I finally received my RENDER-K pens in the mail today. I felt compelled to write a bit of a detailed review, and since EDCForums was the only place I've seen the pens discussed, and they strike me as EDC material, I think this is the appropriate venue. (unfortunately, I can only review the aluminum pens. I wish I had a brass one as well, but I wanted more than one aluminum, and there was no option on the Kickstarter project page to get 3 aluminum and 1 brass. I'm fairly certain I'll end up ordering a brass one from their website. And, because my photography is suboptimal, I hope KarasKustoms will be okay with me using a one of their photos instead :] ) In the package: - Pen body and screw-on tip + cap - Spring and spacer for Parker refills - Polytubing that can be cut to make one's own spacer for other refills - Instructions manual from KarasKustoms ### First impression The first thing that came to mind when I unwrapped the pens from their packaging was: shiny! The pens were a lot brighter than I expected them to be, but that's probably just because all I had seen so far were photos of medium quality or in weird lighting. Peering at the pens inside the packaging revealed no noticeable differences amongst the 3 that were delivered. This is significant. It tells me that the machining and the finish were precise, and no obvious random errors were introduced in the process. Second thing I noticed before touching the pens was the contrast between the clips and the pens. The pens are made from anodized 6061 aluminum, while the clips are steel, and are a bit darker than the pen body. This was not an issue for me, and in fact I think it made for nice and pleasant contrast. I would be less happy with the contrast on the brass versions though. ### The feel and use My first reaction once I held the pen was that it was noticeably light. This is only because I had been using an unusually heavy pen recently (2.15 oz), and so this was light in comparison. After using the aluminum RENDER-K for a while, I think its weight is ideal for comfortable use for long periods of time. Unscrewing the cap produced a bit of a squeak that would have been unpleasant if it stayed, but after a few hours of use and removing the cap and putting it back about a dozen times, the squeak has died down and it just gives a nice dull metal feel and sound while twisting shut. The Hi-Tec-C refills for which this pen was mainly designed fit perfectly in all 3 pens. Another A+ in precise machining. I've been using another machined Hi-Tec-C pen in which, in 2 of 3 pens that I received, the refill jiggled about quite a bit and required a spring to keep it stable. None of that here. Other than what I have already mentioned, the pen handles and writes beautifully. ### The Mighty Clip The clip is one of the main reasons this pen is ideal for me. This clip can withstand full-frontal aerial assault. Seriously, it's ridiculously tough. I wondered about whether I'd be able to obtain replacement clips from KarasKustoms, and now I realize that unless I unscrew the clip and lose it somehow, a replacement will never be needed. This will become my every day carry, no question about it. Bonus: I used the fact that the clip is screwed on to my advantage. I bought my own socket cap screws and replaced the original screws (specs: "2-56 pan head slotted stainless steel machine screws that are 3/16" long") on one of the pens, and that's how I differentiate between my main pen (black ink), and secondary pen (blue ink). ### The finish and texture Another thing I did not expect and absolutely love about the pen is the texture of the finish. There are very slight ridges on the pen that - I am guessing - are the result of the finish cut/run (I'm out of my element here). You can't see them, and you can barely feel them, but they give nice traction, grip, and texture to the pen. ### Conclusion In all honesty, this is the first pen I get that has no downsides (for my use and preferences) when it comes to practicality and every day carry. KarasKustoms did a fantastic job on the design and execution. You can, and should, go order them from their website: http://karaskustoms.com/pens.html Oh and, Made in USA!!! What more do you need.