“Why has nobody come up with this before…VertiPen has got there first & it looks stunning.“ - TECHMASH.co.uk
“Convenient to carry, without sacrificing full-size functionality“ - COOLMATERIAL.com
“The 'near-future' pen” - BLOORS.net (Japan)
You can visit our website at: http://www.vertipen.com/index.php
VertiPen is a wearable, convertible writing instrument & stylus, and a contemporary stainless steel chain bracelet in one. It is the world's first completely rigid steel pen/stylus that transforms into a flexible high quality chain bracelet. A unique talking point and an eye catching, head turning wearable innovation. You have to hold it to fully appreciate its quality. Truly stylish stationery. Always have a pen on you!
A magical & unique solution to the everyday problem of never having a pen on you when you need one. Its revolutionary patent pending*, multi-articulating, semi-telescopic, transforming design allows you to have a pen at hand all of the time. The perfect complementary accessory for traditional pen & paper handwriting & sketching, and for using with your digital touch screen devices instead of, or as well as, your fingers.
Every Kickstarter launch edition VertiPen will come with a certificate of authenticity and serial number, hand signed by the inventor (me).
It would make the perfect gift for the person who has everything, or even as a gift for yourself. It results from several years of obsession, aiming to create the perfect solution to this problem, and sets a new standard in the field of wearable accessories. After a considerable period of prototyping and development, this 33rd revision of the design is now ready for its Kickstarter launch!
The writing instrument has evolved for the future! A transforming pen with multiple vertebrae, inspired by nature, produced by precision machines and assembled by the human hand. Simply pull to pop apart, forming a contemporary bracelet, or push & click together, to form a rigid stainless steel writing instrument.
A convertible wrist worn accessory, inspired by the Latin word "vertere", meaning to turn/revolve/turn around/exchange or translate. The words convertible & vertebrae come from the Latin. VertiPen brings one of man’s first inventions into the 21st century wearable world. Unlike many dual purpose devices, it is fully functional in both of its forms. It is both a high quality, stainless steel, precision engineered, rigid writing instrument, and a contemporary wrist worn piece of jewellery. It is truly greater than the sum of its parts!
VertiPen is designed, precision engineered and hand assembled in Devon, UK, and is made from premium materials. The pen is comprised of more than 50 separate parts working together in harmony. It has a simple minimalist design, with a complex internal structure. 303 stainless steel was selected for its machinability, durability and resilience. It is used in the tool making and the aviation industries.
Every VertiPen requires 30 minutes of machine time to be precision milled and is then assembled by hand.
We have worked closely with local engineers and pen makers, to ensure that VertiPen’s components fit together with precision, making it aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and tactile in the hand. A fusion of design, art and science! The multiple articulating joints are inspired by the musculoskeletal system of the human body.
Material: 303 Stainless Steel. Some of the smaller internal components are made from solid 925 sterling silver.
VertiPen is compatible with Pilot BT8 ink refills (black ink only) and 6mm generic capacitive stylus tips (widely available); it will be provided pre-fitted with one of each. It is designed to be future proof, and will allow for different modular accessories to be added at either end. VertiPen will be hand assembled to fit your wrist size, and can easily be altered to fit all wrist sizes.
It will be provided as standard with 20 beads (5x black ceramic, 5x stainless steel, 10x dark wood) and an extra length of bungee cord, for you to easily change the look of your VertiPen. Bungee cord combines the qualities of strength and elasticity, and can easily be replaced. To change its look, simply thread through the loops on each pen cap & tie for the correct size.
For individuality & self expression, you can also personalise the bracelet with your own beads, cord or clasps using the universal loop connectors on each pen cap. We're excited to see what other uses and custom variations you come up with!
What you will receive
For £1 pledges, backers gain exclusive access to project updates and have our sincere gratitude. £5 pledges will additionally receive a handwritten Thank You card with high resolution photos of VertiPen.
For the other reward options, backers will receive a 1st Edition stainless steel VertiPen, 5 black ceramic European style beads, 5 solid stainless steel beads, 10 dark wood beads, an additional length of bungee stretch cord, 1 x Pilot BT8 Ink refill & 1 x 6mm capacitive stylus tip (fitted)
+ Limited Edition beech wood case with engraved VertiPen logo.
The more support we receive, the more we can reward you! If funding reaches £30,000 every VertiPen will be shipped with an extra ink refill & 2 extra stylus tips. If we reach £50,000, we will add a rounded metal cap for a different look when not on the wrist. Watch this space for Stretch Goal #3!
Where the funding will go
If we meet our funding goal, we will be able to do a first production run of VertiPens. The more support we have, the larger the amount that we will be able to produce.
VertiPen's design and name are unique! It has Patents* & Trademarks pending, which can be very costly, particularly for international protection.
We love the VertiPen, and hope you will too! In our first Kickstarter campaign, we hope to see what the world thinks of it. We aspire to make it a product admired and loved by all!
This 1st edition Kickstarter VertiPen will be locally engineered in south-west England and hand assembled by me, in the place that it was created. This hand finished approach will naturally take some time, but it'll be worth the wait! The first VertiPen rewards are planned to ship in January 2016. We have agreed an initial production run of up to 333 VertiPens for Kickstarter backers' rewards, in honour of its 303 stainless steel construction, and being the 33rd revision of the design.
If interest in rewards surpasses this number, we will be delighted to place the 2nd order as soon as we possibly can, aiming to ship from April 2016 onwards. Pre-orders will be available on our website soon after the Kickstarter campaign finishes.
If the project is successful, once the rewards have been shipped, we hope to be Kickstarted into taking our first online orders, and to begin development of an entire future range of VertiPens, with different materials, colours, sizes & accessories. The stainless steel version is our flagship model. It has been a long journey creating the VertiPen & now you can be a part of it, for its worldwide launch!
Care & Maintenance
VertiPen’s body is constructed from a single piece of solid 303 grade stainless steel. While this is a very tough material, the parts naturally articulate with each other, friction being key to how it works. A slight degree of wear and surface scratching should be expected from daily use, adding to the character and individual story of your VertiPen. A small amount of metal lubricant can be used to lubricate the piston-fit metal joints if needed (we use petroleum jelly and/or silicone lubricant). The VertiPen has high tensile strength of almost 30kg, but it must still be cared for to ensure a long life. As with any chain bracelet, ensure not to force the chain to bend further than its natural range of motion allows.
VertiPen contains small parts & should be kept out of the reach of small children.
VertiPen is almost entirely made of highly recyclable materials. You can also help the environment by using less disposable ballpoint pens & not losing your pen. It is compatible with Pilot BT8 refills, which despite their small size, contain about a quarter the amount of ink of a full size ballpoint pen.
Visit our website at: http://www.vertipen.com/index.php
*Patent Pending: GB 15 15 069.1
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Risks and challenges
Every project can face potential challenges. For this project, prototyping and development are essentially complete, and an initial order of up to 333 units has already been discussed with our local manufacturer. Hopefully this will minimise potential delays. Hand assembly will naturally take some time, but each VertiPen will be shipped as soon as possible. We will, of course, strive to meet the estimated shipping dates in the project timeline, and we'll keep you posted every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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