A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
The only pen you will ever need. Oceanus Brass 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. One that you could use every day with proud confidence on the open ocean or in your office; the result of our vision and hard work is The Oceanus Bow-Shackle Pen.
A design as new as it is old. Our unique hardware is both functionally fun and strikingly clean. Oceanus products are elegant and built for rugged day-to-day life, only getting better over time as the brass patina deepens to conform perfectly to your hand.
Inspired by our nautical heritage,Oceanus brings sea-worthy, rugged design and functionality to your modern lifestyle.
The screw action of the hardware in the assembly of the bow shackle pen 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. Yet, it will be beautifully comfortable to write with. It's truly a distinct mix of innovation and tradition.
The Bow-Shackle pen's stainless steel tip ensures a steady and consistent ink flow. With it, the days of ink blots and gaps will be in your past!
In keeping with its nautical heritage, the Bow-Shackle pen is not limited by wet environments. We have identified an ink cartridge that will allow you to take your Oceanus Bow-Shackle Pen wherever you wish, with the confidence that the ink will not bleed under rough conditions.
Your thoughts will remain razor-sharp with the Bow-Shackle Pen, no matter what the elements throw in your path.
Since passing our 15K stretch goal, two OceanusBrass ink cartridges will be shipped with each pledge for an Oceanus Brass Bow-Shackle Pen giving you years of writing pleasure. (Additional cartridges and colors will be sold on OceanusBrass.com )
Adorned with a functional and eye-catching Bow-Shackle, our pen is perfect for securing onto your bag or slipping inside your pocket. The Bow-Shackle captures the essence of nautical hardware, cast in solid brass and used by sailors for hundreds of years 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, 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 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 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 five months refining the Bow-Shackle Pen into its final, perfectly balanced form. Inspired by nautical-grade hardware, The Bow-Shackle Pen is Oceanus's signature dry good. Its unique clasping mechanism, rich color, and practical beauty are perfect for everyday use, travel, or adventure.
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 Oceanus Bow-Shackle pen 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 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'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.
Thanks in large part to our strong start, Oceanus Brass now has the ability to introduce STRETCH GOALS! 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 -- One extra ink color ✔️
$15k -- One extra bow-shackle ✔️
$25k -- Two extra ink colors
$50k -- Oceanus Brass Captain's Whistle
$100k -- Oceanus Brass Seafarer's Paperweight
As always, a huge thanks to our amazing (and growing) backer base!
Our products are steeply discounted off retail prices because we want to reward our very first customers. At $50 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 with your help shall be accessible to all.
Risks and challenges
For once, there are really limited risks here. This is a simple tool, which has already been prototyped. Remember, we built this pen for our own use first. 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 it 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 Pens 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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Thank you for being one of the first to join us on making the Bow-Shackle Pen a reality! You will receive a pen from our very first round of production, below our costs. Your early support is hugely appreciated by all of us here at Oceanus Brass.
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Ahoy! Welcome to the Oceanus Brass team. With this distributor's pack, you will be able to promote our distinct hardware in your community. And, we will keep you updated on all of our future developments, partner!
Thanks for believing in us as we try to make The Bow-Shackle Pen a reality! Your support is so important for the success of our campaign and the opportunity to purchase at this price helps us reach the minimum order quantities required to make this dream a reality.
Ahoy! Welcome to the Oceanus Brass team. With this super-distributor's pack, you will be able to promote our distinct hardware in your community. And, we will keep you updated on all of our future developments, partner!