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The iconic Bow-Shackle Pen redesigned: smaller in size, bigger in possibility
The iconic Bow-Shackle Pen redesigned: smaller in size, bigger in possibility
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Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen "M"

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The only pen you will ever need. The Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen "M" is as bold as it is thoughtful. We wanted to make a timeless writing instrument that was both rich in heritage and innovative in design. An instrument that was an improvement upon our previous works. An instrument that you could use every day with proud confidence, either on the open ocean or in your office; the result of our vision and hard work is The Bow-Shackle Pen "M".

A design as new as it is old. Our unique hardware is both functionally fun and strikingly clean. The Pen "M", combines our favorite aspects of our Original Oceanus Brass Bow Shackle Pen, with the feedback we received from you, our Backers on what could be improved.  

Inspired by our nautical heritage, the Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen M brings sea-worthy, rugged design and functionality to your modern lifestyle.  Oceanus products are elegant and built for rugged day-to-day use, only getting better over time as the brass patina deepens to conform perfectly to your hand.

The screw action of the hardware in the assembly of the Bow-Shackle Pen M puts minimal stress on your hand, lying flat against your thumb and ensuring that your writing instrument will age beautifully, becoming more valuable to you over time. 

From the very first time you hold it in your hand, you will feel the solid construction of the Bow-Shackle Pen M. Yet, it will be beautifully comfortable to write with. It's truly a distinct mix of innovation and tradition

"I love it! I'm still carrying my original pen with me everywhere I go."  

"It is great. I get a lot of compliments on it."  

"Made really well, nice weight and very well balanced. More comfortable to use than my tactical pen. My pen has no machining marks and is smooth and polished nicely. The extra bow shackle is a nice bonus and I am sure will come in handy for something."  

"The weight in the hand is good and the shackle makes it stand out from the crowd: I think that I'm going to enjoy using this pen."

The success of the Original Bow-Shackle Pen inspired us to redesign our flagship product. We had a ton of requests from our backers, with one special comment -- you wanted an additional tether that was not-only practical, but one that could match the original design — well, it was a great idea, so we built it; the all new Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen M.

In keeping with our nautical heritage, the Bow-Shackle Pen M is not limited by wet environments. Write wherever you wish, with the confidence that the ink will not bleed under rough conditions.

 Adorned with a functional and eye-catching Bow-Shackle, the Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen "M" is perfect for securing onto your bag or slipping inside your pocket. The Bow-Shackle captures the essence of nautical hardware, formed from solid brass and used by sailors for centuries to hoist sails and secure lines while a boat is underway.

The versatility of the Bow-Shackle made it an indispensable tool on the seas, and it continues to impress today. Although the brass Bow-Shackle is the statement piece of the Bow-Shackle Pen M, we have made it available exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign as a gift for backers at our $10 tier. Creativity is your only boundary when putting the Bow-Shackle to use.

We have taken our inspiration—the Bow-Shackle—and transformed it into our own signature hardware. To do this, we had to learn a little bit of just about everything from boat building, design, and engineering to metal casting and machining. Our signature shackles are found in each style of our pens and Signature Bow Shackle key fob.

With our design roots in Boston, our company draws creative inspiration from the hub of America’s rich nautical history. In developing our product, our original prototypes and inspiration came from the old shipyards of East Boston.

The nautically-inspired Bow-Shackle Pen M harkens back to a time of adventure on open seas, its durability a testament to the harsh demands of that bygone era.

Our hardware is tied to the art and science of sailing and exploration. We’ve spent three months refining the Bow-Shackle Pen M into its final, perfectly balanced form. Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, the Bow-Shackle Pen M is Oceanus's signature dry good. Its unique clasping mechanism, rich color, and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.

The Bow-Shackle Pen M has been manufactured to thrive over decades of use. What was once a labor of love, is now a timeless precision writing instrument available for all, but we need your help to make this dream a reality.

Our products are steeply discounted off retail prices because we want to reward our very first customers. At $55 for our Backers, the opportunity to purchase a pen of this magnitude is rare. With our solid brass, our finishing assembly, our master craftsmanship, the Bow-Shackle Pen M with your help shall be accessible to all.  

We stand behind the quality of our tools and the uniqueness and complexity of our signature hardware. Slender cut from a solid bar of brass, The Bow-Shackle Pen M's slim profile makes it both attractive and practical. Each piece has its own unique character that we hope will inspire our customers in their most creative moments.  

Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, The Bow-Shackle Pen M is Oceanus's signature dry good. Its unique clasping mechanism, rich color, and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.

Currently, we are planning the manufacturing run to be: 

Total Length (With Bow-Shackle): 100mm

Body Length: 80mm  

Body Width: 9mm  

Body Wall Thickness: 2mm  

We launched Oceanus because we wanted to share our nautically inspired pen with the world and turn an idea into action. A project that was both challenging and rewarding, the Bow-Shackle Pen M is something we are very proud to share with you. We hope to encourage others to try their hand at something new just as we did, to build something of their own, to go through that exploration process of learning and bringing inspiration to fruition. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the many relationships we’ve built along the way with industrial designers and manufacturers who helped us push the boundaries of what we were told was possible. Countless times we heard, “Nobody does this anymore,” “Use cheaper materials,” “Too many small, mechanical pieces,” and so on. Nevertheless, we stayed the course.

We sent out a handful of our original pens to some oceans lovers. Here is what they had to say:

Life In The Slow Lane | Blog: "It's a beautiful pen and we'll enjoy having it on our boat, and it'll make a wonderful heirloom to pass down to our grandson one day. Maybe he'll even have a special boat to keep it on."

My2Fish | Blog: "The solid brass construction is nearly indestructible, so for the cost of pen ink refill every couple of years, this pen will likely last forever."

Sailing Britican | Blog: "In the past, I’ve been known to tape string to the end of a pen or tie string around a cap but it inevitably fails when someone gives a little tug and off my pen goes. In other words, my efforts to prevent other pen thieves has failed miserably…but not with my bow-shackle pen! I have it attached to my nav station book rail." 

Dinghy Dreams | Blog: "Even though I’m ink rich right now I keep navigating back to the same one, my shackle pen by Oceanus Brass. Nautically inspired and hand crafted by a small start up company in Boston, Mass., this pen is nearly impossible to lose as it has a shackle to attach to log books, dry bags, or wherever you see fit aboard your vessel. As I’ve been route planning for my upcoming voyage this pen has been seeing much use and it writes just as smoothly as the day it came out of the box." 

These are targeted milestones for us to hit as a community. If we do hit these goals, each and every backer benefits! We'll send out the item from the corresponding tier with each bow-shackle pen, depending on where we finish. Below is the breakdown of stretch goals: 

  •  $5k -- We will start manufacturing the pens before the campaign ends, which will move the shipping date up by up to four weeks!! (depending on when we unlock the reward!). Help spread the word to get your reward more quickly!  
  •  $15k -- Every pen backer gets an extra Oceanus Brass Ink Cartridge.

As always, a huge thanks to our amazing (and growing) backer base!

Risks and challenges

This is our 6th Kickstarter campaign! For once, there are really limited risks here. We offer you a simple tool, which has already been mostly developed. Remember, we built this pen for our own use first, then shipped hundreds of different pens to backers like you through our first Kickstarter Campaign. Through previous engagements, our Master Craftswoman has worked with many of our prospective manufacturers in the past. As well as being produced on a smaller scale, this is the simplest product many of our team members have ever worked on, and this fact has allowed us to focus on build quality.

We are confident and passionate about delivering quality goods. We have spent months designing and prototyping our products, executing pre-production runs to ensure we can meet our high standard. We have internally funded the design and production of our signature brass hardware. Our resources and team are based here in the United States, primarily on the East Coast, so we do not foresee any issues with our ability to deliver your new Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen M upon successful funding of our project.

We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of production and let you know of any issues impacting our ability to promptly deliver your new Oceanus products, including steps we are taking to get back on track. We will do our best to manufacture locally as we have done to date, but may shift focus onto manufacturing overseas if doing so will result in delay avoidance or quality consistency. We stand ready to resolve any challenges to make sure you have a positive experience with our service and product!

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