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2018 Price Increases

Posted by on Dec 05 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

For those of you that have followed the history of the Edison Pen Company, perhaps you’ve noticed that literally, we have never had a price increase in the last 9+ years, nearly the entire history of our company.

When this business began as the Edison Pen Company 10 years ago, we started offering some of the models that we still do today in our Signature Line. For the first 6 months or so, our pricing was a little lower than the present. After this 6 month period, prices on these Signature Line pens became what they are today. Then when we started with our Production Line in 2011, that pricing structure began and remained the same as today.

Over the years, this pricing has worked fine for us. My thoughts have always been “it ain’t broke”. But things also remained relatively simple for us until early 2017.

At this time, we moved the business from an outbuilding next to our house to a commercial building with a heck of a lot more space. This means going from no rent, utilities, real estate taxes, etc., to pretty high rent in addition to all of those other expenses at commercial rates. It seems that this transition triggered some other events, as well.

Many of you remember when we had a machine go down in the late Summer (I’ll never forget!). The primary machinery that we have utilized were bought used years ago and quite frankly they are just outdated and becoming more difficult to repair when required (which is becoming too frequent). This is what led to our issue in the summer. I can’t have another problem with our machines like we did in the summer (it took us about 3+ months to become fully caught up), so we are investing in brand new machines that are much bigger, faster, more accurate, but also pricey!

In addition to the machinery upgrades, we are also more than doubling the number of machines from what we have had up until now. We hired another employee in the Spring of 2017, and as these new machines are up and running, it’s likely that we’ll be hiring even more employees in 2018.

While there are actually more factors occurring than what I’ve mentioned above, the big items here are lots of additional machinery, more employees, and commercial real estate along with the associated costs.

For these reasons, it’s time for us to increase our prices effective January 1st, 2018. This will occur as outlined below….
 
 

Production Line, All Models
(Collier, Beaumont, Pearlette)
Steel nib – $149 will be raised to $169
18k Nib – $274 will be raised to $299

 
 

Signature Line, All Models Raised by $25
Mina from $200 to $225, Steel Nib
Pearlette from $225 to $250, Steel Nib
All other models from $250 to $275, Steel Nib
Herald and Huron Grande $275 to $300 Steel Nib

 

18k Nib Adds $100
14k Edison Stock Flex Nib Adds $125
Draw, Pneumatic, Bulb, or Pump Filler Adds $100

 
 
Along with these changes and growth, I think that we can expect the new machinery and employees to increase our productivity significantly. This means that my time will most likely be freed up a bit so I can focus on designing new models, introducing new materials within our Production Line, designing new filling systems, publishing video blogs that I’ve had in my head for sometimes years, as well as more Group Buy Limited Editions, and higher volume of Seasonal Premieres (which always sell out very fast). It might take us a bit to settle into our groove with the new machinery and employees, but I’d expect all of the above to gradually take place in 2018.

I’ve always felt that our prices were quite reasonable for handcrafted pens that require a good amount of labor and especially skill. I hope that our customers agree with me that our new prices that accompany our growth are indeed still within that reasonable range.

If anyone has any questions, please reach out.

Brian at Edison

Happy Thanksgiving from Edison! 10 Years in Business!

Posted by on Nov 23 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

With Thanksgiving approaching, last night my wife and I were speaking about where our business anniversary officially falls (honestly not being sure). Some of you might remember that when this little business of ours started, it was actually called “Pencraft”. Back then, I was making what were basically kit pens, but they didn’t really look like kit pens. I was using just a few components from kits to make our pens which gave me a bit more creative freedom. While these were pretty nice pens, I always wanted to manufacture all of my components and strived for this. When I accomplished this, it was with the Pearl model. At that point, I decided that “Pencraft”, wasn’t the best name for this business, and so I switched the name to The Edison Pen Company.

It was around that time that I went through my third layoff in only three years from a pharmaceuticals job that I had unfortunately learned to hate with a passion. Pens had always been part time. With this third layoff, I had no intention of making a living at pens, thinking of it as a silly dream. I just kept making pens on a very small lathe in our garage to bring in a little income and stay off of unemployment. I intended to scrape by until I found another crappy job in pharmaceuticals.

Well, good things started happening. I’m proud to say that I never collected even one unemployment check. With a little income and (albeit slow) growth, I realized that making pens full time showed the possibility of paying the bills. So over about 6 months, I stopped interviewing. But it was not easy. The first year of doing this, our net income was $17k, which did not get us by without dipping into accounts that we did not want to dip into in order to cover our basic living expenses. It was a bit risky and stressful at first, but working hard and working smart led us to where we are today. Over the years we have acquired more advanced machinery (with more on the way) and a large space with more room to grow into. Our Signature Line is in demand, and we have retailers for our Production Line across the globe. There are five of us full time and we are considering hiring more. We couldn’t ask for better employees as they truly care about the quality of our work as well as our customer service. All of use here at Edison are very happy doing what we do and have fun making your pens!

This leads me to our official anniversary. I’m not sure that I count our days operating as Pencraft as anything official since I was part time and not offering the same products that we do today. So out of curiosity, last night I dug through my old paperwork as the official anniversary date has always been kind of ambiguous. The very first invoice that I wrote as Pencraft was November 12, 2006 and the first invoice written as The Edison Pen Company was on October 18th, 2007. So officially, Andrea and I consider this to be our anniversary, and we didn’t realize that 10 years had already passed!

So from all of use here at Edison, we’d like to say thanks to our customers! We are all able to work jobs that we truly enjoy and we consider ourselves very lucky in these regards. All of us have fun making the products that we do, and we thank you for supporting us! As we sit down this weekend with our families to give thanks, we will also give thanks to all of you!

We truly appreciate your support over the last 10 years!

Brian at Edison

Happy Thanksgiving!

Michigan Pen Show!

Posted by on Nov 17 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

We are packing now for the Michigan Pen Show! We should be set up by 3:00 today (Friday), and then we’ll be set up all day Saturday.

We’ll have a bit less than 200 pens with us, including some pretty phenomenal new materials that we’ve made into some Menlo Draw Fillers!

See the photo below to check out some of these new materials. As opposed to many of our previous translucent materials, most of these have a clear base material, rather than tinted. This really makes a pretty incredible appearance in my opinion! When these pens are filled with ink that’s sloshing around inside, they will look pretty amazing as the ink will show through better than typical!

We hope to see you at the show!

Brian at Edison

New Materials!

 

 

Finally Caught Up, Short Vacation, and 2017 LE Status….

Posted by on Oct 19 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

Three topics to cover with this blog post. My apologies if this is a bit long, but I need to cover a lot of recent topics. It’s best to simply combine!

  1. We are finally caught up with our Signature Line queue! I’m sure that most of you heard that one of our most critical machines went down in the late summer which backed us up a whole lot. The machine was not running for 2 weeks. Then another week to the fix it, and the DC Pen Show added a 4th week of delays. So at the beginning of August, we were 4 weeks behind! The nature of custom-made pens truly does not lend itself to rushing or trying to work too much faster than we already do (which is a good pace to begin with). Working faster than our comfort zone mostly leads to silly mistakes. So rather than rush, our entire team was working longer hours and some weekends from the beginning of August until now. We were able to increase our productivity without silly rushing and as of today we are caught up completely! After being a bit stressed through this process, it feels good to be finally caught up! So we are caught up with our Signature Line, but we do still have a good amount of repairs that have been backlogged. I have been in touch with each of these customers, and we will be full force on those repairs next week. So if you have a pen in for a repair with us, you will be hearing from us most likely before the end of October. For all people involved with our delays, I have done my best to be sure that you have received some kind of update every 1-2 weeks. I hope those involved feel that these updates have been adequate and timely to explain the delays.

So in the end –  Lesson Learned and more machinery is on the way!  I’ve done all of my research, and I’m about to sign papers on some new machinery so that this kind of situation can be handled in the future without problems, as well as increase our overall productivity.

2. Today (Wednesday), I was able to send out photos and tracking information on the very last pens that have been delayed! It felt so so very good, and I feel that a huge weight is off my shoulders considering more than 2 months of being behind! Due to it being very sorely needed, I am taking Thursday and Friday as vacation this week, and will return on Monday or Tuesday of next week. If I am slow with emails, you’ll know why.

3. We have understandably received a lot of emails lately about the 2017 LE Group Buy Pen. This pen is an annual tradition with our company, and is the only time that you’ll see an Edison Pen discounted in any way. Considering our machine issues outlined above, I’m sure that no one is surprised that there will not be a 2017 LE Group Buy pen. Instead, we will do our best to do a 2018 LE Group Buy pen in early 2018, and then we will try to do another in 2018 late in the year. So barring something unforeseen, we will do two LE Group Buy Pens in 2018.

I think that I’ve covered it all! If anyone has questions, please reach out!

Brian at Edison

The problem was a servo motor. This is my reaction when it was finally fixed in August! While this felt great, we then had a lot work to get caught up!

DC Pen Show!

Posted by on Aug 02 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

We are packed up and heading to DC for the Pen Show!

We’ll be bringing around 225 pens with us. This is not as much as we’d like to bring to a show like this, but considering our recent machine issues and delays, it’s not too shabby! Here’s a quick view of what our inventory will look like.

There will be plenty of Draw Fillers as well as some pretty amazing materials that we haven’t used before!

We’ll be set up from Friday morning until Sunday evening.

If you can’t make the show, I’ll be doing my best to keep updates on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

We hope to see you there!

Brian at Edison

 

 

Back from Vacation, but Machine Down! Delays!

Posted by on Jul 18 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

Well, Murphy’s Law is in full effect here at the Edison Pen Co!

Andrea and I left for a much needed vacation two weeks ago. But after we left, one of our large lathes went down!

Being about 2,000 miles away, there was little that I could do to diagnose or fix the lathe over that two week period.

So while we were gone our crew was working, but our productivity was cut severely, as this lathe is critical for pretty much all components that go into our pens. During this time, we were already backed up trying to get overall inventory built up since my wife’s surgery slowed us down last month. This machine going down severely compounded our struggles to get caught up.

Bottom line, we are behind on everything as a result of this in spite of our employees working evenings and Saturdays while we were gone. Andrea and I also worked the weekend and long days since we returned in an attempt to get back on track and will continue to do so until we are. A bit stressful, but we are getting through it as best as we can.

So I apologize, but I need to ask everyone for flexibility on timelines regarding essentially everything. This includes the Goulet Summer Premiere. We had plans for a large shipment of Premieres to head out last week, but that’s obviously delayed. Our Signature Line, our Production Line Inventory, and our repairs are all going to be backed up until we can get back on track.

And then the icing on the cake is that we have the DC Pen Show coming in two weeks! Sheesh!

So I’m asking our customers to please be flexible with us until we can get our feet back under us. Between moving our entire business, my wife’s surgery, some huge projects, a couple of new product launches, and now a downed machine, the last six months have been pretty insane and at times rather stressful!

Our apologies for any inconveniences as a result of this. I will do my best to be in touch with each customer individually as to how they may be effected by this.

But the good news – a critical part for the lathe will be here this week, maybe next. Then the machine should be up an running (fingers crossed) at that time. Once this part is here and installed, we can work towards getting our business back on track and will be doing so full force.

Thanks in advance for understanding.

Brian at Edison

 

On Vacation!

Posted by on Jun 27 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

Andrea and I are currently on a sorely needed vacation.

After moving the business earlier this year, some huge projects, some new product launches and Andrea’s surgery, the last 6 months have been the busiest since we started this business!

We decided to do our vacation right. We are getting away for a little over 2 weeks.

While we are away, Jake will be doing his best to keep up with emails. If you are slow in getting a response, you’ll know why. If you need my direct attention, I’ll be returning emails on the 17th or 18th.

Thanks! I’ll see you when I’m well rested! 🙂

Brian at Edison

 

New From Edison! The Draw Filler!

Posted by on May 17 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

I’m super-excited to share our latest filling system. The Draw Filler!

Have a look at this video and I’ll give some more details below.

What do you think?

Highlights….

  1. This is a new filler, not a new model of pen. This filler can be added to any of our pen models.
  2. This filler uses chemically resistant o-rings rather than latex, so there are no restrictions regarding inks that you can us in this pen. Pens that use latex such as our Pump, Pneumatic, and Bulb Fillers need to avoid a few inks or the latex can be damaged. This is not the case with the Draw Filler. However, if the pen has an ink window or is translucent, we still don’t recommend harsh inks as they could certainly stain the interior of the pen.
  3. The Draw Filler works just about the same as the Pump Filler, but there is no spring to retract the piston unit. So you will need to push and pull the Draw Filler mechanism, rather than only pushing the Pump Filler mechanism.
  4. Due to the Draw Filler mechanism displacing more volume, it will fill faster, empty faster, and have a greater ink capacity than our Pump Filler (Draw = 2.0mL, Pump = 1.7mL).
  5. The mechanism is made of a sturdy anodized aluminum.
  6. We do have some of these Draw Fillers that are currently inventoried and ready to ship! You can see them here.
  7. Here is the full gallery of all examples of Draw Fillers, or see the slideshow below.
  8. Price is the same as our other more “exotic” fillers. This mechanism will add $100 to the price of what a pen would have been as a converter filler. So ballpark of $300-450 depending upon model and Steel vs. 18k nib.

Let me know what questions you might have!

Brian at Edison

Edison Stock Flex Nibs!

Posted by on May 14 2017

Hi Pen Fans!

We are proud to announce that we now have Edison Stock Flex Nibs!

These are not to be confused with Richard Binder Flex Nibs. These flex nibs are different. All details are in the video below.

These new stock flex nibs add $125 to the price of a pen that would have normally had a steel nib.

We can also sell these nibs individually for $125. Email me if you are interested.

They are #6 size only. At the time of publishing this, we have Fines only. Extra Fines are on the way. We have Two Tone, All Gold, and Rhodium plated.

The writing sample mentioned in the video is here.

Email me with any questions!

Brian at Edison