Pen Type-A is an homage to our favorite writing utensil, the Hi-Tec-C. We had been using this pen in its plastic housing for years, until we decided that these coveted cartridges deserved a more durable home.
A balance of simplicity, precision and substance, all parts of this pen are machined from solid, stainless steel.
For example, the deep wells in the cylinders and the square sleeves are painstakingly drilled out from a solid block with a gun drill. This machine uses high pressure oil pumped to the cutting edge of a specialized bit to slowly drill out a perfectly straight and deep well.
The clean and smooth cylindrical pen slides neatly into its sleeve, held in by a magnet once in its final position.
You’ll note a slight popping sound when removing it from its sheath—the effect of high tolerances creating a pneumatic seal, much like a piston.
There is no visible branding on the surface of Pen Type-A. However, hidden under the coin screw is our tiny CW&T inscription. (Just in case you or your grandkids want to figure out where it came from.) Shown here on the sleeve is an example of a custom engraving you can add to your order.
The stepped geometry of the tip leaves the contact point exposed, so you can see what you are drawing. It is perfect for architects, illustrators, and designers. Inside the ruler sleeve is a stepped area keeping the super fine tip gently rested against a silicon pad.
- Pen Diameter: 9.8mm
- Pen Length: 125mm
- Sleeve Weight: 74 grams (2.6 oz)
- Sleeve Length: 120mm
- Sleeve Width: 12mm
- Weight: 50 grams (1.75 oz)
- Material: 300 and 400 series Stainless Steel
Each pen includes a Black Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm cartridge, the genesis of this project. They are available in 4 line widths and over 30 colors here.
There are also a bunch of other ink cartridges that are compatible with Pen Type-A.
To replace the ink cartridge, simply unscrew the back of the pen with a coin.
Pen Type-A is proudly made at a multi-generation family run machine shop in Vermont.
SPECIAL THANKS : A Kickstarter Story
PEN TYPE-A was made possible by the support of 4,049 superstar individuals. Our campaign to launch the pen as a real product was successfully crowd-funded on August 15, 2011 making it the 6th most funded project on Kickstarter at the time.
Over 6,000 pens were made in China over the course of our first year of manufacturing. We now make PEN TYPE-A at a precision machine shop in Vermont, USA.
Drawing by Tamaki