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A true drawing tool, handmade for life. A beautifully stylish writing and drawing instrument designed and built by Nicholas Hemingway.
A true drawing tool, handmade for life. A beautifully stylish writing and drawing instrument designed and built by Nicholas Hemingway.
A true drawing tool, handmade for life. A beautifully stylish writing and drawing instrument designed and built by Nicholas Hemingway.
226 backers pledged £16,744 to help bring this project to life.

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The New Mark II Handmade Everlasting Mechanical Pencil
The New Mark II Handmade Everlasting Mechanical Pencil

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Where it began  

My Grandfather Philip Hemingway was an engineer and draftsman in his early career. Later he retired to become an Horologist (Clockmaker). Pencils like this one were not around when he was a draftsman, but neither were pencils seen as disposable, valueless tools. 

The disposable culture we live in today encourages a valueless attitude to cheap material things. It is these cheap products that really cause a lot of the world's pollution. Because of their large scale production they cost next to nothing. This not only makes them attractive to buy to the masses, but also produces a disposable and valueless mindset towards them and so many are thrown away without consideration for their real value and cost to the environment. 

I have a box that belonged to my grandfather of all of his tools and some of the pencils inside it have been sharpened all the way down to the rubber, in fact, I have a box of drafting tools from his grandfather William Hemingway too in which lies another almost fully sharpened down pencil which must be well over 100 years old. 

How often nowadays do you see the design life of a pencil lasting over 1 year? Of course they can last many years, but the point is, do we see a value in the pencil any more?

My Great Great Grandfather's drafting set.
My Great Great Grandfather's drafting set.

 

 

 

This led to the Everlasting Mechanical Pencil Mark I
This led to the Everlasting Mechanical Pencil Mark I

...This ultimately then led to the Mark II Everlasting Mechanical Pencil below...

The Mark II Handmade Everlasting Mechanical Pencil
The Mark II Handmade Everlasting Mechanical Pencil

We thought what better way to launch our new pencil, than on the platform that created us. Those of you who made us what we are today through Kickstarter have the chance to own our new and latest mechanical pencil.

 

 

 

 

With a diameter of only 8mm, they are beautifully slim.
With a diameter of only 8mm, they are beautifully slim.

 

Unscrewing of the nib reveals its brass mechanism
Unscrewing of the nib reveals its brass mechanism

 

Our Pledge Rewards mean you not only get your hands on these pencils first, but you also get a considerable discount too!

Reward 1 (pledging £49): Gives you 30% off the future RRP. 

Reward 2 (pledging £54): Gives you 22% off the future RRP. 

Rewards 3, 4 & 5 (pledging £59): Gives you 15% off the future RRP. 

Reward 6 (pledging £100): Gives you 28% off the future RRP. 

Reward 7 (pledging £140): Gives you 33% off the future RRP.

Risks and challenges

Of course there is a small chance that there may be delays in the process, but I hope to absolutely meet my deadlines and fulfillment agendas once the pledge target is met. Realistically, there are no real obstacles to overcome as I am machining all the units myself and have estimated that I can produce a maximum of 20 pencils per day absolutely all on my own. That's the great thing about a self producing production line, I am not relying on any other companies or manufacturers to meet my demands.
If I get an order for 40 of my precision pencils then I make 40 pencils and distribute them myself with no one else to depend upon. This bespoke made to order service is the way small business used to run before industrialisation. It's a straightforward service much like a tailors. Its a beautifully simple means of production and so I hope not to run into any problems.

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