Design update & reviews that are really worth 5 minutes to read
I made it a goal to not post an update more than once a week or so, but the latest developments I feel deserve your feedback.
First of all, here is a render of how I plan to take care of the "sharp fins" problem. I'll be adding a chamfer to both surfaces of the rib (the top that touches your hand, and the bottom that may touch your hand). If the manufacturer can do a round instead I'll opt for that. In addition I will also add a chamfer or round to the edges that surround the body, just so everything is as nice to the touch as possible.
Second, my last two reviews are up and both authors are amazing writers. The Everyday Commentary in particular graciously accepted my pen on short notice due to its unique design and tested Airfoil for 14 days. Tony, the author, crafted a really stellar review and highlighted everything he experienced with Airfoil. He does grade products with a candid and fair opinion though, and has graded products that were junk with junk scores. If you have the time, his is definitely the review to read.
In summary, the sharp fins were the biggest annoyance to all the pen reviewers, but as I stated above I'm working on that. I've also manufactured prototype clips and will update you on how well those work. All reviewers confirmed that the balance of Airfoil is surprisingly quite well, and a majority confirmed that although this looks like a fat puppy, it's really not that bad (think of writing with a big sharpie I suppose). A very common comment was how satisfyingly smooth and silent the twist mechanism is, which I'm very glad they noticed, that is a pet peeve for me personally (being a mechanical engineering student).
Lastly, here is where I really need your input as what people comment here will determine how I structure my relaunch (not to be a downer again, but just being realistic). Basically, I'm trying to make the confusing pledging a much simpler process.
Clips: Should I just include them as standard for Airfoil and not as an Add-On? If backers choose to remove them on their own it may not work since it shifts the center column 0.063". In short, I can make the pen or without a clip no problem, but if you want it interchangeable there will be a larger gap in the center column.
Engraving: Some backers and in the review of The Clicky Post, they stated that the engraved logo looks a bit cheap I suppose, too flashy and too generic. Should I change the font to a more unique one? Italic or print (I like italic personally)? How would you want the engraving? Subtle and not white? Smaller?
Special engraving: Do you want a KS engraved on the endcap (small of course, maybe a quarter inch in width and height, and this would be before the anodizing so it won't be white).
Hope to hear from you all soon! Your input has really really helped me cater this project better to backers. I've learned so much from everyone's comments and feedback.