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Time to start writing with a pen you can be proud of. A joy to write with and a pen you can take with you everywhere.

Check out the great reviews:
- The Pen Addict here!

- Office Supply Geek

- Gear Hungry

Greetings Kickstarter!!  

I love to write.  I love creativity.  I love good design.  

And I LOVE this pen.  I think you will as well.  Thanks for checking it out!


SHIPPING UPDATE
: We're doing our best to get them all out as soon as possible, but also want to set expectations as the volume grows.  So the following is an estimate (though hopefully sooner for the June and July backers! 

Seem like a long time?  This is actually pretty fast for a Kickstarter project!

(Estimated delivery schedule, based on when you backed the project)

Just the facts?  

  • Writing with the Pilot Hi-Tec-C / G-Tec (same thing, different name) is an absolute joy
  • The cheap plastic casing it comes in?  Not so much.
  • I've designed a pen that matches the Hi-Tec-C perfectly: Simple, sleek and a joy to use.
  • Machine-milled out of of a solid block of aluminum
  • A variety of finishes (Both 'Raw' and Anodized)
  • Fits easily in your pocket - carry it with you everywhere you go
  • Easily swap out any of the 30+ colors Pilot offers
  • Spread the word to friends and family.  Like us on Facebook, we'll be giving away free pens :)
  • There are two discounted reward tiers for the earliest backers

What is the story behind Premier Pen?

If you are anything like me - you spend a lot of time thinking "That is incredible! - I'd love to do that!"  Well, today I finally am.  After 6 months of designing, prototyping and testing, I am proud to introduce the P1 by Premier Pen.

What is Premier Pen?  It is a brand new pen company, started by yours truly.  I've got a long list of ideas for future pens (different materials, shapes, ink cartridges, etc.) and am hoping that this Kickstarter project is the first of many!

The idea for Premier Pen started in the summer of 2011 with one of the typical “I could do that” moments.  While reading the daily helping of tech blogs – I came across the ‘Pen Type A’ on TechCruch (link).  I quickly jumped to the Kickstarter page and ordered two.  It has a stunning design paired with an awesome ink cartridge and I can’t wait to get my hands on them.

I love the idea.  Fun loving people.  Beautiful design.  Seemed perfect for my desk.  Unfortunately, not for my pocket. And I travel. A lot.

I always carry a pen with me (along with a moleskine journal) – for jotting down bursts of creative inspiration, thoughts about life and photography, as well as anything else that comes to mind (don’t forget to buy milk).  However, the Pen Type A wasn’t going to fit the bill.  So, I figured I’d build the pen that was perfect for me.

Early design sketches

Early prototypes

The end result of 6 months of designing, prototyping and testing is the P1.  I think the weight is perfect, it feels nice in your hand and it brings some of the joy back to writing. 

Plus, by basing it around a very affordable and flexible pen cartridge (30+ colors, 4 widths) - you can customize it to your liking.

Thanks for your support!

Want even more background, check out www.premierpen.com & http://premierpen.com/our-story

Size info
Length: 138mm (with caps on)
Diameter: 9.5mm 
Weight: 17.2 grams (including ink)

Reward photos:


P1 Raw: Body, rounded front cap, screw back, allen wrench and black ink cartridge.  Add $5 if you want a rounded end cap.

And a close up:

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$40 reward gives you your choice of the P1 Silver or P1 Black.  

P1 Silver: Body, rounded front and end caps and blue ink cartridge
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$40 reward gives you your choice of the P1 Silver or P1 Black.  

P1 Black: Body, rounded front and end caps and black ink cartridge
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$60 gets you the P1 Raw and your choice of the P1 Silver OR P1 Black.  (so the $25 and $40 reward levels at a $5 discount)  Includes two inks.  Add $5 for a rounded end cap on the P1 Raw.

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$75 Double Trouble Includes:
Two P1 Silver
OR Two P1 Black
OR One P1 Silver and One P1 Black.  
Includes two inks.

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NEW LEVELS-
$80: P1 Green + P1 Raw (rounded back).  Two pens, two inks. 
$80: P1 Red + P1 Raw (rounded back).  Two pens, two inks. 

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$110 - Seeing Red includes: P1 Silver, P1 Black and P1 Red.  Includes three inks.
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$135 - Score Four includes: P1 Silver, P1 Black, P1 Red and Kickstarter-Only P1 Green.  Includes four inks.

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$150 - The Full Monty includes: P1 Raw, P1 Silver, P1 Black, P1 Red and Kickstarter-Only P1 Green.  Includes five inks.  Because you are awesome, you get the P1 Raw rounded end cap included for free :)

See Update #3 for details on how to add one (or more) additional pens to your order.
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Legal mumbo jumbo:

Twitter, Facebook, and Pilot are all copyrighted by the respective parties.  They have no affiliation on sponsorship of Premier Pen.

FAQ

  • Yes! All of the pens will ship with the Pilot Hi-Tec-C / G-Tec cartridge, 0.4mm size. I'd suggest you get a bunch of different colors and sizes from your favorite web merchant to figure out what is perfect for you!

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  • You will not be charged until March 28 - and then, only if I've reached my $7,000 funding target. If I'm below $7k then, the project ends and nobody gets charged. If I succeed in raising the funds, you'll be charged on March 28th and I'll get to work making the pens!

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  • The P1 Green will be a darker green - not the really bright Kickstarter green in the logo. More of an evergreen color.

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  • Check out http://www.jetpens.com - great selection of pilot hi tec c refills as well as a host of other pens. Beware - the P1 may be the first in a very expensive pen addiction!

    http://Amazon.com has some (though usually sold via jetpens!)

    And you can also get refills on ebay from time to time (under the Hi Tec C or G-Tec name - same ink, just a different name depending on the geography).

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  • Once the funding date is reached, I can then send out a survey to all of the backers to get their specific choices. So don't worry, you aren't missing the option yet!

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    9 backers

    My eternal gratitude. Plus an index card-sized sketch done by yours truly, using a Premier Pen P1. Though I am not an artist, I have stayed at a holiday inn express. Make sure to Like us on Facebook as we'll be giving away some FREE P1s to our fans - backers or not!

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    Limited P1 Raw: To thank you for being one of the first across the starting line - you get a P1 Raw ($25 reward) - for only $20. For this - I only ask that you spread the Kickstarter Love and get the word out to all your friends, relatives and random people on the street. #spreadthelove Add $10 for international shipping.

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    P1 Raw: Love the look of raw metal? Want a unique version where no two look exactly alike? Then this is the reward for you! $25 dollars gets you the P1 Raw - the P1 with front cap and ink, along with the screw back and allen wrench. This version hasn't been anodized. Add $10 for international shipping. It will not be this cheap post-Kickstarter!

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    P1 Raw with ROUNDED back and ink. Add $10 for international shipping. (Chose a different level, but still want the rounded back? Move to this reward or stay where you are and add $5)

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    Limited P1 Black or P1 Silver: Another reward for those first to back and spread the love - $35 gets you a P1 Silver or P1 Black from the $40 reward level. Get in quickly - only the first 100 secure the savings. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    P1 Black! Comes with black ink. Add $10 for International Shipping. It will not be this cheap post-Kickstarter!

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    P1 Silver! Comes with blue ink. Add $10 for International Shipping. It will not be this cheap post-Kickstarter!

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    P1 Black or P1 Silver: $40 gets you the P1 Silver or the P1 Black. This sleek, anodized beauty is a joy to write with. Comes with black (black pen) or blue (silver pen) ink. Add $10 for International Shipping. It will not be this cheap post-Kickstarter!

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    Green with Envy. Limited edition Kickstarter ONLY - P1 Green by Premier Pen. These won't be available after the fact. It is now or never! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    P1 Raw + P1 SIlver. That's the non-anodized P1 Raw plus the anodized P1 Silver. (It is the $25 and $40 levels together, but save $5.) Add $10 for international shipping.

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    New Reward Level!: P1 Raw + P1 Black OR P1 SIlver. That's the non-anodized P1 Raw plus your choice of the anodized P1 Silver or P1 Black. (It is the $25 and $40 levels together, but save $5.) Add $10 for international shipping.

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    P1 Raw + P1 Black. That's the non-anodized P1 Raw plus the anodized P1 Black. (It is the $25 and $40 levels together, but save $5.) Add $10 for international shipping.

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    82 backers

    Double Trouble. You get two full P1s (black or silver) with ink. I'd suggest the P1 Black and P1 Silver. But up to you. Double down on black? You got it! Saves $5 vs. the $40 level. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    P1 Green + P1 Raw (rounded back) - a bunch of you asked for this combo, so here you go! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    P1 Red + P1 Raw (rounded back) - a bunch of you asked for this combo, so here you go! Add $10 for international shipping.

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    Seeing RED. P1 Silver, P1 Black AND P1 Red. 3 pens, 3 inks. If only you had three hands. Add $10 for international shipping.

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    Five Pack: 5 x P1 Raw with the rounded back and ink. A few for you and a few for you friends. Add $15 for international shipping.

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    Score Four. P1 Silver, P1 Black, P1 Red and P1 Green (LIMITED EDITION) - all with ink. Give some to friends? Keep them all to yourself? Your choice. Add $15 for international shipping.

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    The Full Monty. With this you get the P1 Raw, P1 Silver, P1 Black, P1 Red AND the kickstarter-only P1 Green - each comes with ink. Add $15 for international shipping.

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    Retailer Pack. Have a store and want to stock the P1? Get 30 pens (with ink, of course) at this level (only $33.33 / pen). Contact me about international orders.

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    Distributor Pack. 150 pens for only $30 / pen. Spread the P1 love to all your stores! Contact me about international orders.

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