Fifty-Three Pencil (image 001)

Steve Jobs once said, “If you see a stylus, they blew it” in regard to tablets which depend on the stylus as their primary means of input. That hasn’t stopped the accessory industry from engineering dozens upon dozens differently shaped and sized styluses for use with popular tablet brands, Apple’s iPad included.

Fifty-Three, the people who brought you the popular Paper drawing app, Apple’s 2012 iPad App of the Year Editor’s Choice, have been hard at work developing its upcoming Pencil stylus for quite some time. Last month, the gizmo surfaced in an FCC filing. Starting today, the $60 Bluetooth-enabled Pencil goes on sale…

Here’s the pitch:

Great tools inspire great ideas. Pencil is the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper. Advanced technology meets beautiful design to keep you in the flow, without needing to switch tools. With Erase, Blend, and adaptive Palm Rejection, Pencil puts creative possibility in your hands.

The Pencil works with Paper for iPad and taps power-sipping Bluetooth 4.0 technology to communication with the application.

The device mimics the appearance of a traditional carpenter’s pencil. It’s made from walnut from sustainable forests (a graphite brushed aluminum variant is available, too) and requires no calibration or setup other than pairing with the Paper app. Both the tip and eraser sensors are plated in 14kt gold for accurate reaction, the company says.

Check out the promo video.

The software is clever enough to reject spray input from your palm and you can even flip it to precisely carve away parts of your drawing using a built-in eraser, without switching tools. Pencil’s built-in battery is good for up to a month of “normal use” on a single charge. To charge the device, just connect it to any bus-powered USB port.

The brown walnut variant with magnetic snap is $59.95. The graphite version with brushed aluminum unibody construction is ten bucks cheaper. Both are introductory prices, good for a limited time.

After testing out the Pencil, Wired called it the best iPad stylus available.

If you don’t fancy yourself drawing on a screen, Fifty-Three partnered with Moleskin to print out your Paper content on a 15-page foldout book on sustainable matte paper in exchange for $40.

More information about the Pencil is available on the Fifty-Three website.

Image top of post via Gizmodo.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    Too thick to feel natural.

    • Maxim∑

      How would you know? Have you tried it? No

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Compare it’s size to the ipad and hands in pictures and video.

    • Derik Stroisch

      have you ever heard of a carpenter pencil?…

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Yes ofc. But that doesn’t mean it is comfortable to use for extended periods of time.

      • Mac

        I had it and it feels great in my hand. No issue for extended period of usage. Don’t judge it as if you owned it.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        Thanks for sharing your personal experience.

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  • jocastro

    thats actually pretty cool

  • jocastro

    i like this post, i like how they do the video and concentrate only on the pen going back and forth with music that best describes it.. very cool

  • Shingo

    $29.99 is what its worth….

  • johnnytalks

    I don’t even draw and I want it.

  • hkgsulphate

    Oh a stylus! Right? We are gonna use a stylus!
    but this is the iPad ^_^

  • Edvard Rølvaag

    Proabably the best stylus for the iPad I think. Maybe the Bamboo stylus by Wacom is better…

  • NaSty

    Would be nice to see a review of the best stylus’ for the iPhone/iPad

  • bobby_turner

    Actually 59.99 because of the way it looks. It’s a freaking stylus pen. A $1 stylus will work the same.

    • Nate McKelvie

      No it won’t, this uses Bluetooth for more accurate precision

  • Donglemecurious

    OK, I was wrong about this stylus after only seeing the guts from the FCC tease photo. I love my big Wacom digitizer, but will definitely be picking one of these up. (Carpenter pencils get used often around here and at job sites, so that form factor is an old friend.)

    Outstanding, 53!

  • mrhs

    I made ma own stylus for 2$ :3

  • Jim

    who can help me buy one?I am in China.And I don’t know where to get it.