Twist Bullet Pencil
Our take on vintage Americana. Bullet pencils were common promotional items given by a wide range of companies in the mid 1900's. Today these vintage pencils are sought after by collectors.
The Twist is our modern take on the bullet pencil. Machined from 6061 aluminum and offered with either a brass or aluminum bullet tip (round or pointed), our version adds a series of threads to all the components. These threads replace the traditional friction fit of vintage bullet pencils allowing The Twist to accommodate almost any pencil on the market today. The thread system also allow us to offer attachment pieces like a pen.
Each Twist is anodized, including the raw aluminum, and comes with three Blackwing Palomino pencil nubs and 2 erasers.
Now the choice is up to you. Carry as a pen or pencil. The item listed here is just a pen attachment for current bullet pencil owners. The pen comes standard with a black Zebra mini ball point so refills are readily available at major stores and online. Included with the pen is a bullet which is permanently affixed to the pen attachment. You can choose aluminum or brass in either the round or point style.
Tips, Tricks and Twist Hacks:
One word of caution. The bullet design is such that at certain points in the metal it is very thin. It should not be an issue once the pencil is properly inserted but please use caution when putting the pencil into a tight pocket (like a back pocket in particular)
The bullet of the Twist was designed to hold most pencils on the market but for some thinner and round pencils the fit may be a bit loose. An easy hack is to simply wrap a piece of scotch tape around the portion of the pencil nub that will fit into the bullet. This should provide a nice stable hold.
All Twist are delivered with one nub loaded and two extra pencil nubs. You will see that the non-sharpened end has been twisted in a pencil sharpener to knock off the edges. This is done to allow the thicker pencils, like the Blackwing 602 to sit flush into the bullet. This is only needed if you have a hard time getting a nub into the bullet.
Twisting thicker pencils in can be difficult. There are a couple solutions to make sure you get the pencil in deep enough into the bullet. One is to use the rubber kitchen jar openers, this will help save your fingers! The other solution is to slightly sand or scrap off (with an X-acto knife) some of the paint at the end of the nub (about a 1/2 inch). This will allow the pencil to slide in easier and still twist deep into the threads. Pencil nubs are now shipped with the paint scarped off the edges of the pencil.
It is important to twist the pencil nub deep into the bullet. The best way to determine if it is deep enough is to lay the nub next to the bullet prior to installing. It should go to a point equal to the set of threads toward the round (or point) end of the bullet. If the pencil nub has writing on it you can use that as a guide or simply score it with a knife