When KeySmart decided to go into the pen market, I know we need something very unique to compete in the crowded market. This was the heaviest industrial design-led project I have done in 2019, but one of the most rewarding as well.
2019 - 2020
The brief was simple: design an everyday carry pen that will both look and function uniquely to stand out among all the pens in the market.
The "Everday Carry" market actually started with people showing off their firearms, so I want to get inspiration directly from its root. The main inspirations are items with a mixture of modern, power, tech, and high functionality.
Multiple 3D concepts and design details were developed to find the design direction we wanted our pen to express.
THE ULTIMATE WRITING DEVICE
Tactiv WP09 is a premium bolt-action pen that is fully waterproof so you are prepared to write in any condition. The pressurized Rite-In-The-Rain® ink allows you to write in any direction and in extreme temperatures from -30°f to 250°f.
COMPLEXITY MADE SIMPLE
It is fully waterproof when used with Rite-In-The-Rain notepads. The bolt-action design is inspired by the M16A4 series rife. Simply push, turn, and release the clip to trigger the pen point. Machined with robust aircraft-grade aluminum, a stainless steel pocket clip, and a copper ink cartridge. It can also be fully dissembled for cleaning and repairing.