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Pen Type-B please! :)
For the record : Copycats
I got impatient, so I took a 220 grit sandpaper to it. (Norton 220C Very Fine Grit muti-purpose)
It changes the finish slightly, but I like it. it's a duller type of brushed-metal finish, but i you're diligent, it's no less appealing than the original. And definitely much better than the striations caused by the rough scratches.
I left the tail end of the pen unsanded. It preserved the original finish, to retain cw&t's original work, and the wider diameter causes it to pressure-lock against the sleeve. It creates a sort of Lock for the system, and I like it. You can flip the pen upside down, and it won't fall out.
My plastic sleeve (test tube shapeways sleeves) never fit. Not sure how to go about getting a replacement. I just recently remembered about it again.
The pen itself is great. It's scratchy/faded at times, but I think it's due to non-use. Once I start using it more often, the problem goes away.
THe pen is developing scratches as there are unsmooth areas on one or two sides. It's developing a nice 'patina', I suppose.
Is there anything I can use to smooth out these zones. I don't mind the scratches, but it's annoying when the pen does't go all the way in. Or if it feels rough pulling it out. I thought I'd ask before I shove something bad in that hole, and ruin the tightness of the pop.
...that's it for the puns...for now.
Update: I've had the pen a couple of months. The good: cool sleeve, great uncorking sound when you quickly pull the pen out of the metal sleeve. The bad: The ink flow out of the pen is unreliable and often thins to a washed out gray line. Since the primary purpose of this device is to actually produce a clear visible line, as a practical matter this product is a failure.
Having said this, believe it or not this one of the better products I've now received from Kickstarter projects. I'm starting to get the distinct impression that Kickstarter is a mosh pit for a bunch of Millennial narcissists who have no fucking clue how to run a business.
Most aggravating aspect of the design? The damn pen wont stay in the sleeve. I've lost so many refills (that break so readily) and today I dropped it on pavement and it looks like shit. oh well.
How the fuck do I unsubscribe from this shitty project?
I still have not received my pen. Please check on it and send!
@Martin Rittner: Thank you!
@anson chiu: I have the same thing happening with mine - scratches running up and down the length of the pen due to a rough spot or 2 along the inside of the sleeve.
Still haven't received anything. Last entry in the tracking was one month ago - Processed at USPS Origin Sort Facility. Can I have my pen or my money back or at least some kind of feedback from CW&T?
After about 2 months of regular use, the body of my pen has scratches running up the length on all sides... from sliding into a ruler sleeve that is not being entirely smooth?
I gave up on the skinny pilot refills and having them constantly leak or dry-out, and converted mine to run a G2 gel.
Got mine a week ago. Same problem as many others, the cartridge was dried up or didn't work for another reason. I got a replacement and now it works just fine.
The finishing is not picture perfect, to be honest. Don't want to complain, just letting you know.
I appreciate the effort you put into this project and am happy to have finally received my pens, especially since one is a gift.
At the same time, I think this is another example that shows the possibilities which might literally be available next door (Vermont..)
So thank you and good luck with this product and any other projects you do.
@David Hansen: Yes, I noted the same issue here in the UK, sadly. I happened to just come back from Hong Kong, the 10HK-cents coin fits nicely, but how long will I remember to keep one with my pen...?
@Travis: Yeah, I had the same problem with the cartridge that came with it. It was so scratchy that it scooped up fibres out of the paper, which somehow got stuck in the minuscule gap between the ball and the outer lead tip, making any further writing impossible. I got my replacement from cultpens.com (same width) and it writes perfectly, very smooth. 'Love the feel of the pen now.
The pen was shipped to my parents' adress in Denmark, as I moved to Berlin in the meantime and didn't know where I'd be staying. I'm visiting home for the weekend, and finally got the Pen Type-A in my hands!!
Awesome pen, but I've noticed one observation: None of the Euro coins fit into the screw slot, not even the smallest Euro cents. The Danish 50 øre and 1 krone also won't fit.
Just thought it was something you could keep in mind when further perfecting the pen design, so that non-USA users could also easily disassemble the pen. Yes, you can use a screwdriver, but you're more likely to have spare change in your pocket than screwdrivers :-)
Thanks for an awesome pen!
(FYI the Euro cent is 1.67mm thick, just barely too big for the coin slot.)
I love my pen!
Anyone know where cw&t obtained the ink cartridge that was shipped with our pens? Mine seems to be junk, keeps drying out, writes scratchy, etc. I'd like to order a refill and am hoping to avoid wherever this one came from thinking perhaps the merchant is selling old, dried out pens. Or, maybe it's simply the pressure changes during shipping that caused this? I have zero experience with this ink and am hoping this is a one off sort of problem.
Hi, I left a somewhat gloomy comment 3 days ago, 'just wanted to update that: I have a replacement cartridge in now, it writes perfectly smooth, and I even tried repeated "pumping" (pulling the pen out hard and pushing it back in quickly) to test for any ink leaking - none so far. So, about my earlier experience: I think something must have gone wrong on transport, that ruined the cartridge Air pressure on the plane? Freezing on the plane? Mechanichal shock?. I guess the tip of the cartridge does not touch the bottom of the sleeve even fully inserted, right? So mechanical damage is unlikely. Maybe if you freeze the pen it could build up pressure in the ink cartridge that pushes ink out and/or ruins the ball tip - that is for someone else to test though, for now I am happy with mine!
Anyone have experience taking their Type-A on an airplane? Does TSA care about the sleeve?
My pen arrived yesterday. I have to admit; I am glad I backed it, though the wait was long. I apparently got a manufactured-in-Vermont version, and as far as I can tell, it's essentially flawless. Everything is as advertised, and the relatively massive heft of the steel makes for smooth curves, and good control. Nice...
i was near the last on the list and after over 1 year wait, somehow my pen got sent to honolulu, hawaii instead of california. Today was the expected delivery, USPS told me to wait 2 more days for a status update. Another delay and disappointment if it gets miss deliver.
@Christie, they sent out the surveys a long time ago -- January 24th. If you can't find yours, I would suggest contacting CW&T as soon as possible.
I got my pen, finally, yay! What is a little less 'yay' are two issues: The pen came dripping in ran-out ink, I guess that is due to the pressure differences during air-shipping (I'm in the UK). Well, it's all stainless steel, easy thing to clean it out, but I thought you had really nailed the air-pressure- and dripping problems...
The second issue is not really "your fault": During the cleaning, I doodled on an envelope I had lying around to clean out the tip, and it seems some paper fibres got stuck in the tip and blocked the ball for good. It doesn't come loose again, so, this cartrige is now unusable.
I'll get another cartrige and see if all will be good after that, but for the long design and optimisation process this has gone through, I was a little taken back by this rough start... I am very sorry for all the trouble you had to go through (and are still), and I didn't mind the waiting for the kind of product you were promising, I think I just expected absolute "perfection" (I have to admit I am hard to please in that respect).
As for some issues others have raised: mine slides in and out smoothly, and I like the brushed finish - no matter what the finish, it'll get the marks of wear and tear anyway with time... I hope the new batches from another manufacturer will be good, and I wish you luck!
Hi, i've ordered and paid for my pen a while ago ( about a year)
I was wondering how i do the survey and enter my postage adress as a friend of mine who ordered wen through that process and had recieved the pen.
finally got my pen! :D looks and feels awesome. :) although it took a year in waiting, it was worth the wait. thanks CW&T! :D
.........still waiting. At least it the estimator is right above 100. Hopefully it will be coming soon.
Whoops... I meant "slippy-slidey" ...stupid auto-correct (but Freud would still have something interesting to say, hehe)
My 2 euro cents' worth...
REceived the pen a couple of days ago. Crafty packaging, etc. But I do need to point out that if you guys want to make the sloppy-slidey thing one of your selling points, the sleeve needs to be machined Much Better, or cleaned out better (or both things).
The pen I received initially felt rough both in extraction and in insertion and it took some to and fro before the whole assembly felt just as advertised (ergo: fortunately I didn't gift the pen away immediately when I received it!). That roughness felt just like cheap, shoddy manufacturing, and it's a shame given the high expectations you have for this product.
Which brings me back to one of my pet arguments: why can't the pen be manufactured in the USA? What would the surcharge really be? IMHO if the intended sexyness of the pen matches (or surpasses) the users' expectations, then the price point would not really matter that much, at the end of the day.
I received mine awhile back, it has a place on my desk and once I replaced the included ink refill it wrote much better. In terms of carrying it with me or buying a sleeve? I have a Render K which is my daily pen and a basic pencil that I roll with.
I am not sure why everyone is focused on certain aspects of the finish, the bring this pen to a mirror finish would have increased its cost but since it is stainless steel anyone who wants to, can polish it themselves :)
So yeah, I have mine, I am not overly blown away but I can appreciate the tragic struggle it took for you to bring this product to the backers. I would however be dishonest if I said I would back another project by you. I really have little faith in your abilities, even with this experience under your belt.
Got the pen. Not to sound as an ass, but I frankly expected a better polish. There's a bit of an oily residue here and there, a patterning from the grinder (?) on the sides of the sleeve, the pen seems to scratch ever so slightly against the sleeve and get caught up when sliding down upon entering regardless of how careful I try to insert it. I followed the project with interest and I appreciate how much effort you put into getting it where it is now. Also I fully understand that Kickstarter is about supporting other people's dreams rather than getting compensated with "gifts" for that. I do not regret the $50. But unfortunately I have to say that I would've not consider buying the actual pen should I've seen it in a brick-and-mortar store. In its current polish it is just not worth $50.
I also received my pen, it's gorgeous but it also catches a little inside the sleeve and I'm noticing some wear marks on the barrel from it.
@Matt Won Sorry about that! Can you send us the pen that's getting stuck (the whole thing, sleeve+pen)? and we'll replace it.
WOOOWW! simply brilliant!
finally recieved it way down under in windy wellington NZ !
a very big thankyou for the whole process,
a beautifully crafted piece of real material - thx cw&t
definitely worth the wait.
Mine is at USPS in Chicago ...
Just got mine today, has a really nice balance to it :)
finally received my type-A pen, yay!!!!!.... but now i can confirm 100% that it definitely DOES NOT FIT the shapeways sleeve, boo!!!
I tried swapping the two pens and their cases like someone else had success with but the same pen gets stuck in both cases. =(
Hiiiii, received my pens a couple of days ago and one is perfect, the other one gets stuck in the sleeve sometimes. If I spin one around inside its case it spins fully and smoothly, the other one gets stuck at the same point and it's causing wear marks on the aluminum. What should I do? =(
@Ta Li, You can try to draw large figure eights for a minute or two to get the micro ball rolling properly again. That seems to do the trick whenever the ink isn't flowing too well.
Hooray! My pen arrived today, it's gorgeous and I'm very pleased. Thanks! Worth the wait.
I finally got my pens and love the design/weight/look/feel. However, apparently I am doing something wrong, as I write with the pen, it runs out of ink. What am I dong wrong or is it bad pens? It happens with both pens that I received.
Thanks they look great
Finally got my pen! Completely worth the wait, elevates the writing experience of a pen-tec-c to a new height. The weight and feel is fantastic. Love it. Thank you so much!
Hi Che-Wei and Taylor ,
I received my pen yesterday. It had a correct track number but I never received a mail informing me of it!
It was shipped the 9/4 and I received it in Paris France the 9/11.
Very good product,
Today I got an international mail containing the pen and I was immediately excited again. At first it felt a bit heavy and unbalanced to wield but you soon get used to it and even like it. The pen+casing combined are too heavy for portable use but it's unique and looks great to have sitting on your home/office desk.
Received my pen Type-A last week...While production took longer than originally anticipated, communication was good and I felt they were doing their best to get us the best product they could as soon as possible.
Never got a shipping notification, but mine arrived today! Loving it, thanks for all the effort. Painful wait indeed, but so glad to have it.
Still waiting :(
Just got my Pen Type-A. It was totally worth the wait! The precise fit, the solid feel, and the simple lines make a product that is a pleasure to use!
Received notification that my pen was shipped on the 6th, received it on the 6th. HOT DAMN!!! Other than the long wait time the finished product met and actually exceeds expectations. CW&T congratulations on a job well done.
Production took longer than expected but your level of communication and transparency is appreciated and for me went a long way. There have been other projects that have not been as forthcoming and has created more tension than need be. Kudos to you guys!!!
I hope to see another project from you guys after you get some much well deserved rest!