About this project
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.
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.
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.
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.
The cap uses two T-6 torx screws that hold the stainless steel clip in place.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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