Brass Divot Modal Special Release


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Special Release

The first of our Modal specific grip profiles is here in the form of the Divot profile. Adapted from a 2016 release where we machined small dimples to replicate custom automobile and motorcycle perforated leatherwork; the new Divot grip profile increases the number of divots and the depth and size of the divots. Alternating rows of five and six divots create an asymmetric design that looks very sharp. The initial special release is a full brass version with black Delrin slider. 

The Brass Divot Modal Special Release is our Modal retractable pen in C360 brass with our latest grip profile, Divot. The Divot is machined on our CNC machining centers after the overall profile of the lower body has been machined. Precision tooling is used to machine lines of Divots into the grip in alternating five and six divot groups. The Divots add variance in grip and in aesthetics to the pen for a unique look and feel. The Brass Divot Modal Special Release is a polished version; we’ve hand sanded the finished brass parts and polished them in a tumbler with a weak acid solution followed by a temporary protectant liquid that prolongs the shine and staves off oxidation. This release features a black Delrin slider and matching brass button. Select from a variety of refills when you checkout.

The long wait is over, our latest pen is here. The Modal is our latest everyday carry, retractable pen that features several new design and functionality elements. This pen has been the most requested design in the history of our company. From the day our Bolt Kickstarter launched, we were asked if we would ever add a traditional side-actuated bolt-style pen. Our response was always, “Only if we can find a reason to make one in our style because the market is saturated with that type of pen.” It’s been over ten years since the Bolt was released, and we finally found our reasons. Initially, we wanted to create a pen that was roughly the length of the EDK but accepted the Pilot G2 or other 110mm refills. A five-inch length pen is about the shortest pen that is comfortable to the average pen user. Our second reason was that most bolt-style pens on the market use a side button that sticks out pretty far from the body of the pen. The button is uncomfortable and often gets caught on clothing or jabs into your hip if you’re pocket-carrying the pen. Also, for some reason, most of the current bolt-style pens feature a backward J-slot, requiring the user’s thumb to move in a weird motion bringing the button down and back towards the heel of the palm. We designed a button that is oval shaped, with a slightly convex face that is raised just enough off of the body of the pen to be functional but doesn’t interfere with clothing and won’t jab you in the hip. Our J-slot is more of a modified checkmark, and requires the user to simply push their thumb down in a swift motion before the action “catches”. The button is easily retracted with a swift upward motion of the thumb, but the catch on the slot is positive enough that the refill won’t retract during use. Finally, we developed a deep pocket carry clip somewhat resembling the INK clip but fastens via an internal thread that isn’t visible. The internal slider mechanism is machined from Delrin which provides a perfect, smooth action. The body, clip, slider, and button are designed and manufactured in our facility in Mesa, Arizona.

Length – 130.17mm / 5.125″
Body Width –  11.11 mm / 0.437”
Width w/Clip – 14.73mm / 0.577″
Weight (Aluminum) – 24.0g / 0.84 oz

Limited Availability

“Many G codes and M codes cause the machine to change from one mode to another, and the mode stays active until some other command changes it implicitly or explicitly. Such commands are called “modal”.” –

The Modal is made from C360 brass on our CNC lathes and Swiss machining centers, in Mesa, Arizona. Pilot refills are manufactured in Japan. Schmidt refills are manufactured in Germany.