Pen Update, New Sliders and more...
ClickShift Pen (about the lateness...)
I have a bunch of things to share with you in this blog post.
But first, I'd like to cover the very (VERY!) late Titanium ClickShift pens. Here's a video update for those of you who are waiting for the 27-day pre-order ClickShift pens:
If you didn't watch the above video (or simply don't understand my accent :-D), then here's what I covered:
-- The pens are late and I am really sorry about this!
-- The main reason was the pens were coming off inconsistent with the steel mechanism - so I changed to a zirconium mechanism. This has been a massive improvement (with every pen coming off excellently).
-- The pens are being produced right now - but they are still going to be later than they are now. I am not going to give a specific date (I have been late on projects before and, if I pass this date and they're not shipped, people start to get irritated - and rightly so!)
-- What I will do is give you constant updates (at MINIMUM once a week here as a blog post) of where we're at
-- I have no excuses for the lateness and I can only learn as best I can from this going forward!
"V8" and "Sandwich" Sliders
I also did a pre-order on the "V8" Sliders. These are going well and will start shipping out tomorrow morning (or perhaps this morning by the time you read this).
The "Sandwich" sliders pre-order is still on track too.
Trying Brass Plates (Again!)
Two years ago - when I first got into designing and making sliders -- I started with brass plates (which in and of itself was new and novel as pretty much everyone from were just gluing magnets in and not putting them behind a plates).
Brass plates had two issues:
-- Most people (but not all) would get black fingers from touching the plates. This didn't bother a lot of people ...but it certainly bothered me
-- The plates would get an oxide layer building up on them over time and they would become a little slow and sticky (which was another thing that bothered me)
The ultimate solution was two different types of plate material. One material was Zirconium (which took me about a year to really get dialed-in and consistent) ...and Telfon.
But here's the thing:
I still get asked for Brass plates often. I never totally gave up on them. I tried making them in the same style as our flat, dimples plates we make the Zirconium and Teflon - but I just couldn't seem to get it to work.
However, a few weeks ago, I designed a new plate shape where there are no dimples ...but, instead, there are four very low "peaks" (one on each corner) ...and the rest of the plate is smooth.
The results so far seem very promising. The plates do get a little scratched looking - but it doesn't seem to affect the smoothness at all.
The clicking is VERY nice and when you rotate the slider around (or "laddering" as it's called) it's super-fast.
The only downside (to my mind at least) is that your fingers can still get black from the Brass. But, like I said, some people don't seem to care about this.
Here's a video about the Brass plates:
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