Pen/Letter Opener - 1215 - Homage to the Quill
Pen/Letter Opener - 1215 - Homage to the Quill
A pen + letter opener that evokes a time when the pen was truly mightier than the sword. A bold, sculptural writing instrument.
A pen + letter opener that evokes a time when the pen was truly mightier than the sword. A bold, sculptural writing instrument. Read more
About this project
1. 1215 – The Inspiration behind
In today’s rapidly changing digital world I find comfort in having a few fine objects in my life that are tactile and sensual to the touch. I would like to share this object with you, the Twelve-Fifteen. It has been designed as a modern interpretation of the Quill and Ink well from a time not so long ago.
Quills were the writing instruments of our forefathers for hundreds of years. When I am writing, sketching, creating with this pen, it reminds me of a romantic time when information was transferred at a much different pace. One with intimacy and meaning. For me there is no better way to capture my thoughts than with a pen. The flow of ink onto paper, has a tactile quality that slows down time, allowing me to gather my thoughts, questions and Ideas.
Twelve-Fifteen "1215" the name given to this object is derived from the year that the Magna Carta, written with a Quill, was presented to King John of England by the Barons of the land. They had had enough of his oppressive ways and demanded change, using the pen to trump his swords. This Magna Carta, or Great Charter has been referred to by historians as one of the leading documents to shape the western world we live in today. In fact the American Declaration of Independence, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_Independence, is said to be built upon some of the same rules put unto King John back in the Thirteenth century.
The inscription on the Ink well of "1215" is positioned in the fashion of compass headings. The intention of this arrangement is to remind the user, that you are in control of your path, direction and destiny in life. With this pen, I ask you to take the time to write where it is you want to go, what you want to do, what is your Magna Carta?
It is a conversation piece on your desk and a reminder to oneself of the power within; we create our world around us.
2. Materials and Finishes
The design intent was to keep it as simple as possible with as few parts needed to provide a quality and timeless product for you. The 1215 is built to last and can be passed on for generations.
- Quill – Aluminum Alloy 383 with finish options of Silver, or matte Black.
- Quill tip - Aluminum Alloy 383 with finish options of Silver, or matte Black.
- Spring - Spring steel.
- Ink Well - Aluminum Alloy 383 with finish options of Silver, or matte Black. 1215 is Laser engraved onto the surface.
- Ink Well Sleeve - Black Delrin. Low friction surface.
- Ink Insert Provided – Pentel LR10 black gel tip. 1mm for bold writing.
The Quill weighs in at 44 grams fully assembled. The center of mass is in the middle of the body to provide the most pleasing and balanced weight distribution during writing. The Quill also doubles as a fantastic letter opener with ample grip on the pen shaft for ripping open the thickest of packages.
3. Pen Inserts
The 1215 has been designed for what I deem to be an appropriate pen insert for the weight and size of the Quill. This is why I have chosen the Pentel LR10-Black (1mm line weight), as the insert it will be shipped with. This tip writes extremely smooth + bold lines with excellent flow allowing for fast writing during bursts of inspiration. The ink is also fast drying to reduce smudging.
Before you kick and scream that designers live and breathe the G-Tec-C4 pens, I have made the accommodations to allow that classic pen refill to work as well. You will need to trim approximate 2.5 mm (0.1”) off the end of the G-Tec-C4 insert for the right fit. The Quill will accommodate dozens of standard inserts from the Uni-ball Signo RT series to the Pilot G-2 series. Truth be told, I have two Quills on my desk with the 1mm Pentel tip in the Black Quill and 0.4mm G-TEC-C4 tip in the Silver Quill.
4.Production Plan and Schedule
Your pledges will go towards covering the large upfront mold costs and Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) required. The prototyping has been done and we are ready to take the next step towards production. With your help the die cast tooling for the aluminum parts will take approximately 6 weeks to produce once the project reaches its funding goal. These tools are the longest lead time items and have the greatest impact on the delivery schedule. The Delrin sleeve for the Ink Well will be made from an injection mold and that has a 4 week schedule to completion. Production of this tool will be run in parallel to the Aluminum tooling. Once the tools are completed there will be a 2-3 week window where we will produce a small, first article sample run to ensure the quality is as high as the prototypes. Once the test articles are approved we will proceed forward with the production run quantity.
When will you get your 1215 in your hands?
According to the project plan, you will receive your item approximately 4.5 months from the time we successfully reach our funding goal. In the event that we reach our funding goal ahead of the fund raising period, we will order the tooling right away to help compress the date that you receive your order.
5. Kickstarter Text Pledge
We will brand the Ink Well with the Kickstarter logo. This offer is for those of us that love Kickstarter and the message it carries. The spirit of bringing creatives together into a community that has such a far reach, many on here have achieved ideas they never dreamed possible. Kickstarter to me is a fantastic network of like minded individuals who share a passion for creation, innovation, experimentation and pushing the boundaries towards new horizons. What better way to come up with your next brilliant idea than with a bold writing instrument. What will you kickstart next?
6. Office Group Buy
With a 20 unit pledge you are able to have Custom Text added to the Ink Well. I will layout your request and send you images for approval prior to laser engraving.
The first prototype I made by hand cutting and shaping an aluminum block with a band saw, drill press, grinder and polishing compounds. It failed as a balanced pen but was awesome as a letter opener. The first Ink Well was made on a Lathe, turned from wood; I knew that this would not be cost effective for production. For the second round of prototyping I fully designed the Quill and Ink Well in Solidworks a parametric computer aided design (CAD) software and had it machined from aluminum. The results of this round of prototypes was that the Pen + Ink Well worked beautifully. The pen was balanced and had enough shaft for comfortable holding during writing. The original Ink Well was under sized for my liking on the second prototype and the inner Delrin sleeve needed to be tightened up in tolerance for a nicer hold and seating of the pen. The third round of prototypes addressed the issues from the previous models, and I am happy to offer the resulting product to you.
The Quill and Ink Well have a quality weighting to them that further enhance the writing experience without pushing the limits of being too heavy.
Risks and challenges
Risk Management - What can go wrong? (famous last words!)
For this production run, one of the greatest challenges I currently foresee will be with maintaining the high quality of the finishes on the quill and ink well. To help reduce the risk of delayed deliveries, I have selected a qualified manufacturing partner to produce the parts. I have been working with this company for the past 6 years and they have always been on-point during quality control inspections to maintaining excellence in craftsmanship.
A successful project is planned and executed accordingly with open communication between all parties. I have done my best to account for potential issues that may lay ahead. This is not my first time going to production tooling, and I know that it is not always a smooth ride. In the event that something threatens to postpone the delivery, you will be updated right away.
Nine times out of ten something pops up that we didn't expect or directly plan for. This is why I provided a buffer for the unknowns in the production and delivery schedule. If you have read all the way to here, thanks for taking the time.
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