New Production Version
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.
We’re expanding our EDK V2 production line with a new grip option and technically a new look as well. Our second production Mk II EDK V2 consists of a heavy tumbled aluminum knurled upper and frag pattern lower. These have been sent off for a custom matte dark grey anodize. Once back we’ve inspected and assembled this newest addition to the EDK V2 line pairing them with matte black anodize aluminum clips* and black Torx drivers. The new grip profile gives great purchase when writing and looks awesome as well. You select your preferred refill when checking out.
*6061 aluminum clips are not as stiff as our stainless steel clips. They have more spring to them and can snap or bend if caught and pulled hard on something. They are more than adequate and stronger than many clips used on metal pens made out of lighter material. The anodize will wear over time, but it is more robust than the black nitride we use on our standard black clips.
The EDK V2 is made from 6061-T aluminum on our CNC lathes and Swiss machining centers, in Mesa, Arizona. Schmidt refills are manufactured in Germany.