Today's product manufacturing seems to revolve around producing quick shots of happiness (or perhaps distraction) and then moving quickly on to the next thing. We all get really excited about "new." Here's the thing about "new" - it is the first thing a product loses.
So what happens when we throw "new" out the window? When we do something the old way, using old materials, and old values? Well, sometimes you get an amazing story. Sometimes you get an instant heirloom. Something that will last for years and keep connecting you to what matters long after the newness fades. Allegory tries to live in that moment, and this collection is our best example yet of what happens when those values become a tangible product.
The Precision Collection is:
- A set of writing instruments with options you can dial in to fit what matters most to you.
- An homage to mid-century modern design and timeless simplicity.
- Made from reclaimed woods with stories that add meaning to the finished piece.
- Handmade pieces of practical art that will give you a moment away from the all the screens, apps, and noise every time you pull them out of your pocket.
Custom Made Easy
We love the connection between a craftsman and the end user. But the process to customize something can often be time-consuming and costly. We've designed the Precision Collection to be a perfect blend of off-the-shelf and bespoke. A few simple choices will get you a writing tool that's a perfect fit.
- Choose your model.
- Choose your color scheme (each model comes in light or dark).
- Choose your writing type (each model has options suited to the hardware).
When the materials bring their own stories, the finished product is bound to start a conversation.
Rescued Wild Black Cherry
Model: The Flip
The Cherry tree is an icon of the American South. Cherry wood is among the most premium choices for flooring and furniture. Fortunately, these trees are so plentiful in the Southeast that they are often removed during landscaping projects. Our partner rescues these beauties from the chipper, kiln dries them, and creates usable lumber.
Reclaimed Walnut Barnwood
Models: The Flip & The Twist
Reclaimed from turn-of-the-century barns, our walnut is old growth timber that is a remnant of the great forests that once covered almost all of North America. Walnut's deep chocolate color, swirling grain, and subtle flame-like color variations make it very sought-after among woodworkers and furniture makers.
Model: The Cap
Throughout Israel there are olive groves that have grown for over 2,000 years. These trees saw Rome come to power and eventually fall. They saw much of Biblical history unfold; and they still stand today to bear witness to the trials faced by the region. These trees are highly protected, those who maintain them gather branch trimmings and deadfall and make them available to tourists and woodworkers. The dense, high contrast grain of Bethlehem olivewood makes it ideal for small woodworking applications, its beauty and history are equally incredible.
Old Growth Salvaged Teak
Models: The Cap & The Click
Too many woodlands are diminished as the result of deforestation. One contributing factor is improper systems of recycling. We source our teak from IndoTeak Design, where it is their prerogative to salvage the highest quality teak without any damage to the environment. By properly utilizing FSC Recycled 100% teak salvaged from Indonesia, their production works as a zero-waste process. This means no trees are cut down as a result of their work. Instead, the wood is saved from 100-300-year-old structures that would have otherwise been demolished. They also support excellent working conditions for their team in Indonesia - each piece is reclaimed by hand and every nail is removed with joy.
Midwest Farmland Red Oak
Model: The Click
The red oak is one of the largest and most important timber trees in North America. One of the fastest growing of the oaks, it attains a height of up to 80 feet and a diameter of two to three feet. The heartwood is a light to medium brown, commonly with a reddish cast. The grain is straight, with a coarse, uneven texture. The pores are so large and open that it is said that a person can blow into one end of the wood, and air will come out the other end: provided that the grain runs straight enough. We salvage our red oak from farm auctions throughout Northern Illinois.
Rescued White Ash
Model: The Twist
Ash's heartwood is a light to medium brown and the grain is almost always very straight and regular. We work with farmers to rescue problem ash trees from their property to give the wood a second life in our pens.
A Click desk set in a maple wood display box. Choose a pen & pencil set or two of each.
A Cap desk set in a maple wood display box. Choose fountain pen & pen set or two of each.
Special Edition Set
One of each Precision Collection pens, all made to your specifications, in a handmade leather tool wrap.
Fully Custom Daily Carry
Everything you need for a streamlined, minimal, and meaningful daily carry, handcrafted and customized for you by Allegory. Includes:
- A Macana Bag,
- An Etch Refillable Pocket Journal,
- A Kit Wallet, and
- Your choice of Precision Collection 2.0 pen.
Why Kickstarter? How will the funds be used?
The biggest obstacle for a handcrafted shop like ours is inventory. Because we use time-intensive processes to create our products, guessing wrong about the size of production runs for each design can be costly. Kickstarter is the perfect answer to this issue. By involving backers in the process at this early stage, we not only get data about what quantities we should create, we also get great feedback and design ideas before we even go into production.
The new Precision Collection also offers us some new challenges, so we are hoping to upgrade a few of our tools to more precise versions in order to meet these requirements. One example, we have been able to use a very basic contractor table saw (around $200) up to this point, relying on our more precise band saw for inlay work. Some of these new designs would benefit from an actual woodworking table saw which starts around $1,200 and can easily exceed a few thousand.
Being able to make the final decisions about these new investments with insight from you about demand for the new collection is a much better option than simply guessing. In short, we think Kickstarter is a more collaborative and overall better way to bring a product to market, so that's why we're here.
Risks and challenges
Given that all of the rewards are made by hand, our challenges are very different from most projects. While many products are on Kickstarter so they can meet minimum order quantities from their manufacturer, we are here so that we can purchase equipment and materials we need to make the Precision Collection.
Handcrafted work generally carries the same advantages and disadvantages:
We are able to prototype quickly, and modify our process between small batches to improve quality and meet our deadlines. We can also rely on our craftsmen for solutions to minor problems, as opposed to halting a production line. All this means that rewards will start shipping almost immediately, and shipments will only get bigger each week as we refine our processes.
The biggest disadvantage is that we can't scale for large quantities by simply ordering more from our manufacturer. To manage this, we will create a detailed production plan after the project closes and share it with all backers. We will also keep you informed of progress and timelines. Finally, we work hard to meet any needs for early shipment due to special occasions like birthdays or holiday gifts so keep us posted about those.
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