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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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The Steel & Flint Pen - The world's finest soft-closing magnetic pen.
Over a year ago we set out to create the world’s finest soft-closing magnetic pen and we are excited to finally introduce it to you.
We have created a beautiful, minimalist pen, but one where the pure sensation and tactility of the writing experience comes first. With a soft-closing, magnetic mechanism that re-tells its story of precision and quality every time you use it. It is called; The Steel & Flint Pen.
We have poured our hearts into this project and we really hope you like it. Please make a pledge today by choosing from one of our great rewards, clicking the pledge button and help us to bring The Steel & Flint Pen to the world.
The Steel & Flint Pen is a minimalist,precision machined, aluminium writing pen with strong embedded magnets and a soft-closing mechanism that is addictively satisfying to use.
We have really focused on the details with this pen, making every aspect the best it can be - something that you will want to carry with you at all times to capture all your creative thoughts.
All Steel & Flint products are designed to be simple & minimal, with a clear useful purpose. The Steel & Flint Pen embodies this in a form that is both elegant, yet secure and robust in its design.
The Steel & Flint Pen is meant to be carried with you at all times and look beautiful every time you place it on your desk. The protective sleeve keeps the ink away from your clothes and the strong magnets ensure that it will never come apart until you want it to.
Leather Pen Sleeve
Just Add £18 to your pledge (any level) and you will receive a handmade vegetable tanned leather pen sleeve.
The soft-closing action is created by the close fitting tolerance between the sleeve and the body of the pen. We think all pens should be soft closing - it is just so satisfying to use.
The “soft-grip” knurl has been specially developed to ensure that The Steel & Flint Pen is comfortable to use for long periods whilst giving you a firm and precise hold.
Uniquely shaped & subtly branded
The unique curved shape at the ends have been designed to give the pen a slimmer, more refined look-and-feel compared to others with a purely spherical end.
The Steel & Flint logo is finely laser etched onto the surface of the end of the barrel. Laser etching is the last step in the manufacturing process before final assembly.
Three stunning finishes
The Steel & Flint Pen comes anodised in three stunning anodised finishes; Satin Silver, Basalt Black & Champagne Gold. The bead blasted finish gives it a beautifully tactile feel.
We have some great rewards below, please select the one that you would like and click the pledge button today.
Personalised Laser Engraving
We have had many requests for personalised engraving to make your Steel & Flint Pen your own or to make it an extra special gift. We love to listen to our fan's feedback so we have made it happen.
You can have your Steel & Flint Pen laser engraved with up to three initials of your choice, just add £5 to your pledge level (per pen).
Handmade Leather Pen Sleeve
A perfect companion to the Steel & Flint Pen is the handmade leather pen sleeve. The simple & classic design will age beautifully as the leather softens and marks with use. A choice of leather colours will be available to pick from after the campaign. Just add £18 to your pledge level to add one.
We have used aerospace grade aluminium to give the Steel & Flint Pen a light weight feel, yet the material’s high strength and precise machined surfaces make it feel solid and reliable. The surfaces of the pen are anodised for protection to help protect it from dents and scratches as you take it with you on your adventures.
With the sleeve the pen weighs 32g, and 19g without and has balance designed for a great writing experience, perfect to use every day. The Steel & Flint Pen has been designed to be the perfectly pocketable size. With or without the sleeve the pen is comfortable to use and perfectly balanced.
Simplicity and reliability drove us to design The Steel & Flint Pen so that you can change a refill anytime, anywhere without any tools being required.
When you have a creative spark you don’t want a lack of ink letting you down and taking tools with you everywhere isn’t always practical.
Unscrewing the barrel of the pen from the grip at the feature line gives you access to the refill without any tools, simply and intuitively.
Throughout the development process and whenever we showed prototypes to friends, family and colleagues it was clear that the magnets were not only a useful feature but a really fun element to the Steel & Flint Pen.
There is something really attractive (pun very much intended) about fiddling and playing with the magnetic properties of the pen. We have found many practical uses for for the magnets too such as attaching the pen around your house so it is always where you want to find it.
There are also no problems with the magnets causing issues with mobiles, tablets or credit cards. his is very much a think of the past and many of these types of devices have magnets embedded in them themselves (think iPad smartcover).
The Steel & Flint Pen is compatible with “Parker Style” G2 ink cartridges and is shipped with Schmidt Easyflow 9000M cartridge – your choice of black or blue ink in the post-campaign survey. This style of refill is awesome and comes in a huge range of inks, nib styles and widths. This will ensure that you are never left without a refill that is perfect for you. The popular Fisher Space Pen refill also is compatible using the adaptor that is supplied with the refill - check out our video above showing how easy it is to switch between the two.
Leather Gasket (Non leather option too)
We have placed a thin leather laser cut gasket on top of the magnet embedded in the sleeve of the pen. This helps to cushion the impact of the pen and the magnet, reducing the force of the magnet just enough to make it really fun and playful to use. Its the small details like this that set the Steel & Flint Pen apart.
We know that not everyone likes to buy leather products which is why we are offering the option of using a synthetic leather if you prefer. Just let us know in the post-campaign survey and we will make it happen. It won't have any affect on the function or feel of the pen.
We don't like waste at Steel & Flint, so we decided to create packaging that nobody would ever want to throw away. Every Steel & Flint Pen is shipped in a perfectly fitting solid oak desk display stand at no extra cost.
To remove your pen simply press down one end which lifts the opposite end thanks to the unique design of the stand. The groove is CNC machined with a ball nose cutter to create a premium rounded base. The box is then wrapped in a minimalist premium white card sleeve with hot-foil stamping details and Steel & Flint branding, creating the perfect presentation as a gift.
We are proud to say that all of our pens are manufactured, assembled and hand finished right here in the UK by our handpicked manufacturing partners or at the Steel & Flint studio.
We have developed The Steel & Flint Pen with some of the UK’s most experienced manufacturers and engineers to ensure that the quality of the machining is that of aerospace standards.
Our machining partner is one of the UK's leading precision engineering companies specialising in machining & delivering to aerospace standards. We have rigorously tested the machining processes and verified the quality at production rate cycle times. We have been working together for over a year to develop the product and ensure that the production goes smoothly after the Kickstarter campaign.
We have set out our timeline of acivities below for delivering the Steel & Flint Pen to you.
Mike is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over eight years’ experience working in three of the world’s most successful Aerospace & Automotive companies here in the UK and in Singapore.
"....I spent these years managing the design and engineering of large and complex projects with budgets that make Steel & Flint’s look pretty tiny. I have learned though, that no matter the size of a project, it is in the detail where it is truly won or lost."
Mike is the Founder and Lead Designer of Steel & Flint, a British design company that creates beautiful and useful products with a great attention to detail and quality. Mike brings his experience in high precision engineering to his passion of product design, creating products that are designed beautifully with every detail carefully considered.
"....Steel & Flint represents the intersection of old & new, tradition & technology, luxury & everyday. All our products are designed to be simple & minimal, with a clear useful purpose. Beautiful products are meant to be used, touched and carried with you at all times; designing our products with this in mind drives their beautiful form from the function they carry out. Steel & Flint is based in Birmingham, England and we take pride in supporting other great British companies by manufacturing and producing all our products here in the UK."
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the people that have helped bring this project together - you are all awesome!
Video Filming & Editing - Maxwell Pritchard (email@example.com)
Video Appearances - Richard Haynes, Hannah Davies, Jonathan Davies & Holly Dickson
Prototype Field Testing (In South America) - Dom Jennings
Still Photography Camera Equipment - Ian Lawrence
Thank you to all our friends, family & to all our instagram supporters (@steel_and_flint) for following our journey and giving us such valuable feedback and encouragement.
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Risks and challenges
We know how hard it is to take an idea and turn it into a great product, which is why we have taken our time in developing the Steel & Flint Pen. We have completed countless trials with our manufacturing partner, gone through numerous iterations and tested lots of prototypes to turn over every stone to find out and resolve issues with the design & the production processes. We have done everything we can to get the technical engineering aspects nailed before we launched our kickstarter and made the Steel & Flint Pen available to you.
When we get into full production rates, although unlikely, issues could still arise; e.g delays in raw material supply or equipment breakdown. If we are faced with unforeseen setbacks we promise to be open and transparent with you, communication is key and we will show you that we are doing everything to deliver the best products we can to you.
Choose any combination of your favourite finishes at 33% off the expected retail price!
Satin Silver,Champagne Gold, Basalt Black
10 x Steel & Flint Pens (add +£55 for every additional pen)
10 x Laser Etching of your Company Name on the sleeve of the pen (up to 20 characters)
10 x Schmidt Easyflow 9000M Refills (Black or Blue)
10 x Solid Oak Steel & Flint Desk Display Stands
A special mention on our website
This reward is for a minimum of 10 Steel & Flint Pens, all laser engraved with your company's name (up to 20 characters)
Add £55 for every additional pen you wish to purchase.
The shipping fee is calculated for 10 pens - if you wish to purchase we may need to increase the shipping fee (this will be calculated after the campaign)
10 x Steel & Flint Pens
10 x Schmidt Easyflow 9000M Refills (balck or blue)