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Patented nib ground by artisan promises distinctive line widths and consistent ink flow from one single nib.
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Imagine filling out tax forms using your big old ballpoint pen or signing names on a birthday card with a pencil. Ugh, those are some of the worst nightmares a pen lover could ever have.   

Be it sketching, note taking, doodling or paperwork signing, the act of handwriting constantly involves delicate lines and bold strokes to express different emotions. Transitioning between the line becomes a crucial part of the writing experience.

That's when our duet nib comes into play. 

Most pen nibs can achieve "reverse-writing", or writing upside down. The issue is, the ink flow is inconsistent, and the writing experience oftentimes feels choppy. 

Patented Two Way Duet Nib
What we did here, is by grinding the iridium tip into a V shape passage, allowing ink feed to consistently flow through both ends of the tip, resulting in a thinner line width from the front, wider width from the back.

Here’s the patent document.

US. 8684 618 B2

Like A Surgeon
Each nib requires surgeon-like precision to grind out the tiny V canal in order for the ink to flow smoothly both ways. The process is so painstaking that it requires to be done by professional pen repairmen individually by hand 

The signature of the repairmen "山“ is carved onto the backside of each PREMAD Pen's nib to verify its authenticity.

Hand Ground Schmidt Nib
German-made quality combined with hand-finished, precision-ground nib provides ultra-smooth writing experience, forward or backward. 

Customize Your Line Thickness
We offer 3 nib width option for both PREMAD Original and Duet Nib. They're F(fine), M(medium) and B(broad) respectively. The difference is that Duet Nib can produce two distinctive line width. 

Below is an approximate thickness of both sides of the nib (Each nib writes differently. The actual line width may vary depending on writing habits.)

Duet Nib F: Fine front & medium reverse.

Duet Nib M: Medium front & broad reverse.

Duet Nib B: Broad front & extra broad reverse.

*If the two-way nib is not your thing, we offer Original Schmidt nib that produces one-way ink flow, at a lower price. 

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Precision Machined Flat Surface
The machined flat surface provides an anti-rolling effect, allowing the pen to come to a stop naturally. It also works flawlessly as a thumb rest when holding the pen, offering maximized grip comfort even after extensive use.   

Anti Lost Magnetically Secured Cap
The cylindrical pen slides neatly into its sleeve. The magnetically secured cap gives a satisfying click when fully closed. Integral to the entire writing experience, the cap provides enough heft for optimal balance on your hand so you’ll never have to worry about losing it.   

Ballpoint Variant
We offer a ballpoint variant of PREMAD Pen if you fancy a more traditional writing method. 

Slanted Pen Stand
Machined from a block of aluminum, this slightly slanted pen stand is one interesting office stationery piece to have in your collection.  

Leather Pen Sleeve
Handmade sleeve adds a touch a classiness to the low profile pen design.  

We went back to the drawing board to redesign a pen that's free of unnecessary lines and decorations. We've spent hours optimizing the grip, the contours, the little things that frankly speaking, less than 1% of people would take notice.   

We've made dozens of prototypes and samples,  swapping the material and changing the interior structure more than we can count.

This is the end result and we believe that anyone who picks up the pen can immediately fall in love with it.

Meet the Master Behind the Nib
Lai Yi Shan or people like to call him Grandpa Lai, is the true testimony of an artisan. Every nib of PREMAD is individually inspected and polished by grandpa Lai, to achieve ultra smoothness and double-sided writability.  

How It All Started

In 1954 at age 22, Lai started his fountain pen business in Hualien, Taiwan, doing repairs and nib polishing. During his 65 year career, he dresses properly every day in his signature white shirt and tie. To Lai, pen is as sacred as a katana to a samurai.

Now at age 87, he’s still squinting his eyes hard with the high magnification glasses on, carefully engraving text onto the body of a fountain pen or doing repair works for people all over the island.

When my partner and I decided to embark on this journey to round the island of Taiwan, we had to visit one of the most prestigious men in the fountain man industry, Master Lai.

From there, we bound immediately, and the rest is history.

For Pen Lovers, By Pen Lovers
Stripping away the unnecessities, we focus only on perfecting the writing instrument. A pen with no excess decoration, no fancy schmancies, a pen that just works.

PREMAD Pen's ultra-smooth nib reflects even the most subtle movements such as small curves, short pauses, and hard presses. What’s written on the paper is a physical imprint of who you are. 

Press Kit

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Risks and challenges

Our manufacturing partner has extensive experience handling large quantity production, so there's little risk in this regard. The biggest concern we have is with nib grinding. As each nib is hand-ground individually by Master Lai, it's going to take a lot more time. We have, however, contacted Lai in regards to the nibs, and has pre-ground a projected quantity that we believe is going to suffice for this campaign.

But unexpected setbacks and delays can still happen due to various reasons such as machinery breakdown, raw material late arrival, etc. If this unlikely event were to happen, we guarantee prompt response and communication with our fellow backers.

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    PREMAD Pen Original Nib x1 (Early Bird)

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