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Prometheus Writes: The Alpha Pen

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A Premium 3-piece Executive Pen

Every Alpha Pen is precision crafted to the highest possible standards. Designed from the ground up to complement only the Montblanc Fineliner cartridge or the Montblanc Rollerball cartridge. This means no extra parts to lose, no fiddly springs, a thread-in cartridge, and components that fit like a German car door.

Special Edition: Brass Alpha Pen




From Jason's notes: "So, why do I want to make a pen? 

I manufacture my own high-end LED flashlights, but I'm also a huge pen fanatic. I have bought nearly every pen I've seen in search of the ultimate writing experience. When I discovered the Montblanc Starwalker (with Fineliner cartridge) I lost interest in searching for the ultimate pen...because I thought I'd found it. 

I used to think of a pen as one item, "a pen," but after looking at Montblanc prices I realized a pen was really two pieces, a cartridge ($7) and a holder ($320-$15,000). I was really in love with the cartridge, and realized wanted to make my own pen to hold it.

Precision that's not marketing hype. I don't deal in hype. I machine precision parts for a living and you can (and should) expect world-class craftsmanship. If you are buying a pen that is machined, you are going to feel the difference when it's designed and manufactured by a machinist! 

I know it's not cheap to order this pen...and that's because you get what you pay for... just like your dad told you. It represents the real cost of manufacturing quality goods, in small volume, right here in the USA. The Alpha won't be for everyone, but if you know quality and demand the best (right down to the screws) this pen is for you.

Why the 3-piece design? 

Because the 3-piece executive is a classic. Because I love the ceremony of the screw cap. Because they just feel like a pen should. No gimmicks, no tricks, just simple and purposeful. It's like drawing a sword, and you know what they say about pens and swords. 

For me, the writing experience is about feel. The feel of the pen in hand and the stroke on paper. Period. I love the way a Montblanc writes (I do actually have one) but I don't carry it around because I like to fly under the radar. So, it sits in a pouch on my desk, which is sad. I like to own things that I actually use, otherwise why own them? 

The Fineliner cartridge ($7) sports a fiber tip, but it's very firm and doesn't break down over time like a marker. The fiber tip allows differing pressure and angle to vary the stroke weight. It writes a lot like a fountain pen, but without all the hassle. It's phenomenally smooth. I make a lot of people try my pen, just to see their reaction, and people are blown away. When's the last time you were blown away by a pen? 

The Montblanc Rollerball (if ball-point is how you roll) is the exact same price and size as the Fineliner so you can choose that if you like. It's a great cartridge too, but it won't freak your mind."

How a Brass Alpha Pen is made:

1 of 3: Turning pen grip.

2 of 3: Turning pen body.

3 of 3: Finishing pen body.