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Hi, i just receive mine a couple of days ago, and I really liked, its great, fun, and simple, and of course works great! Im really impress that the constant flow of liquid is not interrupted Durinthe writing like other fountain pens, Im very pleased with the pen. Hope you always maintain that idea of "keep it simple", Congrats to every body in WinkPen, you nailed! (and I love the presentation of the product in the gift box).
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Hi,
thanks to you and your team for make that amazing pen, love the concept, love the impelmentation and I just want to say "keep the good work! ;-)", its clear when you seeit the care and atention to the details that was put on the product.
And remember you had a lot of very happy customers who really like the WinkPen!, so please let us know when you had the next edition! like many, Im still sad for not been able to buy a couple of sets for the more artistic members of my family :-(
wish you the best!
Mario
MARIOO
Thank you Marioo, It is only me that works full time in the company so when you notice the details , it truly means more then you know ! If you subscribe to my emails at www.winkpens.com , I'll be sure to keep you updated on when the next pen will launch !
In the meantime , if you're a notebook lover , Massdrop just launched my limited run of bamboo notebooks today -- they're paired with Maruman mneymosyne paper :)
https://www.massdrop.com/buy/44962?vendor_key=22aa8297633ba15d37328a2daa34918c
Thank you again for the love and support . I hope to always have you as a customer and happy with your products !:)
Jess
I've been using this for about 2 weeks now and it's been a fun experiment. Straight syrah came out pretty light, simmered down for about 2 minutes and it was a nice bright burgundy during writing that dries down to a dusky purple. Espresso worked pretty well and also gets darker as it dries/oxidizes.
One suggestion is to get some super fine micromesh from a fountain pen shop. My nib had one side that was a little scratchy and a minute of drawing figure 8s made it a much nicer nib.
This is not what I would say is an everyday pen. Get a Pilot Metropolitan, Lamy Safari, TWSBI Eco or similar if you want a fountain pen that just works. This is more for fun, I also like using it with "tricky" fountain pen inks. The ones that have particles for permanence or glitter effects.
Note to Winkpens: I wish you luck in your future endeavors as I'm enjoying this pen. A couple of notes from my usage: Shorter overall length would be nice as it doesn't fit into standard pen cases/holders/shirt pocket. Harder material for grip section/cap so the threads are more secure. Inner cap to protect the nib if the cap gets twisted on too far.
Copperchef
Awesome thank you so much for thorough feedback ! Im constantly trying to refine the nibs and recently added another sanding step with additional micromesh:) I'm also looking at adding some tooling to aid with the consistency when we do the relaunch. Thanks again for the support and i only see it evolving from here
Hi Massdrop community, I wanted to clarify some things with the design as there seems to be a lot of discussion on the pen and it's intent of use. To give some background — The idea of this pen first came about when I was working on a concept for a sustainable printer. As an artist and industrial designer, the ability to use alternative mediums was a huge appeal to me as well as having the ability to refill the pen with your ink of choice. (thus reducing throwaway). During the printer project, I was personally inspired to look deeper into the use of organic ink alternatives. Wine in particular at the time was a fun go to option. I'm sure many of us know its staining property when it unintentionally makes its way to your shirt! With that being said, the branding ‘WINK’ actually originated from just that —‘wine as ink’ however, why limit ourselves there when we could essentially use ‘whatever as ink’. WINKPENS is a very new company and product, we’ve had many manufacturing hurdles and our price point sits high with lower manufacturing quantities, labor and startup costs associated . I am constantly learning and am sure will continue to as WINKPENS works to navigate and figure out its place in the market. True, the pen does function well with regular inks:) We have customers who use it for day to day writing. (The writing width however is more comparable to a fine tipped sharpie which isn’t always favorable for everyone). The purpose of the design however, was to allow for the versatility of the more creative minded as well. I just replied to a thread below but in case you miss it— The avenues for 'new mediums' are endless with this pen. The best part of this product has been seeing what new artistic directions people are taking with the product. This is an example pulled from our instagram page (@winkpens).
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This customers wife (@tiffanyeller ) created this piece using solely coffee, coffee/wine/chili powder, and wine/soy sauce ! In conclusion, this first edition Wink Pen was designed to be a fun pen. An artistic tool to add to your creative arsenal . I understand the day to day writing element too is a very important factor so we are constantly working to evolve the overall writing experience and better the design. If you’d like to help us as we grow, and do decide to order a pen, I highly encourage you to fill out the survey that’s included with one of the postcards that’s in your product package. Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance to me and I will take all your thoughts to heart as we prep for the company re-launch to happen later this year:)
I love the Winkpen! I have a couple at home , our 2 kids use them and love being able to write with kool aid . Great creative tool!
bam23
Awesome to hear! We recently had some kids using food coloring too:) Thank you for your support!
So Ive had the pen for a few weeks, its fun, but until i can find a more viscous ink/liquid, it wont be my go to. WinkPen shouldn't be your only pen, and it shouldn't be your first pen in this price range. I almost just want to get the shimmer ink to see how that plays out.
Prumy
The first fountain pen ink I ran through the WinkPen was Shimmertastic ink. My wife used my WinkPen filled with fabric dye, and I have got it filled now with authentic iron gall ink. I have used glass dip pens for calligraphy for several years, which takes some practice before you get the hang of it.
I enjoy making ancient-looking maps, such as the ones from the Victorian and earlier periods, by hand and then antiquing the paper. Don't know how many years and reams of paper I have gone through learning how to use tea and coffee for browning paper.
There is an art to using a dip pen, as the lines are not always identical in width or ink saturation. With the WinkPen I can cheat a little bit, getting some of the effects of a dip pen without a lot of the dip pen mess. I have been fooling around with recreating 12th-century style illustrated tomes, so that is a whole new skill set.
If you enjoy fooling around with old-style writing instruments and do not mind a bit of a mess while learning, the WinkPen is a fun tool. However, if you are frustrated easily, don't like to tinker with your writing instruments, and are allergic to ink smears - might want to look at another pen.
I would not say that the WinkPen is a pen for daily use. I would not add a WinkPen to my bag for EDC. I have enough fountain pen ink stains in my bag; no wonder the monastic orders wear dark clothing. Those who look at the WinkPen only for daily use as a strict fountain pen I believe are missing some of the purpose of the WinkPen.
Yes, you certainly could use a WinkPen daily - I have heard there are some who do. However, in my experiences so far, the WinkPen would not be something that I would immediately choose to write with. If I am in the mood for some serious writing or have a marathon writing session planned, the WinkPen is not the pen I would be looking for.
If I want to screw around with ink (or other fluid), paper and some manner of a pen, and DGAF about a mess, then the WinkPen is a tool added to my collection for that purpose. Just be prepared for a mess until you get the hang of it, don't wear your Sunday best, and have fun with it. Kids (under close supervision) really get a thrill out of a pen that will take nearly any liquid with a thin enough viscosity.
Designed by an artist, the WinkPen is purposely created to broaden your choices of writing ink. The components of the WinkPen are almost impervious to most caustic fluids, which is why I filled mine with iron gall ink first chance I got. I have found that getting the viscosity correct takes some fiddling and the learning curve can seem steep.
I imagine if you've never held a glass dip pen in your hand, dipped it in REALink, and had to struggle with THAT - you'd not be able to think forward to what a big writing disappointment this is likely to be . . . not to mention the potential of a freeflowing mess. Just check the writing sample given. Wine looks remarkably POOR on paper; makes a very unrestrained line (probably regardless of the paper quality). Buyer beware. Really: BI-R-B-WARE.
This pen was a colossal disappointment. Red wine came out looking like pale pink water. Filling the pen left ink or wine or whatever I used inside the clear barrel but outside the converter and since the seals are rubber and not tight, whatever you use ends up on the grip. I wrote to the designer, she said 'boil the ink' to make it more viscous. I'm a writer who loves wine. Not a chemist who wants to jump thru hoops to write with wine. What a disaster.
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Just another picture with and without more wine on the nib
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I used a red French Bordeaux that was dark enough to be called 'inky' in the glass. On the page, it was pale pink. When it dried, it was pink pink. It worked fine with regular ink. But wine was a bust. I'm glad you are having fun with it. I'm a writer. Who loves red wine. Not an artist or dabbler. This pen, for my uses, would be a novelty... not a 'dip' pen I can load with wine. Different strokes... You also have a good evening!
Just got my Wink pen in the mail. Can't wait to start playing with it.
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The Wink pen was purposely designed by an artist broadening what fluids you could use as writing ink. Coffee, wine (part of where the name comes from), tea, fruit juice, and whatever liquid writing ink you fancy all run through this pen. My Wink pen is full of authentic iron gall ink for a few days now; something that I would hesitate to do with a typical fountain pen.
True, it very well does function with regular inks:) The purpose of the design however was to allow for the versatility of the more creative minded as well. The avenues for 'new mediums' are endless. The best part of this product has been seeing what new artistic directions people are taking with the product. This is an example pulled from our instagram page (@winkpens).
This customers wife (@tiffanyeller ) created this piece using solely coffee, coffee/wine/chili powder, and wine/soy sauce !
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How durable its nib is? Does it's tip shatter occasionally while writing?
krisskross
We havn't had any trouble with the nib breaking due to writing pressure yet. The nib is fragile due to its glass nature (if it were to drop right on the tip it could break). We do use a borosilicate glass which is a bit more durable then regular glass. The pen's surrounding pen parts aid to secure the nib when writing, and the cap also to protect it when it is not in use. If you were to ever break a nib however, do know we sell the nibs as a standalone item (you can email me directly about this. ) Our goal is to add the nibs to our online store soon once we have more consistent inventory on hand.
What's the width of the thinnest stroke you can achieve with the Winkpen?
Nirui
I believe I just talked to you via facebook :) but writing width is comparable to a fine tipped sharpie. You can also get a bit of line variation with pressure and speed of writing
What is the diameter of the barrel?
BTW for the wine artists out there! We did this experiment last weekend and if you simmer red wine, it actually leaves you with a rich dark 'ink' ;) If you're curious for more, be sure to check out our IG for other fun posts: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQBC9Qal0zt/?taken-by=winkpens
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WINKPENS
Time to buy a box of wine.
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The S980 glass nib fountain pen. Similar concept by Taiwanese maker 森作所 with anodized aluminum pen body (costs a lot more, around 300 last time I checked)
SunshineCrazy
Interesting you bring this back up, one of our customers showed this to us about a year after our pens had launched. It seems they ran a pre-order or campaign in 2016. Very similar indeed! http://udesign.udnfunlife.com/mall/cus/gbr/Cc1g01.do?dc_btn_0=Func_Detail&dc_gbid_0=5IIFYLJP8J1
" it marks the first time a new glass pen has been introduced to the market since the metal scarcity of World War II "
Well that's not true - there are several manufacturers of glass dip pens at the moment, and I'm pretty sure that their product lines have changed since 1945.
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Maybe "The first significant advancement in glass pen technology since the metal scarcity of WWII"?
Darkprincelucifer
Ooh yes I like that ! I'll integrate that content on our personal site and let massdrop know too so they can write up similar if they choose to !:) thank you
Are the housing pieces plastic or metal?
ytsu12
The clear main 'body' you is see is glass as well as the nib -- both borosilicate glass. The rest is plastic with metal accents such as the pen clip, the ring, the steel tube internally that feeds ink from the piston to the nib, etc.
WINKPENS
Thanks for the quick reply, and the information!
I have wanted this pen for quite a while now. Seeing it at almost half off the MSRP, I could not pass it up this time. I will be terrified of dropping this pen, as I am afraid that it will shatter. I look forward to fooling around with this pen, and experimenting with different staining fluids.
sallen
Thank you so much for the support @sallen! The pen is built to be modular for a reason so if you ever have a broken part, we do sell the parts individually and the housing can easily be replaced. Just shoot me an email and we'll take care of you! jess@winkpens.com
I really enjoy writing with this pen. The nib is beautiful, especially when it has a gorgeous colored ink in it. Con: the pen itself is actually ugly. I think the esthetics will improve as they introduce more versions.
Would this be a good option for shimmwe inks? I have difficulties using shimmer ink for daily writing in other fountain pens I own.
Thisismissshe
It's a great pen for any of the Diamine Shimmertastic inks or J Herbin 1670 inks...since it's a glass nib without the usual feed, you don't have the same potential for clogging.
Well being in California, i only save 50cents vs buying directly..sucks to be in a eCommerce taxed state. 48 other states get to save 5 dollars instead at the lowest.
Prumy
I worry that my state which is directly north of yours, may adopt a similar tax here. Our politicians never saw a tax they didn't like supporting their favorite projects.
Wink pens has a half-off sale on their website while stock lasts for first edition pens. Looks as if she is gearing up either for a relaunch of the Wink pen, or a second edition pen. Good deal on a unique pen.
I use fountain pens as a daily work tool...I always have a number inked and ready to go.
On a whim, I got the Wink Pen...and it is...well, FUN. I tend, to journal in coffee...not coffee or brown ink...coffee. Brand new dimension to morning thoughts...
I suspect your experience will be like mine. The WINK pen is both unique and enjoyable...
abcbill185
Aw yay! I'm so glad to hear you enjoy the pen. Thank you so much for your support!
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Individual packages have started to ship! The vendor confirmed earlier that majority of the group's order has been sent out with the rest scheduled for pickup shortly. Once your package is scanned into the courier's system an email will be sent with shipping confirmation and tracking info.
Expect another update from us on 1/5 or sooner if something comes up.
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I just received a drop (a Super5 calligraphic fountain pen) from Massdrop. It arrived in a standard small bubblewrap envelope, with no box, and only a thin plastic sleeve around the pen. It was rattling around in the envelope, which was far larger than the pen.
I certainly hope more care will be taken in shipping the Wink drop out -- I already own a few glass nib pens, and I can tell you it doesn't take much to break them or chip the nibs, rendering them unusable. And this one is going to cost three times as much as the Super5 did.
Further, the Wink reservoir is also glass, so any bending during handling while in transit is likely to destroy the pen, too. I'd hate to have to return it because somebody didn't consider something so simple (and necessary).
Leftymlb
My Wink pen arrived yesterday. I shouldn't have worried. The pen, and the packaging, were exquisite and perfect for the delicate care the pen needs. The addition of all the foam surrounding the pen ensured that even rough handling by the postal service or other carriers in the holiday rush wouldn't be a problem.
I'm glad to have it, and I'll be using it with a variety of different inks, paints and other media -- what a great gift I just gave myself. I'm glad I joined the drop. It was absolutely worth it.
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Wink Pen and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 1/5.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 12/29.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Interesting to note that many pen companies in the past have produced glass nibbed pens with an ink reservoir...including Haro, Spors, Soenneken, Montblanc and Visconti. Visconti is the most recent company to produce one...approximately 10 years ago.
I received the WinkPen as a KickStarter supporter and have been using it for a couple of months now. It's a really great pen, IMO. Build quality is top notch and the nib on my pen is very smooth. I should add that, as with any other glass nib, the nib can be smoothed and made finer with fine grit sand papers/micromesh or a wetstone if you are comfortable with this technique. The pen can be completely dismanteled which makes it very easy to maintain. Regarding price, most innovative products will more expensive initially while the company tries to recoup research and start up costs. This is understandable. Those consumers who want to encourage these types of products will help cover these increased costs knowing that prices will go down in the future. I am one of those consumers. Lastly, I would encourage anyone interested in glass nibbed pens with an ink reservoir to consider the Winkpen. I use mine to test inks and keep an ink journal. It is really great for this purpose...and you couldn't find a more creative or ethical owner/founder.
I LOVE the idea but there are two major issues:
1. The tip of the glass nib is much too broad most people. It looks equivalent to a B or even a BB fountain pen nib which is unusable on a majority of papers and with a majority of handwriting styles. This would be a relatively easy fix, simply forge a finer point on the glass nib,
2. A price of $100 is disproportionately high for what is being offered. I realize the glass nib takes hand work but the rest of the pen body is a very simple, low cost, plastic with a standard international converter. A pen of similar quality without the glass nib could be purchased for under $10. If the pen was $50-$60, I think it would be a fair enough deal, with the buyer realizing they are paying a bit more for the R&D. But, at $100, it's extremely difficult to justify -- especially when one can purchase a vintage piston filled glass nibbed fountain pen made in a gorgeous material for nearly half the price on ebay.
AbnerCKemp
I appreciate the feedback. The tips are about as fine as we can get them with the current hand-made process. (see previous comment post for a writing sample). In response to the pricing, I do answer to this in further detail if you see the previous lengthy post I did. My every goal and hope is to bring the pricing down next year . I will actually be doing a re-launch some time in 2017 after this first production run is all sold out. There are many factors that are driving the cost up at this time and unfortunately we've had many manufacturing hurdles and financial stressors along the way to get this product off its feet.
Hi everyone , as mentioned in the previous post I've posted a quick demo video and writing comparison between the Wink Pen and a fine tipped sharpie :) Video can be found at www.instagram.com/winkpens
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I love glass dip pens, so I had to have one of these. I ordered directly from her site before I saw it here on MD.
I'll put comments here when I get the pen...