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About this project

 Hey there! Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter project: The Pen with No Name

Please visit helixdesignco.com to learn how you can purchase one of these pens.

 About the Pen:

The Pen with No Name is unlike any other pen. It is machined from 6061 aluminum, contains four neodymium (rare-earth) magnets and houses the amazing Montblanc cartridges (Fineliner & Rollerball). Combined with the optional magnetic base, this will be something you can proudly display on your desk at home or work, or better yet, one for each!

While I designed the pen to house the Fineliner cartridge, it will also take other refills such as the widely available Pilot G2 using a small spacer. However, I would highly recommend the Fineliner by Montblanc as it will make you think twice about using any other refill.

My focus is solely on building a pen, not a brand, so you won't find any type of branding on this pen. 

Pen Specifications

  • Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Weight: 32g (without refill)
  • Length: 5.25"
  • Width: .475"
  • Magnets: Neodymium N52

Base Specifications

  • Material: 6061 Aluminum
  • Weight: 201g
  • Height: 1.25"
  • Magnets: Neodymium N42

The Story:

I have always had a passion for product design, but have never attempted to bring any of my designs to life. Back in 2012, I noticed quite a few pen projects on Kickstarter and realized that there isn't a single pen that is perfect for everyone, myself included. So I set out to create what I thought my "perfect" pen would be. I wanted to create a pen that would stand out from the crowd but remain something that I would want to use everyday.

Over the past two years, I've altered the design dozens of times, spent countless late nights moving from a wooden prototype to steel before finally settling on aluminum. I even had a preproduction prototype run of 75 pens made by a local machine shop, some of which can be seen in the photos above.

Various stages of prototyping
Various stages of prototyping

I believe I have created exactly what I was looking for: A pen that will look great in your hand when you need it and on your desk when you don't.

I've brought this project as far as I can on my own. Prototypes are complete and final design tweaks are being made but I need your support to place a large enough order to substantially lower production costs.

More support = more pens to be made = lower supply costs. 

With lower supply costs, I can improve the final product that you'll be receiving (ie: better packaging, higher grade materials or additional options). So please support this project any way you can, whether it be by backing one of the rewards or by sharing on Facebook and Twitter. Your support is greatly appreciated!

 Finish Options

I am currently able to provide 3 finishes for you to choose from. Additional finishes or colors may be possible, depending on the funding received. 

  • RAW
  • Clear Anodized
  • Black Anodized
Raw
Raw
Clear anodized
Clear anodized

Black anodized
Black anodized

Manufacturing & Timeline

These pens & bases will be machined right here in the good ol' USA, regardless of whether I need to make 10 or 10,000. I believe in keeping Americans employed and I will try my best to support that belief with every step of the process.

Machining & Anodizing for both parts will be completed by the same shops who made the prototypes seen in this project. 

Quality control, Assembly & Shipping will be completed by myself (and possibly a few friends depending on how many I need to make!). Each pen and base will need to be checked for quality, cleaned, have magnets press-fit, QC'd (again), cleaned (again) before being packaged for shipping. 

My intention is to get everyone their pens far ahead of the projected December delivery date. I've realized that it is better to under-promise and over-deliver when it comes to projects so I've given myself plenty of time to do exactly that.

 Backer Reward Tiers

#1 [Backer Updates] $1+

  • Gain access to “Backer Only” updates
  • Receive advanced notice for future product releases
  • Be added to the website as a Contributor
  • ___________________________

    #2 [Thank you Letter] $5

  • Personal "Thank You" letter
  • Helix Design stickers
  • ___________________________

    #3 [Super Early Bird Pen] $45

  • Production Pen
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear anodized or Black anodized
  • No ink cartridge/base included
  • ___________________________

    #4 [Early Bird Pen] $50

  • Production Pen
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear anodized or Black anodized
  • No ink cartridge/base included
  • ___________________________

    #5 [Production Pen] $60

  • Production Pen
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear anodized or Black anodized
  • No ink cartridge/base included
  • ___________________________

    #6 [Production Pen & Base] $75

  • Production Pen
  • Magnetic Base
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear anodized or Black anodized
  • No ink cartridge included
  • ___________________________

    #7 [DUO: Production Pen & Base] $145

  • (2) Production Pens
  • (2) Magnetic Bases
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear anodized or Black anodized
  • No ink cartridges included
  • ___________________________

    #6 [Production Prototype Pen] $150

    • Prototype Pen (Serialized 01-40)
    • Certificate of Authenticity 
    • Montblanc refills included
    • Be added to the website as a Major Contributor

    NOTE: These pens are featured in the KS video and will ship shortly after successful funding.

    Disclaimer: These pens are prototypes and will have imperfections such as slightly misaligned magnets or tight/loose tolerances. If you want a retail ready pen and don't mind waiting, the production tiers may be a better choice for you.

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    #7 [Handmade Prototype] $400

  • Original Handmade Prototype Pen
  • Prototype Pen
  • Production Pen
  • Montblanc refills included (3)
  • Be added to the website as a Major Contributor
  • ___________________________

    #8 [Name the Pen!] $2,500

    • You decide what the pens name will be (some limitations apply)
    • Original Handmade Prototype Pen
    • Prototype Pen (Serialized with your choice)
    • (2) Production Pens
    • Custom display box
    • Montblanc refills included (8)
    • Video/phone conference to discuss the project and your name ideas
    • Be added to the website as a Major Contributor
    NOTE: If this tier is not backed, Every backer will have the opportunity to suggest and vote on what the name shall be.

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    Thank you for taking the time to look at my project. I can't do this alone so I need your help. By backing or sharing this project, you'll help me get one step closer to making these pens a reality.

    -Bill

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    Homemade Prototype #1
    Homemade Prototype #1
    Handmade Prototype #2
    Handmade Prototype #2
    Handmade Prototype #3
    Handmade Prototype #3
    Handmade Prototype #4
    Handmade Prototype #4

    Risks and challenges

    I have been working on this project for just over 2 years now and I believe the extra time and effort I have put into preparation will minimize any issues that may arise over the course of this project. Delays are inevitable but I feel that, if funded, I am well prepared to overcome any obstacle and deliver an excellent product in a timely manner.

    Prototype pens and bases have been made, product testing has been completed and final design tweaks are being finalized with manufacturers prior to production.

    If any major issues were to occur with my current suppliers, I have backup machine and anodizing shops as well as several sources for magnets.

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