We love Hi-Tec-C pens! Pen Type-A is a stainless steel replacement for the Hi-Tec-C's cheapo plastic housing. Read more
This project was successfully funded on August 15, 2011.
shipped pens + hacked G2 + pen tips + post
More pens shipped and were packed and quality controlled last week. The next shipment of 480 pens is scheduled for May 22.
Thank you for being so patient with us. The pens are still looking great. Deep breaths, we really believe it will be worth the wait!
For those of you who have already or are about to receive your pens. One of the coolest things that have come out of this are the doodles/images that you have posted to pentype-a.tumblr.com. They are so impressive. People also started posting photos of creative spaces where their Pen Type-A lives. Crazy inspiring. Seeing the pen out in the wild is incredibly rewarding/warm/cozy feeling for us.
Thank you! and please keep it up!
Other Compatible Cartridges
Thanks to your fellow backer @Matthias Kraus for his clever G2 hack. Matthias discovered that Pen Type-A is also compatible with Pilot's line of G2 cartridges. We ordered a few to test it out. And indeed, it works great! G2 ink cartridges have a bolder line and a less fragile pen tip. This might suit people who find the pen tip scarily dainty, or for people who just want to play around with different marking styles. (p.s. G1 cartridges don't fit)
*** The G2 cartridges are a bit shorter than the Hi-Tec-C and require a little space filler to fill the gap between the cartridge and the screw. You can use tubing, a cotton ball, or even paper towel or tissue rolled up into a 5mm ball. Whatever you choose to fill the gap, make sure it's breathable, so air can flow into the back of the cartridge.
If you feel like swapping out your cartridge... MAKE SURE YOU DON'T ACCIDENTALLY THROW AWAY THE LITTLE TIP PIECE!!! There is a little assembly diagram in the paper insert that comes with the pen. Make sure you hang onto all those pieces or you'll end up with sadface pen (see image below of backer @andrew aka thoughtbox's very sad pen)
The wife of a backer way out in Sydney, Australia posted a nice write up about Kickstarter and Pen Type-A: how I see it
So nice + thank yoU!!!
Small stop motion of us packing and QCing but it died part way through ... sorry!
Don't fret. If you need to change your shipping address, just send us a quick email to email@example.com. Please include your full name and your new address. We don't expect you to all have stayed in the same place for the past many months waiting for your pen!
That's it for today.
big hugs and love and soothing rain out the window
che-wei + taylor