September 10, 2020 4 min read 4 Comments
Wingback products are designed for any journey, from commutes through the capital to adventures along the Jurassic Coast. Here we delve deeper into the making of our best-selling ballpoint, the Wingback Mechanical Pen.
The pen is made up of three parts: the barrel and two sections of the mechanism that are screwed together by a tiny pin bolt. Incidentally, we use that same 80-year-old screwdriver to tighten the bolt in place in our London workshop.
Once the pens are assembled and Fisher cartridge loaded, they are laser engraved with the Wingback logo and custom inscriptions of up to 50 characters along the length of the barrel.
"MADE IN THE UK" is also emblazoned into the metal, only to be revealed when twisting the pen apart.
"Wingback’s series of exquisitely designed EDC is the ideal combination of aesthetics and performance. With its comfortable broad design, the mechanical pen promises to be the last pen you’ll ever want to use" ~ Yanko Design
As with our Leather Collection, the final piece of the jigsaw for the Brass Mechanical Pen is completed by you, its owner.
Brass will develop a unique patina as its surface oxidises and interacts with the natural oils in your hands, meaning it will gradually take on the look like a timeless heirloom, yet it can easily be polished back to its original lustre.
By contrast, stainless steel 304 has a harder surface and won't oxidise over time – nor will the limited edition Black Steel Mechanical Pen, with a tungsten carbide carbon finish – meaning it will maintain its crisp aesthetic indefinitely.
Finally, the pen is packaged in a slim double-thickness cotton sleeve to keep it safe (something we strongly recommend using to keep it from rolling off your desk).
The result is a useful, considered tool that's a pleasure to use, one that will age beautifully and last a lifetime. And with any luck, it will be found and appreciated by your grandchild a long time after that.
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