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Experience writing nirvana: a masterfully machined body designed exclusively for the world's finest Montblanc cartridges.
Experience writing nirvana: a masterfully machined body designed exclusively for the world's finest Montblanc cartridges.
Experience writing nirvana: a masterfully machined body designed exclusively for the world's finest Montblanc cartridges.
1,063 backers pledged $121,286 to help bring this project to life.

24 hours to go/1,023 backers/$116K -- High Fives and a Sneak Peak!

Dear Backers,

I just wanted to thank you for being awesome! This is crazy. You would not believe what is sitting on my shop floor right now! What I can't believe is that so many people have gotten behind this project, and I'm honored and humbled to have your support. 


*Official High Five!* 


Things are already incredibly busy. I'm dealing with about a dozen different vendors just to get the machine to the point where I can start cutting parts. 

  • The ST10-Y arrived day before yesterday. The barfeed arrived yesterday. The electrician finished wiring the machine today. Monday the Haas technician will be on site to get the machine set up, leveled, and tested. 
  • Tooling is in various stages of ordering/shipping/sitting on my desk. I'll be posting photos of all this stuff as it comes in. 
  • The drill bit I'll be using to drill the primary bore in the body of the pen is $350 for a single drill bit...just to give you an idea where the money is going :) 
  • I'm having a set of custom thread taps made to order
  • I already have a set of "test" drills sitting on my desk that I'll use to prove out the program before I put in the really expensive tools that can handle titanium. 
  • Tool holders will be ordered any day now, I just need to get the number and type of holders firmed up
  • Material suppliers are lined up and I'm ready to order the bar stock once the KS funds hit my bank account :) 
  • I've already had some sample pocket clips waterjet just to verify the dimensions
  • I'm about 90% done with my CAD drawings that I'll use to program the machine
  • Enough chit chat, let's see photos! 

Sneak Peek! 

I've also been working with my video guys this week on a couple of video updates so this won't be too much of a spoiler but I know some of you want to see the machine, so here ya go :) It's killing me that I haven't even been able to turn it on yet. However, I have opened and closed the front door about 50 times. 

Yes, it's as big as a car...and this is just the barfeed.

Is that the coolest thing you've ever seen?! For scale, that's a 50 gallon drum on the right

A lot less floor space in the shop now. Overall length: 19 feet  :) 

All the credit for awesome video work goes to my friends Chris and Adam

Just in case you are under the impression this machine is a toy...


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    1. mike smith on April 17, 2013

      I'm with Alex - the sign ought to be a pledge addon :) Best thing since the forklift safety video.

    2. Fei Jing on April 16, 2013

      Thanks for the informative update Jason. This project has the most enjoyable update posts I read

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      Sandjar on April 15, 2013

      Thanks for the update Jason. In case you're wondering I've started counting days till my pen arrives. Also, I think you should make a shirt out of that signe. Man talk about emotional intelligence!

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      Alain Culos on April 14, 2013

      Awesome. This machine is *huge*. Definitely a lot bigger than I thought you were getting. Hope you use it for many more projects to come.

    5. Adam Carter on April 13, 2013

      G'day Jason, kudos to you Jason for acknowledging your video guys. "All the credit for awesome video work goes to my friends Chris and Adam" They certainly helped create a fantastic first impression, I was sold straight away. Have already ordered and received fineliner cartridges ready to be housed.

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      Daniel Hadar on April 12, 2013

      This is so cool! I can't wait to get the pen show my friends who think a pen is a pen that certain pens can really make an epic writing experience...i let them try the mont blanc ballpoint they said it was smooth, but I told them to wait till i let them try the fineliner they will see! Keep up the great work!

    7. H. Jeffrey Bernstein on April 12, 2013

      Thanks for the pics it looks fantastic in your shop. I'd be going nuts waiting for the Haas tech to get there this coming Monday. Such an impressive machine that will be turning out impressive pens. I'm sure once your creative juices start flowing there will be other awesome projects coming from you.
      I can't wait to see the videos of the Haas up and running.

    8. Geoff Cooper on April 12, 2013

      @Alex uhuh - definitely should be a stretch goal to get one those stickers!

    9. Alex von der Linden
      on April 12, 2013

      How much do I have to donate to get one of those signs?!

    10. Joe Wasson on April 12, 2013

      I don't remember seeing "I might lose an arm to a bloodthirsty machine" under "risks and challenges."

    11. Geoff Cooper on April 12, 2013

      Hey Jason, great update and thanks for update!

      Photo's (esp drum for scale) definitely show what you've taken on and I humbly withdraw the injudicious use of "playing" as an adjective in an earlier comment. That us am outstanding safety sticker!

      Can't wait to get pen! Also - flash light arrived safely today it is fantastic (and just awaiting battery to charge - guess I'm learning patience), I have however been quietly enjoying your craftsmanship by gently (and not too frequently I hasten to add) unscrewing and reassembling.

      Can't wait to see videos! Thanks again for this project - best


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      Wan-Kong Chan
      on April 12, 2013

      Wow lovely! Have fun with the new 'toy'!