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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.
Through the 19th and 20th century cryptid sightings followed the growth of the country spreading as man began to make his way into parts of the United States that had long lay dormant. The Slide-Rock Bolter of Colorado is one such legend that cropped up in lumberjack and mining towns during the gold and silver boom of the mid-19th century. The Slide-Rock Bolter was so well known it was featured in the 1910 publishing the Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwood, an early cryptid manual. Purported to live only on the tallest peaks, the massive creature with sculpin-like maw, grab hooks and bifurcated tail would wait for a passing tourist and plunge into the gorge swallowing or destroying everything in it’s wake. We thought it apropos to use our new Speed-Groove Bolt V2 for this release in a matte brown finish. The Speed-Groove Bolt V2 has been tumbled along with the clip and knob, then a nice coat of matte brown anodize has been applied to all four components. We’ve used matte black screws as hardware. Finally we’ve adapted the artwork of the Slide-Rock Bolter and lasered it on the side of the pen below the J-slot. The pen ships with a corresponding sticker, and is our third Karas Kreepers release. The pen comes outfitted with a black Pilot G2 refill.
Overall Length – 140.462 mm / 5.53”
Body Width – 11.11 mm / 0.437”
Aluminum Weight – 29g / 1.0 oz