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Less is more. Simplifying the traditional fountain pen for a purer writing experience.

About this project

Sometimes less is more. Stripping an object of all its non-essential features can deliver a more direct, raw, uninhibited experience. It’s like shooting with a film camera or driving a sports car. It is more uncompromising, yet infinitely more authentic and exhilarating.

What if we achieved this level of experience with a fountain pen, an instrument that means so much for creative expression?

When we designed the Nexus pen our goal was to uncover the essence of the writing instrument, to simplify it, keeping only that which was strictly necessary, in order to obtain the purest writing experience possible.We wanted to create a pen that would allow your creativity to flow unhindered.

Nexus Titanium (Top), Aluminium & Titanium Comparison (Bottom Left), Steel & Titanium Nib Comparison (Bottom Right)
Nexus Titanium (Top), Aluminium & Titanium Comparison (Bottom Left), Steel & Titanium Nib Comparison (Bottom Right)

 Bock 250 Nibs correspond to a #6 Nib.

For a sublime writing experience, the Nexus fountain pen needed to look great, feel comfortable in the hand, and glide effortlessly across paper.

To achieve this we made the Nexus with the highest quality parts we could find. The nib, which is the most important part of a fountain pen, will be made by Bock, one the finest nib manufacturers in Germany. They make nibs for many of the top brands on the market and their level of craftsmanship and performance is just breathtaking.

The Nexus’s ergonomic body, born of one seamless arc, fits naturally in your hand. It is precision machined from aircraft grade 6061 aluminium or Grade 2 Titanium. This means that it is carved from solid bar of metal, rather than through complex moulds or mass production techniques; just a CNC controlled blade taking away metal one pass at a time.

This is something you really do feel when you hold the pen, the solidity, the substance that resides in the object.

Most controversially, we've removed the clip from the cap. Moreover you cannot post the cap. This invites you to write with the pen in its most basic state, unburdened by bulky caps and unsightly clips that are usually found on fountain pens.

A few specifications:

  • Weight with cap: 28g (Titanium 50g)
  • Weight without cap: 24g (Titanium (43g)
  • Length with cap: 142mm
  • Length without cap: 132mm
  • Section Diameters: 14mm (Widest) and 9.5mm (Thinnest)

N.B. These are values from the pre-production samples. Final dimensions and weights may vary slighty.

The Nexus can be refilled in several ways:

1.Standard cartridge and double cartridges - When you use a single cartridge, a second spare can fit in the body of the Nexus.

2. Converter "Through the Nib" - Using a standard converter such as the Faber Castell Twist Converter or our own standard converter, you can refill from an ink bottle (not supplied) by dipping the nib up to the top and twisting the pen to draw up ink.

Any standard converter will work but those with elastic sealing offer superior performance. 

By adding £3 to your pledge you will get a high quality converter which has been specifically tested with the Nexus Minimal Fountain Pen.

Keep your Nexus fountain pen safe wherever you go with our minimal sleeves. Made from 100% natural vegetable tanned leather by skilled artisans located in the Valencia region of Spain. The leather is untreated so it will darken, becoming richer with age.

Just add the following amounts to your pledge:

  • 1 x Sleeve: £10 - $16 - €13
  • 2 x Sleeve: £18 - $30 - €22 
  • 3 x Sleeve: £26 - $43 - €32 

Below you’ll find a GANTT chart for the Nexus pen.

Key Dates:

7 September - Campaign Ends

22 September - We receive funds from Kickstarter. These arrive 14 days after the end of the campaign.

31 October - Pen parts received from suppliers.

15 November - Quality control and assembly completed.

30 November - All pens delivered to backers.

We are professional designers with 3+ years of experience in product design and we’ve successfully completed a Kickstarter project before, so we are confident that we can fulfill the project by these dates. That being said, as with any production run, unexpected problems can arise and cause delays. We’ve done as much as possible to prevent these by producing pre-production samples so as to avoid time consuming engineering problems.

Risks and challenges

We are a team of product designers with 3+ years experience and have already successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign in the past. We are confident that we can meet all the challenges posed by this project.

On the engineering side, we already have quotes from our suppliers and had pre-production samples of the Nexus built by them. This means that all the design challenges have already been discovered and addressed. We are ready for a full production run.

On the logistics side we already have business mail accounts with a partner in the UK which means can ship high volumes of mail at a competitive price and in time.

Problems can still arise, as with any production run, but we have done everything in our power to avoid delays. Should any issues occur, we have the industrial experience required to resolve them and stay on track.

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FAQ

  • Steel nibs - You can choose between FINE and MEDIUM and BROAD nibs. You will have the opportunity to specify this at the end of the project when the questionnaires are sent out.

    Titanium nibs - Fine or Medium nibs only.

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  • 1. Go to your Kickstarter Dashboard > Backed Projects > Nexus Minimal Fountain Pen > Manage Your Pledge

    2. Increase your pledge by the relevant amount. So if your current pledge is £26 and you want to add a converter you need to enter 26+3 = £29.

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  • 1) Select the reward tier "BACKER SETS - Titanium and Aluminium"

    2) You'll see there is a set for the Titanium + 2 x Aluminium for £93 but that it only includes steel nibs, which come as standard with the titanium reward so you need to add a further £25 pounds to that pledge to get a titanium nib because ti nibs are considered an "add-on" (See "Rewards Summary").

    3) Total pledge = £93 + £25= £118.

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  • Total pledge = £124

    1) This is the £93 "BACKER SETS - Titanium and Aluminium" + £25 Ti Nib + 2 x £3 converters.
    2) Why only 2 converters? We give one free converter with every full titanium pen, so that's actually three in total. We describe this in Update 2.

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  • OPTION 1) Select the Titanium Deluxe Pledge for Ti Pen + Ti nib. If you want an aluminium pen + ti nib please see option 2 below.

    OPTION 2) Add £25 to your pledge. For example if you pledge £40 for an titanium pen (early backer price) you then need to increase your pledge by £25. Hence your total pledge would be £25 + £40 = £65.

    You can add a titanium nib to any pledge, so if you pledge for an aluminium Nexus or a set you can also upgrade to a titanium nib by adding £25.

    At the end of the campaign you will be sent a questionnaire where you will be able to specify which nibs you want, as well as the colour of your pen and your delivery address. This is the normal Kickstarter process.

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  • At the end of the campaign we will send you a questionnaire where you will tell us which colour you want. This is the normal Kickstarter process.

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  • 1) All Early Backer Rewards are sold out. If you wish to upgrade to a set or a different reward category you must choose the normal Backer rewards, even if your original pledge is an Early Backer.

    Example: If you have pledged £23 as an Early Backer for the Aluminium Reward and you wish to upgrade to Full Titanium, the correct pledge is £69 (Backer) and not £65 (Early Backer).

    2) As an Early Backer you can still pledge for add-ons i.e. an extra nib or converter.

    Example: If you have pledged for an Early Backer Titanium Pen at £40 you can add £25 pounds for a titanium nib, £3 for a converter or £5 for an extra steel nib.

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  • At the end of the campaign we will send you a questionnaire where you will tell us where you want your pens to be shipped. This is the normal Kickstarter process.

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  • The short answer is no, as Kickstarter prohibits the sale of multiple quantities. Please send us a message or an e-mail at info@namisu.com if you wish to make a larger order.

    The Aluminium sets are different because multiple colours and nib sizes are available so in fact each pen is different. A black aluminium pen with a medium nib is not the same as a silver aluminium pen with a fine nib. It's a set, not several identical pens.

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  • Increase your pledge by £10. For example if you've pledged £69 for a Titanium Deluxe pen you need to pledge £69 +10 = £79 to get a sleeve. There are also discounts for multiple sleeves (check the "Rewards Summary" section above).

    At the end of the campaign we will send you a questionnaire where you will tell us which colour you want. This is the normal Kickstarter process.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge £23 or more

    220 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER - 1 x Aluminium Nexus Pen in Matt Black or Silver Polished. £23 is around $39. This reward is £3 cheaper for being one of the first 220 backers. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £23 or more

    280 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER (EXTENDED) - 1 x Aluminium Nexus Pen in Matt Black or Silver Polished. £23 is around $39. Missed out on the first early backer batch? Here's another chance at getting the Nexus at a lower price! Free shipping worldwide included.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £26 or more

    375 backers

    BACKER - 1 x Aluminium Nexus Pen in Matt Black or Silver Polished. £26 is around $45. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £40 or more

    280 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER Nexus Titanium - 1 x Titanium Nexus Pen with Steel Nib. £40 is around $68. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £44 or more

    130 backers

    BACKER Nexus Titanium - 1 x Titanium Nexus Pen with Steel Nib. £44 is around $75. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £45 or more

    147 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER SET - Both Aluminium Nexus Pens. Matt Black AND Silver Polished. £45 is around $77. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £50 or more

    45 backers

    BACKER SET - Both Aluminium Nexus Pens. Matt Black AND Silver Polished. £50 is around $86. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £62 or more

    100 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER SETS - Titanium and Aluminium

    Pledge £62 (around $105) - 1 x Titanium Nexus (Steel Nib) + 1 x Aluminium

    Pledge £84 (around $142) - 1 x Titanium Nexus (Steel Nib) + 2 x Aluminium (Silver Polished & Matt Black)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £69 or more

    122 backers

    BACKER SETS - Titanium and Aluminium

    Pledge £69 (around $117) - 1 x Titanium Nexus (Steel Nib) + 1 x Aluminium

    Pledge £93 (around $157) - 1 x Titanium Nexus (Steel Nib) + 2 x Aluminium (Silver Polished & Matt Black)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge £69 or more

    378 backers

    Nexus Titanium Deluxe - 1 x Titanium Nexus Pen with Titanium Nib + Free Ink Converter. £69 is around $116. Free shipping worldwide included!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (41 days)