When it comes to pens, youâ€™ve got a lot of different avenues you can go. Â You can go cheap and plentiful (think the ones stocked at the office) that are just replaced whenever it breaks, runs out, or is lost. Â You can get very compact (and sometimes weapon-ish) ones if youâ€™re going the tactical EDC route. Â There are also very high-end luxury pens, made of exotic materials and the like. Â So, in many ways, theyâ€™re a lot like watches. Â Well, the pen I ran across on Kickstarter kind of takes the best of many categories – made of metal (so it lasts forever), takes standard refills, is sleek and minimal, and is built right here in the good olâ€™ US of A. Â Given the decided lack of a name on the KS page, Iâ€™m just going to call this The Pen from Modern Fuel.
Now, with The Pen, itâ€™s actually following after a very successful mechanical pencil that Andrew Sanderson launched on Kickstarter back in 2017. Â It looks to me, from reading through the campaign page, that Sanderson took what he learned from that pencil and definitely applied it here for The Pen. Â Here, youâ€™ve got the choice of titanium (paging Victor!), stainless steel, copper, or bronze. Â Each metal of course brings itâ€™s own unique properties to the table, and gives you some color choice that wonâ€™t wear off like a coating would.
I also like how Sanderson has committed himself to the longevity of The Pen. Â Heâ€™s making it know that the components he designs work with his prior designs. Â So, should something break or wear out, you can get replacement parts – from the latest generation – that would fit into your pen. Â Of course, thereâ€™s a lifetime warrantee as well, which means if something goes wrong, you send the pen back, and heâ€™ll either fix it, or make you a new one.
What makes The Pen different from others youâ€™ve seen – aside from the sleek lines and absolutely invisible separation between the components – is how heâ€™s made the clicky mechanism. Â Sure, thereâ€™s a spring and cap, and all that. Â But in there youâ€™ve got a machined brass component that has a ball bearing cycling around. Â This was, again, done for reliability and longevity. Â It does require the pen to be upright to use the clicky (gravity and all that), but itâ€™s a clever design, and one that I hope is robust enough to stand up to regular use.
With The Pen, youâ€™ve got something that is lovely to look at, seems solidly designed and built, and should last a good long time. Â You can back the campaign for $110Â for stainless steel, bronze or copper; if you want to go titanium, the price pops up to $160. Â The campaign itself wraps up on December 10th, with the funding currently sitting at about 10x the original goal. Â Now, to see if I can find a good (quick-drying) gel ink insert that would fit into The Penâ€¦ Â Project Page