I always like to have a pen on me to be able to take a quick note, be prepared at any meeting or just jot something down when needed, but the problem is I don’t always have a shirt pocket to carry full length pens, and throwing them in your pants pocket is a pain.
There are several “pocket pens”on the market, but most of them still take up too much space and are uncomfortable to use for long writing stints.With that in mind, the LP-5 resulted as I set out to make one of the most compact and comfortable pens to date.
Closed Position- the LP-5 measures 2.5 inches (63.5mm) in length and .43 inches (10.9mm) in diameter - making it very easy to store in your pocket, purse or any other convenient place.
Posted Position - While in use the LP-5 becomes a full-length pen measuring in at 4.7 inches (119.4mm) in length and .33 inches (8.4mm) diameter grip making it a very comfortable writing instrument.
Materials and Weight
The LP-5 comes in 4 different metals, each providing distinctly different experiences.
Aluminum -The lightest of the four materials, 6061 aluminum won’t be too heavy in the hand, but still provides a sturdy pen that will last.
Brass- Machined from solid 360 Brass this LP-5 offers a classic look that you can only get from brass.
Copper –Machined from solid Tellurium copper rod this LP-5 offers the unique look of copper. As copper ages it develops its own unique patina that will give you an ever-changing appearance.
Titanium –Is there anything that matches the weight and feel of solid titanium? Machined from solid rod of CP-2 titanium offering a feel and look like no other. So why grade 2 and not grade 5? Simple, saving you cost. I believe grade 2 titanium as a pen gives you the same feel and performance of grade 5 but at half the price. I want to make a product that not only looks great, but at a good value. Choosing grade 2 titanium delivers that
Weight of the LP-5 is as follows:
Brass- 1.2 ounces (34 grams)
Copper - 1.3 ounces (37 grams)
Titanium - 0.7 ounces (19.8 grams)
The LP-5 comes in two variations to suit the needs of any EDC.
The Lamy M22 Ballpoint -The M22 is one of Lamy’s popular ballpoint refill that allows for smooth writing and, although being extremely compact in size, holds a good ink capacity.These refills can be easily found through most online pen stores and popular sites like Amazon. Included with this model is a black M22 fine refill.
The D1 Refill -To allow for more flexibility, we’ve also designed a model to hold the smaller, D1 refill which comes in a wide variety of styles and writing experiences.
Refills in this size are manufactured by Zebra, Fisher Space Pen, Uni, and many more.
(Selection of the refill type will occur after the campaign has funded during the post-campaign survey.)
The D1 version of the LP-5 extends the length of the pen overall by 0.20”
Design and Manufacturing Process
The LP-5 was designed and will be manufactured in North East Ohio in my personal machine shop. Each LP-5 will be produced and inspected to my very strict standards. Not only am I creating a great everyday tool for you, but I am also providing you a product of the highest quality. Like other craftsmen and skilled machinists, I take great pride in my work. I will certainly take pride in each LP-5 I create!
Why I need your help and how will the funding be used? Every project or manufactured item has costs. Funds raised will go towards the needed raw materials, tools and shop supplies to produce this product. Also, fixtures and key equipment can be purchased to guarantee each LK-P will be produced to the highest level of quality.
This is my second project, I have learned many things about Kickstarter projects. One big thing I learned is it involves a lot of work, especially having a full-time job on top of it! There is one thing I will not do and that is over promise and under deliver. I want you to receive the very best I can offer and sometimes things do not go as planned. Because of this, I am going to be conservative regarding production dates to make sure I get you a quality LP-5 using the time plan below.
June-July – Kickstarter campaign- This is where you awesome backers help turn this project into a reality
July – August – During this time the funds get transferred and ordering raw materials and equipment take place. A specific type of machine to ordered to help produce the LP-5. These machines can take a month to receive
August – October – This is where the rubber meets the road! Machines and raw material should be in place and machining of the LP-5 is accomplished
October – November – You receive your one of a kind pen and my gracious THANK YOU!
All through the project I will continue to update all backers on the progress and always will respond to any questions comments or concerns.
Risks and challenges
After my first project I have truly understood the risks and even more what the challenges are of doing a Kickstarter campaign. Biggest challenge is time, with enough time and smart decisions most problems can be solved. The biggest challenges I will face with this project is bringing into the shop another piece of machinery to complete this project. Because of my last project I have a good understanding on what challenges this brings and how to prepare better for it. Also I will be using the same material supply I have used in the past and currently using for products. You can rest assure even if challenges come up, we will see them through and update you along this journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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