Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 14, 2011.

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We are introducing our Exemplar line of hand-turned, custom designed luxury pens.


Introduction

Hello, and thank you for taking a look at our page on Kickstarter. We are introducing our Exemplar line of hand-turned, custom designed luxury pens. The conceptualization for these fine writing instruments emerged over a year ago. Since then, we have worked hard towards creating a product that we believe to be the finest wood-turned pen available. Currently, we are offering three versions from our Exemplar line of pens. This post will serve as a pre-sale for these pens.

Details of our project can be found in the video below. If you prefer to read about the pens and our project, information can be found below the video.


About Our Pens

  • Exotic woods combined into a unique design -- featuring Birdseye Maple, Paduk, and African Blackwood
  • Custom designed hardware -- clip and cap are cast like a ring -- finished in rhodium (a precious metal from the platinum family)
  • Curved clip and matching cap are distinct to our brand of fine writing instruments
  • SCHMIDT ink writing system (comes with both blue and black ink inserts): http://bit.ly/T3BeP
  • Hand-made, by us, here in North Carolina


Manufacturing Process

  • Two species of exotic woods are combined through methods of cutting, drilling, doweling, and gluing
  • Blanks are roughly shaped by hand on a lathe using a gouge, then planing knife
  • We then sand from 220 grit to 400 grit in order to get a relatively smooth surface
  • A special finishing compound, known for great durability and clarity, is applied three separate times
  • Sanding then resumes from 600 grit to 12,000 grit -- which is essentially a polishing rag
  • Finishing touches are made with a buffing wax
  • Hardware is assembled to the pen body using a clamp and special glue


Why Kickstarter?

  • Test the general interest in our pens
  • Purchase better tools for a more consistent output of pen bodies
  • Cover the set-up costs involved in manufacturing the metal hardware pieces and purchasing the ink inserts

Video By Zach Stamey: www.focusmediagallery.com

Music By Phoria: www.phoriamusic.com

Special thank you to everyone who has helped us so far. There is no way we could have reached this point without your help.

Different Wood Types For The Custom Pen (Scroll Down, There Are Three Pages Total): http://bit.ly/rg5emq

Here is our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/o8967n

Here is a feature on our pens in Gear Patrol: http://gearpatrol.com/blog/2011/08/23/kickstarter-baltz-fine-writing-instruments/

Here is a feature on our pens in TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/24/to-heck-with-ipad-stands-help-kickstart-some-handmade-pens-for-a-change/

And Brad, from The Pen Addict: http://www.penaddict.com/2011/09/baltz-fine-writing-instruments.html

FAQ

  • Please add $10 US to all international orders for shipping.

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  • We do have a case design. Unfortunately, the set-up costs for a plastic injection mold template are upwards of $10,000. If we are somehow able to reach $60,000 of funding, we will include a case for each pen ordered.

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    A handwritten Thank You note from us. We appreciate your support.

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    A handmade wood letter opener and a $30 credit, good for any product on our website. The letter opener has a wood handle, fashioned in the same design as our pen bodies, and the metal hardware is chrome plated. You can choose from any of our three wood pen combinations for your handle design. Our letter openers make for an attractive and functional desk ornament.

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    One hand crafted pen of your choice from the Exemplar line. (Retail: $150)

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    Two hand crafted pens of your choice from the Exemplar line. One for you and another as a gift. Or just two for yourself.

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    One custom pen, made just for you! You can choose any two types of wood, and we'll hand make a pen for you in the distinctive Baltz design that you see on this page. A link to a few different wood types we like can be found at the bottom of the page, but we'll make a pen for you out of any two wood types you want, as long as we can find it. This offer is only available on Kickstarter for the time being, so take advantage of these custom pens while you can!

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    Three hand crafted pens of your choice from the Exemplar line.

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    Five hand crafted pens of your choice from the Exemplar line.

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    The Porter Family Package. Six hand-crafted pens of your choice from the Exemplar line. Perfect if you want to get your family holiday shopping finished by October.

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    The corporate gift package. Ten hand crafted pens of your choice from the Exemplar line, perfect for client or employee gifts!

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