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Last updated July 1, 2019

Stratos: A Minimalist Fountain Pen with Modular Rollstoppers (Canceled)

Premium ebonite & aluminium fountain pens with unique customisable options.

Stratos: A Minimalist Fountain Pen with Modular Rollstoppers (Canceled)

Premium ebonite & aluminium fountain pens with unique customisable options.

£14,624
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
148
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 1 2019
Last updated July 1, 2019

About

The Namisu Stratos is our first fountain pen with interchangeable rollstoppers and clips. You can easily change its appearance by unscrewing the top part of the cap and inserting a different clip/rollstopper — all without the need for tools. 


  •  Modular design. Change the appearance of your pen with its range of minimalist rollstoppers and clips. No tools required.
  •  Unique materials. Available in choice of stunning colours in either ebonite, a high-end vintage material that is a favourite amongst enthusiasts; or precision-machined aluminium for a more modern look.
  •  Premium Nibs. Choose between stainless steel, solid 14K gold, or semi-flex titanium nibs made by the prestigious Peter Bock in Germany.
  •  Affordable luxury. By cutting out the middleman, we are able to provide the Stratos at a fraction of the usual price for a fountain pen of similar specifications. 

 The video below shows how to change to a different clip/rollstopper:

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We designed the rollstoppers with simple geometric shapes to give your Stratos a timeless, minimalist aesthetic. You can choose between three types of rollstoppers and one clip. Each of these is available in either silver or gold colours.

  • Each Stratos pen comes with one rollstopper or clip as standard.
  • For each additional rollstopper or clip add £10 to your pledge.

Each Stratos comes with a stainless steel or gold-plated stainless steel nib made by Peter Bock in Germany. 

Each nib type has its own characteristics due to their different materials. You can purchase an additional semi-flex titanium nib which creates significant amounts of line variation when applying pressure, or if you prefer less flex yet still want a slightly "cushioned" feel, a solid gold nib is another excellent option made from a stunning material.

  • All nib materials are available in sizes EF, F, M, B.
  • The titanium nib is a semi-flex nib, and offers the greatest line variation in EF size.
  • Apart from the luxurious look of the 14K material, solid gold nibs offer some flex and smoothest feel on paper.
  • For beginners, an F nib is a good place to start.
  • Remember, the larger the nib size, the smoother if feels on paper as there is a larger surface for planing to occur. An EF nib will have more feedback than an M or B nib.

 See the video below on how to change nibs:

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Ebonite is a luxury, vintage material that is highly valued among fountain pen enthusiasts for its warm, natural feel and light weight. Its manufacture is a highly specialised activity, and only two small companies in the world are able to produce it to a high standard. It is made by vulcanising natural rubber, and was the material of choice for high-end pens in the early 20th century. 

  • The Stratos Ebonite is available in 5 colours with a polished finish
  • Ebonite versions come with an ebonite grip section, but you can also add a stainless steel grip section for a different look (see images below).

Ebonite pens will come with a grip section in the same material, but they can also be customised with a stainless steel grip section just like in the photo below:

This Ebonite Stratos pen has been customised with a stainless steel grip section (+£12)
This Ebonite Stratos pen has been customised with a stainless steel grip section (+£12)

If you prefer a more modern feel, then look no further than our anodised aluminium option. 

Each Stratos is precision-machined from aircraft-grade aluminium, and protected by a tough anodised coating. Unlike applied coatings such as paint, anodising is hardened layer of the aluminium material itself and offers excellent scratch resistance. 

  • Available in two anodised aluminium colours: Night Black and Sapphire Blue
  • Each Stratos Aluminium comes with a stainless steel grip section as standard.
Stratos Aluminium in Sapphire Blue
Stratos Aluminium in Sapphire Blue
Stratos Aluminium in Night Black
Stratos Aluminium in Night Black
  •  Aluminium Weight when Capped/Uncapped: 32g / 20g
  •  Ebonite Weight Capped/ Uncapped: 20g / 9g
  •  Ebonite with optional stainless steel grip section: Weight Capped/ Uncapped: 28g / 17g

Your Stratos can be used with international standard cartridges (short or long) or a refillable cartridge called a "converter" which has a piston mechanism inside to draw ink up through the nib.

  • The best way to enjoy your fountain pen is with an ink converter, which allows you use bottled inks. These are available in greater range of colours and are friendlier to the environment as they do not require the use of a disposable cartridge.
  • Cartridge brands that are compatible include Diamine, J. Herbin, Pelikan, Waterman, Visconti.
  • Some brands of cartridges are incompatible, such as Parker, Aurora, Pilot, Namiki and Sailor.
Please note that ink converters are sold separately as an add-on (+£3)
Please note that ink converters are sold separately as an add-on (+£3)

Protect your Stratos using our custom leather sleeves which are hand-made using natural vegetable-tanned leather, a non-toxic process that allows the leather to darken and acquire patina over time.

  • Add £12 to your pledge for each sleeve.

Want to add extra pens? Apart from the sets we offer, you can add extra pens to your pledge simply by adding £40 for an aluminium Stratos or £110 for an ebonite Stratos to your pledge.

Namisu was founded by Adrien Cols and Maria Millan, two fountain pen enthusiasts and designers based in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.


Risks and challenges

We have completed five large writing instrument projects over the past 4 years on Kickstarter and we will use this experience to successfully deliver your fountain pen.

Throughout this time, we have developed strong relationships with experienced manufacturers which is crucial to delivering a high quality product on time. We are using the similar manufacturing techniques as our previous five projects and have developed a production prototype. The Stratos is ready to go into production.

We know that there can always be some unexpected delays during production but we have planned for this and extended our production schedule accordingly. Raw materials like ebonite rods can arrive late during busy periods of the year; machines can break down and require servicing. These are minor delays that may require a small extension to the delivery date of the project, but which--importantly-- do not affect the feasibility of the project.

Another common challenge is fulfilling a project that exceeds its project funding goal significantly. To solve this potential issue we are working with large manufacturers that can produce our pens in any quantity realistically possible on Kickstarter. We do not anticipate any extension of the delivery date unless the project exceeds 2000 backers, at which point we would need to revise the manufacturing completion target date.

We are also working with a professional logistics and fulfilment company which will handle all shipping and packing operations to avoid any delays during the shipping phase of the project.

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Long-lasting design

Fountain pens can last several lifetimes with proper care. It is much better for your carbon footprint to use a single fountain pen instead of several disposable pens. Moreover, by using fountain pen with an ink converter (refillable cartridge) there is no need use disposable of cartridges as ink is refilled, by the user, directly from from an ink bottle.

Sustainable materials

Ebonite is a non-toxic material made from natural rubber and sulphur. As a result it isn't a plastic and is safer the environment.

Aluminium is a recyclable material.

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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 50

    Early Backer. Stratos Aluminium

    - Stratos Aluminium in Night Black or Sapphire Blue.
    - Includes one Rollstopper or Clip of your choice.
    - Special Price for Early Backers. Save 38% off retail price.

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    Stratos Aluminium

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    Early Backer - Stratos Ebonite

    - Stratos Ebonite in any of the 5 available colours.
    - Includes one Rollstopper or Clip of your choice.
    - Special Price for Early Backers. Save 36% off retail price.

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    Stratos Ebonite

    - Stratos Ebonite in any of the 5 available colours.
    - Includes one Rollstopper or Clip of your choice.
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    SET 1 - One Ebonite + One Aluminium

    - 1 x Stratos Ebonite + 1 x Stratos Aluminium
    - 2 x Rollstoppers or Clips of your choice.
    - Further 5% discount off Kickstarter price.

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    Pledge £209 or more About US$ 261

    SET 2 - Two Ebonite

    - 2 x Stratos Ebonite
    - 2 x Rollstoppers or Clips of your choice.
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    Pledge £247 or more About US$ 309

    SET 3 - Two Ebonite + One Aluminium

    - 2 x Stratos Ebonite + 1 x Stratos Aluminium
    - 3 x Rollstoppers or Clips of your choice.
    - Further 5% discount off Kickstarter price.

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    SET 4 - Three Ebonite

    - 3 x Stratos Ebonite.
    - 3 x Rollstoppers or Clips of your choice.
    - Further 5% discount off Kickstarter price.

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    SET 5 - Three Ebonite + Two Aluminium

    - 3 x Stratos Ebonite + 2 x Stratos Aluminium.
    - 5 x Rollstoppers or Clips of your choice.
    - Further 5% discount off Kickstarter price.

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