I have a bit of a Kickstarter problem. I’ll go on Kickstarter for a couple minutes, as per usual, to hunt for any interesting new projects to blog about. Somehow, fifteen minutes later, I’m $100 poorer and the potential future owner of an artisinal new knife, or a $400 camera bag I didn’t know I needed.

This is all a long-winded way of saying that last night, I may or may not have spend $87 on a pen. This is out of character for me; I avoid writing things whenever humanly possible, and I’m also bad at losing small pocket items. This makes an expensive titanium pen a dangerous thing to own, because I probably won’t use it as much as I think, and it will almost definitely be left behind on an airplane at some point.

Despite all that, I still had to back this project, because just look at it.

The standout feature, aside from the design, is obviously the flashlight integration. I might not use a pen all that much, but I use a flashlight of some kind daily; having one integrated into a pen is exactly the kind of versatility that makes me love Kickstarter.

The details also look perfect. I love the matte titanium finish, the bolt-action pen, and the decision to use a commonly-available pen refill is smart. I do have concerns, mostly that the flashlight will make it end-heavy, which will make writing a pain.

As ever, I can’t really recommend backing this yourself. Putting down money on a Kickstarter is still gambling on the future of a very unproven company, and it’s far too easy to get burned. But if there’s even a 75% chance that I end up with this pen in my hands, I’ll be happy.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.