MARKSMITH Titanium | The Best EDC Marker You'll Ever Own

Created by Daniel Bauen + Microfacturing

Carry the world's first titanium retractable permanent marker every day to make a bold statement on surfaces that a pen can't write on.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Success! Refilling Marksmith Cartridge with Permanent Marker Ink
8 months ago – Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 08:13:33 PM

Refilling the Marksmith Titanium Fine Point marker cartridge using permanent marker ink

In addition to buying and replacing the whole cartridge inside the Marksmith, an alternate method discussed during the campaign is to refill the cartridge using permanent marker ink. It took a while to fully deplete the ink in a cartridge and had to determine what the right amount was by weighing a new full vs used depleted cartridge.

The difference in weight between a new full and used depleted cartridge is about 1g. This equals about 40-45 drops of Edding T25 permanent marker ink. The Edding T25 is one of many brands of permanent marker ink. It is convenient because it has a dropper tip, allowing you to easily count the number of drops. Please take a look at the video showing how you will be able to refill the cartridges using the Edding T25, or similar permanent marker ink.

Tips:

  • It's best to refill the cartridge before the ink is totally depleted because it takes longer for the ink to wick to the tip if it is totally dried out. If you refill while the marker still works, then you can keep using it without interruption.
  • Have a full cartridge ready to switch out so that you can keep marking right away. Leave the refilled cartridge upright with the tip down to allow the ink to wick towards the tip.
  • If your marker is still marking, but you want to top it off to make sure that you don't run out, a cartridge can be partially refilled. Carefully drop the ink onto the felt one drop at a time. It should readily soak into the felt. Check to make sure that there is no pooling of ink outside the felt. If the ink is not instantly absorbed by the felt, then the felt is saturated and you should stop filling.
  • A cartridge can be refilled many times. It can probably be refilled more times than the felt nib will survive. At some point, the nib will be worn and require a cartridge replacement.

Where can you buy permanent marker ink?

Here's an editable google doc that has a list of places to buy permanent marker ink. Permanent Marker Ink Sources

If you know a source for permanent marker ink that is not yet on the sheet, please submit it via this form and I will add it.

Production Status

The production samples are nearing completion. The final cosmetic finish and appearance are being tweaked and applied. Will have another update with more details.

Thank you,

Daniel and Team Engineerable

Marksmith BAM Fine Production Update
9 months ago – Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 12:47:50 AM

Production Update

When the funds from Kickstarter arrived, I was able to initiate the manufacturing stage of the Marksmith BAM. The first step in making several thousand titanium markers is making production samples.  The production samples are more refined versions of the prototypes that represent the consistent quality we should expect from future production. To achieve this, production quality fixtures are being made, dedicated cutting tools selected and setup, custom cutting tools are made for special internal features, and the finishing process is refined. The production samples will be just a few pieces to validate the process, dimensions, and finish. If those are perfect, then we can move onto the next production step. If there are changes that need to be made, then we will have to repeat the production samples process.

The next production step after the samples is a small run of 100 pcs. All of these markers will be closely inspected to ensure that the quality is consistently excellent. Then we move onto production batches of 500 and will continue to closely monitor the final product quality. These smaller batches will also speed up the delivery schedule since we won't have to wait until all 3000+ Marksmith markers are made before starting to ship.

When Will Surveys Be Sent Out?

While many campaigns send out their surveys soon after the campaign ends to generate excitement that their product will be received soon, I prefer to wait to send the survey until production is complete and we have a solid shipping timeframe. Why? This gives us the most up to date shipping addresses (I know that shipping addresses can be changed prior to shipping, but from my experience not everyone does...), and gives us the most time to make any relevant changes to the survey that are necessary. I'm also simultaneously working on the Marksmith Ultra-Fine, and as many backers have requested, make it available as an add on in the survey.

Thank you,

Daniel and Team Engineerable

Thank you for making MARKSMITH an awesome reality!
10 months ago – Thu, May 07, 2020 at 03:02:29 AM

Thank you!

Every time I launch a Kickstarter campaign for a new design, I'm always very nervous... Will anyone like what I've made? I believe that you have all screamed out a resounding THIS IS AWESOME! Thank you! There will be more updates coming soon with other info like the results of the ink refill tests, schedule, surveys, instructional videos, and what's next.

Resolving Errored or Failed Pledges

I have backed hundreds of campaigns, and sometimes my payment also fails. Most of the time it's due to the credit card bank flagging the transaction as fraud for some random reason. I have to call them and verify the charges and request that they allow charges from Kickstarter before retrying the payment. There can be other reasons too. I made a quick video to explain how to fix your payment if you are having issues. There are only 2 days left to fix any payment issue before Kickstarter cancels your pledge.

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Thank you again,

Daniel and Team Engineerable

Ink Refill Update & Marksmith is Left-Handed Friendly
11 months ago – Thu, Apr 16, 2020 at 01:39:11 PM

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You Are Awesome! Status Update & Let's Check Out the Refill Cartridge
11 months ago – Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 02:28:18 AM

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