The new Mk II profile was initially a design element added to our prototype release of the Retraktable mechanical pencil. Initial feedback from early users moved this new grip profile from a prototype to a standard option on the Retraktable, but also a special release option for the Bolt and EDK. Why Mk II? Mk II (later Mk 2) was the nomenclature of the fragmentation anti-personnel type hand grenade used by the United States from 1918 through the 1960s. Often referred to as the “pineapple grenade” due to its strange outward appearance, it was also called the “frag”. Our Mk II has a similar “frag” pattern milled into the grip area that provides a nice tactile feel and looks cool too.
The Brass & Black Mk II EDK V2 is a combination of high-polished brass and black hardware with the Mk II Frag grip profile. We rarely release polished versions of the EDK pens, since that pen was designed to have a more rough & ready look, specially for the Brass Bonanza small batch we wanted to do something different. Polishing the Mk II EDK and using a smooth upper barrel to give the pen a much more streamlined look was what we decided on. The pen ships with a Schmidt P8126 refill in our recyclable packaging.
The EDK V2 is made from C360 Brass on our CNC lathes and Swiss machining centers, in Mesa, Arizona. Schmidt refills are manufactured in Germany.