A hand-turned pen on Kickstarter? Yup. The creation of Bart Creasman and Chris Baltz, who met while at Davidson college, Baltz Fine Writing Instruments is born from a passion of traditional woodworking and avant-garde men’s accessories. Their Kickstarter project aims to bring their first pen, the Exemplar, to fruition by funding the cost of procurement of better tools and paying for manufacturing setup costs. The pen will be offered in three variants and is comprised of two complimentary pieces of wood spliced together, which are then carefully turned by hand and finished to accentuate the wood’s natural intricacies. It is then paired with a highly detailed, rhodium-plated metal clip and a custom designed SCHMIDT gel-ink insert for writing mechanicals. The target price for the Exemplar will be $150, but a $100 donation secures you your very own pen along with an obligatory warm and fuzzy feeling. Donations begin at $5.
Watch their project videos after the jump.