It’s one of those banner days around the shop when you can bring back something that you thought was gone for good, and today is one of those days. Way back in 2016, we began applying ceramic firearms/automotive coating (KG Industries brand) to some of our pens in small batches. We started with that company’s 2400 series Turquoise, and we couldn’t keep those pens in stock. The color and finish were something completely unique in terms of a finish option for our pens. Applied lightly, with an airbrush we got a gloss coat of beautiful turquoise that was then oven hardened for a relatively durable finish.
Recently we’ve switched to using Cerakote* brand ceramic coating which provides better hardness, more color options, and is applied professionally by an official Cerakote applicator. Cerakote expands their color options frequently, and they added a color called Aztec Teal H-349 to their catalog recently. It looked like a nice color to add since we’re always getting requests for teal and turquoise shades. We sent off a few styles for this color and they came back looking amazing. Not only that, this color is VERY close to our 2400 series Turquoise pens. It’s so similar that set side-by-side they NEARLY match. The biggest difference is the current Turquoise (Aztec Teal) is a satin finish while the original 2400 series was a gloss finish.
We’re excited to release the Ringed Retraktable in this color, but we’re reviving the name Turquoise for this release due to how close this color is to the original. The Turquoise Ringed Retraktable features full coverage Cerakote over the upper and lower bodies. The finish is a uniform, satin coat that provides great texture for improved grip and a beautiful look that we can’t get with anodize. Ten rings are machined into the grip portion of the lower barrel to provide for a better grip when writing. The aluminum clip and push-button mechanism have been anodized in clear over a polished aluminum surface. When checking out you’ll have the option to select from a 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead insert thread-in mechanism. Each pencil comes with a Pentel Hi-Polymer Eraser which we find to be one of the best erasers on the market, and rather than engineering some eraser-pocket on the pencil with a nearly unusable eraser we’d simply provide you with a quality eraser.
75 Pencils Available
Overall Length – 140.462 mm / 5.53”
Body Width Minimum – 9.93 mm / 0.39”
Body Width Maximum – 11.11 mm / 0.437”
Aluminum Weight – 27.7g / 0.97 oz
*Cerakote is a temperature-cured, spray-on ceramic coating that is used in a variety of industries including automotive, defense, outdoors, and sports. While Cerakote has been tested and rated at the highest levels of hardness, corrosion resistance, flexibility, and heat; it is not nearly as durable as anodize. Like all coatings, Cerakote can and will naturally wear when carried against objects of a similar or greater hardness than the Cerakote. Cerakote can chip or crack if dropped onto hard surfaces. Be advised this surface finish will wear over time, and is not as resistant to wear or damage as our standard anodize.
*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.