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Materials and 2nd Version Improvements

Materials and 2nd Version Improvements

Materials and 2nd Version Improvements

I’m excited to share the progress I am making with incorporating all the great feedback I received about the pencil during and after the Kickstarter campaign. I have been testing copper and stainless steel versions, and they have come out well (pictured above). I am also making headway on a titanium version — machinists pull a strange face when you ask them about titanium, but they’re coming around to the idea.

Some things I’m working on that I’m really excited about…
– Offering 0.5, 0.7 and 0.9mm lead options
– An improved internal mechanism
– A tip protection solution
– An improved locking system for the eraser end
– Each pencil having its own unique identifying number (don’t worry, it will be hidden from plain view)

…More updates on these later.

I’d love to hear your feedback. Please add your thoughts below.
Andrew

Comments (19)

  1. I’m excited about all of the new work above, specifically the new materials and new lead sizes. HOW DO I STAY UP TO DATE? I’d love to buy the new versions when they’re available.

    Thanks!

    Jonathan Walker
    Jan 7, 2016 Reply
    • Jonathan, Thank you for your support. I will be sending out an email to all the original backers and customers who bought through the website with some notice to when the next Kickstarter campaign is going live. The materials are looking good and the custom mechanism is working really well, it is going to be good. Thank yoy

      Admin
      Feb 8, 2016 Reply
  2. Hi,
    Thank you for sending the brass pencil. I love it. When do you anticipate some of the above ideas will be available for purchase? My wife would like one too and loves the look of the stainless steel and copper versions.
    Thank you.
    Best,
    Je-Uk

    Je-Uk Kim
    Jan 21, 2016 Reply
    • Je-Uk, It is great to hear you are enjoying the pencil. The plan is to launch the next campaign in the spring this year. All the parts are starting to come together and I am testing the new materials so we should be on track. Thank you

      Admin
      Feb 8, 2016 Reply
  3. Been using one of your pencils (aluminum) for a couple weeks now and absolutely love it, never had anything like it. Really impressed with how precise a tool it is. I’m usually not a fan of 0.5mm lead, however somehow this pencil has the feel of 0.7mm, maybe due to the fact the lead is so precisely held in place. Regardless I’d love to see this in 0.7 and 0.9mm. A titanium version would be great… just when I thought this pencil couldn’t get any more durable! Also love how the clip doesn’t come attached (I find them unnecessary). I think it would be interesting to design new ones without an eraser; I generally find pencil erasers less efficient and more wasteful than handheld erasers, so I think the main functional use of it should be solely as a writing instrument. Also I am curious: do you build the plastic internal mechanism and erasers from scratch, or do those come from somewhere else? Either way this is the finest writing instrument I have ever owned and likely the only one I will touch for the rest of my life (unless of course I decide to get one of your new models )

    Rand
    Feb 4, 2016 Reply
    • Rand, Thank you! As a designer/maker it is great to hear you are enjoying the pencil so much. I agree with the pencil being a pure writing instrument. It may have been a step to far to remove the erase all together for the first design though. That is why I designed the black eraser so you don’t get the smudges you do on a white one. I currently don’t make the mechanism, but this is what I am working on right now. I am working with one of the leading mechanical pencil factories in Germany to make a fully custom metal mechanism for the second version. I will be posting updates and images soon. Thank you again for the support.

      Admin
      Feb 8, 2016 Reply
  4. I’m all excited to rea about steel version of pencil! How is it going? When will it be available for purchase?

    Radek
    Feb 5, 2016 Reply
    • Radek,
      it is so good to hear people are excited about the new version. The design and testing is going well and I expect to have the campaign together by the end of the spring. I will send out a heads up that the campaign is going to live. please stay tuned.
      Thank you,
      Andrew

      Admin
      Feb 8, 2016 Reply
  5. Hi, GREAT product!

    I purchased a brass pencil for my wife for Christmas this past year. She loves it, as she has been making great efforts in her daily life to avoid as many plastic items as possible. An all-metal mechanical pencil made her day!

    I am curious- while the body of the pencil is such great quality brass, we noticed the internal mechanism was plastic. She is wondering (hoping, really) if there might be a metal alternative for the internal mechanism of her pencil that we may purchase from you?

    Thanks for designing and making such an incredible product,
    Evan

    Evan Coulson
    Feb 13, 2016 Reply
    • Evan,
      Thank you for choosing the MFD pencil as present for your wife. We are working on the 2nd version of the pencil right now and we are very excited to be offering a full metal mechanism (no plastic at all), .5, .7 and .9 lead options and new materials: stainless steel, bronze, copper and titanium. Unfortunately the mechanisms won’t be interchangeable form the old design to the new. We are designing the new version around our custom designed mechanism.

      Thank you for the kind words. I hope to make an update regarding the 2nd version soon. We anticipate the launch date being late spring.

      Andrew

      Admin
      Mar 7, 2016 Reply
  6. Do you have a date on when the stainless steel will be released?

    Danny
    Sep 2, 2016 Reply
    • Danny, we have just finished designing the mechanism. We started from scratch and it has taken much longer then expected, but it is 100% metal and will work great. We hope to have all the new materials including SS to test by the end of the year. We really hope to launch the new campaign at the end of the year. Hope this helps.

      Admin
      Sep 23, 2016 Reply
  7. Any idea when the new stuff is going to be released? I’m dying to get one

    Bryant
    Dec 25, 2016 Reply
    • Bryant, Thanks so much for your interest. I don’t have a set date on the launch of the second version yet, but my hope is for the Kickstarter campaign to launch at the end of the year. If you’d like I can email you when the second version is ready?
      Thanks,
      Andrew

      Andy Sanderson
      Mar 23, 2017 Reply
  8. How’s the 2nd version mechanical pencil doing? Any idea when the new campaign for the 2nd version will start? I haven’t seen a new campaign yet, has it been delayed again?

    I think a black anodized aluminum mechanical pencil sounds really cool, and I’d really like to know more about it.

    I just bought a Custom Engraved Aluminum Mechanical Pencil, so I’m looking forward to having it when it’s delivered to me!

    Ryan
    Jan 12, 2017 Reply
    • Also, would it be reasonable to ask when I can expect it to be delivered to where I live? It would be really helpful so I don’t miss the delivery person.

      Thank you very much.

      Ryan
      Jan 12, 2017 Reply
      • Ryan,
        Thank you for your interest, I hope you enjoy your engraved aluminum pencil– let us know what you think. I am currently working on the new version of the pencil that will come in bronze, stainless steel, titanium copper and PVD black stainless steel. It will come in three different lead sizes: 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm and feature a 100% metal mechanism. Great idea with the black anodized aluminum, I’ll look into it!

        Shipments within the U.S. usually arrive within 1 week for standard pencils. Custom engraved pencils usually arrive within 2 weeks within the U.S. Let me know if you have any other questions.

        Thanks,
        Andrew

        Andy Sanderson
        Mar 23, 2017 Reply
  9. When will this be released?

    William
    Jan 15, 2017 Reply
    • William,
      Thank you for your interest and support. We don’t have a set date on the launch of the second version yet, but our hope is for the Kickstarter campaign to launch at the end of the year. It will come in bronze, stainless steel, titanium copper and PVD black stainless steel. It will also come in three different lead sizes: 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 0.9mm and feature a 100% metal mechanism.  

      We’re really excited about the design and these new features. If you’d like, I can let you know when the second version is ready?

      Thank you,
      Andrew

      Andy Sanderson
      Mar 23, 2017 Reply

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