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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.


The time has finally come that we get to write this email. We can't believe it's true. But yes, it is. All the pens have shipped!

As tough as the past year has been, we wouldn't have done it any other way, or with any other people (that's YOU we're talking about). We grit our teeth while defining and hanging on to what means the most to us and our work. There is no better way to learn and grow.

Pen Type-A started off as a thing we wanted for ourselves. Normally it stays like that. It was a huge surprise when over 4,000 of you wanted a Pen Type-A too. So thank you. Seriously. Thank YOU! and thank you kickstarter for being such awesome game-changers.

Pen Type-A made in the USA

We are very proud to announce the launch of a new line of Pen Type-A that is made in the USA. Over the past few months we have been working closely with and learning about the capabilities of our new manufacturers in Vermont.

The new fabrication process requires some of the most hi-tech manufacturing equipment we've ever seen. It is inspiring to see machinists at work with these tools. Operating them is an art in itself. And the pride they take in every step of the process is inspiring.

The newest version of Pen Type-A has some pretty cool modifications and improvements. Changes include a locking gasket in the base of the sleeve so that the pen doesn't fall out when turned upside-down. The ruler now has a matte glass bead blasted finish. There is also a flexible rubber pocket at the base of the sleeve to hug the tip when the pen is not in use so it doesn't clog up.

Here's a pic of what it now looks like (more info here):

They are for sale here :

Pen Type-A comes with a lifetime guarantee. So if there is ever something wrong with it that is a result of some manufacturing defect, please let us know and we will repair or replace it. This pen is meant to last for a very long time and the idea of us cluttering your lives with extra junk you don't love makes our stomachs turn.

So please, get this only if you love it or know someone who will. It will last longer than you will (of course with replacement cartridges), so be prepared to pass it down for generations.

This is not an impulse buy. It's a serious one. Serious but with a smile.

what's happened with that old manufacturer ?

The Pen Type-A saga is not fully over for us. We still have a few pretty hefty loose ends to tie up. Including settling a dispute with our old manufacturer, who as many of you pointed out about a month ago launched a pen company to sell a design that bares an uncanny resemblance to ours. We don't take this matter lightly. And we want you to know that we are doing everything we can to set things straight. We will update you as things move forward.

what's next?

A lot of you have been asking...

Last last weekend we were over at Maker Faire NYC showing some fun rideable objects that we've been working on. If you're curious and want to find out more please stay in touch.

We use Instagram lots and twitter not lots. But here are our handles:

Instagram : @teejers @cheewee2000

Twitter : @cwandt

your drawings

this has probably been the most rewarding part of the experience for us. so thank you!

check out your drawings here :

don't be shy, submit here :

still no pen? ARG$^%&*&^%*&%$

If you have not received a pen, or if there is anything wrong with it please write to us and let us know. We want to make sure that everyone who supported this project is scribbling away.

International orders can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. The USPS tracking update makes it seem like it's in Chicago forever. However, it should magically pop-up in your mailbox. If you have any worries write to us!

your postcards

Half of your drawings on postcards were sent out a couple weeks ago. We are making/sending more as we make them. These have evolved into a pretty fun project over the past year. We decided to write some small pieces of software to generate friends, animals + sandwiches and are using a lasersaur with a Pen Type-A mod as a glorified drawing machine.

the friend generator :

the animal generator :

the sandwich generator :


Thank you. You were splendid company on this adventure, keeping us grounded and on our tippy toes.

hugs until it hurts,

che-wei + taylor



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    1. Kevin Huang on December 11, 2012

      hello! i would love to buy a sleeve , i understand there is some issues with production now, but please update when this is resolved!!

    2. Raul Fragoso on November 6, 2012

      Being one of the earlier bakers, I'm also very interested in the flexible rubber pocket ! It would be awesome if you could sell it separately as clogging is becoming a real pain, specially if I don't use my beloved pen for a couple of days. Either way, I'm very happy with my pen type-a :)

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      on October 12, 2012

      When I saw you were offering a redesign made in America, I was planning to buy a couple purely to support the decision to support US manufacturer. I'm willing to pay a little more too, but a three-fold increase seems excessive. A price break for original backers would be nice. But, selling more pens at a reduced price might make you more profit in the long run because the current $150 price tag is going to drive away a lot of potential customers.

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      Mateen Mahboubi on October 11, 2012

      Please make the "flexible rubber pocket" available to backers in one way or another. Clogging is a hassle and if there is an easy way to instal this into our pens (dab of glue on bottom, put on tip of pen and slide into sleeve) I would love to get my hands on it and I'm sure that most others would as well.

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      Brian May on October 11, 2012

      The only real reason that the price went to $150 is due to manufacturing and CW&T still wanting to make the same amount of profit per pen.
      $50 is one thing, $150 for a pen however is too rich for my blood. I am interested in how whether or not that rubber locking gasket can be installed in our pens.

    6. Uncle GroOve on October 11, 2012

      @Brian - yes BUT... our pens were $50, the made in USA is $150 (from what I see from the website).
      We knew very well we were buying a MIC product.
      As per my previous comments re. this product I for one appreciate the fact that the team has considered onshore manufacturing. I still need to make my mind up wether the $150 price tag is within what I consider a proper range of price.


    7. Raymond Wong on October 11, 2012

      What Richard Newton said!!

    8. Brian Draghi
      on October 10, 2012

      I also agree that there should be a discount to all the backers for the new improved version of the pen. Having the flexible rubber pocket in the new version of the sleeve to prevent clogging is huge. Just feels like all the original backers are getting the raw end of the deal here.

    9. Jonathan Donnelly Gluck on October 10, 2012

      Well done! So glad to see you've made it.

    10. Richard Newton on October 10, 2012

      I too think it would be nice if you recognized the original backers with a discount of sorts on your new products. Being an original backer makes me feel like being a member of a special fraternity.
      On the other hand, not sure I would offer it to everyone (I'm referring to the sucky attitude, the entitlement suggested by some previous comments. Oye, some people really need to get a life!!!)

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      AmKap on October 10, 2012

      I agree with some of the other comments here, a discount for backers on the newly refined pen type-A would be good. Especially as the first one took such a long time to get to fruition and the new one seems to be a more consistent quality now that it's made in the USA.

    12. Mark L Evans on October 10, 2012

      Hey guys, loving my type-A but was not so thrilled with the ink cart, quite by accident I have found something that fits and is available locally. The refill for the Uniball Signo 207 works quite nicely, just needs a bit of foam in the back like some others that you have reported on...

      Thanx again


    13. lloyd on October 10, 2012

      So you it takes over a year to get the pen then you go and make a better one? WHO ARE YOU APPLE!?
      I still don't have mine but now its outdated

      "Changes include a locking gasket in the base of the sleeve so that the pen doesn't fall out when turned upside-down"


      Thanks for messing us around

    14. Jeremy Stewart on October 10, 2012

      Hey backers, I have made a short "unboxing" video of my Type-A I would love if you checked it out. Send it to anyone thats interested in one!…

    15. JNB on October 10, 2012

      It probably was a long painful lesson, but thank you for choosing American craftsmanship, pride and jobs over corruption and greed and slavery!

    16. Sam Fellig on October 10, 2012

      Congrats! The new version looks beautiful.

    17. Jussi Myllyluoma
      on October 10, 2012

      Congratulations, fellows!
      Don't forget to write that book... ;-)

    18. Brandon Eley on October 10, 2012

      I second Andrew's comment... would love a discount for us backers who stuck with you guys. I'd love to have the new version of the pen.

      Also, emailing you about the 3d printed sleeves you posted about a couple months ago. I ordered one and it will not fit my Pen-Type-A. Too small.... was kinda bummed.

    19. Andrew Peppard on October 10, 2012

      Congrats! A long road, but elegantly walked.

      It would be awesome if you offered a coupon for us backers for the "new" version of the pen.