get it while you can. We 100% always run out of stock. We’re a small two man shop and plan to stay that way. That said, we’re super excited about this project and a few others currently in the works. Stay tuned in. Thanks for your continued support!


Be in the know. Keep with us and our latest projects is via instagram:  @machineera 


Machine Era Shop | Richmond, Va
Machine Era Shop | Richmond, Va
Wireframe drawing from the prototyping process (2015).
Wireframe drawing from the prototyping process (2015).

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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    Machine Era Markup | Solid Brass

    Get one Solid Brass pen loaded with a Schmidt Fineliner, Pilot G2, & Chrome clip.

    Free shipping within the US.

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    • Pilot G2
    • Chrome Clip
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    Machine Era Markup | Stainless

    Get one hand polished stainless steel pen loaded with a Schmidt Fineliner, Pilot G2, & matte silver clip.

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    • Pilot G2
    • Matte Silver Clip
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    Machine Era Markup | Black DLC

    Get one matte black DLC coated stainless steel pen loaded with a Schmidt Fineliner, Pilot G2, & Black DLC clip.

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    • Pilot G2
    • Black DLC Clip
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    All Three Versions

    One matte black DLC coated stainless steel. One hand polished stainless steel. One solid brass.

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    Early Backer! 1 Markup | Solid Brass

    Early backer special. Discounted to $29.
    Get one Solid Brass pen loaded with a Schmidt Fineliner, Pilot G2, & Chrome clip.

    Free shipping within the US.

    Includes:
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    • Pilot G2
    • Chrome Clip
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    Machine Era Markup | Solid Copper

    Get one Special Edition Solid Copper.

    Includes:
    • Black DLC Clip
    • Pilot G2
    • Schmidt Fineliner
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