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The Tør Pen. An answer to all the 5 and 6 inch-long heavy tactical pens that are too bulky for practical daily carry. Metal pens are often obtrusive in pockets (especially shirts), and their designs often overlook basic requirements of impact use.

This is where the Tør steps in : An EDC pen that incorporates human-centered design. Forged tough for real world use, and to write like a dream. In anyone's hands - small or large, gloved or not.

Intended as a pocket pen for compact, lightweight everyday carry, the Tør is simply superior in every way.

Heavily user-focused and meticulously engineered, it is designed by a scientist and offers ideal ergonomics. Its striking aesthetic is inspired by military and tactical gear and is a result of research-based EDC-focused design. Like its predecessor, the Tør never fails as a conversation starter.

 

 Wired : Why Human-Centered Design Matters

Aluminium tacpens are often too long and sometimes pointed on both ends, which renders them inconvenient for EDC and tactical use. Stainless steel pens are three times as heavy and slippery to the touch, which often renders them unsuitable even for writing (especially for people with small hands). Titanium pens [of the compact variety] strike a fine balance but are often expensive.

The Tør - made of lightweight aircraft-grade aluminium with a steel bolt action - is an antidote to these inadequacies.

 

 

 

EDC-ers are sometimes forced to leave behind a useful tool due to its bulk. Here, length is a compact 4.5" (115mm), and the writing grip diameter is 0.43" (11mm). This makes the Tør an unobtrusive pocket pal you can carry daily - and it just might bail you out in an emergency.

Shorter than iPhones.
Shorter than iPhones.

 

What sets the rifle-inspired bolt action mechanism apart is its lifelong reliability. The simplicity of a single moving part makes it fail-proof. Unlike ordinary pens there are no risks of inked pockets, lost caps, or broken plastic parts. In addition, it can be used with one finger, which is always convenient for quick note-taking (especially handy while on the phone).

Precision machining ensures a smooth, satisfying click.
Precision machining ensures a smooth, satisfying click.

  

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Many metal pens - stylish as they are - can get away with a shiny tube and a decent refill. This still works because the pen is a simple tool and doesn't invite scrutiny. But here at Ketalon HQ, we're a bit obsessive. Making 'higher gear' requires a maniacally detailed approach. We researched the bestselling pen brands, measured them, carried them in pockets, disassembled them repeatedly to check for wear and tear, compared weights and balance. Then we wrote the same sentence over and over with different models, recorded what felt comfortable, what didn't, and what stood out. And we talked to a lot of people, mostly EDC buffs. Then we had a lot of coffee. Results were surprisingly consistent : The refill nib must protrude just enough and not too much (Rollerballs don't work at low angles). Fingers must be less than an inch off the page (Too near or too far, and you sacrifice handwriting). Weight must be kept to a minimum. The best grips also cater to thick or gloved fingers (Besides, people hold pens very differently). We also learned : Folks care deeply about aesthetics (People will always collect beautiful physical objects, as a way of showing who they are). People who carry hard-use tools need to feel confidence in their gear. And minimalists, who are very selective, carefully choose items that must serve them in all environments and last forever.

(Still with us? Awesome!) In short, every spec on the Tør is there for a reason.

  

  

 

The most frequently cited positive of our polymer Rohk Pen was the anti-slip grip. This gives first responders and outdoor users confident gloved grip in cold or wet weather (therefore superb for naked fingers too). We also retained compatibility with Fisher Space / Rite in the Rain refills.

   

The Parker-style/G2 refill is used by 90% of all ballpoint pens.
The Parker-style/G2 refill is used by 90% of all ballpoint pens.

 

  

 

This is our second campaign, and every effort has been made to provide attractively priced rewards to the amazing backer community here on Kickstarter. We've been able to finance the CNC programming, machining, laser cutting, bead blasting, anodizing and shipping of a few samples. Now we need your help to meet volume requirements, and to bring the Tør to life!

 

 

 

If you can, take four seconds to spread the word. This will help the mission. Plus, someone out there could be looking for exactly what you discovered..

 

 

     

 

 

     

 

 

Thanks for reading! For testimonials from backers like you, have a look at the comments on our previous Kickstarter project.

Risks and challenges

Yes, there are risks involved in designing something from scratch and bringing it into the world. However, this is our second KS campaign and we know what to expect. In addition, we've designed, manufactured and sold products to customers around the world, and can leverage our experience to deliver the highest quality and service. If delays occur, as they sometimes can, we'll keep you posted along the way. Those of you who have interacted with us will also know that we give our backers our best.

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