About this project
My father, Roger, and I share a love for woodworking and a particular love for creating pens. We have an online store called HerdrichPens.com and work with hundreds of unique and rare materials. One of our favorite materials to work with is banded malachite and is our featured material for this Kickstater campaign. Each pen is turned the old fashioned way, using a wood lathe and a variety of hand chisels. Every piece is handcrafted by the two of us in our small shop in Chicago, Illinois. We travel to small fairs and shows throughout the Midwest, meeting wonderful people and showcasing our pens.
During this Kickstarter campaign, we are thrilled to be offering these unique products in greater variation and at a much reduced price than on our website. As you can imagine, working with stone can be very difficult and requires extremely precise craftsmanship so as not to shatter or overheat the material as we are creating the pens. In order to overcome these obstacles, we tirelessly sharpen our tools multiple times and use water to cool and lubricate the malachite while we drill and turn each pen to its final dimensions.
We are proud to announce that we have been selected and featured by Backerclub.co this week!
History of Malachite
Malachite is a semi-precious gemstone formed over thousands of years as water seeps through copper formations in the earth. The process that turns copper green when exposed to water is the same process that gives malachite its deep, rich, green color. As the copper reacts to the water, a chemical reaction between the copper ore, oxygen, and hydrogen in water make for the unique green color. The most highly sought after stones have intricate bands of green and black stripes. The greater variation in color and pattern, the more prized they become.
The Steinbeck is an elegant and streamlined pen. It is engaged and disengaged using a smooth twist motion on the crown of the pen. This pen uses Parker refills and comes standard with black ink.
The Salinger is a large and powerful pen. It is designed to showcase the beauty of the malachite and is engaged by twisting the top and bottom barrels in opposite directions. This pen is also unique in that you can engage it by twisting either to the right or left. This pen uses Parker refills and comes standard with black ink.
The Twain is a beautiful mix of form and function. This pen features an alternate slide click system that is not only unique and durable, but also includes an optional stylus that can easily replace the standard flat top. This pen uses Parker refills and comes standard with black ink.
The Shakespeare is a truly elegant writing instrument. It is perfectly balanced and allows you to 'post' the cap for convenience while writing or storing the pen. With rhodium plating throughout, this pen features a genuine Swarovski crystal mounted at the end of the clip. The fountain pen comes with a fine point nib. It uses either standard fountain pen ink cartridges or the optional included siphon for using the bottled ink of your choice. The fountain pen includes one black cartridge and one ink siphon. The rollerball includes one black Schmidt 5888 steel cartridge with ceramic point. Both the fountain pen and rollerball cartridges are found readily at your local office supply store.
The Hemingway is our most refined and classic writing instrument. The ceramic rollerball makes writing effortless and the fountain pen is equipped with an extremely smooth Bock fine or medium point nib of your choice. It also allows you to 'post' the cap for convenience while writing or storing the pen. The fountain pen uses standard fountain pen ink cartridges or the optional included siphon for using the bottled ink of your choice. The fountain pen includes one black cartridge and one ink siphon. The rollerball includes one black Schmidt 5888 steel cartridge with ceramic point. Both the fountain pen and rollerball cartridges are found readily at your local office supply store.
We reached our $15k stretch goal! We are now going to invest in an engraving machine to laser engrave pens. If you would like your pen engraved, you can pledge an additional $20 to have your pen engraved. You will have a font choice of Allura, Ariel, Cooper, Rockwell, or Times New Roman. All of the laser engraving will be filled with black to contrast the malachite and allow the engraving to been seen more easily without distracting from the pen. You can have your pen engraved on the upper or lower barrel, and on the front or the backside of the pen. Here are a few quick diagrams to aid in the understanding. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.
Here are all the font options and the character maximums for each.
Here is our original video, it was much too long but you get to see me fumble over the pens. I hope you enjoy.
Wonder how your pen will be created?
I have made a quick video with narration (not a talent I possess) to explain how the pens are created. The pen I made in this video is made of amboyna burl wood. I just wish I could make a pen this quickly! Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy!
Included with every reward
All pens include a wooden pen box for your desk as well as a microfiber pen sleeve to protect your pen on the go.
$10K stretch reward achieved! Upgraded pen carry case! You will receive your choice of either a brown or black leatherette carrying case!
Stretch Goal #1 - UNLOCKED!
If we receive $5K in pledges all microfiber pen sleeves will be automatically upgraded to a random leatherette pen carrying case.
Stretch Goal #2
If we receive $10K in pledges the randomly selected leatherette pen carrying cases will be automatically upgraded to your choice of black or brown leatherette carrying case.
Stretch Goal #3
If we receive $15k in pledges we will purchase an engraving machine and offer laser engraving for an additional $20 per pen.
Stretch Goal #4
If we receive $20K in pledges all pen boxes will be automatically upgraded to larger felt lined, magnetic closure, rosewood pen boxes.
Thank you all so much for your support thus far. We look forward to continued success with your help! If you like our pens, tell a friend, family member, or a stranger!
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Risks and challenges
If we are fortunate enough to have our project funded, we foresee no delays or challenges. We use multiple vendors to procure all the necessary material and already own all the required tools. We value your support, and we will do whatever it takes to meet our commitment to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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