About this project
ZEROHOUR APEX is a tactical pen for extreme conditions, designed with indestructible materials, an out-of-this-world waterproof ink cartridge, and tungsten steel glass-breaking tip. Apex’s shredded for duty body puts some real muscle behind one of the smallest and strongest everyday carry tactical pens ever.
We are the same team that brought our first two ZeroHour flashlight projects to Kickstarter, rewarding over 1,800 backers and many more satisfied buyers after our retail launches. Backers, media, and consumers love us because we know how to reinvent products, and we stand by our work with lifetime warranties.
While we continue to expand our line of successful flashlights, we thought, hey, what else do we need in our everyday carry pack? And how can we give it our modern ZeroHour look and premium quality feel in your hands?
A ZeroHour tactical pen has to be made with the best materials, which is why we returned to our cherished 6061 Aircraft Aluminum for the body and gave it a cool black matte finish.
But we know that the ultimate material in luxury pens is titanium, so we added a beautifully polished Grade 5 titanium option as well.
These materials, along with an ergonomic grip and balanced weight distribution, make APEX feel extremely smooth and light in the hand, while still giving your tactical pen nearly indestructible strength.
APEX is a true pen of ice and fire: both alloys are guaranteed to make it through the toughest conditions, and we’ve given our prototypes the beating to prove it.
The form of a pen is pretty much a given - tube, click or cap, ink reservoir - but APEX explodes the standard with a rugged, ventilated body that reveals the unique brass cartridge locked and loaded inside.
APEX's brass ink cartridge is none other than the patented Fisher Space Pen refill (Medium Black PR4). Nitrogen-pressurized and sealed, with a tungsten carbide ball and stainless steel point, the Fisher cartridge can write in zero gravity, underwater, upside down, over wet and greasy paper, at any angle, and from -30 °F to 250 °F!
We chose the Fisher Space Cartridge as our exclusive ink refill because it’s simply the best and most reliable one ever made. NASA, armed forces, public safety, and outdoor enthusiasts depend on Fisher’s durability, versatility, and thixotropic ink, which writes three times longer than an ordinary ballpoint.
And by wrapping the APEX around the Fisher Space cartridge's shorter 3.5” profile, we were able to keep APEX’s total body length at only 4.7”, making it one of the smallest tactical pens available.
For emergency situations, APEX is equipped with a tungsten steel tip, which can be used to break glass when you need to enter or exit a space quickly, or for self-defense to strike an assailant in close combat.
While located on the opposite side of the pen from the ballpoint, the tungsten tip also “writes”: use it for light metal and tool engraving.
The tungsten tip has its own removable safety cap, which keeps it completely pocket-safe.
Attach APEX to your keychain/paracord pull, use the anti-roll clip to keep it on you or your bag, or just slide it in your pocket! When you have it out, tail-stand APEX on its flat-top cap to keep it visible and accessible.
We want APEX to be convenient for you to carry wherever you go, but when you make it home or to the office, you need to be able to show off this fine writing instrument.
ZeroHour's custom pen stands have the style you want and the weight you need to complete the look, made from the same materials as your APEX, 6061 aircraft aluminum and Grade 5 Titanium.
Each stand will be pre-drilled with nubs at multiple angles, so you can rest your pen straight up or off to a side of your choosing.
Whether you’re indoors or out in the field, APEX is ready to engage in word battle or real battle. Deployed skillfully, APEX adds new truth to the old saying: the pen is mightier than the sword.
- Dimensions: Length 4.72", Diameter 0.45"
- Pen Weight: Aluminum 17 grams (0.59 ounces), Titanium 28.2 grams (0.99 ounces)
- Stand Weight: Aluminum 80 grams (2.82 ounces), Titanium 125 grams (4.4 ounces)
- Space Refill: 3 grams (0.10 ounces)
Our first Kickstarter project, ZEROHOUR XD, set new standards for flashlights by offering the ultimate integration of light and power: a 1,000-lumen CREE LED flashlight combined with 10,000mAh USB charger for your smart devices.
We returned to Kickstarter last year with ZEROHOUR XR, a compact USB rechargeable tactical flashlight with variable control ring, tail-cap switch, and waterproof battery backup all-in-one. It’s smaller and lighter than our XD, yet gives you even more control.
With your support, we raised over $350,000 on Kickstarter to launch ZEROHOUR flashlights, which have been featured on The Today Show, CNet, Yahoo! Tech, and Discovery Science Channel.
To learn more about ZeroHour flashlights, go to ZeroHourXD.com (there's a special promotion for Relic XR this month!), and then come back and check out our APEX pen + flashlight bundle sets!
We come to you with experience managing two prior Kickstarter campaigns from start to finished product, and have gone through all the necessary steps in developing our new tactical pen prototype. Your backing pays for costs that are inherently higher for a start-up: minimum order quantity, production/tooling, packaging design, shipping, as well as the costs of meeting quality, safety, and environmental responsibility standards. Your pledge shows us that you believe in our vision for innovative products that give users more control, and in return, we pledge to deliver a high-quality reward to you. Thank you for your support as we welcome the APEX Tactical Pen to the ZEROHOUR family!
- May 2016: Campaign goes LIVE
- June 2016: Mass production begins
- July 2016: APEX arrives
- August 2016: DELIVER REWARDS!
For high-resolution photos of the APEX pen and stand, please visit our Google Drive:
Our offer to all APEX backers: Share our campaign on social media and get a free Keychain Paracord Pull!
Three easy steps:
- Post a link to our campaign page on your Facebook or Twitter by clicking the banner images below
- Once you have shared our project, click on the VERIFY SHARE banner to enter your name, email, and Facebook/Twitter for verification. (We also accept posts on other social networks, as long as you provide a verifiable link.)
- When we send your reward, we throw in a Keychain Paracord Pull! Hook it onto your APEX to carry in style.
Please note this offer is only available to APEX backers, so back us, share us, and claim your paracord pull today!
Risks and challenges
Aided by the learning experiences we had during our first and second project, we believe we will be able to deliver in a timely and efficient manner, and do not foresee any risks and challenges that would cause major delays. We will remain in regular communication with our backers as our project goes through the production process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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