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We love Hi-Tec-C pens!  Pen Type-A is a stainless steel replacement for the Hi-Tec-C's cheapo plastic housing.
Pen Type-A is the original stainless steel ruler sleeve and ultra minimal pen.
Pen Type-A is the original stainless steel ruler sleeve and ultra minimal pen.
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4,048 backers pledged $281,989 to help bring this project to life.

quick update !

Hi Backers !

First off, happy 2012!  We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and were able to spend some quality time with loved ones over the holidays.

We are in production right now.  We received top of the line production samples.  Everything was awesome except for a couple imperfections with the coin screw pieces.  The coin screw slot was not evenly cut and the screw was unevenly polished.  We have come this far and we can't let this slide.  (see first 2 photos below).

Yes we are being nit-picky ... but we know it will be worth it in the end.  We appreciate perfection, and suspect you do to.  At this point the battles are small, but we know they are worthwhile for everyone.

Thank you for fighting with us.  Especially for trusting that we have your backs.  It means the world to us.

We are scheduled to receive 10 more production samples in 4 days (they are in the mail!).  *See 3rd image below of the new samples (That image was taken by the manufacturer).  When they are in our hands we will be able to make the final approval to begin receiving shipments.  At that point we will send a more thorough update with more details.

Final stretch.  Deep breaths.

You are all awesome.

much love.

Taylor + Che-Wei

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      Tobster on January 15, 2012

      The pen looks great guys, you're on the home straight, keep it up!!.

    2. Adrian Morgan on January 13, 2012

      It is an interesting journey, and has demonstrated the difficulty of offshore manufacture of a precision product. I do hope i get my pen at some point as 5 months is a long time for any kickstarter project.

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      Mark Dellavalle on January 12, 2012

      Still trusting that its not a hoax and looking forward to the final product... I like the attention to detail..

      That said, I tend to agree with Brandon.. There come's a point where the money and interest will be gone so hopefully at some point I'll have a pen..

    4. Jussi Myllyluoma
      on January 12, 2012

      Chinese New Year will be an issue; don't underestimate it. Depending on the circumstances at the company used for the manufacturing, they may lose as many as 1/3 to 1/2 of their workforce over the holiday, and need to re-train new people to pick up the production afterwards.
      The potential delay isn't the big issue: cw&t will need to keep an eagle eye on the quality coming out of production the first weeks after the holiday!
      If the factory is just beginning to churn out the desired quality now, it can by no means be assumed that they still will be able to do so after a major holiday. It may very well be that the new people coming in after the holiday will need some time to learn how to achieve the painstaking quality the people working there now have finally learned to produce.

    5. Todd Sherman on January 11, 2012

      @Brandon I'm surprised that you've read all the updates and have doubts about the project. Do you think it's all an elaborate hoax? They are uncompromising on quality which has made for a drawn out trial and error process. When this pen is around in 30 years from now I wont be worried about it taking a couple months longer to get just right.

    6. Brandon Eley on January 11, 2012

      I'm a pretty patient person, especially with Kickstarter projects because I know a lot of the campaigns here are by people (or companies) with little to no experience in the field (else why would they be using a forum like this to raise money).

      That said, at almost five months past the funding of this project, I'm starting to have doubts about the project and final product. I have read all of the updates, and truly sympathise with the manufacturing issues (been there before!) but how long does it take to make a minor correction and run a few more off the machinery? They can NDA them to the states for approval... you guys have a quarter of a million dollars and you can't speed this process up a bit?

      By the time you actually ship these pens most of the buzz from a successful Kickstarter campaign will have fizzled out and you'll be back to square one trying to generate interest in your product.

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      Tobster on January 11, 2012

      @ Marc Andre. Agree, can't see these shipping before mid Feb so I'll join you in that stiff drink ;-)

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      Brian May on January 10, 2012

      I still stand by my other comments on local manufacturers. At least then there would be no Chinese New Year issues, no waiting for samples to ship from China to the US, you would be able to just drive to your production site. Especially if you had used one of the 97 machine shops in the Brooklyn area!
      So, hopefully in another 2 months we will actually see a request for address.

    9. marc andre coutu on January 10, 2012

      Chinese new year is coming folks, nothing much gets out of China if it's not on the docks by the end of this week. After that you will need to sit tight for 3-4 weeks before anything else happens. My advice would therefore be to pour yourself a nice stiff drink and kick back. cheers.

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      Karthik Ram on January 10, 2012

      I'd like to second Jimmy Shin's comment.

      If your next update is going to be about another delay, I'd rather not hear from you at all. If, instead, your next update is "hey! the pens are ready!! give us your shipping address", that would be fantastic.


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      Dave Beazer on January 10, 2012

      thanks for not letting your standards slip. positive i'm going to love this pen as much as you guys do!

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      Jimmy Shin on January 10, 2012

      I definitely appreciate perfection and understand that it takes time to get there, but I hope that this really is the final stretch. I keep forgetting I backed this project.

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      Brian May on January 10, 2012

      @Sean I too backed the Render K pen!
      In their defense, CW&T have no real world manufacturing experience. Their hard and soft products aren't mass produced so they don't have the prior experience for what they are attempting.
      Eventually I will get my pen, theoretically :)
      But, if ceramics has taught me anything, it has taught me if I want 30 "perfect" bowls, I will be making 50+ in order to get the 30 I need

    14. Anthony
      on January 10, 2012

      Thx for keeping the quality high!
      As precision instrument should be, you guys are making sure it is.

    15. James Calvert on January 10, 2012

      Nice work guys.

      Patience is a virtue.

    16. Dave Hard on January 10, 2012

      I love you guys! I wish everyone was as focused on perfection as you are. Thanks for all your hard work!

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      Jared Frazer on January 10, 2012

      @jdiemz if you're proud of cw&t for not letting the manufacturer get away with half-assery, are you disappointed in yourself for allowing cw&t to get away with mis-calculating the delivery date so poorly? Me neither!

      Keep up the delays! Honestly these comment debates centered around how cw&t have handled the project management, has taught me more about the manufacturing process than I ever thought I'd know! Thanks cw&T for the lesson. I can't wait to use this perfect pen, and guard it with my life.

    18. Sean Barton on January 10, 2012

      Might I suggest that you bring the work home after the initial production.
      I have backed two other pens that use the Hi Tec C since backing yours in mid-August.
      Both are manufactured here in the USA.
      I've received one 2 1/2 weeks after the pledge period ended.
      The second ended this past Sunday & I am told I'll have it in my hands by Valentines Day.
      I understand things happen and the devil is in the details, but the excuses are becoming a bit annoying. If I were a VC, I would've pulled my money by December 1st.

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      jdiemz on January 10, 2012

      I like that you're not letting the manufacturer get away with half-assery.

    20. Drew Delianides on January 10, 2012

      Thanks! take your time, get the product right.

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      adam on January 10, 2012

      We are never getting these pens.

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      Yigal Arens on January 10, 2012

      I would much rather get perfect pens than get mediocre pens quickly. I have other things I can write with in the meantime. I greatly appreciate your attention to detail!

    23. Brad Tarver on January 10, 2012

      I really appreciate your attention to the details. I can't wait to have the final version in hand. You guys are awesome.

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      John on January 10, 2012

      That's great that you're being demanding of the manufacturer, but couldn't you have given us an update when you first received the bad batch, not when you are expecting the corrected versions. It seems like you should be keeping us in the loop a little more, considering how demanding you are being and how many production samples you are getting.

    25. Minh Vo
      on January 10, 2012

      I definitely appreciate the intensive and scrutinizing QA you guys are doing. I'm sure the final product will be EXCELLENT and last a lifetime! Keep up the good work!

    26. Ben Joossen on January 10, 2012

      You're not taking the easy way, and that's exactly what I backed you guys for! It already showed in the prototype and the video. I'm sure the rest of the backers DO have the same attitude. Good luck with the last little hurdles, looking forward embracing the (equally beautiful) package.
      Inspiring project and inspiring "making of" ;)

    27. Les Mosonyi on January 10, 2012

      Hi Guy's !
      Thanks for the update's. Good on you for being picky and shooting for the "best". You haven't diverted away from what you first dreamt / planned, and that put's a smile on my face.

    28. Peter Boardman on January 10, 2012

      Thanks for all the hard work guys, the samples look fantastic!