“INK” Fountain Pen
Made in the USA
Wow. Fountain pen manufacturers, beware. I can honestly say that there is nothing else like this pen on the market starting at $60. That’s right, $60 for an all metal, machined fountain pen! Pricing goes up incrementally as you add more options. Check out the Kickstarter page for all of the reward options and pricing – they’re all a great deal. The INK by Karas Kustoms could have been called the TANK. It’s a solidly constructed, sleek, and well balanced fountain pen that can also be converted to a rollerball. Karas Kustoms has just opened up the Kickstater for their newest offering, a fountain pen. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Dan Bishop, the industrial designer for Karas at the beginning of the design phase. It was really awesome to see the pen go from an idea to physical product, I would like to thank him for including me. Read below for official information from the press release, a bunch more pictures, and a video hands-on with the INK.
Keep in mind, this is a prototype. Fit, finish and design are not final, but this is one impressive pen. Head over to their Kickstarter to back the project, you won’t be sorry.
From Karas Kustoms’ Press release:
Karas Kustoms is proud to announce our latest project, a custom machinedfountain/rollerball pen, the INK. We have chosen the name “INK” because this new pen can beconfigured as a fountain or rollerball pen. The fountain pen version of the INK features a German-made stainless nib, a completely redesigned stainless clip, and will be available in a rainbow of colors.
The rollerball version of the INK comes with a Schmidt capless rollerball refill that is very smooth andalready in use by other popular pen manufacturers. The grip sections for both versions will come aseither clear anodized aluminum, raw brass, or raw copper. As always, everything from design to manufacturing is all done by us in our shop.
- Length Capped: 5.425″
- Length Uncapped: 4.970″
- Weight Inked with Cap: 50g
- Weight Inked without Cap: 33g
- Nib: Medium #5 – nib, feed, sleeve and converter made by Schmidt of Germany
- Filling System: Cartridge / Converter – international standard with included converter
The INK by Karas Kustoms truly is something special. It’s not often that you come by an all metal pen with great weight and balance at such an affordable price point. The cool thing about this pen is that you get a lot for your money. The INK isn’t too expensive for beginners, and it’s cool enough for even the serious collector. It’s a unique offering from an awesome company that’s right here on US soil. It was really awesome to see this pen go from a pencil sketch to a physical product at my door. I hope I could help give you some more insight into this product. I can say I will be backing it myself as well. I absolutely NEED one of those black and brass models. The project goes live December 16th at 12:00pm Arizona time, and will last for 33 days. The INK has a goal of $10,000 that I am sure will be met. If this pen looks like something you’d be into, head over to their Kickstarter page to back the project.
Disclaimer: I was given this prototype free of charge and receive no compensation for my review, but that doesn’t mean I don’t 100% believe what I said. This pen rules.