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ENSSO Debuts Scale Ruler Fountain Pen Made From Matte Black Aluminum

ESCALA: Scale-Ruler Fountain Pen


Los Angeles-based studio ēnsso has launched Escala, a fountain pen conceived as a tool for architects and engineers. The pen’s triangular cap serves as a scale ruler graded with 6 imperial and 6 metric scales. The fountain pen slides in or out the cap so they can be used simultaneously. The pen is expertly machined from a solid block of aluminum anodized in matte black and comes equipped with a Peter Bock, German-made nib that provides the smoothest writing experience.

 ESCALA: Scale-Ruler Fountain Pen

It comes with a Schmidt K5 ink converter to use with bottled ink but also accepts short and long standard international ink cartridges. The metric scales included are 1:20, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200, 1:400, and 1:500 while the imperial scales engraved are 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1.

The pen has been in development for 6 months, producing countless 3D prints and machined prototypes. Following design refinement, the product is ready for mass production with $27,646 USD pledged from 411 backers. Those who pledge $50 USD to the Kickstarter campaign will receive an Escala pen at 50% of the future predicted retail price, to be delivered in June 2019.

 ESCALA: Scale-Ruler Fountain Pen

Escala is just one of many ventures by architects in stationery design. Last December Japanese designer Oki Sato has unveiled a ballpoint pen designed as a practical “compact car” that fulfills small needs of our daily lives. Or the world’s first magnetic multi-tip drawing pen launched by Wright Design Co. on Kickstarter.