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Beautiful ultra-lightweight carbon fiber special edition mechanical pencil hand-crafted by designer Nicholas Hemingway. Available at www.hemiwear.com
Beautiful ultra-lightweight carbon fiber special edition mechanical pencil hand-crafted by designer Nicholas Hemingway. Available at www.hemiwear.com
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The Matte Black Edition Mechanical Pencil.
The Matte Black Edition Mechanical Pencil.

Cloaked in a Matte Black Modern Finish...

This handmade ultra-lightweight mechanical pencil is my most contemporary design to date. The matte/matt black carbon fibre is a stealthy counterpart to its lustrous chrome nib and propelling button. I designed this pencil to remain timeless in its simplicity, not to mention not look out of place if it were affixed to Batman's utility belt.

Pin Point Precision and Accuracy.
Pin Point Precision and Accuracy.

Inspired by my admiration for Architect Lord Norman Foster...

This year was a big year for me in terms of customer acquisition. Lord Norman Foster became a customer of mine and I am so over the moon to have such a world famous architect using my pencils. 

I studied architecture at university and so to have one of my heroes using one of my products later in life is a dream come true to me.

Hand-written thank you letter from Lord Norman Foster.
Hand-written thank you letter from Lord Norman Foster.
Pride of place in my studio.
Pride of place in my studio.
Some of Lord Foster's structures.
Some of Lord Foster's structures.

A faithful design partner...

I have designed this Matte Black Edition Carbon Fibre Mechanical Pencil to hopefully become your trusty and favoured contemporary design companion in whichever field of design you may come from.

Clean-lined and stealth design.
Clean-lined and stealth design.

Where it all began...

My literary connection with my second cousin Ernest Hemingway and design heritage led me to produce beautiful handmade mechanical pencils on my grandfather's lathe. 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. 

Designed to do a job and reliably do it for years to come.
Designed to do a job and reliably do it for years to come.

Truly value your design 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. 

My Great Great Grandfather's Drafting Set.
My Great Great Grandfather's Drafting Set.
My Great Great Grandfather's Drafting Set. Can you spot the tiny sharpened down pencil stub?
My Great Great Grandfather's Drafting Set. Can you spot the tiny sharpened down pencil stub?

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.

Great quality brass internal mechanisms ensure a long life and reliability.
Great quality brass internal mechanisms ensure a long life and reliability.

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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    1 X Matt Black Edition Carbon Fibre Handmade Mechanical Pencil

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