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The Clutch Lead Holder is a mechanical pencil handcrafted from solid aluminum and designed to last.

Making Things Better.

The pencil is a powerful and incredible tool. It takes all of those ideas swirling around in our minds and makes them real. This tool is so vital that it deserves to be something more than the disposable and mass produced hunk of plastic that you typical find in stores. 

That's where Clutch comes in – it's a beautifully crafted, simple, and elegant lead holder designed to feel natural in your hands and truly last.

Clutch: Designed for Sketching

The Clutch Lead Holder contains 5.6mm lead. It's much thicker than a traditional pencil, but this bold weight excels at loose and freehand sketching. Each Clutch is encased in high-quality aluminum, assembled by hand and individually checked and tested for quality.

Honest & Minimal Form

The elegance of the form along with the simplicity and integrity of the mechanics make Clutch a tool that embraces everything that a drawing tool should be. Clutch embodies the spirit of minimalism in its simple construction and ease of use. It contains nothing unnecessary.

There are only two simple parts: an exterior body, crafted from solid aluminum; and a high-quality interior mechanism that grips the lead and acts as a lead sharpener.

Solid Aluminum Body

The body of the Clutch Lead Holder is made from solid 6061 Aluminum – the same material used in aircraft construction, bicycle frames, and automotive parts. After lathing, shaping, and forming, the body is then anodized. Anodization is an electrolytic process in which the surface of the aluminum becomes incredibly hard and durable.

As a result, Clutch has a unique and comfortable texture, impossible to replicate within the traditional painted or plastic lead holder. The aluminum warms in equilibrium with the user's hand and feels like no other writing instrument.

Two Finish Options

As of July 16, we are happy to announce two finish options: Jet Black or Classic. Both versions are solid aluminum and anodized, but the Jet Black version is colored a matte black during the anodization process. Since anodization occurs over the coating, you don't have to worry about the paint ever chipping or degrading! For our backers receiving one or more Clutch Lead Holder, you will be able to specify which version you would like at the end of the Kickstarter.

Jet Black Finish
Jet Black Finish

Tapered Shaft

The Clutch Lead Holder has been designed to feel natural in one's hand. A slight bulge within the shaft of the pen shifts the center of gravity into the hand, giving the user excellent control while letting the pencil easily glide across pages.

Integrated Sharpener

Sharpening the lead couldn't be easier. By simply unscrewing the rear cap the pencil's lead can be sharpened via small recessed blades. The lead scraps can then be emptied out from the sharpener before returning the cap back to its place.

Handcrafted Hardwood Stand

For certain levels of Kickstarter Backers, we're including a handcrafted hardwood stand. The stand both holds the Clutch Lead Holder while not in use, and also contains two small holes for storing additional lead. These stands are available in Ash, Cherry, or Walnut and you will specify which stand you would like after the Kickstarter ends.

Available in Ash, Cherry, or Walnut
Available in Ash, Cherry, or Walnut

Built to Last

Built from solid aluminum, the Clutch Lead Holder has been designed to last an incredible length of time. Its construction allows it to be thrown into a backpack, toolbox, or drawer; and to be carried with its owner and cherished for years to come.

Getting Clutch to you ASAP.

With your generous support via this Kickstarter, we are aiming to have Clutch delivered to all backers by Early October. We hope you see the value in investing in a writing instrument that is designed to last and feel great in your hands. Please help us make Clutch a reality by spreading the word and sharing with your friends.

FAQ

  • Any local art supply store should carry 5.6 mm leads in a variety of types. If you don't have a local art supply store nearby, a quick google search for "5.6 mm leads" will bring up a number of different online suppliers that provide 5.6 mm leads. Some even have colored leads!

    Try a bunch out and see which type is right for you.

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  • Length: 5.25 in (13 cm)

    Width (at widest point): .6 in (1.5 cm)

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  • We are proud to say that all manufacturing and finishing will be done by locally owned shops here in Chicago.

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    Thank you! Every little bit helps. For you I will draw an animal/object/emotion of your choice with the Clutch lead holder and mail it to you.

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    THE STARVING ARTIST: For those on a budget. You'll get a Clutch lead holder (and not much else). To stay true to your starving artist aesthetic, I'll wrap this in old, crumpled newspaper. (Please add $5 for International shipping)

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    THE ARTIST: The full package. You'll get a Clutch lead holder, stand, and two extra leads. (Please add $5 for International shipping)

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    THE COLLABORATOR: One to keep and one to share. You'll get two sets. Each with a Clutch lead holder, stand, and 2 extra leads. (Please add $5 for International shipping)

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    THE COLLECTOR: Great things come in 3's. You'll get three sets. Each with a Clutch lead holder, stand, and 2 extra leads. The only question now is to share or not to share. (Please add $5 for International shipping)

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    THE SPONSOR: You know a bunch of artists! You'll get 4 sets. Each with a Clutch lead holder, stand, and 2 extra leads. (Please add $5 for International shipping)

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