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 be only available to the Karas Pen Club. We expect to have around 20 total Small Batches before the end of the year.
The 2022-001 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. For this release, Zoe utilized dyes without mica or chatoyance, letting the colors speak for themselves. The base color is a wonderful aquamarine that really catches the eye. Mixed together along with the aquamarine is a dusky, blue-ish turquoise that’s been swirled with grape jelly purple. The mix of those two often shades the purple into pink territory and darkens the turquoise just a bit. The finished product is a unique color scheme we’ve not seen in a pen before. Despite the lack of mica, the material polishes to a very nice shine. When you check out select from four different grip sections options: Coke Bottle transparent, Mint translucent, Purple 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 2022-001 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.