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Make the use of pens easier and more enjoyable by bringing click pen ease to capped fountain pens, rollerballs, or ballpoints.
Make the use of pens easier and more enjoyable by bringing click pen ease to capped fountain pens, rollerballs, or ballpoints.
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The Penwell is a tool for those that notice and appreciate the details in life. Invented to make the use of a capped pen simpler so the writing experience would be more delightful, the Penwell quickly becomes an indispensable desk companion.  

                                

Almost a year ago we introduced the Penwell, a patent pending tool that brings the convenience of a click pen to your favorite capped pen. The genesis of the product was born out of weariness in using a beloved, yet capped fountain pen doing routine stop and go writing while working. Thread cap off, write. Thread cap on. Thread cap off, write. Thread cap on. Thread cap off, write...and so it went.  Of course, a click pen would have been easier, but easier wasn't the intent. The writing experience was the intent, which could only be had with a certain pen.  Besides, good money had been invested in a modest pen collection that wasn’t being used as much as it should, simply for lack of a convenient opportunity. The pens deserved better. Surely, there had to be a better way, and it turns out there was. After much experimentation and prototyping, the solution was actually quite simple, and works off two primary principles—the Penwell securely and safely holds your pen cap (so you don't have to) and sticks (non-permanently) to your writing surface to keep it anchored while you cap and uncap your pen.  A great pen is made handier anytime, and a great pen can now be used in multitasking situations where it was previously undesirable. 

Original Penwell Classic in walnut
Original Penwell Classic in walnut

Our original Penwell was and continues to be met with great feedback and reviews, but we saw room for a version that was more portable, lightweight, and had a less traditional aesthetic. 

With a collapsible design, aluminum construction, and a modern design aesthetic, the Penwell Traveler is the perfect compliment to its larger, older sibling.

Small or large, clip or clipless, snap fit or threaded, the Penwell can accommodate a wide range of writing tools
Small or large, clip or clipless, snap fit or threaded, the Penwell can accommodate a wide range of writing tools
Additional insert fits the Apple Pencil (see 'Updates' section for more information)
Additional insert fits the Apple Pencil (see 'Updates' section for more information)

1. Adhere 

Position the Penwell where you’d like and press down firmly to secure the microsuction pad. It’s pressure sensitive, so it adheres better with more pressure. The microsuction uses no glues or adhesives and is easily removable, reusable, and can be cleaned to rejuvenate its tackiness. It will stick to most any surface with a texture smooth enough that a sheet of paper can be directly written on with no additional backing.

2. Adjust 

Rotate the body to the angle you’re comfortable with. 

3. Insert 

Push your pen in cap-first until the cap is secure. Because of an internal taper to the soft foam sleeve, the further the cap is inserted, the tighter the grip on the cap.

4. Use 

Use your capped pen with the convenience of a click pen. The cap stays put (as does the Penwell) so you’re free to multitask or enjoy stop and go writing sessions without giving up the pen you love. Threaded caps no longer need to be fully threaded after each use—simply rest the pen in the cap during use.

5. Move On

When you’re ready to move on, remove your pen, collapse the Traveler, rock it side to side to release, store it, and go.

  • Size: Approximately 1"x 1”x 2” 
  • Weight: 1.3 oz. 
  • Microsuction base pad 
  • Reversible foam insert to secure cap 
  • Protective sleeve on pivot pin protects pen cap
  • Zippered clamshell storage case
  • Slipcover to keep pad clean while in transit
  • Patent Pending 
  • Proudly made in South Dakota, USA

Cap Diameter Ranges (approximations) 

  • see Sizing Guide
  • UPDATE: Optional XS foam insert fits the Apple Pencil as well as small pens (not listed on Sizing Guide). See 'Updates' section for more information.

Available Finishes:

  • Tumbled Raw Aluminum with aluminum bolt
  • Storm Gray Cerakote with aluminum bolt (limited availability)
  • Snow White Cerakote with brass bolt (limited availability) 
Available in Tumbled Raw Aluminum, Storm Gray Cerakote, and Snow White Cerakote
Available in Tumbled Raw Aluminum, Storm Gray Cerakote, and Snow White Cerakote
Compact and lightweight
Compact and lightweight
Traveler dimensions
Traveler dimensions
Penwell Sizing Guide
Penwell Sizing Guide
         
Reversible foam, tapered on one side while straight on the other allows for a custom fit
Reversible foam, tapered on one side while straight on the other allows for a custom fit
Non marring protective sleeve on pivot pin
Non marring protective sleeve on pivot pin
Clamshell case for storage
Clamshell case for storage

 Cleaning

While the microsuction pad isn’t sticky to the touch, it is slightly tacky and will pick up dust as it’s moved around. We recommend two methods to clean: either wipe with a water dampened cloth, or use a piece of standard Scotch tape to blot the pad (think lint roller) to remove dust particles. 

Cleaning with a damp cloth
Cleaning with a damp cloth
Cleaning with transparent tape
Cleaning with transparent tape

Reversing Foam 

The Traveler is designed to remove the foam from the backside. With the Traveler in a collapsed position, use a pencil to push the foam from the backside towards the front. After reversing, work the foam back into position one side at a time until in place. 

Removing reversible foam sleeve
Removing reversible foam sleeve

Clip Orientation 

Clipped writing instruments fit differently depending on whether the clip is oriented to the side or to a corner. A little experimentation will help to find the best fit for a particular pen.

Finger Brace Method for Slip Fit Caps 

Stubborn fitting slip or snap fit caps can be rather jolting to use, rather like breaking a wishbone with someone. We highly recommend adopting the simple habit of bracing one finger against the rim of the Penwell when removing to absorb the shock. This becomes habit in a very short time and makes certain pens far more pleasant to use. Besides, it keeps from flaying ink all over if you happen to have a pen that would do such a thing.

Finger brace method for slip fit caps
Finger brace method for slip fit caps

Long Term Pen Storage 

We understand fountain pens ought not be stored nib down. Just remove the pen at the end of the writing session and store however you're most comfortable with.

Adjusting the Tension

If the hinge action of the Penwell is too tight or too loose for your liking, simply use a penny as a screwdriver to adjust the screw in the binding post. A screwdriver can be used, but a penny is adequate and reduces the chances of slipping and thereby scratching the finish. The more the Penwell is collapsed or rotated the more often this may need to be done.

We endeavored with our original Penwell to make a well designed, high quality product that is a delight to use.  The primary feedback we get is how surprised our customers are by how much they love it. We’ve done a number of pen shows around the country, and the most satisfying response we observe is the “Ooooh!” moment, more commonly known as the “Aha! moment. This is when someone goes from thinking they understand what the Penwell does to truly understanding what is does and how it would make using their own pen more enjoyable. If you’re thinking we’ve made just another pen stand and over complicated it in the process, understand the Penwell is for using your pen, not displaying it. While we think it's a handsome little tool, it was always meant to be a work horse, not a show pony. We hope you're willing to give one a try and we're confident you'll be more than pleased with it. Thanks for taking the time to check out our project, and thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

While the Traveler is a new product, it’s largely an iteration of our already established flagship, the Penwell Classic. New manufacturing processes are involved, but are in our wheelhouse with the proper equipment. We also have established relationships with manufacturers (mostly local to us) we currently work with for processes done out of house. With this in mind, we feel we can establish a realistic timeline for the manufacture of the Traveler. We’re also not unfamiliar with unforeseen issues creeping into any new product venture. We’ve done our best to get as much in the way of processes and systems set up prior to the launch of our campaign to minimize surprises later. In the event we have unforeseen challenges we aren’t able to address swiftly, we work hard to be as upfront and transparent with our customers as we can. We hold highly the idea to treat our customers as we’d like to be treated, and have done our best to prove such sentiment with our actions.

If the campaign exceeds our set goal we're confident we can handle larger quantities, but the delivery date may be pushed back. How much would depend on the level of increased production, but we would work hard to be as timely as possible without sacrificing the quality of our products.

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