100,000 Clicks With A Titanium Pen?

FINALLY, after tons of testing ...and testing ...and trying ...and failing ...and trying again... and, well ...perhaps it's easier if you take a look at this video:

I've managed to get the ClickShift™ Titanium Pen to blow through 100,000 clicks and still function like it was brand new.

This has been a real headache to get to this stage (and I won't bore you with all the details of everything we tried to get here).

Important: In the above video you may have noticed there was a bit of a squeak when I clicked it - this was because I let the lubrication in it dry-up going from 16,000 clicks all the way to 100,000 clicks. I added lubrication (which I talk about at the bottom of this post) after this video and the squeak stopped immediately.

But, I have a CONFESSION to make about the mechanism (especially if you've already pre-ordered/backed-it). Please take a look at this short video:

If you didn't watch any of the above videos, then here's a bullet-point list of what I covered:

-- Using a custom testing jig I have tested the ClickShift pen mechanism and it can effortlessly perform 100,000 clicks (and the mechanism still feels ultra-smooth)

-- To achieve this I've have had to use stainless steel on the three internal mechanism components (which we then harden in-house after the CNC process)

-- Using hardened stainless for the mechanism for the ClickShift not only results in the mechanism lasting many orders of magnitude longer then titanium (or ceramic coatings, or any of the other things we tried!) ...but the mechanism FEELS smoother from the very beginning

-- The lever that you "flick" with your thumb will still be titanium (and everything else external on the pen) ...only the three critical internal mechanism components will be hardened stainless

-- When stainless is hardened it is highly, HIGHLY corrosion resistant (it's not as 100% corrosion resistant as titanium ...but, unless you're storing your pen at the bottom of the seabed, you're not going to notice any difference)

-- Through my testing I've found that, for optimal performance of the pen, it helps to put a minuscule amount of oil on the mechanism every 20,000 to 30,000 clicks (so in everyday use you can probably go years without adding any)

-- Lastly... if you do add oil, then it's just the smallest amount so you can hardly see it (I'll do a video on how I do it soon). Oh, and you can use whatever oil you want... olive, sunflower, engine, transmission, peanut, canola, 2-stroke,  ...anything!

So, yeah, the pen is a little different from the initial specification ...BUT it's totally blown through my already sky-high expectations. 😀

If you've somehow missed the ClickShift Titanium Pen until now, then you can check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Thoughts?

  • Mike A says:

    Being an avid cyclist that assembles his own bikes, it all makes perfect sense to me. That said you could offer two options all Ti under 100k clicks or the HSS version over 100k. As with my bike builds I see a tool, be it for writing or riding, as a combo of materials that result in lightweight and long lasting efficiency. I don’t mind it not all Ti for reasons above. Awesome job, I’m stoked to get it soon!

  • Mark says:

    Thanks for the update ~ makes a lot of sense to me & it’s not an issue!

  • mike smith says:

    Curious about what happens if you try for a million

  • Daniel says:

    I totally agree with this solution. Titanium for parts that rub is just not a good match; titanium loves to gall and just isn’t good in those kinds of mechanisms. I’m really looking forward to using this pen!

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