About this project
If you're looking for the world's best titanium mechanical pencil, then you've just found it!
Before I continue - I must confess to you:
Seven months ago I launched "The World's Greatest Titanium Pen" (a blisteringly successful Kickstarter project) ...and the Titanium Mechanical Pencil I'm about to reveal to you was born from that previous Kickstarter project.
Long story short:
I was carrying a pen with me each day that was made to a level that would make even NASA envious ...but the pencil I was carrying was one of those cheap-and-nasty plastic things.
This could not go on!
So I rolled-up my sleeves and got to work creating "the world's greatest titanium pencil".
I had a strict and non-negotiable criteria...
- No plastic parts - not even on the mechanism (damn it I hate plastic!)
- Made 100% from Titanium... (Grade 5 of course!)
- No eraser on the end (let's face it... it looks terrible and usually smudges your paper when you use it!)
- No screws or pressed parts... (it just looks flat-out UGLY!)
- Ultra-minimalist... (because, well, there’s nothing quite like it!)
Just like when I made the titanium pen - I quickly realized producing such a mechanical pencil might not even be possible.
The problem was...
I was either going to create the ultimate mechanical pencil or nothing at all. There is no "middle ground" with me and I sure as hell wasn't going to compromise.
I was lucky...
Because of the massive amount of research, testing and tweaking done on the pen project much of the work was already done.
But truthfully, there was still a ton of work to do. There were many months of tweaking, testing and more tweaking.
After driving my machinist nearly to the point insanity (again!) ... the ultimate titanium mechanical pencil was ready.
I present to you: 'The One' Titanium Mechanical Pencil.
And here's the best part:
Every single one of my super-strict, non-negotiable criteria has been met (and exceeded in some cases!)
Now, before I continue...
You've got to understand 'The One' pencil is not like other mechanical pencils. And the production of it is likewise different.
No cheap tube or sheet is used anywhere.
No pressing or punching of parts is involved.
'The One' pencil is crafted from solid Grade 5 titanium and assembles together with precision-cut threads.
By now you've probably started to understand why 'The One' pencil is like no other.
And, to be fair, I've barely scratched the surface in telling you about this mechanical pencil.
It may seem arrogant of me to claim 'The One' pencil as the greatest mechanical pencil available. I understand.
So what I'm going to do now is get into the "nitty gritty" details of this pencil...
Made 100% From Solid Grade 5 Titanium Bar
Unlike most other mechanical pencils with a metal body… The One Pencil is precision machined from solid Grade 5 Titanium round-bar.
The One Pencil does not use "cheap-and-cheerful" hollow tube like the rest. No. The entire body of this pencil is machined from solid Grade 5 Titanium.
Costly? Yes... but I honestly just couldn't settle for producing anything less.
For The One Pencil this was a “no brainer” decision. I simply didn’t want anything pressed or screwed onto the pencil.
So, believe it or not, to get The One Pencil exactly how I wanted it required high-pressure drilling of solid titanium bar (and a whole load of other headaches I won't get into here).
Not many people are willing to do this. Not many can do this. And, as you can imagine, it’s not cheap to do!
But like I said...
I wasn't going to settle for anything less than the BEST.
"Hidden" Pencil-Opening Groove
This will confuse your friends, family and co-workers...
The tip of The One Pencil screws onto the main body - but it is literally impossible to identify where the join is.
Again, this is a perfect example of the kind of extremes I've gone to in producing The One Pencil.
The finger grooves on The One Pen worked damn well ...and so I'm using the exact same grooves on The One Pencil.
One of the most unique features of The One Pencil (and this was the same with the The One Pen) is the precision machined integrated clip.
This pencil needed to have a pocket-clip. I know it's a hell of a lot easier to produce a pencil without a pocket-clip... but, again, this is not about making things easier. It's about producing the ultimate mechanical pencil... at any cost.
As I mentioned earlier… any sort of screws or press-fitting of components on this one-of-a-kind pencil was absolutely out of the question.
As a result The One Pencil has what is probably the most unique pocket-clip in the world of writing instruments.
The One Pencil is a TRUE, ultra-minimalist four-piece design. There is truly only four components (well, five if you include the internal mechanism).
On other pencils there is almost always screws or magnets or pieces pressed into the end. Basically there is always a boat-load of parts (if you took the pencil apart fully).
Not so with The One Pencil...
High-End Japanese Made, All-Metal Internal Mechanism
For this pencil to be the best... then the mechanism must, of course, also be the best.
And this is why I managed to source a high-end, Japanese-made mechanism (you do realize Japan make the best mechanical pencil mechanisms, right?)
Because of my obsessive-compulsive personality traits and deep-rooted dislike for products that's aren't the best... I naturally hate plastic. It really grinds my gears!
The mechanism has no plastic parts. It's all metal.
Light-Weight and Perfectly Balanced
I’ve used light, plastic mechanical pencils (too light!) and solid brass pencils (too heavy!).
Just like The One Pen... I tested and tweaked The One Pencil until it reached a “Goldilocks” balance.
Here's the crazy thing...
So much machining goes into The One Pencil that 79% of the titanium is machined away!
Although The One Pencil starts as solid titanium round-bars weighing in at a total of 76 grams (2.7 oz)... so much material is removed that the result is a light-weight pencil unlike anything else available!
The One Pencil (including the high-end Japanese-made mechanism) weighs in at just 15.4 grams (around 0.5 oz).
The diameter of The One Pencil is 9.0mm (around 0.35").
Not 8mm or 8.5mm or 9.5mm or 10mm. On my previous Kickstarter project for The One Pen I found 9.0mm to be the "sweet spot". And this is why I've designed The One Pencil to have the same width.
Now I understand if you prefer a “skinny” pencil or a “chunky” pencil. Everyone has their preference.
But, for The One Pencil, there simply can only be one diameter. And after a lot of testing and tweaking… 9.0mm (0.35") is the diameter.
The length of The One Pencil is a not-too-big-and-not-too-small size of 126mm (around 5").
The One Pencil does not have an eraser on the end of it.
The reasons for this are simple:
#1 It's important to use a dedicated high quality eraser (not some generic lump of rubber that smudges your paper!)
#2 It just flat-out looks a lot better with a slick titanium button on the end ...rather than chewed-up rubber.
Refilling The One Pencil with lead is super-simple and ultra-fast.
Simply pull the push-button off the end... add your 0.5mm lead... and then replace the push-button. Done!
Life should be simple and uncomplicated, right? And that's why The One Pencil has one lead size: 0.5mm.
Personally, I don't want to carry around a bunch of different pencils with different lead sizes. The lead size is the popular 0.5mm (Not too thin and not too thick. Just right!)
Short Indexing (This Is IMPORTANT!)
If you're wondering what "short indexing" means, and why it's so important, then listen up...
When you push the button on a mechanical pencil and lead comes out... this is called "indexing" (well, I call it indexing at least).
And so short indexing means...
When you push the button only a small amount of lead comes out.
Here's the reason this is so damn important:
#1 - It stops too much lead coming out (which usually ends up snapping off when you try to write!)
#2 - YOU select the exact amount of lead that comes out (there is no "overshoot" where you end up having to push the lead back in!)
Two Incredible Finishes
After a boat-load of time spent developing and testing various finish methods - I've decide to offer you two unique finishes on The One Pencil.
The first finish is my original, tried-and-tested, buttery-smooth 'Matte' finish. It's a silver colour and also looks better and better as it ages and gets used.
Not only that... but it's highly scratch-resistant too!
The second finish is a bright semi-polished finish.
Rather than being a pure-polish this is a smooth, high-luster semi-polish finish. I simply call this the 'Semi-Polished' finish.
Pencil And Pen Perfectly Matched
When I made 'The One' Pen I had no idea I'd end up making a mechanical pencil.
But, when designing 'The One' Mechanical Pencil I knew it had to work hand-in-hand with the pen.
And, without any doubt, the two designs work damn well together!
Now, you may be asking...
"Hey Magnus, I Missed Your Previous Project For Your Titanium Pen ...Can I Get Still Get Access To It?"
Well you're in luck! Because...
I'm making The One Pen available to you in the Rewards on this project. I'll get to the Rewards in just a minute.
I've made a couple of small design "tweaks" to the previous titanium pen design based on Backer feedback. This NEW version is the one I'm making available to you and is better than ever!
It still accepts Mont Blanc 'FineLiner' and 'RollerBall' refills only - but how the pen "holds" the refills has been massively improved.
Here's Your "Quick and Dirty" Guide To 'The One' Pen...
Minimalist three-part design and machined from solid Grade 5 titanium bar:
Click-cap (not threads or magnets!)...
118mm (4.64") long and 15.5 grams (0.5 oz)...
Before I continue...
From previous Kickstarter projects I’ve managed to gain thousands (yes, thousands) of die-hard Customers and raving fans!
I think it’s important you know what you’re letting yourself in for when you join The One Pencil project. Here’s just a small sample of the frequent emails and messages I receive all the time from Backers and Customers:
One more thing…
As with my previous super-successful Kickstarter campaigns – you’re going to be receiving my personal unconditional, lifetime guarantee.
If you find The One Pencil is just not for you, then let me know and I’ll give you back your pledge amount. No questions asked.
In fact, I can do even better for you...
Use The One Pencil for as long as you like. Test it for a day, a week and month, or even a year. And, if your experience of using the pencil doesn't have you screaming with delight.. you can return it to me at any time. And I'll refund your entire pledge amount to you.
Let’s cut to the chase…
The cost to produce each one of these titanium pencils is significant – but you probably already gathered that.
So the only way for me to get The One pencil into your hands is by ensuring I have a minimum quantity produced.
And here’s where it gets good for you:
I’ve put together some EXCLUSIVE Kickstarter Rewards at well below the planned retail price (yes, that's right, YOU get a special price... while everyone else pays full price after the project ends!).
Here’s what to do…
Take a look at the Rewards below and decide which one is going to work best for you.
Once you’ve selected the Reward you want… simply scroll to the top of this page and click on the corresponding Reward to make your pledge and “lock in” yours RIGHT NOW...
Don’t risk missing out… you must “lock in” your titanium mechanical pencil by backing this project right now.
One vitally important last point:
Backing This Kickstarter Project Is The ONLY Way You Can Guarantee You Get YOUR Titanium Pencil
I can’t guarantee I’ll produce The One Pencil again after this Kickstarter campaign. And even if I did – I guarantee it's never going to be at this *EXCLUSIVE* low Kickstarter Reward pledge price.
So choose the Reward that works best for you and pledge RIGHT NOW!
To impossibly high standards,
P.S. Remember ...you’re getting access to what is -- in all seriousness -- the world's greatest titanium mechanical pencil. Nothing like this exists anywhere -- a true, EXCLUSIVE world first!
P.P.S. One last thing ...when you click the ‘Back This Project’ button you’re also going to be getting my 100% Risk-Free Unconditional LIFETIME Guarantee! If you’re not absolutely blown-away with your pencil when you rip open the package, then just let me know ...and I’ll personally refund you every single penny you pledged. No questions asked.
P.P.P.S. Finally ...I urge you not to MISS OUT on securing your titanium mechanical pencil... because I simply can't guarantee I'll produce it again after this. For this reason it is critical you click the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of this page RIGHT NOW!
Frequently Asked Questions...
FAQs about this project...
How Do I Order Multiple Rewards?
If you want more than one of any Reward, then just add the additional funds to your pledge and I'll sort out the rest for you after the project ends.
So, for example, if you want two of "'The One' Titanium Mechanical Pencil Reward"... then you would pledge NZD$204 + NZD$204 (+ NZD$14 S&H) = NZD$422
(Note: You only need to pay for shipping once. If it's more then I'll sort it out)
Why Do You Offer An Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee?
Simple: I am very, VERY confident of the quality of what I make.
I can’t see any reason why I wouldn’t offer such a guarantee to you. It’s difficult for you to see the quality of the 'The One' Pencil BEFORE you physically receive it.
It's also difficult for you to experience using 'The One' Pencil. So what I CAN do for you is to remove ALL “risk” in backing this project. Know that you can return your 'The One' Pencil if you're not blown-away by the quality and functionality of them.
Why Don't You Have Any Stretch Goals?
I try to provide you with the best Rewards possible before I launch a project - so I don't typically do stretch goals.
I anticipate the 'The One' Pencil project being fairly successful... but perhaps not going "viral" and getting highly over-funded.
FAQs specifically about The One Pencil...
What Size Of Pencil-Lead Does 'The One' Pencil Take?
I have kept it really simple by sticking to just one lead size:
0.5mm lead is what you need.
What Type Of Mechanism Does 'The One' Pencil Use?
The One Pen uses a high-end, all-metal (mostly brass) mechanism - with some slight customization work.
You may not know this, but... Japan makes THE BEST mechanical pencil mechanisms.
FAQs specifically about The One Pen...
What Refills/Ink Cartridges Fit Inside 'The One' Pen?
There are two refills that will fit in The One pen:
#1 - Mont Blanc 'FineLiner'
#2 - Mont Blanc 'RollerBall'
Why Can't I See Your Previous Pen Project In Your Profile?
I now live in New Zealand but am originally from the UK. My UK Kickstarter profile is where I ran my previous Titanium Pen project from (you can view it here).
Is A Refill/Ink Cartridge Included With 'The One' Pen?
Currently I am not able to include refills as it is proving difficult to source the Mont Blanc refills in larger quantities.
But the great news is...
The above Mont Blanc refills are available almost everywhere - and at great prices for the incredible quality of the writing experience.
(You will find the above Mont Blanc refills available from thousands of places... from your local stationary store to small online stationary stores to the "big dogs" of Amazon and eBay. Oh, and not forgetting the main Mont Blanc website)
Risks and challenges
I have many systems in place which help me consistently design, produce and deliver high-quality products.
The only real issue would be if the campaign reached something like $500,0000NZD+ (I’m realistic and this is unlikely to happen). But, if it did, the absolute worst-case scenario would be only a small delay on SOME of the project Rewards being shipped.
In short: no significant concerns.
Other than that I have no concerns as this Titanium Mechanical Pencil design has been fully tested-to-death and I'm ready to "tool up" for production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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