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TKMB -  Doing Simple -- Extravagantly | Write in Style | Will Last a Lifetime | Magnet & Lanyard Caps | Pen Refill Not Included
TKMB - Doing Simple -- Extravagantly | Write in Style | Will Last a Lifetime | Magnet & Lanyard Caps | Pen Refill Not Included
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ADD-ON Magnets! See Update
ADD-ON Magnets! See Update

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Add-On Magnetic Cap (And others, see Update)
Add-On Magnetic Cap (And others, see Update)

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>> CLICK HERE TO SEE THE UPDATE DEALING WITH ALL ADD-ONS <<

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TKMB is small, comfortable, well-balanced, lightweight, and stronger than other Non-Titanium pens.

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TKMB Rewards

Thanks for the Edit on this @KickstarterPens
Thanks for the Edit on this @KickstarterPens

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Custom Anodizing - Pick from the chart below. An example may be, Blue End pieces, and a Pink Body?  Message me to make sure I can do what you want.

(This is my "WTF" Titanium Anodizing Chart)
(This is my "WTF" Titanium Anodizing Chart)

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DISCLAIMER - This is NOT a store, this is a Kickstarter Project. We are a community here. If all you want is a transaction, this is not the project for you. Thanks for your support. :)

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My Story

I'm not a fan of large pens and I love Titanium.  So where can I find a small Titanium Pen?  I couldn't find a small pen that had any decent writing refill.  There are other Titanium pens on the market but are just too large for me, or EXPENSIVE!  So I set out to make a pen that I like. 

After my previous Kickstarter projects I was able to buy a small CNC Lathe for my garage, I bought it just for this project.  My Goal is to make the "Perfect" Titanium Pen, but also to make the pen affordable for Kickstarter Backers.  I want to get this pen in your hands, so you can see and feel the beauty of it for yourself. :)

Yes, the TKMB really is 100% made in my garage, in a small town in Iowa.

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Just how small is it?

TiPeN is just 4.9" Long
TiPeN is just 4.9" Long

Weight

Without Refill: 12 grams (2.14 US Quarters in weight)

With Refill: 17.5 grams (3.12 US Quarters in weight)

The only way to describe the weight of this pen is - "The Heaviest Lightest pen I've ever held." - Kickstarter Backer / Beta Tester

Want a larger grip?

Comes with 7 FREE Black O-Rings
Comes with 7 FREE Black O-Rings

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My Goal

My goal of $1000 is to buy Titanium Rod in bulk.  Just like going to Costco; the more you buy, the cheaper it is.

I'll worry about making money on the pen after Kickstarter. :)

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Making The TKMB

CNC Machining (Lathe)
CNC Machining (Lathe)
Sanding (Hand Finishing)
Sanding (Hand Finishing)
Tumbling (Stonewash)
Tumbling (Stonewash)
Anodizing (Proprietary Anodizing Treatment - Gonzodizing)
Anodizing (Proprietary Anodizing Treatment - Gonzodizing)
Finished!
Finished!

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Add-On Ideas...

  • Titanium Clip
  • Magnet in cap
  • Lanyard Hole/loop on cap
  • Glass breaker on cap
  • Stylus on cap

Lets talk about the add-ons in the comments. I'll *TRY* to prototype while the project is live.

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Mont Blanc REFILLS

Fits "Fineliner" and "Rollerball" refills Perfectly!

Since there is no refill included in your reward, due to Mont Blanc not selling bulk quantities of refills to "normal people".  I wouldn't want the TKMB to be made and waiting for a refill before I could ship it, would you?  Mont Blanc Pen Refills are available all over the internet, and even locally.  One good thing about YOU buying the refill separately is so that way you can select just the right refill for your needs, fine, medium, etc.  There is also colored ink available.  I suggest using genuine Mont Blanc Refills just to be safe.  I am not affiliated with Mont Blanc in anyway, I just like their ink.

Using spacers the TKMB has fit 95% of the refills I have tried, from Parker, Fisher, Schmidt, Monteverde, Caran D'Ache, Cross, and many more.

Picture Reference: http://adn.vulpennen.nl/mwa/image/zoom/Montblanc_rollervulling_PR_Akkerman_Den_Haag.jpg
Picture Reference: http://adn.vulpennen.nl/mwa/image/zoom/Montblanc_rollervulling_PR_Akkerman_Den_Haag.jpg

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A special thanks goes out to Mike Bond and Peter Tsukamoto in Hawaii for making this pen possible. :) Thanks Guys!

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THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for taking time to look at my 4th Kickstarter Project.

Brad & Family

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A little easy reading :)

     The TKMB Story Inspired by the ancient Greek legend of Pennacilles, the mortal son of Hephaestus, god of metal working, crafts and vegetable based snack foods. In order to win the hand of the Princess Stationerius, of the island Paperclippidos, Pennacilles was set a quest by her father, the king. A quest from which no man had ever returned. He was to travel across the sea to the lands of the barbarians and climb the tallest peak of the great mountain range. The peak was forever encased in snow and ice and because of this is still known today as Mont Blanc, the White Mountain (although once global warming has its way, there may need to be a rethink on the nomenclature there). Once the peak was reached, he would have to slay the vile, fetid beast that dwelt upon the mountain slopes.

     Pennacllies's father knew that he would never survive an encounter with this monster and so went to his workshop on mount Olympus and from a mythical metal, refined from the bones of the Titans, he forged a mighty weapon. Then he remembered that his son was a bit of a weedy runt (Hephaestus claimed Pennacilles took after his mother, but it's not like he was making use of his membership to the Mount Olympus gym himself). He cut the weapon down until it was nothing but a small pointed rod (he had a very low opinion of his son's physical prowess and so it was no wonder that Pennacilles no longer called him except on birthdays and even then only when his mother nagged him). With his rather meager weapon in hand, Pennacilles set out on his quest, although he was soon grateful for the convenient pocket size because the Alps are a bloody long way from Greece when one has to trudge there on foot. Footsore and worn, Pennacilles finally reach the summit and confronted the salivating monster that dwelt there. With his small rod of Titan metal in hand he charged the creature (who fortunately was sleeping at the time) and drove the point through its thick hide, puncturing the heart and killing it dead. Drawing the rod forth, dripping with blood, Pennacilles realized he had the perfect tool with which to write the tale of his epic quest (skipping over the fact that he had basically caused the extinction of a unique species in an isolated habitat away from all humans apart from those stupid enough to go out of their way to do battle with it, and the fact that he had slaughtered said beast during nap time). In so doing, Pennacilles not only wrote himself into legend, but invented the device with which all future legends would be written.

     He called this tool the "Pennacillium"...but then his marketing guys thought that was a bit of a mouthful and wouldn't really grab the punters, so they shortened it to the "Pen". Since that day, man has sought to recreate the original mythical device, which gave birth to civilization as we know it. Many have tried, but the secrets of the Titan metal were only rediscovered by William Gregor in 1791, in Cornwall, Great Britain...it was a Tuesday, he'd just had a rather disappointing meal of cabbage and it left him feeling bloated and a bit windy, but that is beside the point. Even then it would be centuries before this metal's full potential would be unlocked and artisans would arise that could match the skill of the god Hephaestus. Finally a pen has been crafted matched with ink inspired by the viscous life blood that that flowed on that peak called Mont Blanc and adorned the first pen.

     Like Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and gifting it to man, so too does this pen gift man with an instrument to equal the craft of the gods.

Author: David Blockley

Risks and challenges

What are the risks and challenges that come with completing your project, and how are you qualified to overcome them?

I can't think of any risks or challenges this time around, this is my 4th project and each time I learn more and more. Here are the steps I will go through during fulfillment. I will limit rewards if I don't feel comfortable completing them on time.

TKMB Steps:
Order Titanium
Cut Titanium
Machine Titanium
Tweak the CNC Code
Machine Titanium
Tweak the CNC Code
Machine... oh.. yep, repeat!
Sand the nub off each part
Tumble (Stonewash) the parts
Clean the parts
Test fit the parts
Clean the parts
Anodize the parts
Clean the parts
Package the parts
Ship the TKMB :)

I've learned from the last 3 projects how all of this goes together and how long things take, so I'm very confident in this project that you will receive your reward EARLY! :D

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