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Before I continue – I have a shameless confession:
I think I might be a "pen snob".
This time last year I had only ever used ordinary cheap, throwaway plastic ballpoint pens.
But while I was launching multiple, blisteringly successful Kickstarter campaigns… I found myself supporting some creators of various titanium pens.
Long story short:
I discovered the ‘secret world’ of high quality writing instruments. And, simply put, my life has never been the same since.
But there was a problem…
Even though I “saw the light” and now understood how absolutely crucial it was to use a high quality writing instrument. Something was wrong.
Of all the pens I was buying, I just couldn’t seem to find “the one”. I’m talking about a pen that is perfect in every way.
Every pen that passed through my hands always had at least one or two things that just didn’t work for me.
Don’t get me wrong…
These pens were not “bad” pens. They were good… and some of them were great!
But, if you’ve seen any of my previous products and ultra-successful Kickstarter projects, then you’ll understand...
I Have Obsessive-Compulsive Personality "Flaws"...
These genetic “flaws” of mine cause problems. And one of these problems is that, when something isn’t right, it eats away at me until I feel like I'm going to explode!
I found myself with a whole bunch of pens - but none of them were exactly what I wanted in a pen.
One pen would be too thin to hold but be excellent in almost every other way... and another pen would be the right thickness, but would have external threads visible.
I Had No Choice But to Design and Create My Own Pen
Initially my strict and non-negotiable criteria didn’t seem too bad – here’s just some of what this pen had to have…
- Made from Titanium... (Grade 5 of course!)
- No “push-click” mechanism... (too complicated!)
- No external visible threads... (too "messy" for my dream pen!)
- No screws holding the pocket-clip on... (they just look flat-out UGLY!)
- Click-cap... (screw-caps just aren’t my thing!)
- Ultra-minimalist... (because, well, there’s nothing quite like it!)
The above criteria are just some of the must-have and can’t-do-without features the pen had to have.
I knew if this pen could be produced then it would be “the one” – it would be the only pen I would need… EVER!
It very quickly became apparent that producing such a pen might not even be possible. And, even if it could be produced, it certainly wasn’t going to be cheap.
To be honest with you... the production cost was not a huge concern. Because, let’s face it, there are hundreds of pens out there at $500+, $1000+, and way beyond that.
The problem was…
I was either going to create the ultimate pen – or nothing at all. There was no "middle ground" and I wasn’t going to compromise. Period.
After hundreds of hours of designing, prototyping, testing, tweaking and possibly driving my machinist to the point of insanity... I discovered it was indeed possible to create this ultimate pen.
After months of sleepless nights, endless frustration and not-settling-for-anything-but-the-best it was finished.
And here’s the BEST part…
Every single one of my super-strict criteria has been met (and in many cases exceeded!)
From having no external threads… or screws… all the way to having an ultra-minimalist design. It’s all there.
I had finally created “the one”… and, to signify this, I have called this pen: The One
Now, before I continue…
You’ve got to understand 'The One' pen is not like other pens. And it’s especially not produced like other pens.
No cheap tube or sheet was used in the body or clip.
Truth be told:
There are just three separate components to The One pen, and none of these components have been pressed, screwed or punched. None of this type of “hacking” of materials has been done.
Each of the three precision components of The One pen has been machined out of solid Grade 5 Titanium.
I’m sure you're beginning to see The One pen is like no other.
But, truthfully, I’ve barely even scratched the surface in revealing this pen to you.
So, before I continue…
It’s important you understand what The One pen is all about and exactly why I am rather arrogantly claiming it to be the world’s greatest pen. So let's now get down into the "nitty gritty"...
Here's what you need to know:
While screw-off caps and magnetic caps have their place… it’s certainly not on The One pen.
In maintaining ultimate simplicity and functionality the pen had to boast a super-slick “click” cap.
The “click” cap mechanism on The One pen has been machined to aerospace-level tolerances. This ensures a swift, easy, and satisfying “click” when you use it.
I should point out I have absolutely tested-to-death this mechanism. It’s never going to wear-out.
Made Entirely From Solid Grade 5 Titanium
Unlike most other pens with a metal body… The One pen is precision machined from solid Grade 5 Titanium round-bar.
The One pen does not use "cheap-and-cheerful" hollow tube like most others. No. The entire body of this pen is machined from solid Grade 5 Titanium.
Costly? Yes... but I just couldn't settle for producing anything less.
For The One pen this was a “no brainer” decision. I simply didn’t want anything pressed or screwed into the end of the pen.
So, believe it or not, to get The One pen 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” Cap Groove
Where the cap meets the pen body has been carefully designed to mimic the finger grooves.
The result? When the cap is in the pen, it blends in with the finger grooves so it’s hard to tell where the pen ends and the cap begins. It’s essentially “invisible”.
It took a lot of obsessing over "little details" to get this done – but the result is nothing short of mind-blowing.
“Hidden” Pen-Opening Groove
Just as I mentioned above about the seam where the cap meeting the body of the pen becomes “invisible”... I have done the same with the tip and main body of the pen.
When the tip is screwed onto the main body… it is virtually impossible to tell where this seam is.
Again, this is a perfect example of the kind of extremes I've gone to in producing The One pen.
To change the refill in The One pen it's simply a case of unscrewing the custom thread... inserting a new refill... and then screwing together again.
It doesn't get much simpler than that!
The One pen is designed to accept Mont Blanc "FineLiner" and "RollerBall" refills only.
If you've not used these two refills before - then you're in for a treat! And, if you have, then you'll be familiar with the almost magic-like writing experience of these two refills.
One of the most unique features of The One pen is the precision machined integrated clip into the cap.
This pen needed to have a pocket-clip. I know it's a hell of a lot easier to produce a pen without a pocket-clip... but, again, this is not about making things easier. It's about producing the ultimate pen... at any cost.
As I mentioned earlier… any sort of screws or press-fitting of components on this one-of-a-kind pen was absolutely out of the question.
As a result The One pen has what is probably the most unique cap design in the world of writing instruments.
Cap and Pen Body Width
The size of the cap on The One pen was an absolute non-negotiable.
If this part of the design couldn’t be machined the way I wanted... it would be a “deal-breaker” and the entire project would be cancelled.
The cap had to be the same diameter as the pen body. I know this is only aesthetics and doesn’t affect the function of the pen – but it was important.
The One Pen had to look as good as it performed.
And, even though it took more time effort and energy than it should have... I was able to get the cap to be the same width as body of the pen.
True Three-Piece Design
I’ve seen many “three piece design” pens – but they were never a TRUE three-piece design.
There was always screws or magnets or pieces pressed into the end. The total number of pieces was always more than three (if you took the pen apart fully).
Not so with The One pen...
The One pen is a TRUE, ultra-minimalist three-piece design. There is truly only three components.
Super-Clean End Design
I made a conscious decision not to have the cap fit on the opposite end of the pen.
This was for two important reasons:
This would upset the balance of the pen when you’re using it.
It would require an “ugly” end-design to the pen to accept the cap. There was no way I was going to let this happen.
The result is something you may not be able to find anywhere else - a completely sealed end with no parts screwed or pressed into it.
Light-Weight and Perfectly Balanced
I’ve used pens that were too “front-heavy” and pens that were too “rear-heavy”.
I designed, tested and tweaked The One pen until it reached a “Goldilocks” balance.
Here's the crazy thing...
So much machining goes into The One pen that 84% of the titanium is machined away!
Although The One pen starts as solid titanium round-bar weighing almost 100 grams (around 3.4oz)... so much material is removed that the result is an ultra light-weight pen unlike anything else available!
The One pen (without a Mont Blanc refill installed) weighs in at just 15.5 grams (around 0.55oz).
The diameter of The One pen is 9.0mm (around 0.35").
Not 8mm or 8.5mm or 9.5mm or 10mm. After loads of testing of various thicknesses exactly 9mm was the "sweet spot" for this pen.
Now I understand if you prefer a “skinny” pen or a “chunky” pen. Everyone can have their preference.
But, for The One pen, 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 pen is a not-too-big-and-not-too-small size of 118mm (around 4.65").
Three Incredible Finishes
After a boat-load of time spent developing and testing various finish methods - I've decide to offer you three unique finishes on The One pen.
The first finish is my original, tried-and-tested, buttery-smooth Matte finish. It's a gun-metal grey colour, looks better and better as it ages, and I'm calling it the 'Stealth' finish.
The second finish is something completely new for me but, I must admit, it's absolutely incredible to touch, feel and use.
It is a combination of tumbling and glass-bead blasting to give a "textured" finish. You have to feel it to really understand it. I call it the 'Blast' finish.
The third finish is probably my favourite (but, hey, I'm a sucker for ultra-minimalist... even on surface finishes!). It's a pure, 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.
Before I continue...
From previous Kickstarter projects I’ve managed to gain hundreds upon hundreds 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 pen 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 pen 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 pen 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 pen 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 The One pen is significant – but you probably already gathered that.
So the only way for me to get The One pen 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 (this is assuming I even decide to produce The One pen after this).
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” you’re pen RIGHT NOW...
Don’t risk missing out… you must “lock in” you’re The One pen 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 Pen
I can’t guarantee I’ll produce The One pen again after this Kickstarter campaign.
And even if I did – it’s almost certainly not going to be at this *EXCLUSIVE* low Kickstarter Reward pledge price.
P.S. Remember ...you’re getting access to what is possibly the world's greatest titanium pen. Nothing like this exists anywhere -- a true, EXCLUSIVE World First!
P.P.S. Finally ... 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 pen when you rip open the package just let me know ...and I’ll personally refund you every single penny you pledged. No questions asked.
P.P.P.S. One last thing ...I urge you not to MISS OUT on securing your The One pen... because I simply can't guarantee I'll produce this pen ever again after this. For this reason it is critical you click the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of this page RIGHT NOW!
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 "V.I.P. Reward"... then you would pledge £162 + £162 (+ £8 S&H) = £332
(Note: You only need to pay for shipping once. If it's more then I'll sort it out)
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'
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)
I'm Left-Handed. Will 'The One' Pen Work For Me?
Yes - for sure. The Mont Blanc refills are very high quality and so the ink is fast drying. You'll find the two Mont Blanc refills the pen accepts should work very well for you.
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 pen BEFORE you physically receive it.
It's also difficult for you to experience writing with The One pen. So what I CAN do for you is to remove ALL “risk” in backing this project. Know that you can return your The One pen 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 pen project being fairly successful... but perhaps not going "viral" and getting highly over-funded.
However, should this project really take-off then, yeah, I think the popularity would then have been proven and would be worthwhile adding some stretch goals. That’s fair, right?
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 £200k (I’m realistic and this is highly 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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