Challenger Deep Vertex Special Release

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Special Release of 60 Pens

“The Challenger Deep is the deepest known point in the Earth’s seabed hydrosphere (the oceans), with a depth of 10,902 to 10,929 m (35,768 to 35,856 ft) by direct measurement from deep-diving submersibles, remotely operated vehicles and benthic landers and (sometimes) slightly more by sonar bathymetry. The depression is named after the British Royal Navy survey ship HMS Challenger, whose expedition of 1872–1876 made the first recordings of its depth. The high water pressure at this depth makes designing and operating exploratory craft difficult. The first descent by any vehicle was by the manned bathyscaphe Trieste in January 1960; unmanned visits followed in 1996, 1998, and 2009. In March 2012 a manned solo descent was made by film director James Cameron in the deep-submergence vehicle Deepsea Challenger. Between 28 April and 4 May 2019, the DSV Limiting Factor completed four manned dives to the bottom of Challenger Deep. Between 6 June and 26 June 2020, the DSV Limiting Factor added six completed dives. As of July 2020, the list of people who descended to Challenger Deep comprises thirteen people.” – Source Wikipedia

The final Vertex release of 2020, and of the second manufacturing run of the Vertex fountain pen. This material was sourced from Vince at Turners Workshop and is one of the premium European resins we’ve come to prefer for their machinability and overall look and feel. Initially, this resin looked a lot like a faux blue/black ripple Ebonite. Even when we machined it, the blue and black colors were rather muted and though they looked awesome together, they didn’t pop like some of the other materials we’d received. Then we sanded and polished one of these Vertexes and BAM everything changed. The blue shines with a luster that we’ve rarely seen, while the black turned out to be shot through with a silvery mica that dazzles when the lights hit the pen. The Challenger Deep Vertex is the perfect pen to close out this latest batch of Vertex fountain pens. We’ve chosen the name Challenger Deep due to the colors and shine of the material. Much like how the waters of the Mariana Trench and Challenger Deep go from blue to deep vibrant blue and then black before making way to the white sand of the ocean floor, this material has a beautiful blue that darkens to black before showing off the white-silver sparkle at the deepest center of the black. It’s truly a stunning material and each pen has a different pattern making for a unique pen. When you check out you’ll be prompted to select from the following grip section options: Blue, Red, Smoke, or Purple.

The Vertex is our second release in our Signature Series which is built around using plastics and other resins as the main parts of the pen. From the beginning, we wanted to create something that looked, felt, and functioned differently than other pens on the market. The Vertex’s basic design is that of a classic eyedropper pocket fountain pen. It functions with only four parts: a cap, barrel, grip, and nib. Simply add ink to the reservoir, and you can happily write pages of notes before you need to refill. Eyedropper pens can be tricky and messy, and we wanted to eliminate some of those concerns. During the engineering phase, we implemented designs of custom fit o-rings to eliminate the need for silicone grease to seal the grip and nib areas. We wanted a smooth transition from grip to barrel, so we moved traditional breakpoint from the section back, and using a third o-ring in the cap adapted slip cap functionality for the pen. The longer grip section allows for the use of an “ink window” with transparent materials which adds a little flair to the pen. The Vertex looks and feels streamlined and aerodynamic with soft tapers, a cigar-shaped body, and a concave cap top; the Vertex is at once futuristic and reminiscent of the classic lines of Parker and Sheaffer pens. The Vertex is the latest step in our Design.History.Technology influenced Signature Series.

Comes standard with a Bock polished steel nib, with upgrades in titanium and 14k gold when in stock. The #6 nibs units are manufactured by Peter Bock in Germany. Also included with each pen is a 2 ml soft pipette and 2 black Monteverde ink cartridges. Each pen is designed and machined, by us, in the USA.