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 from a creative commons cryptid map of the United States, then we’re taking the art 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.
Cracking through a cloudless, bright-blue sky flies the gigantic yet graceful Thunderbird. A North America staple of legend and lore, the Thunderbird has hunted the land of America long before it held that name. Numerous Indigenous legends share tales of a massive Thunderbird that brings change or causes floods, and it’s sightings continue to this day. A bird that big isn’t constrained by state lines, and it’s been sighted around the country and the globe, but many of it’s oldest tales come from the region of North Dakota, so much so that Bismarck, ND has a massive four-headed Thunderbird statue in one of its parks. Our Thunderbird Render K V2 pulls from the idea of this massive bird aloft in a blue sky. The pen has been expertly anodized a bright teal, both the cap and body, but we’ve chosen to use a brilliant brass grip section to signify the legend of the rain and lightning the Thunderbird brings with it. On the side of the cap, we’ve laser etched a custom Thunderbird logo, with outstretched wings beating down great winds upon the plains. The pen also features a rectangular sticker featuring Thunderbird artwork. The pen comes outfitted with a black Pilot G2 refill.
Capped Length – 129.79 mm / 5.11”
Uncapped Length – 124.71 mm / 4.91″
Maximum Body Width – 12.7 mm / 0.5”
Grip Width – 8.89 mm / 0.350″
Capped Weight – 33.2g / 1.17 oz
Uncapped Weight – 24.0g / 0.85 oz