UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS
- Pens will come with matching pocket clips in mass production (e.g. black APEX pen will come with a black pocket clip)
- Final version will feature the finger grips/indentations from the original APEX pen design
APEX MINI is the next generation of our best-selling tactical pen. Designed with indestructible materials and a waterproof ink cartridge, MINI attempts to be the next BIG THING in our EDC line-up while being the absolute SMALLEST!
Since ZEROHOUR's inception back in 2013, we have launched several successful projects including flashlights, tactical pens, knives, and heck... we even launched a fidget spinner! Now, we are back with our 11th project! We need your help to fund two complementary products; a new EDC Keychain Pen AND a Premium Leather EDC Wallet to put your EDC essentials in.
Three years ago we launched ZEROHOUR APEX and with the support of 1,567 backers we delivered one of our best selling products ever! ZEROHOUR APEX is a tactical pen for extreme conditions, designed with indestructible materials, an out-of-this-world waterproof ink cartridge, and tungsten steel glass-breaking tip.
The original APEX tactical pens have been so successful that we’ve issued it in six stunning finishes since its debut! While we are proud of our original writing warrior, we have also been hard at work making a smaller and more portable version that works with different brand refills!
APEX MINI's shredded for duty body puts some real muscle behind one of the smallest and strongest everyday carry pens ever.
Available in three stunning finishes, each one offers a different feel: MATTE BLACK ALUMINUM is light and grippy...
POLISHED TITANIUM is smooth and refined...
and SANDBLASTED TITANIUM has that natural grit...
APEX MINI is a true pen of ice and fire: both alloys are guaranteed to make it through the toughest conditions, and we’ve given our prototypes the beating to prove it.
We have retained the groundbreaking look and feel of APEX’s original design. Its rugged, ventilated body reveals the unique brass cartridge locked and loaded inside.
APEX MINI was designed to work with ALL D1 size refills from top brands such as Pilot, Monteverde, Zebra, and more! There are currently over 50+ different D1 refill colors and point size combinations which makes APEX MINI quite possibly the World's Coolest EDC keychain pen ever! D1 refills measure approximately 2.6 inches long, with a diameter of about 2.3 mm.
Although there are a lot of refill options available, each APEX MINI will come pre-loaded with Fisher's #SU4F Fine Point Universal Type refill. Much smaller and thinner than the original APEX Pen (Fisher PR4 refill), you can still write in zero gravity, underwater, over wet and greasy paper, at any angle, and from -50 °F to 250 °F!
We chose the Fisher cartridge as our included ink refill because it’s simply the best and most reliable one ever made. NASA, armed forces, public safety, and outdoor enthusiasts depend on Fisher’s durability, versatility, and thixotropic ink.
And by building APEX MINI around the D1 refill standard, we were able to keep total body length at only 82.25mm (3.23 inches), making it one of the smallest pens available.
Whether you’re indoors or out in the field, APEX is ready to engage in word battle or real battle. When deployed skillfully, your APEX adds new truth to the old saying: the pen is mightier than the sword.
General list of compatible D1 Refills:
- Fisher U
- Kaweco Soul
- Monteverde Soft Roll
- Ohio R-4C5NP
- Pentel Vicuna XKBXES7
- Pilot BRFS-10F
- Platinum BSP-100S
- Retro 51 Mini
- Rotring Ballpoint Multi
- Staedtler Multi
- Tombow VS
- Uni SXR-200-05 Jetstream
- Waldmann Two-In-One
- Zebra 4C
- Zebra ESB
- Zebra JSB
Note: Each APEX MINI pen reward will ship with FREE spare O-rings to keep ink refills snugly inside pen body.
APEX MINI is a true EDC pen that actually feels and writes like a full length pen. The pen cap extends the body from 68.7mm to 108.95mm allowing you to use it as if it were a standard pen.
Use APEX MINI with or without the removable pocket clip. Depending on how you want to carry APEX, the pocket clip can be easily removed with the turn of the cap. Remove the clip and put it on your keys or keep it on and wear it on your pocket.
WANT TO ADD MORE PENS OR ACCESSORIES?
After the campaign, we'll be using a reward fulfillment website called BackerKit. You will be able to add additional APEX Mini pens and/or accessories; such as All-Weather notebooks, D1 refills, O-rings, EDGE mini knives, and other ZeroHour products at special Kickstarter rates. We'll then ship everything together with your pen reward! We'll update with next steps for using the service when our campaign ends.
When we initially set out to make a MINI pen, we went through several different design ideas. Here are some of our earlier designs:
Here is a photo of our first round of functional prototypes; primarily used for testing ink refills and overall functionality:
Design and dimensions:
- Length: Closed 82.25mm (3.23 inches), Opened 108.95mm (4.28 inches)
- Diameter 6.25mm (0.25 inches)
- Pen Weight: Aluminum 0.28 ounces (7.93 grams), Titanium 0.42 ounces (11.9 grams)
- Ink Refill: 0.04 ounces (1.13 grams)
Our leather EDC wallet is a perfect companion for your EDC products; designed to universally fit other small flashlights, pens, and knives and/or multi-tools. The front inner and rear pockets are perfect for business cards, credit cards, and cash. Fits nicely inside your pant pockets.
- Length: 105mm
- Width: 80mm
- Thickness: 7.5mm
- Weight: 1.5 ounces
We initially wanted to offer the wallet in black but after testing several different leathers, we decided to use a soft premium brown leather.
Due to the premium leather's natural oils, the wallet will darken and age over time which ultimately leads to a very unique colored wallet. No two wallets will ever look the same!
With the support of our backers, we have raised over $1,000,000 on Kickstarter to launch ZEROHOUR products, which have been featured on The Today Show, CNet, Yahoo! Tech, and Discovery Science Channel. Backers, media, and consumers support us because we know how to reinvent products, and we stand by our work with limited lifetime warranties.
- December 2018: Initial Product Idea
- January 2019: Product Sketching
- February 2019: Designs Finalized
- March 2019: Prototyping
- July 2019: Kickstarter Launch
- August 2019: Mass Production
- November 2019: Deliver Rewards
Aided by the learning experiences we had during our earlier projects, all of which delivered successfully, we believe we will be able to deliver in a timely and efficient manner, and do not foresee any risks and challenges that would cause major delays. We will remain in regular communication with our backers as our project goes through the production process, and notify them if any delays should occur.
Risks and challenges
Our team has managed 11 prior Kickstarter campaigns from start to finished product. The original APEX demonstrated our ability to produce a premium tactical pen that was received well by our backers. We have gone through all the necessary steps in developing our next generation APEX MINI, which can go into production quickly after our campaign ends. Your pledge shows us that you believe in our vision for innovative tactical products, and in return, we pledge to deliver a high-quality reward to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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