Back in December 2015 an interesting pen appeared on Kickstarter, the VENVSTAS Carbon V. Designed by architect Lucio Rossi it was of an unusual design and construction and suffered from a troubled start. Some people loved it, others had great problems. One was leant to Stephen Brown who infamously lambasted it, which Lucio Rossi did not take too well on the FPN forums. Still it resulted in a growing range of pens, ending with the D’Art. I’m not sure what then happened as the company is still going, but the Kickstarter account was suddenly deleted and Lucio Rossi started a new company and Kickstarter account, U75 as well as a new pen, The Edge.
Just to warn/advise, these are my personal views on Kickstarter, and the pens I’ve either bought through it, or have come about as a result of previous campaigns.
First, for those not aware. Kickstarter is not a shop. It is just a venture capital raising platform, which rapidly changed from campaigns promising financial returns to discounted end products instead. This can be beneficial to us, with some decent savings, but there is also the element of risk as campaigns may run late or even fail. With the latter any investment/payment is lost.