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From the Loch Ness Monster to Bigfoot, man’s fascination with the monsters that hide at the edges of civilization stretches back to the first stories passed down in the old oral traditions. It wasn’t until the 1950’s when two zoologists coined the term cryptozoology and took these creatures from the pages of folklore to the pages of nonfiction books discussing the existence of these hidden animals. Over time cryptozoology grew with people’s love for the spooky and unknown, with movies being made about different animals and eventually an entire subculture of cryptozoologists was formed following different cryptids throughout the world. This year we’ve chosen cryptids as the focus of our yearly curated release. Similar to the Camp Karas special release projects in 2019, the Karas Kreepers will be a multi-faceted release spread over numerous months. We’re pulling ideas and artwork a story about an American Bestiary and the art created for that story from the amazing Tavo Montañez and adding to it, moving it to different settings, and generally putting our own small flair on it. It’s a large undertaking, we’re planning to cover all 50 Cryptids, though only 10-12 of them will be featured on pens with corresponding stickers, many of them will be adapted to notebooks, and the rest will be put on stickers, buttons, and magnets. We’re launching this series right before Halloween to set the stage for the spooky nights to come.
Legends about a man-sized lizard in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina go back hundreds of years to the indigenous Muscogee. It wasn’t until 1987/1988 that the legend of the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp came to prominence. On July 14, 1988, sheriffs responded to a call that a car had been damaged overnight. The damage included teeth and claw marks and there were muddy footprints left behind. A teen came forward with reports of his own car being damaged two weeks prior by a “green, wetlike, about 7 feet tall and had three fingers, red eyes, skin like a lizard, snakelike scales”. Though sightings have dwindled since then, the legend persists and has even grown into an attraction. The Karas Kreepers Lizard Man Dragonskin EDK V2 is our homage to this fearsome cryptid. A brand new grip profile and awesome colorway make this release a must-have. The Dragonskin EDK grip is an experimental live milling technique added to the machining process. We started with the standard groovEDK grip profile, but then add overlaying cuts that are reminiscent of dragon scales, hence the Dragonskin moniker. When we prototyped these, we knew they’d be perfect for the Lizard Man Kreeper. We heavy tumbled the finished pens, then sent them to be anodized in a matte olive finish. We’ve paired the pen with a red clip to denote the red eyes of the Lizard Man and black screws and clicker to cover the mud and grime that was referenced in the reports. As always a custom vinyl sticker with the Lizard Man comes with the pen and we’ve lasered the Lizard Man profile onto the side of the pen as well. Ships with a Schmidt P8126 refill in black ink.
EDK V2 Specifications:
Overall Length – 128.65 mm / 5.065”
Body Width – 11.11 mm / 0.437”
Aluminum Weight – 28.8g / 1.015 oz