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Karas Kustoms pens review

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by usk15, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. usk15

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    My short review of Karas Kustoms pens. Retrakt, EDK and The Bolt are pens with simple, industrial looking, sturdy clip and indestructible made by these guys from Arizona, USA.


    My first pen I bought it was the Retrakt from a FPN member. The Retrakt is a full size pen, made of aluminium, with acceptable weight and can use a lot of different refills, making this one of the most versatile user. I have tried Pilot G2, Schneider Topball 850, Pentel Energel, Uni-ball Jetstream, Signo and Parker style refills. All of them will fit by adjusting and cutting with a plastic tube supplied by the manufacturer. In my case I have add a small tube over the Schmidt SKM 88 Push Button to give more grip using refills like Pentel Energel. These refills are larger than push button and the mechanism cannot work as designed.


    Two years later I decide to get the EDK. This pen is smaller and with added grip on the bottom section, making a perfect chooses for a pocket friendly daily pen. You can fit Parker Style refills, Fisher Space with spacer and Schmidt Refills Capless Rollerballs P series. I bought this pen directly from Karas Kustoms, as wasn’t available in black in UK.


    Last week I set my mind to get a bolt action pen, and after reading through different review I decided to get The Bolt in black, this time from Cult Pens in UK. It arrived after couple of days. This pen is different by other two; every part of the pen is made in house by Karas Kustoms. It has a gimmick action to action the refill. It is a full size pen, but a bit smaller than Retrakt. The bolt can use only Parker style refills or Fisher Space with the spacer.


    If I have to choose only one I will stick with the Retarkt, but in black. Is a full size pen that can get a lot of refills of my choice, today Energel, tomorrow Jetsetream and somewhere in the future easyflow 9000.


    From my personal experience rollerballs and gel refills should stay well back into the pen, otherwise even retracted will touch the lint from bottom of your shirt or trousers and will leak. I have ruined 3 working shirts before realising what causing the leak...



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  2. RMinNJ

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    I have the Retrakt and the Easyflow refill and even a Pilot G2 are pretty well back in the pen when retracted as to not pick up lint.

    The EDC though...is was not designed for the Parker or Easyflow refill but the P8126.. As such the Easyflow does not retract much.
    I returned my EDC ..the rings were digging into my hand..
     
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    Thank you for this good review!
    Solid, clean looking pens, all of them




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    For KK, you have to go with brass or copper. Render K in brass is simply the best.
     
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    I love their pens... I have all three of those too!


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    Thank you everybody for reply!
    I love the pens and trade-mark clip.

    @RMinNJ
    Indeed, EDK was designed for Schmidt capless rollerbal P series. But my personal choose is easyFlow 9000 ballpoint refill, as is waterproof and sun-fading proof as well. I have made a review about ballpoint refills test here : http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/316088-ballpoint-refills-test/
    Also EDK is perfect to carry around when you need a writing instrument compact. Another good alternative for EDC is Zebra F701 mod.


    @TiBoy
    I thought about bras or copper version, but they are double the weight, not suitable to carry in a shirt pocket at my working environment.
     
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    Right but the EDK even though its the same diameter as the Retrakt...it feels fatter...maybe because of the more blunt taper to the nose. And
    my Easyflow refill was too near the nose when retracted.. Its really odd...same diameter as the Retrakt but felt so different.
     
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    That and also being shorter it make the pen looks fatter as well!

    I have no problem with that, being a ballpoint refill is not prone to leak like a rollerball or gel only by touching the lint in the pocket. I'm guessing if you can find an slim o-ring to distance the barrels a bit or to cut a millimetre from the easyFlow plastic end. But you already send back you EDK, no need to worry anymore. Hope that will help others in the future.
     
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    I had trouble with my Retrakt. I sent them a message and never got a response. Ordered a brand new clicker mechanism. Installed it and it still hangs up. If I bought another it would not be a Retrakt.
     
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    What kind of problem you had with your Retrakt? What refill have you used? It look like sometimes the click mechanism got jammed for a second, I'm guessing it is related with refill type (Eneregel, Jetstream) , but never had a serious trouble with that. Also I have post this picture where I have add a small tube to give more option on refills type:

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    The G2 I think.
     
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    You shouldn't have any problem with Pilot G2 refill...maybe faulty click mechanism.
     
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    I had put a brand new click mechanism in it and still had trouble.
     
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    I have all three and love them!


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    I had the Aluminum Retrakt for a while. I've since acquired an Everyman retract and an unknown Bolt Action in aluminum and all use my Preferred G2 refill. .7mm writes BLACK. Uniball more grey.

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    Man, be careful with that Everyman, I've heard some negative things about the durability of that pen. There are reports that the with only one drop the clicker (which is proprietary and isn't designed to be replaced) breaks, and others report that the aluminum is so soft that a drop near the tip dents it to the point that the refill won't extend anymore. Apparently it's not durable enough for some to be an EDC.
     
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    I had durability problems with my Everyman. It was ruined the first time I dropped it. The tip closed up just like you said. I was able to bend it back to usable but the clip screws eventually stripped out of the barrel. Definitely not a rugged pen. :(



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