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About this project

NEW PERKS ADDED!!

We are just over a week to go and so close to our goal! To make sure we cross the finish line with funding in place, we'd like to offer a matching Expedition Wallet for your Utility Pen! No need to change your pledge, just add $30.00 for each wallet! That's 25% off!! These are available in all of the same colors as the Utility Pen. Feel free to mix and match if you'd like! You can indicate on your survey, which color(s) you'd like. 

Blue Expedition Wallet and matching Utility Pen!
Blue Expedition Wallet and matching Utility Pen!

The birth of an idea -

Wallet, a pen, a knife and my phone. 4 things I never leave the house without but I have never been thoroughly pleased with the design or interface of any of the items readily available. I began solving this dilemma by redesigning or modifying each, one by one.

First was my wallet, you can find out more here. (I am just wrapping up Version 2 of this and it will soon be available in more colors and increased capacity.)

Second, was the knife. (originally designed by James. I took the project over, tweaked it bit and went to production).

Third, is the pen, which brings us here! 

One day while assembling a batch of uFlick knives for shipment, my Smith and Wesson pen that I carried was laying next to one of the uFlick knife blades and it struck me that these two items need to be combined into a sleek package and thus the Utility Pen project began!

Utility Pen Shown in Red Anodize
Utility Pen Shown in Red Anodize

Details -

More than just the perfect pen. 

The Utility Pen also includes a replaceable blade knife to truly make it the best in EDC gear. Machined from solid 6061 aluminum and then anodized in 1 of our 7 vibrant colors, the Utility Pen is sure to stand out. The included Parker Gel Medium point refill is a pleasure to write with and easily replaceable. The Utility Pen accepts all Parker style refills as well as Fisher Space Pen refills, all available at your local office supply, on Amazon or directly through Wastük Supply Company.  

The opposite end is what sets the Wastük Utility Pen apart from the rest. Included is a #11 utility X-acto style utility blade making your pen a very useful tool for hobbyists, shipping clerks, craft workers, makers and artisans. The list could go on forever! 

Any of the 1/4" shank blades will fit our holder but the blade must be under 1 7/8" for the cap to fit.  

The Business End
The Business End

Specifications -

 The Utility Pen is 6" long, 1/2" diameter. Caps are 2" and interchangeable from end to end. Weight is just 1.4 ounces. After machining, we tumble the components in ceramic media, clean, and anodize in one of the 7 available colors shown below. Additionally, We are offering these in fully machined brass and copper. 

Why Kickstarter -

We've chosen Kickstarter as our initial sales offering outlet so that we can raise enough funds to purchase the raw materials and pay for anodizing costs. Additionally, we are hoping to raise enough funds to allow us to build a substantial inventory so that we may continue to offer the Utility Pen once the campaign has ended.

Aluminum, Copper color anodize
Aluminum, Copper color anodize

 

Aluminum, Bronze color anodize
Aluminum, Bronze color anodize

 

Aluminum, Blue color anodize
Aluminum, Blue color anodize

 

Aluminum, Red color anodize
Aluminum, Red color anodize

 

Aluminum, Violet color anodize
Aluminum, Violet color anodize

 

Aluminum, Grey color anodize
Aluminum, Grey color anodize

 

Aluminum, Black color anodize
Aluminum, Black color anodize

 

Risks and challenges

This is my 4th Kickstarter project so I have a good sense of what I am up against. This project I am going to allow more time for delivery. My past three projects I have been a few weeks late and I just hate that feeling of not being on time. I've set September as a delivery date with hope to begin shipping much earlier. I have already purchased the CNC lathe I needed to make this project happen so I am ready to begin work just as soon as we hit our goal. Aside from that, I anticipate this project going smoothly.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    1x Anodized Aluminum Utility Pen

    1x - Anodized Aluminum Utility Pen
    1x - Parker Gel Refill Medium
    1x - #11 Utility Blade
    Your choice of color
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    2x Anodized Aluminum Utility Pen

    2x - Anodized Aluminum Utility Pen
    2x - Parker Gel Refill Medium
    2x - #11 Utility Blade
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    1x Brass Utility Pen

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    1x Copper Utility Pen

    1x - Copper Utility Pen
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    1x Aluminum, 1x Copper or Brass

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    1x All Three

    1x Aluminum (your choice of color)
    1x Brass
    1x Copper
    3x Parker Gell Refills
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Funding period

- (30 days)