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This project was successfully funded on October 23, 2013.

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Thanks for all of the support everyone. If you missed our campaign and would like to order a Form or Function head over to www.articulateinstrumentsltd.com.

Update:

You can now choose either the Matte Black or the Matte Silver finish for both the Form and the Function. You will be able to choose your finish on a survey after the campaign ends.

Fisher Space Pen refills are compatible with our pens. Fisher Space refills include a plastic adapter that fits the Form and Function.

The Press Features Articulate Instruments LTD:

Gear Hungry - "Choosing between form and function is never easy, and Articulate’s so-named machined pens are no exception."

Gear Moose - "One look at Articulate Instrument's Precision Machined Pens, and you'll soon add one to your every day carrying repertoire."

Gear Patrol -"These CNC-milled, unibody writing implements are a far cry from that plastic Bic you’ve got jammed into your shirt pocket."

InStash-"with pens like these, you’ll actually look forward to getting back to pen-and-paper."

VouchMag - "a small collective of creatives hell bent on producing the finest writing instrument you’ll ever put in your hand."

Articulate Instruments LTD: 

Kickstarter, we are excited to bring you our project. Today we are announcing the Articulate Instruments LTD line of precision machined pens. We are from Denver, Colorado and have consulted with a variety of local machine shops before bringing these pens to Kickstarter. We have a set plan with our manufacturing partner who has been manufacturing high-end pens for years.

The first two pen models that we are announcing are the Form and Function.

Articulate : Function (Left). Articulate : Form (Right)
Articulate : Function (Left). Articulate : Form (Right)

The Pens:

We set out to bring new pens to the market that would be both artistic in design and functional in use. To ultimately fulfill our goals of beautiful and functional pens we have brought you two original designs. We call them Form and Function. Both pens are beautifully crafted, unique, and functional items that can be used every day. From the sight of the matte anodized finish to the act of unscrewing the cap, these pens look and feel like premium writing instruments.

After the close of our Kickstarter campaign these pens will retail for $55.

As a thank you to our backers you will receive a discounted reward. Thank you all in advance!

Specs:

Material: Aircraft Grade Aluminum body and Stainless Steel Clip

Aluminum gives the pen a body that exhibits no flex and feels amazingly solid in your hand. It is also light enough that you can keep it in your pocket and not be bothered by its weight. The stainless steel clip is bolted to the pen bodies. We chose steel rather than aluminum so that the clip will not break over time.

Finish: Sandblasted Matte Anodized

Many pens come with a lacquered or metallic finish, but we chose an understated beautiful matte finish for the Form and Function. Each pen is sandblasted and then anodized to have a beautiful finish. Think of the premium finish on a Macbook Pro and you will have an idea of our finish.

Refills: Each pen will be supplied with one refill to get you started. After that, any standard Parker style ballpoint refill will fit the pen. That goes for Fisher refills that fit parker pens as well.

Branding: There will be no logo added to these pens.

Form:

Articulate:Form
Articulate:Form
Articulate:Form
Articulate:Form
Articulate : Form (Silver)
Articulate : Form (Silver)
Articulate : Form (Black)
Articulate : Form (Black)
Articulate : Form (Black)
Articulate : Form (Black)
Articulate : Form (Silver)
Articulate : Form (Silver)
Articulate : Form (Silver & Black)
Articulate : Form (Silver & Black)

The Articulate : Form is sculpted with smooth curves that make this pen exceptional. The pen gently slopes to a tip and fits perfectly in your hand. The grooves on the pen serve two purposes: 1. They provide comfortable positions for your hand 2. They look amazing.

  • Length With Cap: 5 ¾”  
  • Length Without Cap: 5 ½” 
  • Diameter: ½” 
  • Weight: 1.375 oz.  

Function:

Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function
Articulate : Function

The Articulate : Function, a minimally designed pen with a slight visual flare. The Function is almost a third heavier than the Form and provides a great feel in your hand when writing. The pen also features carved edges that catch the eye.

  • Length With Cap: 6”
  • Length Without Cap: 5 ½”
  • Diameter: ½”
  • Weight: 1.75 oz.

Process:

Our pen bodies are machined from a single piece of Aircraft Grade Aluminum. The pens are then sandblasted and anodized to create a matte finish. The aluminum helps create a pen that is solid, and the matte anodized finish creates a resilient outer coat that will last for years to come.

Articulate:Form Prototype Drawing
Articulate:Form Prototype Drawing
Articulate:Function Prototype Drawing
Articulate:Function Prototype Drawing

Where We Are:

It all started with the desire to design and manufacture a pen that is incredibly beautiful while still functional. We started out with simple drawings. After meeting with local machine shops, we ended up with final designs that we are very proud of. We have been refining our pens so that they will be perfect the moment that you receive them. After we refined our pens to meet our strict guidelines, we established a relationship with a manufacturing partner that has exceeded our expectations. We have the final pens in our hands and are thrilled with the end result. With our manufacturer's help and expertise, we are now ready to begin our production run. Our manufacturer produces the pen bodies in house. 

All that is left is meeting minimum order quantities and reward fulfillment. We have made the arrangements with the manufacturer to begin mass production as soon as we reach the minimum order quantity.

Why We Need Your Support:

We need your support to bring down production costs to make the pens affordable. Because of the manufacturing and tooling costs, these pens are highly expensive to produce unless they are made in large quantities. With committed Kickstarters like you, we can order enough supplies and produce enough pens to bring down the costs for everyone. As long as you help us get our minimum order quantity fulfilled, we have everything taken care of!

We would also love your help getting the word out on our beautiful pens. Please share our campaign with your friends to help more people find out about Articulate Instruments LTD.

If you have any feedback or suggestions please contact us, we would love to hear your ideas.

Risks and challenges

While we do not anticipate many challenges, there are some minor risks. Because we already have the design and manufacturing process taken care of, all that we need to take care of is minimum order quantity. Later pledges might become delayed if the project receives an unexpected amount of funding. However, this is a problem we are confident we can overcome by bringing on more people to help get the pens out as soon as possible.

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    Pledge now and receive the entire collection (Four pens). 2 Forms (1 Matte Black 1 Matte Silver) 2 Function ( 1 Matte Black 1 Matte Silver)
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Funding period

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