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A custom mechanical pen that will last a lifetime

British machined and personalised mechanical pen with limited edition collaborations featuring illustrators from around the world.

A custom mechanical pen that will last a lifetime

British machined and personalised mechanical pen with limited edition collaborations featuring illustrators from around the world.

£59,692
pledged of £ 2,000pledged of £ 2,000 goal
600
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, October 1 2019 4:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

 Wingback X Artist series

We’ve teamed up with select illustrators and artists from all around the world to recreate their artwork for our new mechanical pen. In addition to the regular pens, these special editions will be available for a limited time throughout the campaign and will be launched as a priority to our email subscribers. Sign up here to get an early heads up on each drop.

Limited Edition Drop #4: Wingback X Osman Mansaray

Our final artist collaboration, Sierra Leone's Osman Mansaray and his "Shaggy Bear" illustration returns, having featured previously on our Cash Wallets. "Both serious by the look of the design, and of course not so serious by its name, to me this illustration is an attempt to strike an important balance," explains Osman, now based in Virginia, USA. "Both in life and in art, we have to be serious about what we do, but not so serious that all the fun is lost.” Hopefully Osman's design along the barrel of our special edition pen will serve as a welcome reminder to enjoy the process as you put ink to paper in whatever craft you undertake.

Osman Mansaray’s “Shaggy Bear” design will be available as a reward for a limited time. You can change your reward at any time throughout the campaign. 

 For images of all the artist pens, please see the gallery at the bottom of this page.

Limited Edition Drop #3: Wingback X Mister Vi - CLOSED

(You can still add on as a reward if you have already backed, +£93 to your pledge)

New York-based artist Vi Luong has combined two of his passions, architecture and space exploration, with a detailed line drawing of NASA’s Saturn V rocket and lunar module on the front and back of our pens. His “Apollo 11” illustration is a timely nod to this year’s 50th anniversary of the first moon landing as well as to the pressurised Fisher Space Pen cartridges housed in our new design. 

“The tooling of the pen is stunning and I’m so pleased with how well the engraving captures the smallest detail,” says Vi.

For images of all the artist pens, please see the gallery at the bottom of this page.

Limited Edition Drop #2: Wingback X Lei Melendres - CLOSED

(You can still add on as a reward if you have already backed, +£93 to your pledge)

Harnessing the potential of a 360 degree canvas around the barrel of our Mechanical Pen, Philippines-based illustrator Lei Melendres has created a detailed looping artwork named “We Are Infinite”. Lei describes his “Infinity Mix” doodle style as conveying the intensity of endless details and elements interacting together to form a scene of art. “I think of the different characters I draw in my artwork as the people we have met throughout our lives, who have influenced us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” Lei says.

 For images of all the artist pens, please see the gallery at the bottom of this page.

Limited Edition Drop #1: Wingback X Kerby Rosanes - CLOSED

(You can still add on as a reward if you have already backed, +£93 to your pledge)

We previously teamed up with Philippines based graphic designer turned world renowned illustrator Kerby Rosanes to bring his rapacious artwork, the Vampire Wolf, to life on our leather wallets. Now the Wolf returns in brass and stainless steel, laser engraved with intricate detail along the barrel of our Mechanical Pen.

 For images of all the artist pens, please see the gallery at the bottom of this page.


Introducing the Wingback Mechanical Pen

Taking a stand against the disposable culture of fast fashion, we design products we believe will change the way consumers – and manufacturers – behave; by creating cherished items that will last a lifetime.

Our latest creation, the Wingback Mechanical Pen, epitomises our "buy once" philosophy. Machine turned from brass or stainless steel, it has been designed to last for decades, not months and help its owner rediscover the joy of putting pen to paper. 

With a wide 10mm (3/8 Inch) diameter and knurled grip, it sits comfortably in the hand to reduce writing fatigue while the satisfying weight of its materials encourages more time to be taken with every pen stroke. 

The Details

  • A large 10mm (3/8 Inch) diameter allows for a better grip around the pen barrel means you can write more comfortably for longer
  • At a compact 117.5mm (4.63 Inch) length, the pen fits neatly in the crook of your hand when writing and is ideal to tuck in your pocket or bag
  • Made in the UK and built to last a lifetime
  • Personalisation of 50 characters available, laser engraved onto the barrel
  • A single handed twist allows you to lock the nib in place with our bespoke mechanism
  • Precise manufacturing tolerances stop any unwanted nib wobble
  • Includes Fisher PR pressurised refill - (Refills widely available from Amazon etc) 
  • Limited edition artist collaborations launching throughout the campaign

 Personalisation 

We can laser engrave up to 50 characters on the barrel to your specification, enough space for your initials, name or a personal quote to make your pen a little bit extra special.

Design and Functionality

Over 25 iterations has honed in on this design. A larger diameter barrel means your hand won't fatigue as quickly as gripping a narrower pen and the knurled barrel provides good purchase for your fingers. The satisfying weight of the pen also acts as a gentle reminder to take more time over your writing and drawing, achieving a neater result.

 Materials 

Brass: 56g / 1.98 oz

The heavier of the two, the brass pen will develop a unique patina as its surface oxidises and interacts with the natural oils in your hands. This pen will quickly look like a timeless tool, but can easily be polished up to its original lustre.

Stainless Steel 304: 50g / 1.76 oz

Slightly lighter than brass, stainless steel has a harder surface and will not oxidise over time. This means it will maintain its crisp aesthetic indefinitely.

Cartridge

At the end of the day, a pen is only as good as the cartridge that you use. That's why we're working with Fisher Space Pens*. The PR refill is a pressurised cartridge with a tungsten carbide tip. We're providing every pen with a PR4 (medium, black) refill. It lasts three times longer than alternatives and provides an unparalleled smoothness with every pen stroke.

*Fisher Space Pen® Pressurized Ink Cartridge. ‘Fisher’ and ‘Space Pen’ are trademarks of Fisher Pen Co. Boulder City, NV U.S.A.

Engineering

 Our metal designs are custom made from start to finish and we're proud to make this product in the UK using trusted local suppliers. A solid block of stainless steel or brass is CNC machined to produce incredibly precise parts which are a pleasure to use. Each one is individually inspected and tested to ensure it will withstand the test of time. Our manufacturing partner make predominantly aerospace components and have BS EN AS 9100 accreditation.


Specification

The pen is designed to be as compact as possible to fit discreetly into a bag or pocket, but long enough to sit comfortably in the crook of your hand while writing. The wide diameter makes it comfortable to use for long periods and strong enough to last a lifetime.

Diameter: Ø10mm / 3/8 Inch

Height: 117.5mm / 4.63 Inch

 Finish 

Machined finish to a surface roughness of 0.4 Ra (μm) with a 0.5mm perpendicular diamond knurl around the circumference.

About Wingback

An independent design studio founded in 2014 and based in the heart of London, we stand for an alternative to mass production and disposable culture. Everything we make is designed to be a pleasure to use, to improve with age and become a cherished item that can be passed down through generations. 

Uniting the precision of modern manufacturing with the longevity of traditional handmade design, we create exceptional items in the UK, designed for any journey, from commutes through the capital to adventures along the Jurassic Coast.

Useful, enduring and iconic, Wingback products represent hundreds of hours of design, manufacture and testing in the field. Each one is unique, made from exceptional materials and with an attention to detail you can see, smell and feel. 

Responsible Design

We believe in minimising our impact on the environment. Our materials are sourced from trusted suppliers, all our products are made in the UK, and finished in our London workshop. 

Delivery

We will be sending all packages out via Royal Mail and expect to have everything delivered in time for Christmas. Domestic deliveries usually arrive the day after dispatch and international deliveries in 3-8 working days, depending on where you are in the world.

Thanks for your support. 

Alasdair

Gallery

Artist pens:

X Kerby Rosanes

X Lei Melendres

X Mister Vi

X Osman Mansaray

Risks and challenges

With four successful Kickstarter campaigns under my belt, fulfilling over 3,000 pledges, I have learned a lot about what to do and what to avoid and have planned this project from that experience.
We've finished the product design and engineering drawings have been sent to and approved by our suppliers so they are ready to go. We have also already made a small batch which have come out beautifully.
There is always the potential for unforeseen challenges, but my team and I have done everything we can to meticulously plan every stage of design, manufacture and delivery. Our UK suppliers and trusted shipping partners are in place to help us fulfil every order.
Please feel free to have a look at our past projects below to see our track record, and get in touch via direct message or through the comments section and I or one of the team will get back to you.

#1 The Card Holder
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maclainedesign/wingback-a-tailor-made-leather-wallet/comments
#2 The Cash Wallet
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maclainedesign/wingback-the-cash-wallet/comments
#3 The Key Cache
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maclainedesign/the-key-cache-by-wingback/comments
#4 The 100ml Hip
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maclainedesign/the-100ml-hip-a-reinvention-of-the-traditional-hip/comments

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