After nearly 10 years of requests, we’ve finally gotten around to “officially” working with titanium on a pen. Over the course of the last three years, we’ve invested time and money into our machines, programs, and tools to set ourselves up for success on this journey. In 2019, we realized expanding our pens to include bronze and titanium was something that would happen sooner or later, and we immediately began taking steps to make that happen. During our 2020 planning meetings, we sketched out a path to releasing the Bolt V2 in titanium which ended up taking nearly two years to realize. The final product was the launch of the Tumbled Titanium Bolt V2 at the end of 2021. Next we officially adding titanium to the EDK V2 in mid-2022. We’re extremely excited to announce the addition of titanium as a production option to our standard-size retractable pen, the Retrakt V2.
The Tumbled Titanium Retrakt V2 “Smooth” Special Release is our Tumbled Titanium Retrakt V2 with a streamlined, aerodynamic look and feel from the removal of the knurled upper body. This pen is still machined from barstock, grade 5 (6Al 4V) titanium that is custom-ground to our specifications. The lower and upper body are all machined on our CNC Swiss lathes with upgraded tooling and programming. Final machining on the upper bodies for the clip slot and threads is then completed on our CNC mills. All of the parts have then been tumbled in a liquid and ceramic media for a minimum of 6 hours to give a unified look and “soft” but tactile feel to the body of the pen. This small batch of smooth upper bodies was produced at the end of our last EDK run, and the leftovers are being used for this special release. These pair well with our Tumbled Titanium Bolt V2 and the smooth upper EDK V2 pens that we released. Using a custom setup we then smooth the inside of the upper barrel for smooth operation. We’ve used our tumbled stainless steel clip and screws for this release. When checking out, you’ll be prompted to select your refill type. Ships in our recyclable packaging with a custom vinyl sticker.