CW&T Pen Type-A

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CW&T is an art and design studio based in Brooklyn, New York City. The creative duo Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy came together in the pursuit to produce thoughtful objects with minimal aesthetics, intuitive interfaces and over-engineered construction. After a successful Kickstarter campaign Pen Type-A is now a reality for all those who appreciate a finely produced (in the USA) design object that can be used for not only art and design, but life. CW&T produces many extraordinary items and some of their creations are now available at ACGears.com and in our store.

Pen Type-A is a minimal pen and ruler sleeve made for Hi-Tec-C ink cartridges. All of its parts are machined out of solid stainless steel and the sleeve is laser engraved with ruler markings. A balance of simplicity, precision and substance, the pen feels smooth between your fingers. There’s no grip to tell your fingers where to go and it’s free of notches or grooves. Pen Type-A is an homage to CW&T's favorite writing utensil, the Hi-Tec-C. They have been using this pen in its plastic housing for years, until they decided that these coveted cartridges deserved a more durable home.

Pen Type-A is proudly made at a multi-generation family run machine shop in Vermont. Each part is carefully machined with high precision tools built to do one thing and one thing really well. For example, the deep wells in the cylinders and the square sleeves are painstakingly drilled out from a solid block with a gun drill. Gun drills are normally used to drill super straight gun barrels. This insanely large machine uses high pressure oil that's pumped to the cutting edge of a specialized bit to slowly drill out a perfectly straight and deep well. This kind of precision and perfection is what this pen embodies.

The sleeve doubles as a straight edge and a measuring instrument. Its edges are clean and sharp, lasting evidence of the precise machining processes that were crucial to its construction. Drop the pen into the sleeve to watch it slide in slowly. Give it a final push so the sleeve can grip the pen and prevent it from slipping back out. Pull the pen out quickly and hear a light popping sound. These effects are a result of high tolerances between the pen and the sleeve that create a pneumatic seal, kind of like a piston.

The sleeve is laser engraved with imperial and metric units. The sharp edges of the ruler help draw straight lines. Yes, the edges are sharp. Not for kiddies. The pen is held in the sleeve by a magnet, so it doesn't slip out by mistake.

There is no visible branding on the surface of Pen Type-A. Since a pen is such an intimate object, it is important for the designers, in the process of designing to be extremely discreet with the CW&T logo. Who wants to see someone else’s name on something they own? However, hidden under the coin screw is the tiny CW&T inscription. It’s there just in case you or your grandkids want to figure out where it came from.

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Product Specification 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

Pen Type-A ships with a 0.3mm Black Hi-Tec-C Ink Cartridge.
Highlights Made in VT, USA Uses Hi-Tec-C ink cartridges

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