CROWDFUNDING REVIEW – Here at the Gadgeteer, we love our pens. The more unique that they are, the better as far as I’m concerned, and the Wingback mechanical pen fits that criteria just fine. This pen is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and they sent me one to check out. Let’s take a closer look.
What is it?
The Wingback is a mechanical pen that has been designed start to finish and manufactured in the UK to reduce the product’s carbon footprint. The pen is available in either brass and stainless steel and it can be pen is customized using cutting edge rotary fiber laser engraving of up to 50 characters.
Design and features
As you can see, I was sent the European brass version of the pen which has a gorgeous fine satin finish that will only get better looking with time and use. The one they sent me is also one of their limited edition pens with a cool vampire wolf engraving.
The Wingback has a knurled grip on the lower barrel and a matching knurled twist knob at the top which extends and retracts the writing tip. Each pen is turned from a solid bar of material, knurled, milled and laser engraved before being assembled by hand.
They have partnered with select illustrators, tattooists and graffiti artists to bring their designs to life on Special Edition pens running throughout the campaign.
With a wide 10mm diameter, the Wingback pen has some weight, but it’s balanced and comfortable to use.
The Wingback pen is designed to use a Fisher Space Pen pressurized ink cartridge which will allow the pen to be used in any environment, from wet to dry and cold to hot.
The knob at the top is smooth to turn when extending and retracting the writing tip and makes for a fun (and silent) fidget toy.
What I like
- Handcrafted attention to detail
- Small size
What I’d change
- Allow it to work with other ink refills (hint: Pilot G2!)
The craftsmanship, style, and size of this pen make it a worthy addition to any pen lover’s EDC and the fact that you can customize it with an engraving of your name or short quote make it a one of a kind writing instrument.
Where can I find more info?
The Wingback campaign ends on 10/01/19 and they have already passed their funding goal of $2,435. You can pre-order a Wingback pen starting at $82. After the Wingback campaign ends, rewards are estimated to start shipping in December 2019. Visit their Kickstarter page for all the details.
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Wingback.