Small Batch Special Release
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.
A chance encounter when assembling a few random pens for stock photos around the shop led us to this colorway. Initially, we paired the matte red anodized knob and clip on a polished Bronze Frag Bolt, but the contrasting finishes didn’t work well together. So we tumbled the Bronze to soften the brilliance, and the pen came together. Tumbled bronze patinas slower than raw bronze, but keeps a slightly darkened look even in the grooves between the frag pattern. With the dusty red clip and knob the look is somehow both understated and bold. We’ve used Torx+ drivers for the clip, and our standard hex for the bolt mechanism; all drivers are stainless steel. Ships with a Pilot G2 0.5mm refill with black ink.
The Bronze Frag Bolt V2 is made from 630 Bronze on our CNC Swiss lathes in Mesa, Arizona. Pilot G2 refills are manufactured by Pilot Pens in Japan.