The Type-C the third pen design by design duo CW&T. This model is described as a titanium “bookmark pen” and as a “sibling” to the previous Type-B and Type-A pens.
The Type-C will be launched as a Kickstarter project in June 18, 2019 and ended July 19, 2019, with an expected delivery of October 2019. The minimum funding level on the Kickstarter project is just $5,000, which CW&T should have no problem hitting given their excellent track record, experience with product marketing, and growing fanbase.
The Type-C will be machined out of titanium with a moving piece of steel wire that swings from the top to the bottom of the pen to “close” it when not in use. This piece will be known as the spring clip. When closed the steel spring clip protects a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto needletip refill.
The pen is rectangular, with a width of 15 mm and a depth of just 3.5 mm. This is, of course, a bit thick for a bookmark, but it’ll fine to place in a journal or inside a Traveler’s notebook. The Type-C is 105 mm long which means it’s rather short compared to a standard pen body but in line with other pens in the class as well as many uncapped pens.
Interestingly, the Pen Type-C addresses the issue of length by having the rotating spring clip connect to the pen body off-center. This way when the pen pivots from open to closed it actually lengthens, making it more longer and more comfortable when writing, but more compact when put into a notebook or pocket.
The materials are quite limited on this pen. The body is made from Grade 5 titanium — with a bead blasted finish — while the clip and rotating spring clip (the closure mechanism) are made from stainless steel. The steel clip is detachable if you want to save a few grams and streamline the pen.
Pen Type-C Alternatives
While rectangular pens tend not to be comfortable for longer writing sessions, Moleskine has broken the ground with their popular Roller Pen Plus, another pen meant to be stored alongside a notebook or journal. Perhaps the closed pen to the Type-C will be the Tombow Zoom 606 sh, a retractable ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil with a top-click button and a similarly thin, rectangular shape.
A pen with a similar profile — but a hugely different design aesthetic — is the Ko-Axis Rail pen ($129.99). It has the same flat, bookmark shape and uses all titanium hardware, but it uses a tiny D1 refill in order to keep the pen as compact as possible.
CW&T Pen Type-C Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Rollerball / Gel|
|Body Diameter (mm)||15|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||3.5|
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||105|
|Length Posted (cm)||105|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||105|
|Ink Color Shipped||Black|