The only pen you will ever need. Oceanus Brass is as bold as it is thoughtful. We wanted to make a timeless writing instrument that was both rich in heritage and innovative in design. One that you could use every day with proud confidence on the open ocean or in your office; the result of our vision and hard work is The Oceanus Bow-Shackle Pen.
A design as new as it is old. Our unique hardware is both functionally fun and strikingly clean. Oceanus products are elegant and built for rugged day-to-day life, only getting better over time as the brass patina deepens to conform perfectly to your hand.
Inspired by our nautical heritage, Oceanus brings sea-worthy, rugged design and functionality to your modern lifestyle.
The screw action of the hardware in the assembly of the bow shackle pen puts minimal stress on your hand, lying flat against your thumb and ensuring that your writing instrument will age beautifully, becoming more valuable to you over time.
From the very first time you hold it in your hand, you will feel the solid construction of the Bow-Shackle Pen. Yet, it will be beautifully comfortable to write with. It's truly a distinct mix of innovation and tradition.
What our backers are saying:
What our backers are saying about our Original-Pen: "I love it! I'm still carrying my original pen with me everywhere I go."
"It is great. I get a lot of compliments on it."
"Made really well, nice weight and very well balanced. More comfortable to use than my tactical pen. My pen has no machining marks and is smooth and polished nicely. The extra bow shackle is a nice bonus and I am sure will come in handy for something."
"The weight in the hand is good and the shackle makes it stand out from the crowd: I think that I'm going to enjoy using this pen."
The success of our first campaign, funded in just one day, inspired us to take Oceanus Brass to another level — We had a ton of requests from our backers, with one universal comment -- you wanted a pen that was not-only waterproof, but one that could write under water -- well, it was a great idea, so we built it; the all new Bow-Shackle Pen + Fisher Space Cartridge.
In keeping with its nautical heritage, the Bow-Shackle pen is not limited by wet environments. By request of the community, we have re-engineered the Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen to be compatible with Fisher Space-Pen Cartridges. It is the same Bow Shackle Pen pen on the outside, completely different on the inside. Write wherever you wish, with the confidence that the ink will not bleed under rough conditions.
A Fisher Space Cartridge will be shipped with each pledge for an Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen giving you years of writing pleasure. (Additional cartridges and colors, including the OceanusBrass Ink, will be sold on OceanusBrass.com)
Adorned with a functional and eye-catching Bow-Shackle, our pen is perfect for securing onto your bag or slipping inside your pocket. The Bow-Shackle captures the essence of nautical hardware, cast in solid brass and used by sailors for hundreds of years to hoist sails and secure lines while a boat is underway.
The versatility of the Bow-Shackle made it an indispensable tool on the seas, and it continues to impress today. Although the brass Bow-Shackle is the statement piece of the Bow-Shackle pen, we have made it available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign as a gift for backers at our $10 tier. Creativity is your only boundary when putting the Bow-Shackle to use.
We have taken our inspiration—the Bow-Shackle—and transformed it into our own signature hardware. To do this, we had to learn a little bit of just about everything from boat building, design, and engineering to metal casting and machining. Our signature shackles are found in each style of our pens and Signature Bow Shackle key fob.
With our design roots in Boston, our company draws creative inspiration from the hub of America’s rich nautical history. In developing our product, our original prototypes and inspiration came from the old shipyards of East Boston.
The nautically-inspired Bow-Shackle Pen harkens back to a time of adventure on open seas, its durability a testament to the harsh demands of that bygone era.
Our hardware is tied to the art and science of sailing and exploration. We’ve spent five months refining the Bow-Shackle Pen into its final, perfectly balanced form. Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, The Bow-Shackle Pen is Oceanus's signature dry good. Its unique clasping mechanism, rich color, and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.
The Bow-Shackle Pen has been manufactured to thrive over decades of use. What was once a labor of love, is now a timeless precision writing instrument available for all, but we need your help to make this dream a reality.
Our products are steeply discounted off retail prices because we want to reward our very first customers. At $55 for our Backers, the opportunity to purchase a pen of this magnitude is rare. With our solid brass, our finishing assembly, our master craftsmanship, the Bow-Shackle Pen with your help shall be accessible to all.
We stand behind the quality of our tools and the uniqueness and complexity of our signature hardware. Slender cut from a solid bar of brass, The Bow-Shackle Pen's slim profile makes it both attractive and practical. Each piece has its own unique character that we hope will inspire our customers in their most creative moments.
Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, The Bow-Shackle Pen is Oceanus's signature dry good. Its unique clasping mechanism, rich color, and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.
We launched Oceanus because we wanted to share our nautically inspired pen with the world and turn an idea into action. A project that was both challenging and rewarding, the Oceanus Bow-Shackle pen is something we are very proud to share with you. We hope to encourage others to try their hand at something new just as we did, to build something of their own, to go through that exploration process of learning and bringing inspiration to fruition. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the many relationships we’ve built along the way with industrial designers and manufacturers who helped us push the boundaries of what we were told was possible. Countless times we heard, “Nobody does this anymore,” “Use cheaper materials,” “Too many small, mechanical pieces,” and so on. Nevertheless, we stayed the course.
Space Ships or Sailing Ships The Fisher Space Pen came to life when Paul Fisher, creator, earned NASA as a customer for his revolutionary Space Pen, he continued to focus his efforts on developing unique, quality products.
The most versatile refill you’ll find The Fisher Space Refill writes at any angle or upside down.
It’s water and temperature proof The refill performs in temperatures from -30°F to +250°F, underwater or even in zero gravity!
It’s made of brass and steel Now you can combine your built to last Bow-Shackle Brass Pen with a premium brass refill.
Lifetime guarantee Each Fisher Space Pen Cartridge is precision assembled by the Fisher Space Pen company, hand tested, and carries a lifetime guarantee issued by Fisher Space Pen, against all manufacturing defects.
Ballpoint pens rely upon gravity to distribute ink, which is why they cannot write at certain angles. Yes, they are perfectly adequate for writing on horizontal surfaces, but what happens when you're faced with a vertical or upside-down surface? To solve the problem, pressurized ink pens were developed. These pens compress the air inside the ink cartridge to force ink out, allowing you to write on difficult surfaces at varying angles.
Each pen comes with a black medium point Space Pen Pressurized Cartridge.
Once our 30k stretch goal is reached, two Oceanus Brass Ink Cartridges will be shipped with each Bow-Shackle Pen pledge. Backers will be able to choose among red, blue or black.
We sent out a handful of pens to some oceans lovers to get their feedback before launching the campaign. Here is what they have to say:
Life In The Slow Lane | Blog
It's a beautiful pen and we'll enjoy having it on our boat, and it'll make a wonderful heirloom to pass down to our grandson one day. Maybe he'll even have a special boat to keep it on.
My2Fish | Blog
The solid brass construction is nearly indestructible, so for the cost of pen ink refill every couple of years, this pen will likely last forever.
These are targeted milestones for us to hit as a community. If we do hit these goals, each and every backer benefits! We'll send out the item from the corresponding tier with each bow-shackle pen, depending on where we finish. Below is the breakdown of stretch goals:
$10k -- We will engineer the Oceanus Brass Bow Shackle Pen to be cross-compatible with the current line of Oceanus Brass Gel Ink Cartridges *AND* ship with a Black OceanusBrass Gel Ink Cartridge!
$20k -- In addition to the $10K goal, we will also provide an Oceanus Brass Ink Cartridge in Blue!
$30k -- In addition to the $10K and $20K goal, we will also provide an Oceanus Brass Ink Cartridge in Red!
$100k -- In addition to the $10K and $20K AND $30K AANNDD $55K goal, we will also send out the Oceanus Brass Seafarer's Paperweight!
As always, a huge thanks to our amazing (and growing) backer base!
Risks and challenges
For once, there are really limited risks here. This is a simple tool, which has already been mostly developed. Remember, we built this pen for our own use first, then shipped hundreds of different pens to backers like you through our first Kickstarter Campaign. Through previous engagements, our Master Craftswoman has worked with many of our prospective manufacturers in the past. As well as being produced on a smaller scale, this is the simplest product many of our team members have ever worked on, and it allowed us to focus on build quality.
We are confident and passionate about delivering quality goods. We have spent months designing and prototyping our products, executing pre-production runs to ensure we can meet our high standard. We have internally funded the design and production of our signature brass hardware. Our resources and team are based here in the United States, primarily on the East Coast, so we do not foresee any issues with our ability to deliver your new Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pens upon successful funding of our project.
We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of production and let you know of any issues impacting our ability to promptly deliver your new Oceanus products, including steps we are taking to get back on track. We will do our best to manufacture locally as we have done to date, but may shift focus onto manufacturing overseas if doing so will result in delay avoidance or quality consistency. We stand ready to resolve any challenges to make sure you have a positive experience with our service and product!
*Disclaimer* Please note: Fisher Space Pen® Pressurized Ink Cartridge, "Fisher" and "Space Pen", are trademarks of Fisher Pen Co. Boulder City, NV. Oceanus Brass, its parent company nor any team members do not currently maintain any official affiliation with, nor endorsement from the Fisher Pen Co. Please visit the Fisher Space Pen website for more information.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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