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Inigo EcheverriaBy Inigo Echeverria
First created
Inigo EcheverriaBy Inigo Echeverria
First created
€12,511
pledged of €3,000pledged of €3,000 goal
134
backers
29days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, May 25 2019 10:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome to the world of IndiGraph

With your help, we can take our new project forward: a pen that does not dry out and that allows the use of Indian/chinese ink. 

Indigraph is aimed at users who want to draw or do calligraphy, such as urban sketchers, calligraphers, designers, illustrators, etc.

Would you like to have one in your pencil case? Help us to make it happen! 

IndiGraph is the perfect solution for sketchers, calligraphers, designers and illustrators to express their creativity without interruptions. It is an innovative fountain pen that differs from the rest because of a unique advantage: its ability to keep the nib constantly moist, preventing the inks from drying out.

How does it achieve this? Using the advanced IndiGraph technology, a water reservoir is provided in the upper part of the pen cap, separated by a custom-designed membrane, which allows the passage of moisture – but not water – and stops the nib from ever drying out. 

Interior pen holder felt, made from recycled plastic bottles
Interior pen holder felt, made from recycled plastic bottles

 IndiGraph, unlike other fountain pens, allows the use of Indian inks. What’s special about this? While using this type of ink, when the ink dries, a waterproof film of shellac is created which protects the drawing from water, making it ideal for working with watercolours or inking comics, among other graphic arts. 

This means that, if you become a true Indigrapher, you won't have to worry about ruining your work  – with Indigraph that won’t happen.  

IndiGraph is a fountain pen capable of using a wide variety of inks including Indian, calligraphy, color and regular inks; which makes suitable for different artistic endeavours.
IndiGraph is a fountain pen capable of using a wide variety of inks including Indian, calligraphy, color and regular inks; which makes suitable for different artistic endeavours.

The origin of the idea goes back to the need to be able to draw in the open air with Indian ink without a dip pen. In the 1980s, the English company ‘Osmiroid ’ produced a special pen for this purpose. The pen consisted of a normal fountain pen but with a nib that could be disassembled to clean it. The problem was that whenever you wanted to use it, it was always dry. For this reason, a couple of years ago we started to think about the problem, and it occurred to us that the important thing was to keep the nib moist and prevent the ink from drying. 

An example of one of the prototypes of IndiGraph pen.
An example of one of the prototypes of IndiGraph pen.

This allowed the use of both Indian ink and coloured acrylic inks as well as calligraphy inks.

After a great many tests with sponges in the tip, different gels etc., we came up with the idea of ​​creating a reservoir containing water and a membrane that only let moisture pass through, preventing the ink from being spoiled. After producing several prototypes and refining the system, it seemed to work well. 

IndiGraph Fountain Pen between prototypes.
IndiGraph Fountain Pen between prototypes.

Interchangeable German quality nibs (EF,F,M 1.1, 1.4, gold)
Interchangeable German quality nibs (EF,F,M 1.1, 1.4, gold)
Long lasting water reservoir, extremely easy to fill
Long lasting water reservoir, extremely easy to fill
Indigraph allows for the use of waterproof inks (like Indian ink).
Indigraph allows for the use of waterproof inks (like Indian ink).
The clip can be fitted or removed.
The clip can be fitted or removed.


Once the issue of keeping the ink fresh was resolved, we began to look at the shape of the pen, taking into account ergonomics, materials and manufacturing, 

Our pen is designed with a geometry that adapts to the user, creating excellent ergonomics. The pen narrows at the back allowing it to be held closer to the hand, which provides greater precision when drawing.

The pen weighs 21g and has a diameter of 11mm and a length of 145mm. 

Improved grip due to slim handle
Improved grip due to slim handle


We have been working for some time on the development of Indigraph pen prototypes, until we reach the perfect design, which we have already achieved. So once we start receiving orders in Kickstarter we will start with the production, which takes around a month. Therefore, we will start sending orders at the end of July, to guarantee the delivery date will be in August.

You can reach us by sending an email to: info@indigraph.com 

Risks and challenges

Nib supplies can vary for different sizes and shapes. If the chosen nib is not available with the selected shape, those affected will be notified.

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Long-lasting design

Top quality materials are used to produce IndiGraph.
German Nib, feeder and converter, aeronautical grade 6061 aluminium and a stainless steel clip. The pen can be disassemble completely so all the parts can be thoroughly cleaned and replaced.
Other grip colors may be available after the product is launched.

Sustainable materials

The entire pen is made of aluminum, which is 100% recyclable and the interior of our packaging is made of recycled polyethylene (Pet) bottles, a new soft felt type material that holds the pen safely in place.

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    10ml Indigraph ink bottle rebate, when purchasing your first indigraph pen at the online store.

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    Calligraphy set with 2 extra nibs.
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