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Magnets + Aluminum + Montblanc = An incredible writing experience.
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The Pen with No Name - 6061 AL Machined Pen

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Hey there! Looks like you missed the project. Don't panic, they will be available on www.helixdesignco.com after we ship all backer rewards.

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The Pen:

This pen is machined from 6061 aluminum, contains four rare-earth magnets and can be used with a wide array of ink cartridges. Combined with the optional magnetic base, this will be something you can proudly display on your desk.

I designed this pen around the Montblanc Fineliner cartridge, which is by far the greatest refill I have ever used. Unfortunately, Montblanc does not sell refills in bulk, which means I am not able to include them with lower pledge levels without increasing prices. However, I will be including a refill with every pen I ship so if your pledge level doesn't include a MB refill, you'll receive a Pilot G2 refill along with the necessary spacer kit.

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

Finish Options

  • Raw
  • Clear anodize
  • Black (polish or matte anodize)
Raw, Black (polish), Clear
Raw, Black (polish), Clear
Clear Anodized
Clear Anodized

The Plan:

Both the pens and bases will be machined right here in the United States, regardless of whether I need to make 10 or 10,000. 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 with hired help if necessary. Each pen will go through an extensive process before it leaves my hands for your mailbox: 

  • Quality check all pens/bases
  • Clean all pens/bases
  • Press-fit magnets
  • Check magnet tolerances
  • Clean all pens/bases again
  • Package for shipping

My intention is to ship everyone their pens before the projected dates, especially the January backers. I want everyone to have their pens before the holidays but I need to under-promise in order to over-deliver :).

 

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 my design dozens of times, spent countless late nights transitioning 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 this project.

I've brought this project as far as I can on my own. The prototypes are complete and final design tweaks are being made. I need your support to meet minimum order quantities for lower production 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). 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!

 

Various prototype stages
Various prototype stages

The Rewards:

#1 [Backer Updates] $1

  • Access to "Backer Only" Updates
  • Advance notice for future projects

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#2 [Early Bird Pen] $45 

  • Standard Pen
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear or Black anodizing
  • Pilot G2 refill
  • Spacer kit

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#3 [Standard Pen] $60

  • Standard Pen
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear or Black anodizing
  • Pilot G2 refill
  • Spacer kit

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#4 [Early Bird Pen & Base] $65

  • Standard Pen
  • Magnetic Base
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear or Black anodizing
  • Pilot G2 refill
  • Spacer kit

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#5 [Standard Pen & Base] $75

  • Standard Pen
  • Magnetic Base
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear or Black anodizing
  • Pilot G2 refill
  • Spacer kit

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#6 [DUO: Pen & Base] $145

  • (2) Standard Pens
  • (2) Magnetic Bases
  • Your choice of RAW, Clear or Black anodizing
  • (2) Pilot G2 refills
  • (2) Spacer kits

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#7 [Prototype Pen & Base] $150

  • Prototype Pen
  • Magnetic Base
  • Montblanc refill
  • Spacer kit

Note: These are the pens featured in the video and photos. They will ship shortly after successful funding. Anodizing will take an additional 1-2 weeks. Please keep in mind that while these are fully functional pens, they are prototypes and may have small quirks such as magnets that aren't perfectly flush. 

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#8 [Handmade Prototype] $250

  • Original Handmade Prototype
  • Standard Pen
  • Magnetic Base
  • (2) Montblanc refills
  • Spacer kit

Note: These prototypes were made in my garage as a proof of concept before I had the machined prototype run made. I only have 4 of these and they will never be offered again after this project.

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#9 [Name the Pen!] $1,500

  • You name the pen (some limitations apply)
  • Original Handmade Prototype
  • Production Prototype Pen
  • (2) Standard Pens
  • (3) Magnetic Bases
  • Display box
  • A handful of Montblanc refills
  • Plus anything else I can think of!

Note: If the project is successfully funded and this level is not backed, each backer will have the opportunity to suggest and vote on what the name will be.

Thank you for looking at my project. I hope you'll consider backing or sharing this project.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

- Bill

E: bill@helixdesignco.com || helixdesignco.com

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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    Prototype Pen & Base - Receive one of the prototype pens shown in this project. These will ship after the project funds! Includes a Montblanc refill and spacer kit. Will retail for $250 (if any remain).

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