Introducing our official 2022 Small Batch series over halfway through the year might be a little strange, but we were waiting for the perfect resins. Thankfully, Zoe has created some absolutely wonderful resins that are perfect for our Small Batch series. This year we’ve slightly expanded the quantity of pens in each Small Batch, last year the Small Batch pens were between 5 and 15 pens, this year each Small Batch will be under 25 pens with a few down around 7-10. All of these are going to be in-house poured resin mixtures in varying color schemes, some will only be available to the Karas Pen Club. We expect to have around 20 total Small Batches before the end of the year.
The 2022-000 Small Batch Vertex is handcrafted in our shop in Mesa, Arizona, from the material to the machining to the finishing and packaging this is us pushing ourselves to continue to make more of the processes in-house to keep costs down while ensuring the quality remains to standard. This release is an “unofficial” small batch release. Originally this material was going to be a larger release, but we ran into some issues around the shop and the process of creating these blanks was cut short. Having planned out the Small Batch releases already, we decided to put the 000 moniker on this one and take the majority of these pens with us to the San Francisco International Pen Show as the launch of the 2022 Small Batch series. We dubbed this pen the “Tie-Dye” due to the color scheme and how it really brought vibes of 80’s tie-dye shirts and posters. The base is white with red poured in differing thicknesses, then comes equal parts of purple, blue, orange, and green. Zoe added mica to the purple, blue, orange, and green while leaving the white and red without mica. The finished product has quickly become a favorite around the shop and was a BIG hit at the San Francisco pen show. When you check out select from eight different grip section options: Coke Bottle transparent, Blue transparent, Dark Green transparent, Mint translucent, Purple transparent, Red Transparent, Smoke transparent, and Teal translucent. You’ll also have the option to select from a variety of steel nibs, with titanium upgrades available. Ships in our machined Vertex box with lasered Small Batch 2022-000 lid.
The Vertex is our second release in our Signature Series which is built around using plastics and other resins as the main parts of the pen. From the beginning, we wanted to create something that looked, felt, and functioned differently than other pens on the market. The Vertex’s basic design is that of a classic eyedropper pocket fountain pen. It functions with only four parts: a cap, barrel, grip, and nib. Simply add ink to the reservoir, and you can happily write pages of notes before you need to refill. Eyedropper pens can be tricky and messy, and we wanted to eliminate some of those concerns. During the engineering phase, we implemented designs of custom-fit o-rings to eliminate the need for silicone grease to seal the grip and nib areas. We wanted a smooth transition from grip to barrel, so we moved traditional breakpoint from the section back, and using a third o-ring in the cap adapted slip cap functionality for the pen. The longer grip section allows for the use of an “ink window” with transparent materials which adds a little flair to the pen. The Vertex looks and feels streamlined and aerodynamic with soft tapers, a cigar-shaped body, and a concave cap top; the Vertex is at once futuristic and reminiscent of the classic lines of Parker and Sheaffer pens. The Vertex is the latest step in our Design.History.Technology influenced Signature Series.
Comes standard with a Bock polished steel nib, with upgrades in titanium and 14k gold when in stock. The #6 nibs units are manufactured by Peter Bock in Germany. Also included with each pen is a 2 ml soft pipette and 2 black Monteverde ink cartridges. Each pen is designed and machined, by us, in the USA.