Karas Kustoms x Dudek Goods – “CUBE” Pen Holder & Kickstarter Launch

Karas Kustoms
Dudek Modern Goods
“CU13E” Pen Holder
Made in the USA

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The CU13E on Kickstarter
Karas Kustoms on Instagram
Clicky Post on Instagram


  • Solid block of anodized aluminum (1lb., 14 oz.)
  • 9 delrin-lined holes for your favorite pens
  • Available in 5 colors


I’ve been hearing about the CU13E for a while now and when an unexpectedly heavy box from Karas Kustoms showed up at my office, I knew immediately what was inside. Behold, the first collaboration between Clicky Post’s Mike Dudek and Karas Kustoms’ Dan Bishop –  The CU13E. Taking design notes from Mr. Dudek’s popular line of handmade walnut pen holders and desk accessories, the CU13E spins the concept – making it out of aluminum, adding a chamfered edge, and a whole lot of weight.

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I am happy to call both Mike and Dan friends and I was even happier to see them come up with such a cool product that distinctly shows off the best design cues of both Dudek Modern Goods and Karas Kustoms. The CU13E is quite heavy, weighing just shy of 2 lbs. The bottom is adorned with four rubber feet and several etched logos.

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The weight and the rubber feet ensure that your favorite pens are not going to be knocked over any time soon. The actual holes for each pen are fitted with delrin sleeves to protect against scratches. It looks great on my desk and it’s very nicely made. If you like what you see, head over to the Kickstarter to back the project (which has already surpassed the funding goal by quite a bit).


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Once again, thanks to Mike and Dan for sending over the CU13E for review, it’s happy with its new home on my work desk! Also, while photographing it, it reminded me a lot of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Maybe it has some of the same mystical powers? Back the project to find out for yourself.


The CU13E on Kickstarter

Disclaimer: I was given this production unit free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said. This thing rules.

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Pens / Ink / Cases for Sale – November 2014

You ever look at all of your stuff and think, “Man, I have too much stuff…”? Well I just did that and I think it’s a good time to clear out some less-used pens and make room for some more. All prices are listed with the pen, please email ed@edjelley.com to inquire. All prices include PayPal fees. Pens will ship insured via USPS. International shipping will be extra, please email me if you are interested.

Pen Sale 2014-9Kaweco Liliput – EF Nib – $68 retail – $40 shipped

Buttery smooth EF nib, condition overall is an 8.5/10. There is a very small nick in the barrel, but it does not affect writing performance or feel of the pen. I will throw in a few Kaweco cartridges as well so you can get writing right away. Great little pocket pen. Will ship in gift Kaweco gift tin.

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Monteverde Invincia Stealth – B Nib – $68 retail – $40 shipped

Broad nib needed some work, so I smoothed it a bit with micromesh. Writes nice now. The pen is in cosmetically great shape. No box.

Winning Combo – Karas Kustoms INK & Sailor Kiwa Guro Black

The official production model of the Karas Kustoms Ink came in a few weeks ago, and I haven’t been able to put it down. I swapped out the aluminum grip from the production model, and luckily the brass grip from my prototype still had the same threading and dimensions. The ink has been loaded up with Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black in a broad nib and it’s a pleasure to write with. The clip and cap threads are much more refined on the final version and the black anodized coating is evenly coated and smooth. Combine the smooth broad nib and my favorite black ink with the Seven Seas Tomoe Journal, and you’ve got pure writing bliss. I may have went overboard and worn one of my favorite fall colognes, “Encre Noire” (which means ‘black ink’ in French) during the quick shoot.

Also, make sure to get in on the Massdrop-sponsored giveaway that has around 5 days left to go!

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Massdrop – New Sponsor and Ink Bottle Giveaway!

I’m really happy to announce a new sponsor for the site, Massdrop.com. What is Massdrop you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple. Massdrop is a community of people that vote on what products they want to buy. Massdrop contacts the companies, sets the sale up, and the more people that commit, the better the pricing for you. Simple as that. They’ve been doing a ton of awesome fountain pen, writing, and stationery drops recently and there have been some killer deals (can you say $104 Lamy 2000?!?!). There’s also my favorite non-fountain pen up there right at a great discount – the Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker. I’ve been a member of Massdrop for a while now, I’ve purchased a few things and it’s been a great experience so I was super excited when they got in touch.

To kick off the new partnership, Massdrop is giving away two premium bottles of ink to the readers of edjelley.com. You can pick from several colors of Pilot Iroshizuku, Pelikan Edelstein inks, or J. Herbin’s Rouge Hematite or Bleu Ocean.

MassdropLogoTo be entered in the giveaway, all you have to do is create a new account (no credit card info required!) through this link!

If you already have a Massdrop account, you can enter by leaving a comment on this post saying which ink you want!

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about the giveaway! Here’s some more info on how Massdrop works too.


UPDATE: The contest is over and the winners have been contacted! Thanks for playing!

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age

- Handwritten Review -

  • Review Ink: Iroshizuku Shin-Kai
  • Review Paper: Rhodia No. 18

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review



  • Description: A full size pen, crafted from lava rock and bronze
  • Nib: Medium, 23kt Palladium Dreamtouch Nib
  • Filling Mechanism: Powerfiller (vacuum plunger)

Handwritten Review Scans:

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Ever since I saw the Visconti Homo Sapiens, I knew I needed to add one to my collection. It was during the beginning of my fountain pen journey and a $650 pen seemed insane…fast forward a few years later and it didn’t seem TOO hard to swallow. I got a great deal on the pen at the DC Pen Show and I absolutely love it.It’s perfectly weighted and balanced and the lava rock exterior is awesome to hold. The 23kt palladium Dreamtouch nib is definitely living up to its name. Enjoy the review!

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review


Appearance & Packaging:

The H.S. is an amazing looking pen. The lava finish is as stunning as it is unique. Bronze accents beautifully contrast the dark grey-black body of the pen. The nib is nicely sized for the proportions of the pen. I really love the imprint on the nib. It’s impossible for me to find anything about the pen’s appearance that I don’t like.

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

The packaging is as expected for a $650 pen. It comes in a black leatherette box with a cream interior. I’ll be putting the pen to good use, so the box will be filed away. It’s a great looking pen that is presented nicely. I’ll let the pictures do the talking here…

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

Nib Performance & Filling System:

The 23kt palladium “Dreamtouch” nib is SO close to being perfect. It’s buttery smooth, super inky and has the slightest bit of spring to it. However, I have noticed that it sometimes has a hard start on a downstroke. This can be quite annoying, especially with my small caps writing style that has a lot of straight up and down lines. When writing in cursive, the pen doesn’t have the problem, I’m guessing because of all of the loops and curves.

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

Maybe the nib needs some breaking in, and I will be trying other inks in it as well. The nib lays down a very wet line with zero pressure needed. The filling system is essentially an over-marketed (POWERFILLER!) vacuum plunger system that can be seen in the TWSBI Vac 700 and Pilot Custom 823. It easily pulls in a lot of ink, which is needed to keep up with the wet flow. The pen was easily flushed out. The filling system is a nice departure from the piston fillers that are commonly seen in this price range.


Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

I absolutely love the size, weight, and diameter of the Homo Sapiens. It’s substantial, but not overly heavy. Posting the cap is not recommended, as it throws the balance way off and adds a considerable amount of length to the pen.

Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

The lava finish is what initially drew me towards the pen. It feels great. Not too much more I can say about it. It has the perfect amount of texture to it and it feels unlike anything else currently in my pen collection. The size is perfect for me as well.



  • Lava is so cool.
  • Great looks
  • Buttery smooth nib


  • Skipping on downstrokes


Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Fountain Pen Review

The Homo Sapiens Bronze Age Maxi is my first Visconti and I love it. Awesome looks and unique materials, paired with the smooth nib and great balance make it a near-perfect pen for me. I’m going to have the nib checked over at my next pen show, but it wouldn’t stop me from recommending the pen. Thanks for reading!


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