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The ultimate gift for science, history, or writing enthusiasts - handcrafted using meteorite and black titanium. Oh, and FREE SHIPPING!
The ultimate gift for space, science, history, or writing enthusiasts - handcrafted using meteorite and black titanium.
The ultimate gift for space, science, history, or writing enthusiasts - handcrafted using meteorite and black titanium.
52 backers pledged $14,020 to help bring this project to life.

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We are proud to offer you our first edition collection of B. Smith & Co. pens, on sale exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign. Our Meteorite pen manufacturing process has been designed to elegantly highlight the cosmic beauty of this rare material. You will enjoy it for a lifetime.

Available as a fountain pen OR rollerball pen (OR both!)

Each pen will be meticulously handcrafted with high quality black titanium plated hardware featuring body and cap barrels encrusted with actual Campo del Cielo meteorite that had traveled across the cosmos, in space, for billions of years. It crashed to earth in a fireball 4,000-6,000 years ago before being discovered more than 400 years ago.

Fountain pens will be carefully fitted with a fine point two-tone stainless steel nib manufactured in Germany by Jowo, one of the world’s largest makers of fountain pen nibs, and will include two methods of filling the ink supply-- a standard cartridge and a piston converter. As with most fountain pens, the nib can be easily replaced when worn out and the converter can be refilled unlimited times with your preferred brand/color of ink. Cartridge refills can be easily purchased online or in most office supply stores. 

Our rollerball pens are equally beautiful yet lend themselves the added convenience for everyday use. The ink is easily and infinitely refillable using a rollerball refill, and our personal recommendation would be the Schmidt 5888 which provides for one of the smoothest writing experiences you'll ever have. All of our rollerball orders will be shipped with a Schmidt 5888 fine point black ink refill. Combinations of fine point or medium point, with black, blue, red or green ink colors can be found online or at your local office supply store.

We will confirm your preference of fountain pen or rollerball pen in our survey at the end of this campaign. 

Please keep in mind that every order is individually handcrafted and therefore no two will be exactly alike, although they will look very similar. We take great pride in our craftsmanship and guarantee your pen will be just as beautiful as you would expect, hopefully more!

 

 

Behind the scenes look during our handcrafting process
Behind the scenes look during our handcrafting process

 

Like many of us here on Kickstarter, I grew up with dreams of becoming the ultimate explorer... the rock-star of scientists... an astronaut. 

Ok so that didn't quite work out, but all is not lost. I was fortunate enough to be raised within an arms reach of the finest museums and space-related resources in the world.  

I frequently found myself being pulled out of school to do just that, and have had the amazing opportunity to speak directly with many of our nation's greatest heroes while having hands-on access to incredibly rare and historic items.

Artifacts that sit around on shelves are cool and all, but what if we could create something equally historic yet very practical - something that you would be excited to show off and carry with you everyday?

The METEORITE Pen was born through this vision of sharing our enthusiasm for space and hands-on learning with the world. 

Established by my father in 2008 as MeteoritePens.com, we were met with overwhelming demand for our unique and original writing instruments meticulously handcrafted using rare meteorite. 

Our original website and product line... a real trip back in time!
Our original website and product line... a real trip back in time!

Following our sell-out success in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, the idea of a “Meteorite Pen” seemed to resonate with other pen makers... Nearly a decade later, after watching similar products come to market that are either of poor quality or inaccessible because of out of this world prices, we are as determined as ever to fulfill our original mission by offering you the most beautiful, unique, and high quality handcrafted writing instruments available for sale at a price point that remains reasonable.

This Kickstarter campaign was created to help fund basic workshop upgrades and marketing expenses needed to evolve and expand our brand beyond the Meteorite collection and into our new identity, B. Smith & Co.

A first look at our new (and improved) identity!
A first look at our new (and improved) identity!

When this campaign is successfully funded we plan to celebrate "launching" our new brand and shipping our first orders by building and launching a model rocket. Attached to the rocket will be a streamer of support with names of all who pledged at the ROCKETMAN level or above. All backers will be able to download a video clip of the launch and names.

We sincerely value your continued support and look forward to the opportunity of sharing history with the world by bringing you diverse collections of rare and unique handcrafted fine writing instruments!

   - Bryan Smith 

The Campo del Cielo meteorite was first discovered in 1576 in the Gran Chaco Gualamba region of Northern Argentina. It was found on an open, brush covered, waterless plain. The aboriginal inhabitants named the area Campo del Cielo, or Field of Heaven. They believed the rocks came from the sky, or heaven. Meteorites are traditionally named after the location where they are found, hence the name. Pieces of this meteorite were found scattered over a large area. Many fine examples of the Campo del Cielo now rest in museums and personal collections all over the world.

Scientifically, the Campo del Cielo is classified as a coarse octahedrite meteorite. It is made primarily of nickel-iron. Iron (Fe) is the predominate mineral. It contains about 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P and traces of other elements. It is estimated that less than 5% of the meteorites that land on earth are of the nickel-iron variety.

Our meteorite specimens have been acquired from only the most reputable dealers, all who are longstanding members of the International Meteorite Collectors Association. Every order will be accompanied by a beautiful stainless steel certificate of authenticity guaranteeing the integrity of your purchase. 

HONORABLE ROCKETMAN (Pledge $10 or more)

  • Have your name included on the model rocket streamer of support to be launched into the sky at our product release celebration. A video clip of the launch and name list will be made available for download

*SOLD OUT*  THE BIG BANG (Pledge $349 or more)

Extremely limited reward ($250 off $599 Retail) for 10 lucky backers

  • Receive a first edition Meteorite fountain OR rollerball pen with certificate of authenticity
  • Your name included on our model rocket streamer of support with downloadable video clip

EARLY UNIVERSE SPECIAL (Pledge $399 or more)

Limited reward ($200 off $599 Retail) for 25 lucky backers

  • Receive a first edition Meteorite fountain OR rollerball pen with certificate of authenticity 
  • Your name included on our model rocket streamer of support with downloadable video clip

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE OFFER (Pledge $449 or more)

Exclusive low price ($150 off $599 Retail) for all backers of this campaign

  • Receive a first edition Meteorite fountain OR rollerball pen with certificate of authenticity 
  • Your name included on our model rocket streamer of support with downloadable video clip

JUST GIVE ME BOTH (Pledge $798 or more)

Buy two pens and get the same value as our early universe special with $400 off ($1,198 Retail)

  • Receive TWO (2) first edition Meteorite pens, each with certificate of authenticity 
  •  TWO (2) names will be included on our model rocket streamer of support with downloadable video clip

All of our orders, domestic and international, will be carefully packaged, shipped and tracked using United States Postal Service's Priority Mail. 

DOMESTIC: Shipping within the USA is absolutely FREE. No exceptions.

INTERNATIONAL: Don't worry, we love you too! Shipping is absolutely FREE, but please note that any additional customs duties will be your own responsibility. 

We appreciate each and every backer who supports us in reaching our funding goal of $8,000 to bring this project to life at a small scale, however, it represents only the bare minimum needed to get things moving along. We would be extremely honored to sell 100 pens during our inaugural campaign...so how about a stretch goal incentive?

MOON DUST!

This is something we have wanted to offer for a while but is not practical given the extremely high cost and difficulty of obtaining quality lunar specimens. Our incredibly special upgrade to each pen will be unlocked if we can raise $42,900 or more, the sum of selling 100 first edition fountain pens. If successful, a light dusting of legendary LUNAR METEORITE NWA 5000 will be included in every pen at no extra charge. Yes, actual certified MOON ROCK included in your pen! 

Northwest Africa (NWA) 5000 was discovered in Southern Morocco in 2007 and is, to date, the largest and finest lunar specimen in existence. For additional details on NWA 5000 please click here

If you weren't already sold on the idea of a pen made from rare meteorite, the addition of this ultra rare lunar meteorite dust will ensure it is one of the most unique and special products you will ever have the chance to own. Lunar meteorite is considered to be one of the rarest materials in the entire world, far more rare than gold, platinum, or diamond.

We know you are excited as us, but just as a disclaimer it is unlikely you will notice the tiny lunar specimens mixed in amongst the Campo del Cielo meteorite used to craft your pen. Our certificate of authenticity would be updated to guarantee inclusion in your pen, and additionally, you will receive a copy of the certificate of authenticity we received when purchasing this ultra rare lunar specimen directly from the one of the most world renowned meteorite collectors.

 

 

 

 

We would love for you to keep in touch after this campaign ends. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions, feedback to share, or just want to say hello! We'll be sure to show our appreciation with special offers on our future collections.  :-)

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Risks and challenges

All pens are manufactured in our workshop outside of Washington, DC. Therefore the two primary challenges we could face during this campaign are (1) materials sourcing and (2) timely order fulfillment.

As we have been crafting a similar product for nearly a decade we already have adequate stock on hand needed to fulfill reasonable demand for this Kickstarter exclusive limited edition. In addition, we have relationships in place with suppliers and are confident that any additional materials needed can be obtained without delay.

In terms of anticipated order fulfillment, we are certain that our Kickstarter exclusive first edition pen can be handcrafted and shipped in accordance to the timeline we have established. We have already carefully planned out our production timeline to allow for a high possibility of shipping rewards earlier than scheduled. We are prepared to work tirelessly to meet our deadlines and will reach out to backers personally if we experience any delays due to an overwhelming demand.

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    THE BIG BANG ($250 off)

    To celebrate our new beginnings, the introductory BIG BANG reward gets 10 lucky backers $250 off ($599 MSRP) a single first edition handcrafted Meteorite fountain pen with certificate of authenticity.

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    EARLY UNIVERSE SPECIAL ($200 off)

    Missed the BIG BANG? Our EARLY UNIVERSE SPECIAL rewards you with a still fabulous $200 off ($599 MSRP) a single first edition handcrafted Meteorite fountain pen with certificate of authenticity.

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    KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE OFFER ($150 off)

    Take advantage of our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE OFFER to receive $150 off ($599 Retail) a single first edition handcrafted Meteorite fountain OR rollerball pen with certificate of authenticity.

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    JUST GIVE ME BOTH ($400 off)

    Planning to give one as a gift? Or you just want to keep both for yourself? You'll get the same value as our EARLY UNIVERSE SPECIAL with a whopping $400 off ($1,198 MSRP).

    During our follow-up survey we will confirm your choice of either:
    2 fountain pens
    2 rollerball pens
    1 fountain pen and 1 rollerball pen

    Each will include a certificate of authenticity and you'll get to add TWO names to the model rocket streamer of support!

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