These are 3.5" wide, 2" long, and 1/8" thick (89 x 51 x 3mm), the same dimensions as 8 stacked business cards. They're laser-cut from birchwood, laser-engraved, and assembled by me in a dinky workshop near Washington DC. They're fitted with a black ballpoint pen, which you can easily replace with a smartphone stylus, pencil lead, a toothpick... endless possibilities.
- If your business card has a function, it'll be used more frequently and your name will be seen more, and will be less likely to get forgotten at the bottom of someone's desk drawer.
- There are lots of really smallpens. Putting one in your billfold gives it a pen-shaped lump. Writing with them is like playing Operation. Now grab a credit card or business card and try to write your name with its corner. Not that hard, right?
- Wood looks way cooler than your standard business card paper, and laser-cut wood smells awesome.
Currently I'm laser-cutting the pen "blanks" myself. The quality when cutting isn't super-consistent (you can see some "smoke stains" on the pictures shown here). It's also time-consuming, which means I need to charge more per pen than I'd prefer to break even. So I'd like to outsource the making of the blanks to a local wood manufacturer and focus on the customizing and engraving. Getting a manufacturer costs a chunk of cash up-front, though. These biz-pens seem like a neat idea that's worth pursing, but I'm getting married next year and so would really prefer to have more money coming in than is going out.
Risks and challenges
Making a product all by yourself means it's easy to get in over your head. My biggest worry with these is that the laser equipment will break down and that will cause production to be delayed. Fortunately, there are several back-up lasers in the area.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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