If you've been following the blog for awhile you'll have seen several posts about my friends over at Karas Kustoms and the incredible pens they produce. If you've been holding out to buy a pen from them I'd definitely say give it a go sooner than later.
I wanted to draw some attention to a new finish that they are thinking of offering on their pens which they are simply referring to as the "tumbled" editions. They made some samples of all three of their current pens: the Render K, The Bolt, and The Retrakt. Bill Karas was kind enough to provide me with a couple of these as samples (I believe I paid him for the Bolt though...haha), so thanks for letting me give these a go.
The aluminum versions of their pens have been available in a "silver" raw (or clear anodized) version which is probably my absolute favorite, the G2 Render K topping the list. When I saw these new tumbled versions I was pretty excited as I think they turned out great.
The new finish gives the pens a different, matte finish that looks killer. I refer to it as the "Mad Max" finish as it reminds me of something you'd see in some post-apocalyptic flick where everything has been aged and worn, but looks awesome. I don't like the idea of that for all of my pens, but on Karas Kustoms' line of industrial/modern pens it is a winner in my opinion.
If you're not the type to enjoy a more "beat up" look to your stuff, this finish may not be for you, but for those that like a cool broken-in finish this might be right up your alley. It gives the pens a definite new look and feel that is pretty sweet.
I also want to give a quick shout out to their current Kickstarter campaign for INK, their new fountain pen offering. Only a few days left to pledge if you haven't already. There are several reviews out and about from not only myself, but Ed Jelley, Well-Appointed Desk, The Pen Addict, and From the Pen Cup (my personal favorite...).