About this project
Magnetips are not your average fine-liners. As well as being refillable, each one of our Patent-Pending pens also contains two super strong Neodymium magnets. This means that they attract one another (or any metal surface), becoming the centre-piece of your desktop. Colouring is only the beginning!
We noticed that when unused, most of our favourite colouring pens just added to our desk clutter. When finished, they become useless, resulting in a large amount of waste added to our garbage pile.
So…we set down at Typica and thought how we could do better. We ended up designing a beautiful and refillable set of pens that not only writes and colours beautifully, but also helps to reduce waste.
But we didn't stop there. By adding two super strong Neodymium magnets to each of our pens, we gave the pens a life of their own, making each set into an object in its own right, both useful and playful in countless ways, even beyond colouring, sketching, and writing.
Over the past year we fine-tuned every aspect of the design. Quality, and Simplicity have been our top priorities. Right from the start, we aimed to make the best pens at the best price.
- Refillable: reusable pens with easy to replace quality fine-line refills.
- Comfortable: wide ergonomic hex shape makes long hours of gripping easy on the hand.
- Water based : Water based ink is Healthier (and smells better too).
- Accurate: Metal encased fine-line quality 0.4 nib.
- Magnetic: life-long lasting rare-earth Neodymium magnets inside.
- Safe :Incorporated air-flow vents. These makes our pens safer and child-friendly.
- Long Lasting: Durable and strong Polypropylene body.
The principles behind the design of this set are innovative yet simple and reliable, allowing adults and children to enjoy writing and playing safely in countless new ways.
We would love MAGNETIPS to be the centre-piece of your desk. That’s why we have designed two sets: "Black Edition" and "Colour Edition", both of which contain all of our 20 colour refills.
The sets are of equal quality and dimensions, so the pens from both will attract to one another. You can even play around and change caps between the two editions.
We have put a lot of thought into choosing our favourite tones, making sure they will all fit together beautifully and be worthy of our fine-line refills. We are quite proud of the result, and we are sure you will love them too.
Each set of MAGNETIPS comes pre-loaded with a full set of 20 colour refills. Once these are finished, you don't have to throw your pens away, but simply reload them with a new refill set.
Used up your Gum-Pink in a week? No problem! You don’t have to replace the entire set of pens or even the pen itself. Simply replace the refill in the pen that has run out.
Refill replacement is a breeze. The parts open with a good snap. Just take out the empty refill, replace it with a new one, and snap it shut again. It's that simple!
Besides keeping them in neat order on your desk, the strong magnets inside the pens open up endless possibilities for playfulness and creativity.
While playing with our creation, we soon discovered that adding metal balls opens up a whole new world of possibilities for structures and fun that will help de-stress even your roughest day at the office. It worked for us! This is why we decided to offer them along with our pens (check the Add-On menu below the rewards).
The balls will be made to our specifications. They are made of chrome-plated steel, and they will not rust or tarnish for a very long time. They are not magnetic on their own (which makes them much safer) but “ferromagnetic,” which means they will strongly attract our pens and any other magnet.
- Prices shown in USD and EURO are approximate conversions from GBP.
- All pledges are for either the "Colour Edition" or "Black Edition"or both- Once the project ends, we will send you a "Backer Survey" to verify exactly what you pledged for.
If you pledged over £1 you can add any combination of Add-Ons to your pledge. Simply add the price of the Add-Ons you want to your final pledge amount. After the campaign ends, we will contact each backer to verify the items pledged for.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of our pens:
The structure is divided into three main parts: pen barrel (body), barrel cap, and lid. The magnets are mechanically locked inside, so cannot come out accidentally.
In each pen, we will be using two super strong axially magnetised rare-Earth magnets.
Neodymium magnets are the strongest and most permanent magnets known. Typically they will only lose less than 1% of their strength over 10 years: not enough for you to notice unless you have very sensitive measuring equipment. They won't even lose their strength if they are held in repelling or attracting positions with other magnets over long periods of time.
The magnet in the pen lid and the magnet in the pen body are fixed in opposite polarities. This ensures the lid will always be attracted to the pen body. .
In the GIF above we have played around with a magnetic field detecting sheet (yes, they exist!). It clearly shows the strong magnetic field when placed over the pens.
Everything is almost ready, but we do need your help to make Magnetips available for everyone. We can only afford to offer our pens at low prices by placing a large initial production order. By making a pledge to our project, you will enable us to order the best tools and commit to the manufacturers minimum order quantities, for both the pens and the refills. We would love to be able to do this ourselves, but the upfront costs are unrealistic for our small team. Every little bit will go toward making this product a reality, something that everyone can enjoy.
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Risks and challenges
Throughout the past year, we have been working around the clock refining our designs. Numerous prototypes have been developed, and countless hours have been spent making sure the pens will be as good as we intend them to be.
Manufacturing products in large scale is always a challenging operation. After extensive research, we have established a good relationship with a manufacturer that has many years of experiences in the field of writing instruments and is able to work to our exact specifications. We intend to follow the production closely in order to ensure the quality of the end product.
Colour mixing is always a challenge, on a small or large scale. We have taken the time to experiment with different shades, coming up with our own unique selection. We will work closely with our manufacturer to stay as true as possible to the suggested colour scheme. Should there be any significant changes, these will be communicated to you, our backers.
Significant buffers have been included in our schedule to account for any issues that may arise, and we will keep you updated on any deviation from our original plan. We will be using a professional fulfilment company to handle the shipping logistics, to ensure that side of the operation is well covered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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