Penxo is a minimalist 2mm lead holder pencil with no springs, buttons, or mechanical parts. It is beautifully simple, stylish and intuitively unique on its handling. Precision milled with a single block of aircraft grade aluminium, it pays homage to the traditional wooden pencils that have been used by designers, artists and students for centuries.
The main concept for Penxo was simplicity. We asked ourselves how we could reduce a conventional mechanical lead pencil into its elements and eliminate all the finicky mechanical bits. Next, we challenged ourselves to solve the problem that has plagued designers for years: How to release the lead faster and how to make it easier to tell which lead is loaded into the pencil without needing to unload the lead, peer through a semi-translucent window, or use those spinning knob indicators commonly found on drafting pencils. As well as, how to conveniently shows the lead usage. With the concept and challenges in mind, we went through numerous designs and concept sketches before we finally arrived at Penxo.
The flawless brushed aluminum fuselage is the first thing that demands attention.
6061 –T651 Aluminum – Used in aircraft construction, chosen for its perfect balance of lightweight, durability/strength and flexing properties. Each Penxo is precision milled from a single block of Aluminum. It addresses sustainability needs and is highly recyclable. With no moving parts and solid aluminium construction, Penxo will last forever.
Specifications: Length: 5.38” (136.65mm) x Diameter: 0.47” (10.34mm) Weight (without lead): 0.6 oz (17 grams)
Version: Silver (Rebel Silver version) & Black (Darth Black version) & PLEDGE GOAL VERSION Gold (Galactic Gold version), Gunmetal Grey (Stealth Grey version) & Cobalt Blue Limited Edition All anodized.
Manufacturing: I will be partnering with an overseas manufacturer (Strong Precision Machinery, Hong Kong) to ensure a smooth production run.
Assembly and packaging: The product will be assembled and packaged here in the San Francisco Bay Area. This will allow me to inspect each product individually to ensure the best possible quality.
Fulfillment: Our team will personally handle all packaging and logistics. This means that you can communicate directly with me and the team without anyone in between.