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EDC (Every Day Carry) Pens with durable, dependable click mechanisms, made from bourbon barrels
I’m Joel, and I run a little website called BourbonPens.com — I’ve been making fine writing instruments and other gifts for years. Some of you I’m already proud to call my clients and friends! I’ve been on Kickstarter before, so I know how to run the project without a hitch. I’ve shipped to 65 countries and counting.
I love woods with a story. Previous story woods include Bethlehem Olivewood, Ancient Bog Oak, amazing natural colored woods, spalted tamarind, and more. For this project I’m going with my ongoing love for Real, Once-Used Bourbon Barrels.
This time I’m back with some new styles I’m in love with — EDC Click Pens!
EDC — Every Day Carry. There are two NEW styles for this project, both are excellent designs and solid, dependable mechanisms. I’m having a hard time picking a favorite! What I love about them both is neither pen has any plastic in the mechanism. Durable. Dependable. Every Day Carry worthy!
This first one is a new Bolt Action design. Designed as an everyday carry pen to feel great in the hand. It features a Bolt Action pen clip that acts to advance and retract the refill and works just like the bullet bolt action mechanism. As you move the Bolt clip, the internal moving bolt travels with it and pops out the end of the pen when you retract it. You can also push the top button and roll it with your thumb. Precision-cut knurl finish on the tip and end provides a comfortable feel and writing experience. Crafted with raw aluminum materials with a Stainless-Steel clip for durability that won’t break or show the wear and tear of daily use. They are made from solidly crafted aircraft-grade Aluminum to last for years and years while super lightweight!
Available finishes for this pen are Aluminum, Black Anodized Aluminum, and Brass. You can have your pen with a smooth body, or add barrel stripes!
This pen uses a standard Parker refill, available online and at office supply stores.
This jewel’s parts are machined from Aluminum and Stainless Steel. The body is your choice of Stainless Steel or Aluminum. This pen features an ultra-reliable, all metal Schmidt SKM-88 click mechanical assembly which is precision engineered in Germany by Schmidt for the ultimate in click mechanism durability. The pen end includes a tactical designed knurling (also featured on the pen tip) so your pen will be easy to grip and write with. The pen clip is crafted from raw 303 Stainless Steel so it is resilient enough to grip even the thickest materials and hold on firmly.
Available finishes for this pen are Stainless Steel, Black Anodized Aluminum, Burnt Bronze Anodized Aluminum, Brass, Aluminum.
This pen uses a standard Parker refill, available online and at office supply stores. With this pen, there is an ink extender on the top of the installed refill you will need to transfer to the new refill.
Each item starts as a single piece of wood. I then cut it to the length I need and go from there. For a pen, the barrel section gets a hole drilled into it and a brass tube glued inside. The ends are squared to the tube using special cutting tools, then mounted on the lathe. I shape them to the style of pen I’m making, then sand five separate times to a butter smoothness. I then finish the pen barrel with a friction polish that resists fingerprints and has a nice shine, yet still allows you to feel the wood underneath.
I’ve been making pens for a long time. While I will have various hardware finishes available for most reward choices, I do have opinions on what looks best in person. If you trust me, I can pick the best looking hardware color for your selection for you. Feel free to ask me, or I can give you the option to “Pick for me” at the end of the campaign.
There is a strict set of rules in place that makes bourbon what it is. One of those legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new white oak charred barrels. After that they are sold to wine makers, scotch makers, beer makers, tequila, rum… and people like me. Recycling at its finest! Did you know even Tabasco is aged in bourbon barrels?
When I can’t get it myself, I have several contacts I’m in touch with who gets me the used oak bourbon barrel wood from such distilleries as Jack Daniel’s, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Bulleit, Barton 1792, Elijah Craig and Four Roses. (and yes, I know Jack isn’t bourbon, it’s Tennessee whiskey) They make unique gifts for the bourbon lovers in your life, conversation starters for your business, and wonderful pens to use every day.
Having run a few successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past, I have run into a few snags that delayed the shipment of rewards to some backers. Here are some tips to help you receive your rewards in a smooth, timely manner.
1. The email you have listed on Kickstarter MUST be a valid email that you check frequently. The longer it takes you to respond to your survey once funding has ended, the longer it takes for you to receive your reward. Please respond as quickly as possible.
2. I will copy and paste your address exactly as you write it in your survey, so your address must be correctly spelled and laid out. If your rewards are returned to me due to a bad address, I will contact you and you must repay for shipping.
3. If your address changes after you have filled out your survey but before your rewards have shipped, please send me a message and I will update your address. If you change your address after your reward has shipped, I am not responsible.
4. I cannot ship to international P.O. Boxes. Please provide a physical address or ask a friend or relative if they will allow you to have your rewards shipped to their home.
5. Please make sure that your credit card information is up to date on Kickstarter. If it is not up to date, then your pledge will be declined once funding has ended and you will be dropped as a backer. (Though if this happens accidentally, you can contact me and I can provide alternate payment options)
I have dependable suppliers for barrels and for the mechanisms. Worst case, it may be a month later than projected if demand is high!