About this project
UPDATE 8: Congrats! Rose Gold & Kickstarter Lime are finally here! New Pledges (Pick your colors)
UPDATE 7: Votes are in. Cobalt Blue is here. Last Stretch Goal: Rose Gold & Kickstarter Lime. 100 lucky backers to get FREE Cottonwood Sketchbooks.
UPDATE 6: Penxo Drawing Demos by Concept Designer: Ahmed Aldoori
UPDATE 5: 2nd Wave: New fun pledge goals are here! Vote for the new color version!
UPDATE 4: The Stealth Grey PENXO had arrived!
UPDATE 3: New pledge goals are here!
UPDATE 2: The Galactic Gold PENXO is finally here!
UPDATE 1: Add $5 on top of your pledge amount, we will include 3 extra cases of leads (a total of 36 HB 2mm leads). Please also note that there is a typo on the $80 pledge. It only includes 12 leads instead of 48 leads.
PENXO recently received the prestigious Red Dot Awards 2015: best of the best in the product design: stationery category. It is awarded for groundbreaking design and is the top prize in the Red Dot Award: Product Design.
Penxo is a minimalist 2mm lead holder pencil with no springs, buttons, or mechanical parts. It is beautifully simple, stylish and intuitively unique on its handling. Precision milled with a single block of aircraft grade aluminium, it pays homage to the traditional wooden pencils that have been used by designers, artists and students for centuries.
The main concept for Penxo was simplicity. We asked ourselves how we could reduce a conventional mechanical lead pencil into its elements and eliminate all the finicky mechanical bits. Next, we challenged ourselves to solve the problem that has plagued designers for years: How to release the lead faster and how to make it easier to tell which lead is loaded into the pencil without needing to unload the lead, peer through a semi-translucent window, or use those spinning knob indicators commonly found on drafting pencils. As well as, how to conveniently shows the lead usage. With the concept and challenges in mind, we went through numerous designs and concept sketches before we finally arrived at Penxo.
The flawless brushed aluminum fuselage is the first thing that demands attention.
6061 –T651 Aluminum – Used in aircraft construction, chosen for its perfect balance of lightweight, durability/strength and flexing properties. Each Penxo is precision milled from a single block of Aluminum. It addresses sustainability needs and is highly recyclable. With no moving parts and solid aluminium construction, Penxo will last for a long time.
Specifications: Length: 5.38” (136.65mm) x Diameter: 0.38” (9.65mm) Weight (without lead): 0.6 oz (17 grams)
Version: Silver (Rebel Silver version) & Black (Darth Black version) & PLEDGE GOAL VERSION Gold (Galactic Gold version), Gunmetal Grey (Stealth Grey version) & Cobalt Blue Limited Edition All anodized.
Retail price: $35 each
Manufacturing: I will be partnering with an overseas manufacturer (Strong Precision Machinery, Hong Kong) to ensure a smooth production run.
Assembly and packaging: The product will be assembled and packaged here in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will allow me to inspect each product individually to ensure the best possible quality.
Fulfillment: Our team will personally handle all packaging and logistics. This means that you can communicate directly with me and the team without anyone in between.
Design has been my passion for as long as I can remember. As a designer, I have used numerous tools from paintbrush to the Wacom pen. However, the one tool that I come back to the most is the pencil. It is undisputedly one of the best tools for a designer.
With that in mind, I spent countless hours designing and refining the Penxo, hoping to inject some modernity while remaining true to its traditional form.
I am incredibly proud of what I have achieved, and would like to share my passion with all of you. With your support, you will help me meet minimum order volumes required by the manufacturers and provide a jumpstart on the expensive tooling costs. I hope that you share my passion, and let's turn the PENXO into a reality!
Brian Tong TAK
Risks and challenges
Numerous prototypes have been developed and countless hours have been spent refining PENXO. Manufacturers are ready to proceed and are awaiting orders. Being able to work closely with the manufacturers allows me to strictly monitor quality control.
Production delays may result from raw material procurement to production speed. If the project becomes hugely successful, delivery times may have to be extended to compensate for larger order volume and production runs. There will be shipping priority for early backers and I will work hard to get the PENXO to you as soon as possible.
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