I recently discovered that I have a passion for making handmade pens. I love transforming an ordinary block of wood or acrylic into something extraordinary. I have converted a small corner of my garage into a shop and started the brand "Orion Pens." Assuming a successful Kickstarter campaign I would like to expand my shop to include a band saw, grinder with jig, pen press, and dust collection system. This will allow me to continue making pens and to expand my business to begin selling in other venues.
Each Dragon Pen starts as a block of acrylic roughly 7/8" x 7/8' x 5" known as a blank. It is then cut to size, drilled, and a metal tube is inserted using a Cyanoacrylate adhesive. After the blank is trimmed again it is then placed on a lathe to be turned to its proper shape and size. The blank is then sanded using a 18 step process and finally buffed until it reaches a maximum shine. Lastly, hardware is installed resulting in an exquisite, one-of-a-kind creation.
These Dragon Pens feature a crouching dragon pen clip, a dragon claw wrapping around the center band, dragon scales covering the pen tip, and a tiger eye crystal to top it all off. For this campaign we are featuring the Jade Dragon with antique brass hardware, the Fire Dragon with antique pewter, and the Dragon Egg with antique pewter. (Be sure to scroll through the images below to learn a little known fact about Dragon Eggs.) These are large, hefty pens that are sure to impress!
We are also offering a Dragon Skin case as an optional add-on. At each reward tier you may increase your pledge by $15 and we will include a Dragon Skin case. This is the perfect way to store and protect your Dragon.
**Due to significant demand I have added more reward tiers with March and May 2018 shipping date. More likely than not I will make all the pens at once and ship them all in December. However, each pen takes time because it is handmade, so I wanted to build in some flexibility.
**Note: Due to some changes with the supplier of the acrylic for the Jade Dragon a slightly different acrylic will be used. See update from 10/15 for a picture.
Reviews of Dragon Pens:
- "This pen has a lot of wow factor."
- "Nice and heavy with fantastic detail. "
- "This is a hefty, truly unique looking pen ...sure to get a reaction."
- "Very much a 'WOW' pen."
- "It sure makes a statement."
- "A very striking pen with awesome detail."
Risks and challenges
Every pen blank is different and unique. No two pens ever look the same; however, I'll do my best to ensure that all products match the pens pictured as closely as possible. Colors will be the same but shades, hues and patterns may vary.
As with every product we are subject to the inventory of our suppliers. We count on them to stock the materials necessary for us to make the Dragon pens.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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