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The Alpha Bamboo Fountain Pen is a modern tool inspired by the ancient roots of writing.
The Alpha Bamboo Fountain Pen is a modern tool inspired by the ancient roots of writing.
489 backers pledged $69,525 to help bring this project to life.

Already time for good news and bad news

Posted by Prometheus Lights (Creator)
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Good news first right? 

Well we are starting to get material in and cut to size so we can feed the beast. We've also been getting shipments of ink and nibs. Both items are coming directly from Germany and we are hoping (fingers crossed) to get everything in before they go on a 3 week holiday in August. 

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More good news...

A bunch of Backers have been asking about some additional items we carry in the store: Munky Spunk, Nano Oil, and Sunshine Polishing Cloths. These items are now live in BackerKit. If you've already answered your survey you can just log back in and add any items you'd like.

If you need help getting into your BackerKit account, please email support@backerkit.com. 

For more info see below :) 

Munky Spunk is a specialty lubricant that we use on all of our titanium threads. It works better than Nano-Oil for gummy materials like titanium and stainless steel. Also works great on flashlights :)
Munky Spunk is a specialty lubricant that we use on all of our titanium threads. It works better than Nano-Oil for gummy materials like titanium and stainless steel. Also works great on flashlights :)
Nano-Oil is my go-to lubricant for any metal-to-metal contact. We use this on everything except Titanium. Also works great for lubricating o-rings.
Nano-Oil is my go-to lubricant for any metal-to-metal contact. We use this on everything except Titanium. Also works great for lubricating o-rings.
The Sunshine polishing cloth was developed for jewelers and you can use it to restore the shiny finish on brass, copper, nickel, and other metals that tend to patina with use.
The Sunshine polishing cloth was developed for jewelers and you can use it to restore the shiny finish on brass, copper, nickel, and other metals that tend to patina with use.

 Yes, unfortunately there is bad news

Last Tuesday our primary lathe started making a lot of noise...abnormal noise. This is the machine I bought in 2012 to run pens from my second ever Kickstarter project! Normally a spindle should last decades but this one decided on early retirement.

Houston - we have a problem
Houston - we have a problem

We've already received the replacement spindle and are waiting on a service tech to come install it and get the machine dialed back in. Probably going to run $6,000+ in the end, not counting lost productivity. See, manufacturing is fun! 

Right now it's not looking like it will cause a significant delay in delivery. On the plus side, usually a major malfunction at the beginning of a project means smooth sailing for the rest :) 

As always, I'll keep you posted! 

Jason

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      Ryan Burbridge on

      Thanks for the update! Bummer about the machine. Don’t forget to fun the camcorder and post a YouTube video. Well hopefully. Really enjoying my new preon.