About this project
Ti2 Pen -- A Titanium body for the coveted Pilot HITEC C pen
60K STRETCH GOAL MET -- Ti tips for every Ti2 pen shipped. Please see update 13 for details.
"Add a small touch of class to your office by ditching your disposable for a Ti2 Pen"
"The very first thing that stood out when I unpackaged the Ti2 is how perfect the weight and balance felt. You feel like you are holding a strong and durable pen but it is not as heavy as you think it might be."
Brad -- penaddict.com
Full review here http://penaddict.com/blog/2012/6/6/ti2-pen-hands-on.html
Ti2 with STEALTH TIP
We will be offering a limited July run of Ti2 featuring a Ti black anodized tip.
Ti2 Crucible Edition
Ti2 Crucible Edition -- A heat treated/colorized Ti2 pen body available in 2 matte finishes; cool gun metal grey or burnt sienna (colors may vary slightly). Please add $10 for stealth tip upgrade.
Ti2 Polished Crucible Edition
Ti2 Polished Crucible Edition -- A heat treated/colorized polished Ti2 pen body available in 3 colors; bronze, purple and blue (colors may vary slightly). Please add $10 for stealth tip upgrade.
Ti2 Black Edition
A black anodized version of the Ti2 (including the tip). "Bio-Black" by Tech Metals Inc. is a proprietary process of black anodizing for titanium used in the medical industry. Here is more information on the "Bio-Black" black Titanium anodizing by Tech Metals Inc. http://www.techmetals.com/BioBlack-Titanium-Blackening-Cleaning-Process.aspx
Ti2 Black Edition
with Ti tip and polished grade 5 clip
A black anodized version of the Ti2. "Bio-Black" by Tech Metals Inc. is a proprietary process of black anodizing for titanium used in the medical industry. This pledge option includes a machined/polished Ti tip and polished grade 5 clip. Here is more information on the "Bio-Black" black Titanium anodizing by Tech Metals Inc. http://www.techmetals.com/BioBlack-Titanium-Blackening-Cleaning-Process.aspx
Clips are now available for the Ti2 pen body. These are CNC machined out of Grade 5 (6Al4V) Titanium and bent on a custom bending jig and polished. We are using grade 5 for its "springy" characteristic (high elastic modulus). The clips can be used on either tip or tail.
Please add $15 to your pledge for each clip.
TI2 Display box
After weeks of searching we found an amazing Rosewood finish display box! CNC laser etched with the Ti2 logo, this unique box has 2 small arms that cradle the Ti2 and gently raise when the box is opened. Protect your Ti2 with the lid closed or display proudly with the lid open and pen presented at the top of the opening. These boxes are from a local wood worker and available for all ship dates. Please add $20 to your pledge for each one.
The Ti2 Story
I've spent nearly 2 decades doodling, sketching, designing and inventing all with a pad of graph paper and graphic pen. Over the last few months my friends and I have been watching some of the awesome pen projects and asked ourselves... what would we make? What would we totally get GONZO for? We knew it needed to be built around the Pilot HITEC C pen platform... with a unique ergonomic design.
More info on Pilot HITEC C pens http://bit.ly/hitecc
So after a few hard charged cad sessions we had a design we felt worthy of prototyping.
We decided to turn our design out of grade 2 titanium (Ti2) because of its resistance to corrosion, natural color hue, weight and amazing strength characteristics (highest strength to weight ratio of any metal).
Throughout the design process we closely examined weight, ergonomics, feel and balance. With each prototype further refinements were made and the result, in our opinion, is fantastic!
The Ti2 pen is composed of 4 cnc turned parts; Cap, main body tube, threaded endcap, and a dual threaded front (one side threads into the tube and the other side accepts the ink cartridge and tip from the Pilot HITEC C pen)
4 color coordinated orings provide a slight tension to retain the cap and a wonderful tactile feel.
For this project we want to keep it simple... this keeps the costs down and expedites fulfillment.
We're offering an early bird special of $50 for the first 200 pledges. Our hope is to reach our funding goal fast. Once the fund goal is made we will begin manufacturing regardless if the kickstarter fund date has been made. We want to get product in our backers hands days after the fund date. Nobody likes waiting for cool stuff, right? Shipping order follows pledge order.
All of the pen pledges include your choice of color (Black, Blue, Red, Green) and size (0.25, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) You will be able to select your color and size on the survey.
We will be color coordinating the inserts with the orings. ie.. blue pilot refill Ti2 pen will have blue orings.
These pen parts will be turned on our little Hardinge CNC gang lathe. I will be programming and running/loading the machines myself personally so there is no delays in production. With the funding we're hoping to convert a second Hardinge lathe into a CNC to ramp up production.
length 5.875" (with cap)
body width .375"
cap width .4375"
weight 30 grams
Bead blasted and sealed with mineral oil.
Thanks for checking us out. Please feel free to reach out with comments, suggestions or questions.
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