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A sleek, solid metal, American-made mechanical pencil that will last you a lifetime.
A sleek, solid metal, American-made mechanical pencil that will last you a lifetime.
1,616 backers pledged $138,174 to help bring this project to life.

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A Mechanical Pencil That Will Last You A Lifetime.

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Wow, what an incredible journey! Thank you for being a part of it.

If you have just found the pencil and like the look of it, don’t worry, you can still pre-order at www.modernfueldesign.com

The Design Thinking

I’m a Mechanical Designer in Austin, Texas. I have always been obsessed with taking things apart to figure out how they work, so becoming a mechanical designer was a natural choice for me. Because I use a mechanical pencil everyday at work, I wanted to design one that didn’t reveal how it was put together or the different parts it was made of at first sight.  With this design, you really have to investigate to find where the pencil breaks apart, the different pieces it is made of and how the parts are held together.  This to me as a designer is as intriguing as the pencil itself.

Less throw-away, more lifetime
Less throw-away, more lifetime

Machining the pencil from one solid piece of metal means that it is incredibly strong and durable.  So durable that I am confident that it will last you a lifetime. If there is any issue with the pencils you buy, send them back to me and I will fix your pencil or make you a new one.

Sleek on the outside, highly engineered on the inside.
Sleek on the outside, highly engineered on the inside.

The project started when I noticed I was using packs and packs of mechanical pencils at work as disposable items. I set out to design a mechanical pencil that would reduce the waste, be a testament to U.S. manufacturing and design, and not break the bank. Having a single mechanical pencil that replaces the endless packs of plastic that end up sitting it landfills and floating in our oceans has to be a good thing.

Well-engineered, durable, simple and sleek
Well-engineered, durable, simple and sleek

The pencil has been designed to last a lifetime. If there is any issue with the pencils you buy, send them back to me and I will fix your pencil or make you a new one. No questions asked.

I have been working on this design for over a year now and it is ready for production. The factory is ready to go and I have tested the first samples.

There have been some great pen and pencil projects on Kickstarter, but not many mechanical pencil projects.  The complex and intricate inner workings of a mechanical pencil are difficult and expensive to manufacture, which is why the majority of them are made from plastic. My design uses standard drill sizes to reduce the manufacturing costs and has been precisely engineered to be replicated at large numbers while maintaining an extremely high level of quality and sleek design.

Timeline
It is my aim to set realistic goals and pleasantly surprise my backers. The first run of pencils is set to be finished on the 15th of December 2014, I will then test and package them up ready for shipment. If the project reaches the goal before the end date, I will ship the early bird rewards before the end of the campaign. If there are pencils left over from the first run that are not claimed by early backers, I will use the extra pencils to fulfill additional orders. I plan to ship the early bird rewards no later than January 2015 and have all other orders shipped by February 2015.

I will keep everyone updated on when to expect their pencil via the comments section. If you have any concerns or questions please add a comment to the comments page and I will get back to you right away.

Stretch goal - $10,000.00
I will offer personalized etching of initials along the length of the pencil. The cost to have your pencil personalized will be $20.00, please add this to your pledge amount.

Have your pencil engraved with your name, company’s name, life motto or just your initials. Anything goes.
Have your pencil engraved with your name, company’s name, life motto or just your initials. Anything goes.
Etching options
Etching options
Etching options
Etching options
The penicl in its cork case
The penicl in its cork case

New Stretch Goals:

$50,000: Each pencil will come with a pack of 5 erasers and an extra pack of .5mm lead.

$80,000: Each pencil will come with its own cork case and an additional pack of 5 erasers.

I am looking forward to the comments, feedback and ideas you have for the pencil, so please share them in the comments section.

Thank you,
Andrew Sanderson

Specifications
Aluminum Pencil:
Length: 145mm (5.7 inch)
Diameter: 9.5mm (.375 inch)
Weight: 18.8g (.66 oz)
Lead: 0.5mm

Brass Pencil:
Length: 145mm (5.7 inch)
Diameter: 9.5mm (.375 inch)
Weight: 55.7g (1.9 oz)
Lead: 0.5mm

Sketchbook:
Custom Modern Fuel Design logo
6″ by 9″ (15 cm x 22 cm) with a black double-o wiring spiral. Gregg-Ruled only.

Notebooks:
Custom Modern Fuel Design logo
3-pack of 3.5” wide by 5.5” (8.8 cm x 13.9 cm). Only lined paper available.

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The rewards
Aluminum pencil:

Brass pencil:

Pencil with sketch book:

Pencil with three notebooks:

Field Notes Steno gregg ruled notebook
Field Notes Steno gregg ruled notebook

Huge Thank You
I have to say thank you to some great people. Thanks to Kim Duren, Clint Lafont and Brian Hagerty at Austin Community College. This pencil project began in their CNC machine shop. Thank you to Catherine Sanderson (the wife) for taking some amazing product photos, and to the Moth To Flame team for making such a great video seem effortless.

Risks and challenges

The design and technical drawings have been finalized, and the sample units have been machined and tested.

Product design is what I do for a living. I have taken products to market before and will use all of my knowledge and experience to make sure everything goes smoothly for this project. I have complete faith in the machine shop I am working with to deliver the pencils on time. I don’t expect any delays and I am very confident with the timeline that I have set. If there are any unforeseen delays, I will provide all of the details in the comments section always providing you with as much information as possible.

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