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A titanium bookmark pen with a detachable clip. The kid sibling of Pen Type-A and Pen Type-B is finally here.
A titanium bookmark pen with a detachable clip. The kid sibling of Pen Type-A and Pen Type-B is finally here.
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Pen Type-C is a reliable, flat, durable bookmark pen. 

Perfect for everyday carry in a pocket or tucked in a notebook.

It's precision machined out of titanium to house a high quality cartridge that never dries or leaks.  

Bent spring steel protects the tip when not in use. Flip it around to snap into writing position.


The scrappy, unassuming, take me anywhere kid sibling of Pen Type-A and Pen Type-B is here, and comes with a detachable clip.

After Pen Type-A, we thought we were done making pens. And after Pen Type-B, we really thought we were done. But after coming across the tiny version of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C ink cartridge (the Coleto), we thought it would be a fun to make the smallest possible, ergonomic pen to carry with us everywhere.


Pen Type-C is our everyday pen. 

We take at least one everywhere we go, often slipped into a Studio Sketchbook. This quirky, ultra-functional, minimal design embodies much of what we value in our design practice. It’s precise, a little weird, and lets us work on ideas anytime and anywhere.



Thin enough to be a bookmark.

Pen Type-C is 3.5 mm thin. Save that page you are reading, or slip it into your sketchbook. It's also lightweight, so it won't weigh down your pocket.

Pen Type-C is about 3 credit cards thick (Thank you Dave for suggesting this comparison!)
Pen Type-C is about 3 credit cards thick (Thank you Dave for suggesting this comparison!)

An ink cartridge that never dries or leaks.

Pen Type-C is designed to fit the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto ink cartridge. It comes in 15 colors and multiple thicknesses. These cartridges are designed for clicky pens, so they are engineered to be exposed to air and not leak. We’ve been testing these for over two years. It seriously won’t leak in your pocket or dry up.

To replace the ink cartridge, use your new cartridge to snap the old one out. Insert the new cartridge’s tip, and press it into place.

If you have another cartridge you'd rather use, it might fit! 

If it's 3mm thick, like Bic style ink cartridges, you can chop off the tail end to make it short enough to fit in Pen Type-C.


Precision machined with quality and longevity in mind.

As with other CW&T products. Pen Type-C is machined out of high quality materials with longevity in mind. It's made of grade 5 titanium with a glass bead blast finish.


No branding.

You know the drill. We don’t put our names on your stuff.


A detachable clip.

Pen Type-C comes with a durable, stainless steel clip. Keep it anchored to a book, pocket, shirt ... your socks?!

If you'd rather go clipless, you can remove the screws and the clip with a flathead screwdriver.

Design process

We began designing Pen Type-C in December 2016. After getting 98% of the way there, we  made numerous prototypes out of aluminum and copper on our CNC mill, testing and tweaking dimensions slowly over time. The snappiness when you switch into writing position, the width, thickness, and weight. We tested tons of materials and coatings, from stainless steel, to copper, to aluminum with cerakote and DLC (diamond like carbon). 

Some Pen Type-C prototypes.
Some Pen Type-C prototypes.

We spent a lot of time testing the placement of the pivot and length of the bent wire component. You might notice it is not centered to the pen body. This intentionally adds length to the pen when in writing position.

Pen Type-C compared to a Sharpie (thank you Michal for the suggesting this comparison!)
Pen Type-C compared to a Sharpie (thank you Michal for the suggesting this comparison!)

Whenever we'd show Pen Type-C to a friend, the one bit of feedback we often got was it needed a clip. 

Two failed + the final clip. From left to right: The mousetrap, the folded metal without hardware, and the final with custom screws.
Two failed + the final clip. From left to right: The mousetrap, the folded metal without hardware, and the final with custom screws.

We tried integrating a clip into the bent wire component. (See crazy looking mouse trap design above.) Then we tried make a clip from a custom bent laser-cut piece of stainless steel, that would snap into place. But it was too hard to make those bends to tolerance. Finally we arrived at our current design, where the clip is attached with two custom made M2 screws. 



This pen is my on the fly go to traveler, it stays in my pocket and comes with me everywhere.” 

- Francesco Galetto, Steven Harris Architects + Studio Muretto



Lightweight and compact, this pen is surprisingly easy to use. The Hi-Tec C Coleto refill writes effortlessly and the minimal footprint means that you can pretty much carry it anywhere with you."

- Yong-Soo Chung, Founder + CEO Urban EDC Supply



"The super-slim Pen Type-C has a cool, innovative design that boasts a small footprint. We can see it becoming a staple in anyone's EDC kit." 

- Shu Yao, CEO Jetpens



“Remember the one pen you had as a kid that you loved, but no longer have? The Pen Type-C brings that joy back, in thoughtful CW&T fashion.”

- Brad Dowdy, The Pen Addict // Co-Founder NockCo



"This is the pen of my dreams! It's so beautifully designed that I put a red string on it to turn it into a necklace. And people are shocked when they find out it also doubles as a pen!"

- Tricia Wang, watch her ted talk on human insights missing from big data.


Pen Type-C hanging with some Pen Type-As, Bs and a Studio Sketchbook. Ready to get busy.
Pen Type-C hanging with some Pen Type-As, Bs and a Studio Sketchbook. Ready to get busy.
Hands on.
Hands on.
Pen Type-C is made for the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto, a rollerball gel ink pen with acid free archival quality ink. It comes in 15 colors and multiple thicknesses.
Pen Type-C is made for the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto, a rollerball gel ink pen with acid free archival quality ink. It comes in 15 colors and multiple thicknesses.
Pen Type-C hanging with some Pen Type-Bs.
Pen Type-C hanging with some Pen Type-Bs.


Clipped in a pocket.
Clipped in a pocket.



Specifications

  • Dimensions: 105 mm x 15 mm x 3.5 mm | 4.13" x  0.59" x  0.13"
  • Weight (including clip): 17g | 0.6oz
  • Materials: Grade 5 Titanium (body), Stainless Steel (clip + spring clip).
  • Ink: 0.4mm black Hi-Tec-C Coleto ink cartridge.

Do your on-the-fly ideas justice with a high quality, pocketable pen.



Post campaign optional add-ons

If this campaign is successful, we'll offer optional add-ons to go with your pen in a survey:

  • extra ink cartridges
  • color ink cartridge kit (15 colors) (thank you Rose for the suggestion)
  • custom engraving
  • CW&T Studio Sketchbook
  • other goodies!

Timeline

  • June 18 launch.
  • July 18 campaign ends.
  • August place PO for Pen Type-C + packaging, top of production prototypes from manufacturer have already been approved by CW&T.
  • September receive order in Brooklyn + assemble.
  • October ship,
Image credit : ksquared or kmouse or kk or something like that.
Image credit : ksquared or kmouse or kk or something like that.

Who we are

CW&T is the art and design practice of Che-Wei Wang + Taylor Levy. We live in a world of our own making. It's a world where every object has its purpose, although not always purposeful, and where common objects receive uncommon consideration. This is CW&T’s 10th project on Kickstarter. We are @charliewhiskeytango on Instagram, and are CW&T on the internet. 

Risks and challenges

This is our 10th campaign! We're committed to delivering the highest quality, most thoughtful work imaginable.

We understand the risks of manufacturing and refuse to compromise quality. If at any point this means a project delay to make sure things are perfect, that's the way we go. Our priority is to make things properly.

When making anything new, there are always unknowns and points of failure. That said, we are accountable to our supporters and do everything in our power to cover our bases so everyone is happy.

We're looking forward to this adventure with you all, whether it's your first, second, third or tenth! time working with us. :)

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Environmental commitments

Visit our Environmental Resources Center to learn how Kickstarter encourages sustainable practices.

Long-lasting design

We prioritize longevity with everything we design. With Pen Type-C we're using grade 5 titanium, which doesn't require any coatings that could wear off or chip. 10 years from now, your Pen Type-C will likely look brand new.

Sustainable fulfillment and distribution

We have 11 kWp worth of photovoltaic cells on our roof, powering our workshop where we design, prototype, assemble, package and ship everything we make.

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