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A pen that slides right into your billfold, and a business card that actually does something!
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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.

To retract the pen, just slide it out a smidge and then slide it back in at an angle.
To retract the pen, just slide it out a smidge and then slide it back in at an angle.
A couple credit cards and coins for scale.
A couple credit cards and coins for scale.

Why?

  • 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.

Why Kickstarter?

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.

I always carry one of these around in my coinpurse/billfold/thing.
I always carry one of these around in my coinpurse/billfold/thing.

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.

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    Pledge US$ 2 or more About US$ 2

    I'll remember you forever! I'll laser-engrave your name or 25 characters of your choice onto a big piece of wood which will be mounted on my wall, and a picture of which will be put on my website.

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    Two blank wooden business card pens sent anywhere in the world!

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    Two wooden business card pens, engraved on one side with whatever you want, sent anywhere in the world!

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    Two wooden business card pens, engraved on both sides with whatever you want, sent anywhere in the world!

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    The $35 reward, sent along with a personalized thank-you laser-cut onto a piece of wood!

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    Five wooden business card pens, engraved on both sides with whatever you want, sent anywhere in the world!

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    Wow! The $50 reward, for sure. Then I'll also laser-cut something else for you — anything you want, as long as it's within 8.5" x 11" x .25" and you provide me with the photo/drawing.

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    The $100 reward, hand-delivered by me anywhere within 60 miles of Washington DC!

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    The $100 reward, and the next time you're in Washington DC I'll give you a personal day tour of the city! You can join me while I laser-engrave your reward!

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