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 first production Mk II EDK V2 consists of a heavy tumbled aluminum knurled upper and frag pattern lower. These have been sent off for a matte olive green anodize. Once back we’ve inspected and assembled this newest addition to the EDK V2 line pairing them with black hardware*. The new grip profile gives great purchase when writing and looks awesome as well. You select your preferred refill when checking out.
*Nitride is a thermochemical process of “controlled corrosion” used to harden the surface of steel, dry to touch oil is used in the finishing process to further prevent corrosion. The finished process can vary in color from brown to black with a matte finish and some chalkiness.
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.