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A beautifully simple tool to capture your everyday thoughts and ideas. Stay Curious. Be Creative. Make Your Mark.

NEW REWARDS

We have had a lot of requests and questions regarding the addition of some new rewards and we've been working really hard to make them a reality. We've got two new reward options at a special Kickstarter price. 

If you chose an additional award this will put back your delivery until mid March, as we need to make cutting dies, organise production and finalise the packaging but we guarantee it'll be worth the wait. 


Pen Pouches - 100% Genuine Vegetable tanned leather - Choice of four colours. Please add £20 to your Pledge per pouch. (Prototype backers receive one free pouch)

Personal Engraving - Add a personal message or favorite quote onto the side of the Pen box up to 66 Characters (including spaces). Please add £6 to your pledge per Pen.  

This is where it all starts, put down your computer phones, magic screens and electronic typewriters. It's that simple inky mark in your sketchbook where the really big ideas are born. 

We wanted to do justice to the most important tool we use everyday. That's why we created a pen that not only has a great story but marks the beginning of a journey which will last a lifetime. We have an amazing story to share with you and we hope it inspires you to 'Make Your Mark'. Make a pledge and join us on the final stage of our journey.

WATCH THE ANIMATION BELOW TO SEE THE PEN IN ALL ITS GLORY

Starting from scratch we've created an amazing everyday tool which embodies what a pen is really for, 'Making Your Mark'. Carefully designing every tiny detail we developed a unique twist mechanism that works so well you won't want to put it down. 

The pen will be available in aerospace grade aluminium and brass.
The pen will be available in aerospace grade aluminium and brass.

Packaging should never be an afterthought. We believe it's as important as the pen itself, which is why we gave it just as much attention.We have combined Cork, Aluminium and Card in a completely new way, so it not only protects your pen but looks and feels great too. None of this is at the expense of the environment, as all the materials we have used come from certified sources and are 100% recyclable. 

This is where you come in. We are looking for people who want to 'Make Their Mark' and care about where their products come from. If this sounds like you then make a pledge and join us on the final stage of the journey. 

BUILD YOUR PEN 

For our Rewards we are doing things a little bit differently. We want you to build your own Pen and customise it how you like. Below are the various finish options for you to choose from and if funding exceeds our target we plan to offer more colour variants. We will send you a survey at the end of our campaign so that you can confirm your colour choices.

STEP 1 : CHOOSE YOUR PEN BODY

  • Machined Aluminium with a clear anodised finish.
  • Matte aqua-blast Aluminium with a black anodised finish.
  • Machined Brass with a clear finish.

STEP 2 : CHOOSE YOUR PEN TOP

  • Machined Aluminium with a clear anodised finish.
  • Machined Aluminium with a black anodised finish.
  • Machined Brass with a clear finish.

STEP 3 : CHOOSE YOUR BOX

  • Matte aqua-blast Aluminium with a clear anodised finish.
  • Matte aqua-blast Aluminium with a black anodised finish.

STEP 4 : CHOOSE YOUR REFILL

  • 0.7mm Black Rollerball.
  • Fine Black Ballpoint. 

FINISHED

This is how your pen will look. All that's left is to put in your pledge in reward level 3. 

WORLDWIDE SHIPPING IS INCLUDED at every reward level as a thank you for all of your support.

REFILL OPTIONS

To begin with we will be offering the above two refill cartridges selected from our world class manufacturing partner in Germany. 

The pen is designed to take ISO12757-G2 (Parker style refill) standard ballpoint so no matter where you are in the world if you're running low on ink you will always be able to find a refill. 

To add more refills to your pledge just add £3.50 per refill on top of your pledge for all rewards levels (excluding 1 and 2)

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

+ £6 

Add a personal message to your Pen Box by adding £6 to your pledge. Write anything you like up to 66 characters long (including spaces).

+ £20

For additional protection and somewhere to store your pen when your travel we've designed a leather pouch. Made from two pieces of 1.8mm thick 100% Genuine Vegetable Tanned Leather and available in four distinctive colours. The great thing about vegetable tanned leather is that the more you use it the better it gets. 

(Prototype backers receive one free pouch)

Colours : Black - Grey - Light Brown - Dark Brown

LIMITED EDITION 

In return for your support at this early stage we are offering 100 individually numbered limited editions. These will be the first 100 aluminium pens and boxes off the line and will be polished to a mirror finish. You will also receive two refills of your choice, so try out two different styles or double up and have a spare.

We had one of our sample pens and boxes hand polished and etched, to give you an idea of what they will look like. If you think they look good in the photograph then trust us they look even better in reality. 

As professional designers we have worked internationally for some of the worlds biggest brands. From our experience we know how important it is to have control over every element of a product in order to ensure its quality. From rough idea to pre-production sample we have overseen every part of the pens development, sharing our journey with you every step of the way. 

To get a better insight into the extensive development we have already completed visit the Journeys section of our website at www.ajoto.com/journeys
To get a better insight into the extensive development we have already completed visit the Journeys section of our website at www.ajoto.com/journeys

It is our responsibility as designers and manufacturers to think harder, reduce waste and eradicate the use of harmful chemicals from everything we do. We have worked hard to use materials which are recyclable and can be traced to their source. What's just as important is that our products can last a lifetime so you can carry them with you everywhere you go. However you use your pen we hope you enjoy every moment and share your story.

We still have a lot to learn and hope that by being transparent about the choices we make we can collectively improve for the better.
We still have a lot to learn and hope that by being transparent about the choices we make we can collectively improve for the better.

Over the last year and a half we have built a world-class team of manufacturing specialists based in the UK, Portugal and Germany. Working together we have pushed processes to their limits and have overcome many challenges. Collaborating closely we learnt that the people we work with are not simply highly skilled individuals but 21st century craftspeople who are proud to share their knowledge and experience.

Keep an eye on ajoto.com/journeys to see more stories about how we work with each of the specialists in our supply chain.
Keep an eye on ajoto.com/journeys to see more stories about how we work with each of the specialists in our supply chain.

THE PEN IS JUST THE BEGINNING. Establishing AJOTO a year and a half ago, we began by exploring what it means to 'Make A Mark'. Combining our skills and experience as designers we've brought together great materials, brilliant people and some groundbreaking processes to create a product we are not only really proud of but we know you’ll love. 

AJOTO is about more than just a single product, we are dedicated to creating a sustainable business and challenging the way a lot of products are currently designed and made. If you'd like to find out about us in more depth then check out our journey at: ajoto.com

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our project, we hope that we have inspired your creative curiosity.

Chris, Mac and Tim
Chris, Mac and Tim

We can't thank Mac enough for everything he's done with us over the last year. Sadly he couldn't be in the video as he is currently committed to some freelance work in Paris. Merci Beaucoup!

We'd also like to thank REID for letting us use his track Miami for the main video. Emília Vale and Arménio Albino at Amorim Cork. Sara Nunes at 3D Cork. Keith Button at London & Brighton Plating. Natascha Schleutker at Schmidt Technology. Louise Hollamby, David Blakeman and all the guys at Identity Print. Alyson Hurst at GFSmith. Finally everyone at Roscomac Precision Engineering, particularly Tim Osman, Tim Bellringer, Sean Keet, Dan Cornacchia, Tony Carly and Joe Martello. 

They've all done amazing work and they've been good enough to let us film and photograph it all.

© COPYRIGHT AJOTO LTD. 2012.     AJOTO ® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF AJOTO LTD.
© COPYRIGHT AJOTO LTD. 2012. AJOTO ® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF AJOTO LTD.

If you have any questions about anything we might have missed or you just want to find out more, then drop us a message and we'll reply as soon as possible.

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As professional designers we know the difference between a convincing visual model and production sample and over the last year we have tested each part of the design with our individual manufacturing partners. Having produced pre-production samples of the pen as well as full production packaging we have solved all manufacturing issues to ensure each part can be made on the correct machines. The next step is to fully explore the final finishes for the pen which we will be doing with our supplier in Brighton, UK over the coming weeks.

Having complete control and understanding within your supply chain is key. Over the last year and half we have invested in finding and building lasting relationships with specialist manufactures in the UK, Portugal and Germany. Our ability to communicate directly with our suppliers ensures that we will always deliver the highest quality.

As with any product going into full scale manufacture there is still the possibility of unforeseen technical problems which may cause delays in the final delivery. We have done everything in our power to reduce the possibilities of this happening and have been extremely thorough throughout our procurement process. However, in the unlikely event that an issues does occur we have a strong policy of transparency and you will be informed straight away of the steps we will be taking to deliver everything as promised.

FAQ

  • YES. If you want a Pen, we'll send you a Pen no matter where you're from. International backers are more than welcome.

    Use a service such as http://xe.com to help you convert our prices into your local currency and get up to date exchange rates.

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  • YES. If you want to add more refills or would like to try out the another style you can add more at any time. Just total up how many you would like and add it onto your pledge total. Each extra refill is £3.50.

    At the end of the campaign we will send out a survey with the various options to choose from.

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    THANK YOU CARD ______________________________ Working with our printing specialists we will be designing some one off cards to thank you for your support. We will send these out as soon as the project finishes. ______________________________ Everything in Reward #1 WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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    PEN POUCH ______________________________ Choose a 100% Genuine vegetable tan leather Pen Pouch in either Black, Grey, Light Brown or Dark Brown. Fits Pens up to 10mm Diameter and 135mm in Length. ______________________________ Everything in Reward #2 WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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    BUILD YOUR PEN ______________________________ Choose one of the following pen bodies and select the colour for your pen top and box at no extra cost + one refill per pen. ______________________________ Silver Aluminium £60 ______________________________ Black Aluminium £65 ______________________________ Brass £70 ______________________________ Everything in Reward #2 WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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    LIMITED EDITION PEN ______________________________ Receive one of the first 100 Aluminium Pens. Complete with limited edition packaging, numbered from 1-100 in polished silver finish. ______________________________ Everything in Reward #2 WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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    PROTOTYPE ALUMINIUM PEN ______________________________ We are offering 20 of our fully functional aluminium production prototype pens which can be seen in all the films for our Kickstarter campaign. Only 30 of these were made. ______________________________ Each pen comes with limited edition packaging and you will also receive one of the final aluminium or brass pens in the finish of your choice + one refill per pen. ______________________________ Everything in Reward #2 WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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    PROTOTYPE BRASS PEN ______________________________ We are offering 10 of our fully functional brass production prototype pens which can be seen in all the films for our Kickstarter campaign. Only 20 of these were made. ______________________________ Each pen comes with limited edition packaging and you will also receive one of the final aluminium or brass pens in the finish of your choice + one refill per pen. ______________________________ Everything in Reward #2 WORLDWIDE SHIPPING INCLUDED

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    AN AJOTO ADVENTURE: Bring yourself and a friend to spend a day in London with us. ______________________________ Amazing! If you pledged at this level to support our company and the pen, the least we can do is to entertain you for the day. In the morning you can hang out at the studio with us to see how we work and how the pen evolved from a rough idea into a full working product. We will provide as many cups of tea and as many biscuits as you like. In the afternoon we'll head out into the city to explore, ending up in an old London pub for some good food and a chat about life, the universe and everything. ______________________________ You shall also be presented with an AJOTO MYSTERY BOX which will contain 2 pens in the finish of your choice and both an aluminium and a brass prototype. As for the mystery part, the specially produced box will also contain some one off items. ______________________________ Travel costs are not included, but what an awesome excuse to visit London.

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