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A CNC machined aluminum pencil body utilizing the classic 'sharp style' mechanical pencil mechanism. Machined in USA.

* Note to any recent or potential backers... a small 'dock' part was added as purchase option.  The details are in update #17... sorry for any confusion.  Thanks!

The Start

There have been many successful pen projects on Kickstarter...  I have been a fan and supporter of several of those.  For me, the attraction to these is to own something custom or unique in today's mass produced world.  While the custom pens are great, I use a pencil quite a bit so I decided to try my first project and design a very unique aluminum housing for the classic 'sharp' style mechanical pencil.  For starters, I will utilize an excellent, high quality, proven mechanism with lead options of 0.5, 0.7, or 0.9mm.  The rear cap removes to expose an eraser, the eraser removes to provide access to the lead chamber.

......................the classic plastic bodied mechanical pencil......................
......................the classic plastic bodied mechanical pencil......................

The Design

Most machined writing instruments are typically turned cylinders  with constant or slightly tapered end profiles.  I wanted to fully utilize the capabilities of CNC machining with a more unusual shape.  After experimenting with various cross sections, I decided on a hexagonal cross section.  I prototyped several versions making adjustments and refinements along the way.

I iterated a good bit on the side profile to include a 'dip' in the finger area.  The dip provides a nice look and provides a good feel and grip without resorting to ridges, rubber, etc.  Additionally, towards the grip area, the hexagonal cross-section blends to a circular cross-section, giving a nice look and further enhancing feel.

Becoming SPOKE

Combining the hexagonal cross section with the nicely curved profile produced a nice pencil, but the final unique touch was to experiment with cutting slots completely through the body.  These slots give the sides a 'spoke like' appearance... exposing the internal pencil mechanism body which provides a nice contrast to the aluminum.  The slots completed the design and the name 'SPOKE' seemed like a very good fit.  

As the body is machined from solid 6061 Aluminum, even with the spokes, the pencil remains substantial and robust feeling.

The Manufacture

The design is complete.  There's still some work to be done on the final finishing specifications, the prototypes shown are all painted, not the final annodized versions.  With your help, I can move forward and make SPOKE pencils a reality.  Your pledges will allow me to finalize the finishes and have quantities needed to produce these pencils at an affordable cost.  

The Rewards

Included in the rewards are various finish options for Spoke and multiple quantity packages (I may add some finish options depending on how demand goes),

Thanks for reviewing my project.  The complete reward listing is displayed to the right.  I hope you'll consider supporting SPOKE mechanical pencils. Thanks!

Available colors:  Red, Blue, Black, Gunmetal Grey, Clear/Silver
Available colors: Red, Blue, Black, Gunmetal Grey, Clear/Silver
Just added... Kickstarter Green version... Available only through Kickstarter Launch.
Just added... Kickstarter Green version... Available only through Kickstarter Launch.

FAQ

  • I mistakenly left out that Canada and Mexico, while international, do in fact get a shipping discount that I neglected to pass along. For shipments to Canada or Mexico, please add $8 (not $12). Any existing pledges from Canada or Mexico should be adjusted accordingly. I apologize for the confusion.

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  • There have been lots of pen projects on KS, so I intentionally went the mechanical pencil path. Due to the number of requests for a pen version, I'll certainly consider it for the future... but right now, the focus is on the pencil.

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  • I love this question! To buy more than 3, pledge at the 3-Pack level and add $25 for each additional pencil you'd like. Thanks!

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  • Yes, all colors are available to the early $24 backers.

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    Special for early supporters: (1) SPOKE mechanical pencil: At fulfillment you will specify model and .5/.7/.9 mm lead size. Includes free shipping in US, International orders add $12.

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    You Finish Model: For those who like a bare metal or raw look ... (1) SPOKE mechanical pencil 'as machined'. Includes mini-emery cloth assortment (fine and medium) to allow you to personally 'tune up' the edges and surfaces for a truly custom finish. At fulfillment you will specify .5/.7/.9 mm lead size. Includes free shipping in US, International orders add $12.

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    Annodized Model: (1) SPOKE mechanical pencil finished and annodized. At fulfillment you will specify color: Clear Annodized or Black Annodized and specify .5/.7/.9 mm lead size. Includes free shipping in US, International orders add $12.

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    2 Pack. (2) SPOKE mechanical pencils. At fulfillment you will specify any mix of models and specify .5/.7/.9 mm lead sizes. Includes free shipping in US, Internatinal orders add $12.

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    3 Pack. (3) SPOKE mechanical pencils. At fulfillment you will specify any mix of models and specify .5/.7/.9 mm lead sizes. Includes (3) tubes of 30 extra leads and extra erasers. Includes free shipping in US, International orders add $12.

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    5 Pack. (5) SPOKE mechanical pencils. At fulfillment you will specify any mix of models and specify lead sizes. Includes 5 tubes of 12 pc. lead and extra erasers. Includes free shipping in US. Canada & Mexico add $8, International add $12.

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    10 Pack. (10) SPOKE mechanical pencils. At fulfillment you will specify any mix of models and specify lead sizes. Includes 10 tubes of 12 pc. lead and extra erasers. Includes free worldwide shipping.

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