Urban Survival Gear (USG) launched the TiScribe-Bolt (TS-Bolt) in early 2017. The integrated clip assembly solved a myriad of common bolt-action issues. We decided to make the TS-Bolt even better with Version 2.0! TS-Bolt Version 2.0 is ceramic coated for increased wear resistance. In addition, ceramic coating has a multitude of colors and patterns. Current colors/patterns are: black, orange, tan, green, blue, red, pink, black/red, black/green, desert camouflage, unicorn dust, arctic trooper, and black camouflage.
Pledge any TiScribe-Bolt and get additional TiScribe-Bolts for the early bird price (see rewards for details).
Version 2.0 is CNC machined from aerospace grade titanium. The clip screws are grade 5 titanium (Torx®) due to its fantastic strength-to-weight ratio. The Torx screws allow for greater fastening without stripping. These screws are more durable and half the weight!
USG is relocating to Texas. Funds from this campaign will be used to construct a 3200 ft² production facility. We need your help in funding the construction. In return, you'll get construction updates and a personal invite to the open-house in late 2019.
THE PROBLEM: Backers have been asking for anodized versions of our pens. We resisted due to the drawbacks of anodizing, namely:
- Previous Issues Getting Consistent Shade/Color Between Batches
- The Coating is VERY Thin thus Easily Removable via Wear
- Chemicals Involved Deterred In-house Production
- Prone to Fingerprinting
THE SOLUTION: Cerakote®. Cerakote is a Polymer-Ceramic Composite coating. The unique formulation of the ceramic coating makes the titanium TS-Bolt EVEN MORE ABRASION/ WEAR RESISTANT. Ceramic is superior to anodizing for this application, here's why:
- EXTREMELY Wear Resistant (Please CLICK HERE for Durability Test Data)
- Consistent Colors/Shades Across Batches
- More Patterns/Designs Available
- Fingerprint Resistant
The coating work is outsourced to a Cerakote certified applicator. The applicator has processed thousands of objects in a myriad of colors and patterns. He does great work; FAST!
What makes the TiScribe-Bolt unique is the bolt mechanism. The clip, bolt button, and bolt carrier are all integrated into one unit. This reduces the amount of moving parts and makes for a much more rigid assembly. The internals of each pen are also coated with ceramics. The ceramic coatings make the actuation even smoother.
The tip, cap, pen body, and clip are all CNC machined from titanium; EVEN THE SCREWS. Each screw is machined from Grade 5 Titanium with the Torx® fastening pattern. The Torx fastening pattern allows for greater torque without stripping. Prior screws were hex patterned stainless steel. The stainless screws would slightly deform during torqueing. The new titanium screws are more durable and are half the weight!
The spring will remain stainless steel; here's why: 1. The titanium springs did not perform as well as the stainless steel, 2. Similar products reported the same issues when using titanium springs in their pens, 3. Costs were 3x more expensive. We owe it to our backers to provide them the best writing experience possible. The additional cost and performance drawbacks made stainless steel the better choice.
Externally, the Version 2.0 is identical to the Version 1.0. Internally, all diameters were increased to their MAXIMUM to accommodate more refills and additional tip stick-out.
In general, most refills that resemble the Pilot G2 will work with the TS-Bolt. A list of confirmed compatible refills are:
- Pilot G2 (Ships with Pledge)
- Pentel Energel Series
- Montblanc Rollerball
- Parker Style Refills *
- Uniball Jetstream
- Uniball 207 Gel
- Schmidt 5888
- Pilot V5,V7
* Parker Style refills require a adapter kit
Rewards are split into two levels: Standard and Premium. Standard rewards are available in: black, orange, tan, green, blue, and red. Pledge any TiScribe-Bolt and get additional TiScribe-Bolts for the early bird price (see rewards for details).
Premium rewards are available in: Black/Red, Black/Green, Desert Camo, and Black Camo. Color selections, total quantities, and all other important details will be collected via Backerkit at project end.
AVAILABLE NOW! Pricing and pledge information below.
Unicorn Dust (Premium Reward $144/$139 EB): White Clip and Bolt Carrier. Pen body is a combination of pink, blue, and white.
Pink (Standard Reward $107/$102 EB): Pink Pen Body, Tip, Cap, and Bolt Carrier
Arctic Trooper (Seperate Reward $112): White Pen Body. Black Tip, Cap, Clip, and Bolt Carrier
What's Mokuti?: Mokuti is forged with two or more titanium alloys (currently CP and 6AL4V). The titanium alloys are machined, then heat anodized to produce a unique blend of colors in the material.
- Mokuti Clip: The Mokuti Pocket Clip Kit Includes: Laser Engraved Mokuti Pocket Clip, Titanium Torx Screws (2), and Torx Allen Wrench.
- Mokuti Tip Kit: The Mokuti Tip Kit Includes: Pen Tip (1) and Pen Cap (1)
Mokume Tip Kit: Mokume is forged with two or more alloys (currently brass, copper and nickle). The alloys are machined, then chemically treated to produce a unique blend of colors in the material. The Mokume Tip Kit Includes: Pen Tip (1) and Pen Cap (1)
Parker Refill Converter: The "Parker Style" refill converter kit adds convenience to the writing process. The most difficult part of buying custom made pens is answering the question "Will my favorite refill fit?". Parker Style refills all have the same dimensions, so you KNOW it will fit. Most refill manufacturers make a "Parker Style" ink cartridge for this reason. Parker Style Kit is also compatible with the Fisher Space Pen refill.
Simply select the first pen as a reward, then add additional funds for the following pen or pens that you want. Do not add any extra funds for shipping as it is automatically added at project completion (flat rate of $6 USA and $16 international).
We chose to do something different with the project video; JUST SHOW THE PENS! No music, no gimmicks, no fluff. All pen colors/patterns are displayed from multiple angles with bolt actuation. Color/pattern time stamps are listed below.
- Black: 00:02:36
- Orange: 00:03:12
- Tan: 00:03:37
- Green: 00:03:59
- Blue: 00:04:26
- Red: 00:04:49
- Black/Red Splatter: 00:05:07
- Black/ Green Splatter: 00:05:44
- Desert Camouflage: 00:06:52
- Black Camouflage: 00:07:24
There were too many pictures to post in the Kickstarter Campaign, so we hosted them on the cloud. Click the above picture for additional images.
Urban Survival Gear (USG) has a backlog of 30+ new products. We always planned to launch them when the CNC machines are available. The problem is the machines are never available. The easy answer is to buy more machines, but we're out of space so....WE'RE EXPANDING! USG's new home will be in Texas.
Funds from this campaign will be used to construct a 3200 ft² production facility. We need your help in funding the construction. In return you'll get construction updates and a personal invite to the open-house in late 2019. We should break-ground March/April 2019 and complete construction in October/November 2019 (lot video tour below).
The new facility provides 600% more space, thus enabling more machines and personnel. Basically: More Space = More Pens + Faster Production Time.
Urban Survival Gear, LLC will accept, for return or exchange, items that are in new condition, unworn, unaltered and free of damage by the customer. For a full refund or exchange, mail out your item within 14 days from the receipt of the original order. Items cannot be returned or exchanged after 14 days from receipt of the original order. Items must be returned with all Urban Survival Gear, LLC labels still attached and must be in the original packaging.
Risks and challenges
We've produced thousands, yes thousands, of TiScribe-Bolt's (TS-Bolt) so far. The TS-Bolt Version 2 includes updates, but the machine code and tooling is nearly identical. Production is really plug-and-play at this point.
Will the TS-Bolt really take until December 2018 to ship? Probably not due to the reusable tooling. We've also expanded our capabilities by adding another CNC lathe to the shop. The new lathe cuts production time in HALF. At USG we don't stop cranking until the project is done!
100% of the machining is done at our facility in California. The ceramic coating is outsourced to a Cerakote® Certified Applicator. They do quality work, FAST! Suppliers/subcontractors have been notified about this project and are awaiting our orders. We're confident that your pledge will get to you on-time or EARLY.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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