Knockologist and Knockology Update

Dear Knockology Community,

I hope this message finds you all in good spirits. As some of you may remember, last year I set out on a journey to create my very own line of mechanical pencils, which was to be housed under the brand name Knockologist. This venture began with a lot of passion, patience, and precision, hand-turning materials such as wood, resin, and hybrid substances into remakes of widely-loved models including P200, Orenz, PG5, rOtring 600, as well as 2mm and 5.6mm lead holders. The intention was to establish a foothold with these known designs, and over time, introduce our own bespoke and proprietary models.

Alongside the pencil-making initiative, I had a vision to solve a problem that we, as collectors, often grapple with: devising the perfect way to display and store our cherished collections. I made some good progress in designing out some display and storage solutions and identifying manufacturing resources. However, after much thought and a review of my broader professional portfolio, I’ve opted to reorient and focus my energies into other thriving ventures. These are primarily in the tech sector, my creative agency, and a new jewelry design company.

In light of these changes, I wanted to inform you all that www.knockologist.com will soon be retired, and the Knockologist logo will transition to Knockology, albeit with a minor update. Below, you will find a preview of how the subtly updated site will look.

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for the unwavering support that each one of you has shown to both Knockologist and this incredible platform, Knockology. Although my pencil-making journey has taken a different turn, I remain committed to this community. I look forward to continuing our shared passion for this space and working together to make this forum an even better place for us all.

P.S. I need to make Knockology t-shirts. That would be :fire:

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Pencil-making journey pivot: A stainless steel double-knock—ideally with etching—at a target $99 MSRP.

Aside from that, I’m digging the course-correction and new logo!

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Love it! I’ll take a size M.

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I’ll take an XL.

And I do like the logo.

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Oh man! I am really disappointed you’re not going to pursue making art pieces and launching them into space instead :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m just really glad I had an opportunity to get one of your creations.

And finally, thank you for starting and keeping this forum going! As always, if you need help don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Just a little brainstorming here. I like the concept of the logo… but, for the uninitiated, it’s confusing. I thought maybe it could be tweaked a little. Here’s what I’m thinking:

In this version, you have the left angle sign representing the knock, but it’s against a surface, the gray line… to demonstrate the knock “principle”, while also completing the shape of the K.

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Would need to be tweaked because the width of the k would then not match the rest of the typeface (it’s far too narrow).

Plus, the “dog that didn’t bark” is precisely what’s unique and cool about this logo. The motif appears on both K’s and the G.

Well, that space was already short on the slot, because of the angle alone, without the vertical line of the K. But yeah, it could be adjusted to compensate. It doesn’t need to be touching the line anyway… so things could be spaced out a little more… and the lines softened further, to be more subtle.

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I’m not against adding the light gray stems to the ‘k’ letters. I tried that when I was working up the Knockologist logo but decided I liked the theatre of the missing/suggested elements, especially since this is such a niche thing.

However, I’m curious to hear what the rest of you think. If there’s one thing I know about us mechanical pencil lovers, it’s that we’re never short of opinions!

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Not helpful, but I like them both!

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Got it. Interesting to know that you had flirted with the idea.

I do get the minimalist / suggestive element idea. It’ll be something only people in the pencil world get… and only a portion. So many people who enjoy pencils don’t even know “knock” is an associated word, because it’s a Japanese assignment. I showed the original logo to my housemate who is graphically minded. She didn’t have a clue what it was supposed to say. It’s a bit more abstract than the average person may grasp.

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Kind of dorky, but maybe they can be light gray pencils?

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Please leave.

LOL - kidding

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Make it two silver rotring 600… :wink:

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No, rOtring 600 wouldn’t work… it’d have to be a double knock, because there are two arrows! :smile:

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Ask Drifand to get some magical shots of the retro de luxe!

Seriously though, @atxalais thanks for the forum and good luck with this endeavour. While the logo is a bit confusing as soon as anyone enters the site they will understand.

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I just thought of something… maybe just 1 gray line, instead of 2…

Because HERE… you already have a “helper” for knowing what that angle bracket is to mean. For the next one, you don’t need the line because you know what it is. And then the whole word is abutted to a surface… which is what pencils are all about, contacting a surface for writing.

Thoughts?

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pls show with the grey vertical at the 2nd k. i have the feeling that looks more balanced …

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I like the new logo without the vertical lines on the K’s. It has style and visual appeal.

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