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Update #18

Titanium Pen and Clip update!

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Some updates. A lot has happened since the kickstarter, and surprise surprise I am still making pens! 

But Ill be brief. 

1. So I didnt get the Ti out in time for Christmas, but its being released as of right now! Check it over at www.schonDSGN.com

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Titanium

2. I also launched a little video to showcase the Ti pen and some happenings in my home shop. More videos and projects to come. 

3. Final update. I am working on something interesting... for those of you who wanted clips for your pens, I am making an attachable clip for all the existing Pen Project Pens. Hopefully these will be done in a few months... I mightkick-start the project to help front some of the manufacturing expenses. Some teasers below!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Hope you are all enjoying your pens. 

Best,

-Ian


Update #17

Black Pens, A New Store and Some Pen News

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Hey Kickstarter!

Its been over a year since the kickstarter campaign and I am still overwhelmed by the amount of support you, my backers, have shown me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to have such a great experience taking this pen project to the next level. 

Updates

I am excited to announce that I have opened a new online shop for Schon DSGN over at www.schondsgn.com to showcase pens and future projects. Check it out and let me know what you think. 

Right now I am having a pen giveaway and promotion through The Clicky Post (an awesome pen blog) and a 25% discount in the new online shop using the code clickypost25 until this Friday on any order! Enjoy!

New Pens?

Many of you had asked for black pens during the kickstarter, so I made a small batch of black anodized pens that will be for sale until they run out online.

I am also in the process of manufacturing a small batch of Grade 5 Titanium USA made pens (some of which will be black PVD DLC coated). These will be sold exclusively in the online store and will help fund the development of my next pen. I am only making 100 of these pens as they are incredibly expensive to manufacture. However, they are super bad-ass, so there's that right? These will hopefully be online by December in time for the holidays. 

The Next Pen Project?

Yes, it is true. I am developing a new pen. Yes it has a clip option. No, I am not done yet. This is taking me forever, but for a good reason. I want this pen to be as awesome as the first and I really don't want to rush it. Sure, I had a V2 pen with a simple sheet metal clip that I almost launched, but it didn't quite match the aesthetic of the first pen. I am working on refining the design of this new pen and will launch it sometime next year if all goes to plan. 

To stay in the loop or see what else I am working on in the meantime, follow my blog, instagram, twitter and check back here from time to time. 

Best,

-Ian Schon


Update #16

Update

Hey backers,

As many of you know, the bulk of the second run pens were shipped last weekend and the rest on Monday. Hopefully most of these make it to your before Christmas. 

However, there are around 30 orders that have still not shipped due to lack of address or problems with the address. I will try and ship any I can today and contact you if your info is not correct.

I have been getting a lot of “where is my pen?” emails. If you have not yet received your pen, check your email for a shipping notification (Search for “Ian Schon has sent you a package” in your email). If the tracking info says Jamaica NY for an international backer, that means it has passed through customs and I can no longer track it. Shipping outside of the US has been taking anywhere from 2-5 weeks depending on customs and where you are located. Please be patient! If you have not gotten your pen and have not received a shipping notification please send an email to penprojectshipping@gmail.com and I will look into it for you.

I am sorry for any lack of communication over the past few months. My kickstarter inbox has been quite full of messages and some get lost in the chaos. If I haven’t gotten back to your inquiry or message please send an email to penprojectshipping@gmail.com. 

That’s all for now. Some final updates, thoughts on the process and project, valuable lessons and upcoming projects to come (perhaps a pen with knurling and clip?). Hope you all like your pens, looking forward to hearing your feedback. Thanks for all your support. 

 -Ian Schon 


Update #15

Shipping Update and Holiday Opening

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I shipped out all the pens received from the finishers and am waiting on the rest to come back. I have been in constant contact with finishing and they say the pens should be back by the end of next week. Once I get the pens back it shouldn't be more than a few nights before all are in the mail. Barring any more delays, I should have them all shipped by Christmas the latest.

Now for something completely different. Starting this Christmas, Ball and Buck, a local “All American” store found on Newbery Street (Boston), will be carrying the pens exclusively (in store and on the web) under my new brand Schon Dsgn. To launch this collaboration (and another collaboration of theirs) they are holding a holiday party this Thursday. I am extending this invitation to all backers and would love to meet some of you there and thank you personally for helping me with this project. Details --- http://ballandbuckholiday.eventbrite.com/


Thanks again for being patient everyone. Looking forward to getting the rest of these out to you all! Hope to meet some of you Thursday.
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Update #14

update #14 pens shipping sunday

Thanks for being patient everyone.  

As of Sunday I will be picking up the rest of the first run and 300 pens from the second run from finishing. I will be shipping as many as I can Sunday night and am enlisting many people to help in this process.

A short explanation.

Over the past two months, the finishing process got super complicated. We worked together and came up with a new way to reprocess and finish these pens and as of this week got done the rest of the first run and got rolling on the second run. Before we could do this, we headed down several dead end paths that showed promise but ended up leaving myself and the finishing shop stumped. Many things were learned throughout this process and the delays that occurred, but Ill got into more detail on my blog after the kickstarter for those of you who are interested. I never thought this step of the process would take this much time and am super sorry. The manufacturing team was optimistic about when parts would come back, but as we hit some snags it got more complicated. Good news is, we are moving forward!

At this rate, the rest of the pens will be done by next weekend and I will pick them up and try to ship as fast as I can to make up for the delay (I will have many hands on deck to do so). Hopefully, barring any more delays, all pens will be shipped out before Christmas.

Thanks again for your support and hanging in with me as I dealt with these snags. 

Looking forward to shipping out the rest of these pens!

-Ian

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