New Karas Pen Club Coin & BKO Set
This year we’re doing things just a bit differently, you’ve probably already noticed some differences, but this year’s Club coin is a brand new experiment for us. This coin is 1.25″ in diameter and .125″ thick AND we’re machining them in house of out C360 Brass on our CNC mills. The artwork was designed by Karas Pen Club member, Ishmael Salleh. Not only that we’re also machining a brass pry bar that is another item you can purchase to gain access into the Pen Club. OR you can get the set for your collection and be the coolest kid on the “block”.
BKO SPECS: Towards the end of 2021, multiple Pen Club members asked if we had plans to do “something special” for Year Five of the Karas Pen Club. We didn’t realize we were already on Year Five, and hadn’t planned to do anything different; but we decided to adapt a current product into something that could be purchased to gain access into the 2022 Karas Pen Club. You’re looking at our brass version of the pry bar we released in December 2021. Initially we released the TKO, a titanium pry bar that used the drops from our titanium Bolt V2 production run as the source of the material. Instead of recycling that material, our shop foreman designed a milled pry bar that we could machine and we released 100 of those pry bars. Since we had plans on the 2022 Club coin being made out of brass, we decided to do the same thing; mill some pry bars out of brass drops from our machining runs then laser etch some of the Pen Club artwork on this BKO pry bar. We’ve used the same font that is found on the Club coin along with our unofficial Club logo, the “double K” skull motif. Year Five brackets the skull on one side, while the other features Karas Pen Club. Along the front we’ve laser MMXXII, 2022 in Roman numerals, into the spade portion. Be advised though this can be used as a pry bar, brass is considerably softer than titanium and can break, bend, or scratch. The BKO is designed more as a collectors piece similar to the challenge coins as part of an EDC loadout or collection.
COIN SPECS: The “heads” artwork features images that draw inspiration from mythology and classic design motifs. We’ve used a meander, often referred to as a Greek fret or Greek key, around the border of the coin. This design has been found on fountain pens for nearly 100 years, and continues to be used by numerous brands as a cap-band engraving. Inside this area is an octopus holding a rollerball and fountain pen. While not strictly a traditional mythological creature, nearly every major culture has had some form of myth or legend around sea monsters or leviathans. We used the octopus due to it’s natural ability to use ink as defense mechanism and how ink ties into writing instruments. Over the past few years we’ve featured numerous special releases that are inspired by the ocean or mythology, and we plan on doing several in 2022 that focus on these two aspects; hence the use of a sea creature. We’ve also added the year in Roman numerals at the bottom of the coin along with a papyrus-like scroll featuring Karas Pen Company in the same font as the Roman numerals.
We’ve decided to maintain the 2021 “tails” artwork. The “tails” side is bordered with the reverse “gear”, collecting elements that we’ve drawn from previous coins and our old pen boxes. We elected to keep the large Double K motif for the center of the coin as it’s a throwback to our roots and the Karas Kustoms logo and brand. Around the Double K is a ring that features “EST. 2008” at the top, two feather quill pens on either side, and the phrase “Dozens of Satisfied Customers” on the bottom. The quill pens have been images we’ve used in artwork through the years though they are often hidden, while the phrase at the bottom was an inside joke we had printed on the bottom of our original pen boxes. The side of the coins have been reeded like U.S. quarters, dimes, and half-dollars and finally, the coins have been distressed which causes the stamping of the artwork to really pop.
Club Members will still have early access to select small-batch, special release, and limited editions. Other benefits include Pen Club Exclusive pens; items only available to Pen Club Members. These will be specially curated items in colors and/or materials not offered anywhere else, the will may also include club-specific marking and item numbering. The current Karas Pen Club year runs from January 2022 through December 2022.