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Quickly change out your favorite D1 ink cartridges with our machined, perfectly balanced EDC pen.
Quickly change out your favorite D1 ink cartridges with our machined, perfectly balanced EDC pen.
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The Makerset Brand & Field Pen | Compact

From the makers at Machine Era | We've created an all new brand in order to focus on our passion for writing tools and experiment with new concepts. Being designers who are always sketching on paper and jotting down ideas, using fine writing instruments has always been important to us. Applying the skills and knowledge we've acquired over the years, we're thrilled to introduce Makerset and bring new tools to your everyday carry. See more at makersetco.com 

 

Ink & Design

In the middle of our last Kickstarter, we realized from comments that many of you are not into the Space Pen / pressurized ballpoint ink cartridges. Immediately we started working on a new design that would be able to take many different types of ink. Don't worry though, if that's your thing, Fisher Space Pen does make an option for the Compact! (U4F refill).

We decided to create an everyday carry pen that accepts D1 type cartridges. We ordered 15 different types for testing. Our conclusion: there's something for everyone. Whether you prefer ballpoint, gel, or something in between, this pen has you covered. Included is the Schmidt S635. It's a medium point, all around good writer. For those of you who don't like the pressurized Schmidt we offer with the Field Pen | Original, this will work for you.

 

 

 

Many more options out there, here are a few we've tested
Many more options out there, here are a few we've tested

Quick Change Feature 

The Compact is designed to be able to easily swap cartridges. The rear mounted mechanism assembly unscrews from the body with just a few turns, enabling you to change over to different types, or colors of ink in a matter of seconds.

 

 

Mechanics: Click Type

As you may be able to tell from the photos, part of the mechanism is injection molded plastic. Ugh plastic right?! Well, we've made the click button fit into the body at a .002 tight fit tolerance to give you that good metal on metal satisfying click action. And we are offering a lifetime warranty on it. If your mechanism ever were to fail, we will send you a new one for free. Unlikely though. We've put this through some pretty rigorous testing.

 

 

In-Hand Feel & Size Comparison

All of our pens, this one included, have a solid in hand feel. Although it's slightly lighter and smaller than the original, it's perfectly balanced, and gives up that same enjoyable writing experience. Pictured below is the Compact next to the Original. You can see that the diameter at the grips are the same (0.4"). It's long enough for the rear to rest on your hand for control.

Size comparsion
Size comparsion

Weight & Dimensions

  • Weight (Brass): 1.3oz / 36.8g 
  • Weight (Stainless): 1.1oz /31.2g 
  • Diameter: 0.400" / 10.16mm 
  • Length: 4.12" / 104.14mm

 

Solid Brass
Solid Brass

 

Black DLC!
Black DLC!

 

Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel

 

Available in Solid Brass, Stainless Steel, and Black DLC (coated Stainless). 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.

Note: Brass will age and patina to a spent-shell-casing, golden brown

 

All Three Versions
All Three Versions

 

We're looking forward to your support on this project, and good conversation in the comments section.

Cheers friends!

- Adam & the makers at Machine Era and Makerset

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. During our last project we had some unforeseen problems- such as the ink ordered from Germany arriving weeks late. To stop this from happening again, we've gone ahead and stocked up before even launching this, and extended our estimated delivery time.

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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