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A compact pen, designed to accompany you through your daily paces or on your next adventure. Manufactured locally, carried globally.
A compact pen, designed to accompany you through your daily paces or on your next adventure. Manufactured locally, carried globally.
A compact pen, designed to accompany you through your daily paces or on your next adventure. Manufactured locally, carried globally.
741 backers pledged $58,548 to help bring this project to life.

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Polished Aluminum Clip Pen
Polished Aluminum Clip Pen

 

Polished Aluminum, With Cap Posted on Back
Polished Aluminum, With Cap Posted on Back

The Clip Pen-

As a product designer, I strive to create products that are elegant, enjoyable and have utility. This kickstarter is about launching my new pen design into the world and taking a moment to celebrate the journey that got me here over the past 5 years of manufacturing pens under the brand Schon DSGN

A shot of the new pen with a few of my favorite objects...
A shot of the new pen with a few of my favorite objects...

In 2012 I launched my first pen, an identical, but clip-less approach to an everyday carry pen that followed the same design qualities; Easy to use and write with, durable, leak proof and unobtrusive when not in use. Though I and many customers are still in love with the Classic Pen Collection, I was collecting feedback that many customers wanted a version of this pen with a clip. 

In "action"
In "action"

At first I designed several clip versions that were add-ons to my classic pen design and through that exercise and multiple iterations, I began simplifying the design by removing unnecessary details in order to hit a reasonable price point. 

After this exercise it became clear that the best solution was to create caps that had integrated clips. With more prototyping I found a sweet spot between simplicity and utility which came together as the The Clip Collection by Schon DSGN, represented by this kickstarter. I am launching this collection in Polished Aluminum, Anodized Black Aluminum, and Polished Stainless steel.  

Product Details-

The cap conceals the front of the pen and unscrews to post on the back, transforming the 4" long 1/2" diameter pen into a comfortable length of 5-3/4". The writing portion of the pen is .350" diameter for a comfortable grip. The clip is made from stainless steel and is robust yet not too thick. The length of the clip is optimized for a visually balanced look while also being able to hold a 1" length of material inside of it.

Easy to use and write with, just like the classic Schon DSGN pen collection
Easy to use and write with, just like the classic Schon DSGN pen collection

 

Snapshot of the aluminum clip pen
Snapshot of the aluminum clip pen

The cap uses two T-6 torx screws that hold the stainless steel clip in place. 

By the time this kickstarter is over, this gif will have installed clips onto all the kickstarter pens...
By the time this kickstarter is over, this gif will have installed clips onto all the kickstarter pens...

A brass set screw holds the ink in place and is removed from the back of the pen to replace an ink cartridge. 

Listening to the feedback of customers who have been asking me to make a screwdriver for my pens, I decided to investigate incorporating the "screwdriver" feature into the clip itself. I modified the final bend on the end of the clip so that it sticks out just enough to be able to remove the set screw from the back of the pen. 

Nifty huh?
Nifty huh?

The pens use Fisher Space pen PR4-Fine ink (yes it writes upside-down). Using this refill allows me to keep the design very compact. I am currently in Beta production of an adapter that will allow all Schon DSGN pens to fit D1 sized cartridges in gel, needlepoint or even the lauded Hi Tec C Slim Refill. I know... pretty exciting. 

Materials and Finishes-

As mentioned before, the pens in this kickstarter come in Polished Aluminum, Polished Stainless Steel and Black Anodized Aluminum. Many have asked "what is the difference between the stainless and aluminum pens?' The stainless steel pens have a 'unique' amount of heft to them - almost triple the weight of the aluminum pen. I love the feel of a heavy pen, but if you do lots of writing or want to put your pen in a front shirt pocket, I would recommend the aluminum pens. The stainless pen has a slightly darker finish than the aluminum pen featured in the photography above.

The polished aluminum and stainless pens are hand polished raw finishes, without any coating or plating. These pens wear in nicely over time and I would encourage you to embrace the wearing of the pen as it picks up its first scratches and nicks. The resulting patina months into carrying these raw material pens is really awesome! 

Note: Black anodized Aluminum will look like the Classic Schon DSGN black anodized pen. No pictures of those yet... still waiting on parts back from Anodizing! Check the project updates soon for more photos. 

UPDATE: I added a titanium version for all of you who asked. To see what the titanium finish looks like, head here. To be clear, this material is an add on only and is not included in the "one of each" backer level. Check update #2 (6/5/17) to learn more about how to add it to your pledge or switch to that pledge level!

Why Kickstarter? 

I came back to kickstarter to not only give back to long time customers, backers and collectors of Schon DSGN by giving a significant discount on this new design, but also to raise the funds to make some production tooling for the clips. I am excited to test the waters with this launch and will eventually launch the clip in Titanium, Brass and Copper if the campaign goes well. 

  

 

 

 

Acknowledgements 

Tom Medvedich for his incredible product photography skills (mad skills).Lloyd Mallison and Steven Kane for shooting the video. And a huge thanks to all my past backers, customers and followers! Thanks for all the support and for tagging your photos #SchonDSGN!

Check out @schon_dsgn on instagram!
Check out @schon_dsgn on instagram!
 

 Reviews of the Clip Pen- 

Everydaycarry.com 
Yanko Design
The Clicky Post
EdJelley.com
That British Gent- Behind the Scenes
Gear Hungry
Nib and Ink

Ed Jelley... I LOVE THIS SHOT!
Ed Jelley... I LOVE THIS SHOT!

 

Mike "Macro" Dudek
Mike "Macro" Dudek

 

Lloyd's behind the scenes video shoot photos!
Lloyd's behind the scenes video shoot photos!

 

Risks and challenges

I have been making pens with my local manufacturing partners since 2011 and furthermore have already manufactured 1100 aluminum pen bodies and clip compatible caps specifically for this campaign. If the kickstarter campaign looks like it will exceed 1100 pens, I'll launch a batch that will take 8 weeks to manufacture and another 2 weeks to finish and assemble.

The sheet metal clips will take some time to tool up and manufacture. I have been quoted 6-8 weeks and will launch the manufacturing during the campaign if the numbers are looking promising! I am targeting late July/Early August ship date for anything above 1000 backers and sooner for below that number.

I will post frequent updates as the campaign progresses, up until each pen has shipped!

I have a good track record with the 1736 backers from my first kickstarter campaign and the many customers from the past 5 years of ecommerce and retail business. I have also learned to consume pizza slices, one in each hand, while my Dymo 4XL kicks out some serious postage.

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    One Polished Aluminum Clip Pen

    One Polished Aluminum Schon DSGN Clip Pen. MSRP @ $66 post kickstarter.

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    One Black Anodized Aluminum Clip Pen

    One Black Anodized Aluminum Schon DSGN clip pen. MSRP @ $72 post kickstarter.

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    One Polished Stainless Steel Clip Pen

    One Polished Stainless Steel Schon DSGN clip pen. MSRP @ $104 post kickstarter.

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    Both Aluminum Clip pens!

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    Aluminum Pen + Polished Stainless

    One Polished Aluminum AND one Stainless Steel Clip pen. Combined MSRP of $170 post kickstarter.

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    Black Anodized Pen + Polished Stainless

    One Black Anodized Aluminum AND one Stainless Steel Clip pen. Combined MSRP of $176 post kickstarter.

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    BACKER REQUEST! A Titanium Clip Pen

    Many of you asked, so I made this reward level just for you!

    This is for one Titanium Pen.

    To add Titanium to your current reward, just add $125 to your pledge amount, no need to switch to this reward.

    If you select this pen reward and want to add another clip pen variant, check out update #2 and ill explain! If you want two Titanium pens, double the pledge, etc.

    To be clear, this pen is not included in the "One of Each" and "Two of Each" reward levels, since it was added mid campaign.

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    Two Polished Stainless Clip Pens

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    One of Each Clip Pen!

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    Two of each Clip Pen!

    Grab two of each of the 3 variants launched during this kickstarter. 6 pens! 2X Aluminum, 2X Black Anodized Aluminum and 2X Stainless steel. MSRP of $484 post kickstarter

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