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XS is a super compact minimalist fountain pen ideal for everyday carry that extends into a regular size pen. Solid Aluminum & Brass.
XS is a super compact minimalist fountain pen ideal for everyday carry that extends into a regular size pen. Solid Aluminum & Brass.
XS is a super compact minimalist fountain pen ideal for everyday carry that extends into a regular size pen. Solid Aluminum & Brass.
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XS Pocket Fountain Pen

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XS Pocket Fountain Pen

The XS is a fountain pen designed with mobility in mind. It is a super compact writing instrument that grows into a regular size pen when the cap is placed on its back. When closed, it is one of the smallest fountain pens in the world which makes it ideal for everyday carry (EDC). The cap is secured by o-rings that allow a super fast uncapping for quickly writing down your ideas.

The XS is a twelve-sided pen machined from solid blocks of aluminum and brass. The 12 facets prevent the body from rolling down your desk. It uses standard international ink cartridges which are available everywhere worldwide. 

Support Us and Get It At 50% Off - Only $39

We need your help to bring the XS Pocket Fountain Pen to the market. Your help will allow the necessary tooling to start mass production. The future retail price will be $78 and we are offering it to our backers for only $39. 

XS open and closed
XS open and closed

 Size Comparison

The XS pocket fountain pen is one the smallest in the world but it extends into a regular size pen when ready to use. Below is a size comparison with a LAMY Safari fountain pen and with a Fisher ballpoint Space Pen.

Size XS Pocket Fountain Pen
Capped length: 95 mm / 3.74"
Ready to write length: 115 mm / 4.5"
Ready to write length with nib included: 130 mm / 5.12"
Overall diameter: 10.3 mm / 0.40"
Section width (where you hold the pen to write): 8.5 mm / 0.34"

Size comparison closed
Size comparison closed
Size comparison ready to write
Size comparison ready to write
Size comparison
Size comparison

Available Finishes and Specification

The XS is available in black aluminum, silver aluminum, raw aluminum, and raw brass. The black and silver aluminum versions are anodized while the raw aluminum and raw brass are left untreated. The brass edition will develop a patina over time which can be cleaned with any brass cleaning product if desired. 

Weight XS Fountain Pen
Black, silver, and raw aluminum weight: 9.7 g / 0.34 oz
Raw brass weight: 29 g / 1.02 oz

Available finishes
Available finishes
Available finishes
Available finishes

 Nib Materials and Sizes

All nibs used in the XS pen are of the highest quality made by Peter Bock Company in Germany. Nibs are interchangeable so you will be able to purchase additional nibs and switch them as desired. Backers will select desired nibs at the end of the campaign when surveys are completed.

Nibs Available For any XS Fountain Pen
Polished stainless steel: F, M, B, 1.1 calligraphy
Black steel: F, M, B
14kt solid gold: F, M, B (please add $115 to your pledge)

Nib options
Nib options

 XS Fountain Pen in Black Aluminum

The black aluminum version is anodized - color will not fade and will not develop a patina.

XS black aluminum - closed
XS black aluminum - closed
XS black aluminum - ready to write
XS black aluminum - ready to write
XS black aluminum - uncapped
XS black aluminum - uncapped
XS black aluminum - size demonstration
XS black aluminum - size demonstration
XS black aluminum - ready to write
XS black aluminum - ready to write
XS black aluminum - writing
XS black aluminum - writing

 XS Fountain Pen in Silver Aluminum

The silver aluminum version is anodized - color will not fade and will not develop a patina.

XS silver aluminum - closed
XS silver aluminum - closed
XS silver aluminum - ready to write
XS silver aluminum - ready to write

 XS Fountain Pen in Raw Alumnum

The raw aluminum version is left untreated - small machining markings are considered normal and part of the finish. 

XS raw aluminum - closed
XS raw aluminum - closed
XS raw aluminum - ready to write
XS raw aluminum - ready to write

 XS Fountain Pen in Raw Brass

The brass (29 g)  edition is three times heavier than the aluminum (9.7 g) version. The pen is left untreated and will develop patina over time. This patina can be easily cleaned with any brass cleaning product. Few machining markings are normal and considered part of the finish.

XS brass - closed
XS brass - closed
XS brass - ready to write
XS brass - ready to write
XS brass - size comparison when open and closed
XS brass - size comparison when open and closed
XS brass
XS brass
XS brass - details
XS brass - details
XS brass - details
XS brass - details
XS brass - ready to write
XS brass - ready to write

 Optional Clip

We have received several requests for an optional clip. We are glad to let you know that we have designed it and we will offer it as an add-on ($5) during the survey at the end of the campaign. This is a slide-in design so you have the option to use your pen with or without clip. We want to offer the clip in the same finishes as the pen but need to test some production pieces before making a decision- we will keep everyone updated on that.

optional clip - 3D sketch
optional clip - 3D sketch

Risks and challenges

ēnsso is a design brand established in 2014 in Los Angeles, California. We innovate through the exploration of new aesthetics, materials, and fabrication processes. The studio has been awarded the Red Dot Design Award, the Good Design Award and the ICFF Award. In addition, our designs have been included in the collection of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design.

During the last 3 years we have successfully completed 5 Kickstarter projects and we have learned a lot from these experiences. We are aware that providers and manufacturers can have delays and we are carefully accounting for it in our schedule.

At this stage, we have fully developed prototypes and all suppliers and manufacturers are lined up. Our biggest challenge is to achieve our funding goal that will allow us to start mass production and deliver to everyone involved a fantastic product at a great price.

Thank you so much for your support!

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    EARLY BIRD - ONE XS POCKET FOUNTAIN PEN

    Receive one XS fountain pen at 50% off from future retail price in your choice of material (black aluminum, silver aluminum, raw aluminum or raw brass). You will have the option to select your nib material and size at the end of the campaign when surveys are sent.

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    ONE - XS POCKET FOUNTAIN PEN

    Receive one XS fountain pen at 40% off from future retail price in your choice of material (black aluminum, silver aluminum, raw aluminum or raw brass). You will have the option to select your nib material and size at the end of the campaign when surveys are sent.

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    TWO - XS POCKET FOUNTAIN PEN

    Receive two XS fountain pens at 50% off from future retail price in your choice of material (black aluminum, silver aluminum, raw aluminum or raw brass). You will have the option to select your nib material and size at the end of the campaign when surveys are sent.

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    THREE - XS POCKET FOUNTAIN PEN

    Receive three XS fountain pens at 50% off from future retail price in your choice of material (black aluminum, silver aluminum, raw aluminum or raw brass). You will have the option to select your nib material and size at the end of the campaign when surveys are sent.

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    FOUR - XS POCKET FOUNTAIN PEN

    Receive four XS fountain pens at 50% off from future retail price in your choice of material (black aluminum, silver aluminum, raw aluminum or raw brass). You will have the option to select your nib material and size at the end of the campaign when surveys are sent.

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Funding period

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