About this project
Stretch Goal #1 Reached
Titanium Anodizing is now available, see update here.
Stretch Goal #2 Reached
Grips are now available, see update here
Stretch Goal #3 Reached
Field Notes now available, see update here
Graphis [Latin] - An instrument for drawing / painting.
What is the Graphis?
With a 5.6mm graphite lead, the Graphis begins as lead-holder style mechanical pencil. While mostly used for sketching, this is also an all around writing utensil that feels just at home in a conference room as well as a construction site.
But the Graphis is much more than just a pencil. With the included pen and stylus inserts, optional graphite hardness, and optional colored leads, this may be the last writing utensil you ever buy.
The design of this pencil is meant to be simple, yet functional and durable. At just under 5" long and 1/2" in diameter, these pencils have a great feel in the hand. There will be 5 different materials offered:
- Aluminum - (42g) The cheapest and one of the lightest options
- Brass - (58g) A raw brass that will patina nicely over the years.
- Copper - (60g) Not only looks good, but copper is also naturally anti-microbial.
- Carbon Fiber - (38g) The lightest of the pencils, the matte finish on this is sure to draw looks.
- Titanium - (47g) Tough, light, and great looking.
All of the available metals will be hand buffed to a nice shine, but otherwise unfinished to age appropriately. The carbon fiber is only available in a matte finish.
Every Graphis will come with the removable pocket clip shown and features a built-in sharpener on the rear of the pencil.
You can choose from a wide range of high quality inks from high quality brands available online or at office supply stores everywhere.
Here's a quick video of the stylus in action with the 2 phones I have at home. Replacement tips can be added on to your pledge for $2 each.
The stylus insert has been tested on current and previous generation capacitive screen devices. Though not a metal, the carbon fiber body works just as well as the metal bodies.
Colored Leads ($4)
A colorful add-on, these 5 colors (Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, and Brown) turn your Graphis into a colored pencil. Along with shading, these are good for grading papers or marking up technical drawings too.
Additional Leads ($3 pack of 2)
Available to purchase are packs of 2 leads in HB or 4B hardness. HB is generally considered the same a #2 pencils.
Hinged Metal Case / Domestic Shipping Upgrade ($8)
A hinged metal case with a foam inner that has enough room for two Graphis and their accessories. This add on is available for $8 and upgrades domestic shipping to USPS Priority.
$15,000 - **REACHED** Titanium Anodizing - For an additional $5, you will be able to get the body of your Titanium Graphis anodized.
$20,000 - **REACHED** Custom Grips - For an additional $5, you will be able to add a grip to any metal bodied Graphis. At the moment, we have 2 grips available, a Thin Line grip, and a Wide Line grip.
These are available for every Graphis body except the Carbon Fiber, for obvious reasons. If you chose the Titanium and pledge for both the anodize and the grips, the grips will be anodized the same color.
$25,000 - **REACHED** Field Notes - For writing on the go, Field Notes are the perfect size for taking notes where ever you are. These are available at a special KS price of (1) for $2.50 or (3) for $7.
All early bird rewards will receive a $5 discount.
- $32 - Aluminum - A Graphis pencil with pen adapter and stylus insert. Single lead and D1 ink refill are included.
- $35 - Brass/Copper - All of the above, but with Brass or Copper Body.
- $45 - Titanium / Carbon Fiber - Everything from the first tier but with Titanium or Carbon Fiber Body
- $60 - A change of clothes - A Single Graphis from above, but with two bodies. Any material for each body.
- $75 - Graphis and Bolt Action Pen combo. (1) Graphis from above and (1) Bolt Action Pen in any metal material. See copper below.
In order to start this next generation product line, there are many start-up costs that will be incurred to provide the best possible product and price. That is where you, the backers, come in. The rewards offered here will not only cover the costs of all the mechanisms, but the materials and manufacturing fixtures as well.
Aside from the mechanism, every Graphis body will be machined and finished here in my shop and all assembly will be done here as well. All manufacturing fixtures will be made here in my shop as well.
Also, as a first for MC Fabrications, we are offering a LIFETIME WARRANTY on these pencils! If your Graphis stops working for whatever reason, send it back and it will either be repaired or replaced.
Risks and challenges
Since all of the machining and assembly will be done in house, the only risk is timing. MC Fabrications has a good track record with delivery and customer satisfaction, so we are confident this is a small risk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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