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Billet Pen Project and Giveaway

Today, we not only have a cool Kickstarter pen project to share, but you can win one of the pens too.


Cliff at Billet Pens gave us a heads up about his artistic aluminum pen and marker project that launched recently and he is on a fast track to make and ship them for the holidays. He is machining the bodies of these writing instruments from solid rods of 7075 and 6061 aluminum for the pens and markers, respectively. Then, the ones with designs on them are laser engraved.

Choose from Hi-Tec-C gel or Sharpie marker inserts (Credit: Billet Pens)

Choose from Hi-Tec-C gel or Sharpie marker inserts (Credit: Billet Pens)

Internally, there are two different refill types. One option is a Hi-Tec-C gel ink insert. The other is a Sharpie-brand permanent marker tip and insert. They are not interchangeable, especially since the marker pen needs to be tightly sealed. So, you will have to pick one or the other type of innards for a particular body.

All of the design and manufacturing work is being done in the USA. So, if you have been looking to give some backer love to a 100% American pen project, this might be right up your alley. But hurry, because funding closes the night of December 15, 2013 in order to give Cliff enough time to get as many rewards as possible to backers in time for the holidays.

To learn more about the project, Cliff was kind enough to do a short interview with us.

1. What are the overall dimensions and weight of the pens?

Both are 0.6″ in diameter. The pens are 5.0″ long and 1.4 oz, and the markers are 5.4″ long and 5.4 oz.

2. How thick are the aluminum body and cap?

The cap is 0.05″, and the body is 0.08″; very solid and durable, yet still light.

3. Are both ends magnetic or just one?

Both ends contain a magnet. This is designed to hold the cap securely during use.

4. Is the magnet strong enough to suspend the pen vertically, horizontally or both?

The magnets have a pull of 12 oz. on a solid steel plate. (Thinner steel has reduced force.) This is enough to hang it on the bottom of a shelf, but it will not stand out horizontally from a fridge. The two together also pull 12 oz., so they hold up very well while writing.

5. Are the pens already manufactured and all that is left to do is to anodize (and optionally engrave) them?

Yes, I have carefully selected the rewards to ensure I meet the deadline. I currently have enough pens for the Dec 18th shipping deadline. The engraving is being performed on a daily basis to stay on par with the reward levels.

6. This is the first time I’ve seen a Kickstarter pen project with a Sharpie marker. Where does one get refills?

I bought my test refills locally, at a nation-wide office supply store. There are numerous online stores that sell them, including the “common” sources. The Sharpie part number is 1751000.

7. Tell us more about yourself and how you got started in this.

I am an engineer by trade, and also own a machine shop. I am obsessed with perfection, and am constantly looking for ways to improve design. I wanted to get into pens because my father has actually been turning out wood pens on an old fashioned hand lathe for years. I’ve always thought about doing something similar but with metal instead of wood.

I thought Kickstarter would be the perfect platform for me to launch my pen line. I’ve been working on these pens for the last year making sure every detail was taken care of. The idea to engrave designs came from my wife who is the more creative type. She helped me come up with the designs and we had a local artist draw them out. My favorite pen right now is the eagle pen. It looks so great with the red and blue parts. If everything goes well with Kickstarter, I have another pen project that has never been done before.

Win a Billet pen or marker

Well, we agree with Cliff that the Eagle-Flag pen looks great and he has offered to be our sponsor to give one away to a very lucky winner.

Enter to win this Eagle-Flag pen or marker

Enter to win this Eagle-Flag pen or marker (Credit: Billet Pens)

There are three ways to enter to increase your chances of winning. Log in to Rafflecopter, below, and then like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and/or tweet this post about the project and giveaway.

One random winner will be automatically selected by Rafflecopter after the entry period has closed at the end of the Kickstarter campaign on December 15, 2013. The winner can choose the refill type, pen or marker.

See the terms and conditions for more information. Good luck and a special thanks to Cliff and Billet Pens for making this giveaway possible.

We have a winner!

Aesthetic Crit reader, Eric Thompson, is the lucky winner of an Eagle-Flag Billet Pen or Marker (his choice). Congratulations!

Thanks to everyone who entered and to Billet Pens for sponsoring the giveaway. I’m happy to report that the Kickstarter project was successfully funded and, if you missed out on being a backer, you can still order pens at their site, BilletPens.com.

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