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Perfect harmony in Brass & Wood. Classical writing instrument, re-interpreted for modern times. Plus optional Stylus-tip. Yours, Truly!
Perfect harmony in Brass & Wood. Classical writing instrument, re-interpreted for modern times. Plus optional Stylus-tip. Yours, Truly!
Perfect harmony in Brass & Wood. Classical writing instrument, re-interpreted for modern times. Plus optional Stylus-tip. Yours, Truly!
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Retro-Essential Pen -- Brass & Woods

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GearHungry - A fresh take on the most significant human tool ever invented, Ishuja’s Retro-Essential Pen is decidedly forward-looking but with a retro edge.

Vouchmag - Taiwanese design collective ISHUJA, aims to bring back what once was the only form of communication, but in a new way through a beautifully crafted design, the Retro Essential Pen.  

Trend Hunter - These retro wood pens brings the natural flow that comes with writing with pen.  

Inbego Journal - Being made from brass and wood is what makes this pen not only beautiful to look at, but it also feels comfortable in your hand.  

Pen Paper Ink Letter - The pen does look nice and if you are a fan of the wood look these pens might just be what you are looking for.

We type. We swipe.  And we drag. We are near forgetting the power of a fine writing instrument.

              “You want to be a writer, don’t know how or when? Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.” -  Paul Simon

We aim to bring back the old times, all that jazz. The touch of holding onto solid wood. The seductive lull of gold brass. The feeling of, “the Pen is mightier than the sword.”  

And we hope to mature & age with you. Take on the marks of Time, like you. And accompany you on the long shared path down memory lane.

Wow!!  and who are we ?

We are Team ISHUJA.  Kickstarter funded our start last year on Eco-Essential Pencil & Pen.  We are super-grateful for your support, and seriously appreciative for all your approving comments.  Thank you thank you thank you !

             "Would also note that to date, of the 123 Kickstarter projects I have backed, the two Eco-Essential projects by now&then are easily in the top Five for how well they have been managed"  - Larry Tyner

This time, we are putting our design passion & quality manufacturing to work, on a heirloom-worthy Pen.  The basis is a wood-&-brass Pen body that houses SCHMIDT® refills, with optional Stylus Tip for the occasional straying from your Moleskine.

 A Very Rewarding Pen

The Retro-Essential Pen is offered in 4 distinctive woods — Walnut, Beech, Oak, and Rosewood  (New Edition - Pterocarpus indicus).  Its structure is fortified & adorned by gold brass.  We experimented with both unfinished brass and coated brass (protected from oxidization), and actually ended up loving both.  The unfinished brass gets dull & discoloured over time, but it’s character-imparting, like something you’d find in your great-grandpa’s drawer.  The coated brass looks oh-so-classique next to the rich walnut; to us, it conjures images of classic European bars that Hemingway would hang out in.

Distinctive Woods -- Collect them all !
Distinctive Woods -- Collect them all !
Uncoated Brass oxidizes & dulls, a testament to the passing of time !
Uncoated Brass oxidizes & dulls, a testament to the passing of time !

... in the Details

Magnetic Cap - conveniently keeps the cap on either end of the pen by strong magnet, you will never lose the lid when it is on the pen. 

Optional Pen Clip - your choice, between simple elegance and simply functional.  Feel free to change your mind.

Optional Stylus Tip - your best writing companion, whether it be on paper or on tablet.

Interchangeable Inks - crafted precisely for universal-type roller ball refills (Pilot G2, Schmidt, Schneider…).  

Each Retro Pen comes ready-to-write with one SCHMIDT® roller ball refill.

Specifications -

* Woods: Four types offered -- Walnut, Beech, Oak, and Rosewood  (New Edition - Pterocarpus indicus).

* Brass: Standard comes unfinished, which will acquire the mark of Time beautifully.  A Special Edition (limited version) comes coated, which requires more care in use but shines in style.

* Length: 126 mm  /  Diameter: 12 mm  /  Weight: 26 gram

Rewards

New Edition - Pterocarpus indicus, Dark Shade 

Pterocarpus indicus is a particular species that is indigenous to Southeast Asia, it's a precious tropical plant. It’s highly-prized in classical furniture making, and used in the best of marimbas. Rarely did it be used in pen, but we'd like to offer this unique design. It’s handsome, understated, presenting a contrast between dark shade & golden brass is a perfect match, like performing an elegant gesture with holding it on hand !

Project Progress

Over the past 5 months, we've completed all developmental work; from examining & considering different woods, design & re-design of our drawings / shapes / concepts, forming metal parts, and testing out the all features. Our efforts have converged into the prototypes you see here.  We are in love.

Now, we are ready to spread this love, and we'd much appreciate your contribution in helping us reach the production MOQ (Min Order Qty) hurdle, and overcome the initial cost for tooling. With Kickstarter campaign, you can also help us gauge the demand, and find which wood is more popular. Thus we will learn how to plan and prepare materials in the future.

All of your valuable feedback is highly appreciated! 

Prototypes and Samples

Execution Timeline

Our manufacturing partners are selected and ready.  We aim to ship your rewards on June, 2014.  But definitely, if everything is running smoothly, we'll try our best to put Retro Pen in your hand as earlier as possible.

Here is what we did and what we plan to do:

Our Team

Three guys banding together & sharing each expertise to realize our Make Better Designs dream. The key members' backgrounds & experiences are:

- Issey Tsai manages sales for a component maker that caters to the 3C industry 
- Yu-Hung Cheng is an architectural designer 
- Jack Kou executes manufacturing on behalf of US tech firms

Up to now, we have successfully completed two Kickstarter projects (Eco-Essential Pencil & Eco-Essential Pen), also won an iF 2013 Product Design Award for Kitchen Tools! 

Based in Taiwan, we ready access to high-quality & well-experienced producers. For this project, we are relying on a pen maker with 20+ years of luxury pen OEM/ODM experience, and working directly with a wood-craft workshop, which specializes in exquisite wooden arts & ornaments.  

Thank you very much for your support !!

Risks and challenges

We are a conservative bunch. We prefer to make promises after we are pretty certain that we can fulfill them satisfactorily.

We foresee some risks in lower yield-rate. Due to the natural nature of woods, some parts delivered may not be strong enough and may crack during assembly. Brass also requires more care in handling. But we have pre-emptively planned for a stringent QC process, and will make sure its diligently executed.

We have a proven track records of delivering on-time and to-backers-satisfaction. We always take our reputation very seriously. And we aim to please you again!

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