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Introducing the Yoropen Z3: Style, Quality and Function in Harmony
We are currently developing a brand new model of Yoropen called Z3 to showcase our innovative approach to ergonomic design. Understanding the importance of quality, function, status and style, we incorporated superior components, a unique design, and visual appeal into the new Yoropen Z3. The Yoropen Z3 is available exclusively to backers on Kickstarter first; the funds received through this campaign will help us to manufacture the first batch of Yoropen Z3s.
The Yoropen Z3 model has never been seen before and is making its debut in North America. The previous generations of Yoropen have been extremely successful products in Asia, selling millions of units in just a few years. Led by Johnson Liu (the inventor of Yoropen), we have streamlined our new design and are excited to introduce the Yoropen Z3 in North America first, but in order to enter this competitive market we are facing the challenge of covering manufacturing costs for a top-quality final product. That’s why we need your support.
We are a team of long-term visionary thinkers who understand that convenience and commitment are important to Yoropen customers. We have set up our U.S. headquarters for Yoropen Inc. in the Washington DC Metro area, which allows us to best serve our customers all over North America by offering customer support and low-cost, hassle-free shipping.
Awards Previously Won by the Yoropen Team
The Ergonomic designs realized by the Yoropen team have won multiple well-known international design awards:
- Geneva Salon International Invention Gold Medal Award
- iF International Design Award Winner
- Red Dot Design Award
- Salon Univers D'Enfants
- Stylographe "Le Stylographe"
- ISPA & Innovation Award, First Prize in Writing Category
- CIREC Competition
Benefits of the New Yoropen Z3:
Less stress - No more strain on your fingers, wrists, and hands. Proven to relieve extra pressure put on your wrist when writing, resulting in improved writing posture and helping to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Increased visibility - See more of what you’re writing, while you're writing!
- Universal design - Easy to use for both left and right handed individuals.
- Smudge-free - With the nib of the pen away from your wrist, your hand is no longer wiping the paper as you write. Goodbye, smudges!
Testimonials from Test Users:
I am an artist. For me, a pen is not just a writing instrument, it is a tool of my art. The Yoropen initially appealed to me because of its ergonomic design. I have had surgery on two fingers and have carpal tunnel. Keeping aches and pains at bay is always a challenge. As a left hander, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I adapted to the shape of the pen. After 10 minutes the pen no longer felt heavy and was well balanced in my hand. I shifted the rubber grip to better suit my drawing style and I was good to go. Even though my hand eventually got tired, I had no sharp pains or cramping (after 40 hours of drawing), so I was very pleased.
- Jane Cummings, Ballpoint Pen Artist.
“The best pen I ever used! The picture does not do any justice to the pen -- This is a great looking pen -- very functional and artsy! The grip can be adjusted and the pen always feels balanced, the flow of the ink is very smooth. Clearly a five-star product that deserves all the awards and accolades it received.” –Raman B.
“My son has arthritis and he says it’s the best and easiest pen he has ever used… Thanks so much for finally giving us a product that makes Aiden’s life a little easier.”
“I'd love to use this pen in the future and would recommend it to friends who have similar problems with writing implements (including a few who are left handed). Big thanks to the team at Yoropen for coming up with this great idea!”
The Yoropen Z3 has the distinguished style and sleek look and feel that professionals seek when selecting a high-quality pen.
The advantage of this luxury pen is that it incorporates a swan-neck design and balanced approach to writing. This frame type provides many proven benefits over regular straight stick pens.
Illustration for the Yoropen Z3 used by a right-handed individual.
Illustration for the Yoropen Z3 used by a left-handed individual.
The Yoropen is patented in the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, France, Russia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, India, and Malaysia.
We decided to use copper and zinc & aluminum alloy to construct the pen's body for their strength and durability. The matte chromium plating is twice as scratch-resistant as stainless steel and provides a prestigious finish.
Length (without cap): 146.0mm (5.75 in.)
Length (with cap): 161.0mm (6.33 in.)
Width: 20.0mm (0.79 in.)
Weight: 26.0g (0.91 oz.)
Materials: Alloy of Zinc & Aluminum, Copper, Carbon Fiber, and Silicone.
Finish: Matte, Super Hard Chromium Plating
In the Box
The Yoropen Z3 is presented in a branded black box to help keep it safe, clean, and stylish. This box, along with an additional refill tube, comes complimentary with each pen you order. The refills are made in Switzerland with high quality; writing smoothly and lasting much longer than generic refills.
Yoropen Z3 Black reward includes: one box, one pen with black grip, one metal refill (blue ink) and one plastic refill (black ink).
Yoropen Z3 Blue reward includes: one box, one pen with blue grip, one metal refill (blue ink) and one plastic refill (blue ink).
Yoropen Z3 Red reward includes: one box, one pen with red grip, one metal refill (blue ink) and one plastic refill (red ink).
Added on 8/21/2014
For each reward shipped, we will include a plastic mold which can turn most generic refills into refills that can fit in the new Z3. Isn’t that awesome! See the photo below:
The Perfect Gift!
The Yoropen Z3 is the ideal gift for friends and relatives on any occasion. Everyone writes, so why not write in style? Searching for that special something to give to your special someone for the holidays? Unsure of what your parents may want this year? The Yoropen Z3 is your answer.
Once the crowdfunding is completed successfully, we'll start the manufacturing process immediately and we aim to ship your rewards by the 2014 holiday season.
- Early August 2014: Launch the Kickstarter project
- Late September 2014: Crowdfunding is completed
- September – October 2014: Pilot run to get ready for mass production. Prepare the materials needed.
- October – November 2014: Mass production, final quality control and assembly.
- December 2014: Packaging and shipping
Be Part of Our Success!
We need your support to fund the set-up and production costs of this first batch of the new Yoropen Z3s, so we can put these beautiful pens into your hands first. Your contribution as a backer will fund the manufacturing of these pens and support the design of the next Yoropen products to come, which will focus on helping children who experience difficulties when writing.
Upon the success of this project, we will establish a web store to continue providing the latest Yoropen designs, along with refills and accessories. Continuous innovation and the best possible customer service are part of our brand promise to you.
We need your help to get the word out, so be sure to use those handy share buttons at the top of our page!
The revolutionary Yoropen Z3 improves everyone's writing experience, but it all depends on your funding to make it happen!
- The Yoropen Team (Johnson, Shawn & Chris)
Risks and challenges
Risk 1: Manufacturing process gets delayed.
Solution 1: We have many years of experience in manufacturing pens and have very good control of the manufacturing process. We had a successful run of a sample batch in order to test the production time. There is very little chance the manufacturing process would get delayed. However, in the event of a delay, we will adjust the production timeline in order to compensate for any lost time.
Risk 2: Shipping delayed beyond holiday season.
Solution 2: Our goal is to ship the first batch of Yoropen Z3s in December 2014. The shipping may require a bit of extra time because it is the busiest season of the year. We will try our best to ship the pens early, so that our backers can enjoy the beautiful Z3 pens during the holidays.
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