Drawing from our shop colors, we put together a new matte special release Decograph we’re simply calling the Karas Colors Al 13 Decograph. Initially we had planned to use these colors in a gloss finish, but the red didn’t look right, so we sent them back and had them re-anodized in matte red with matte grey finials, grip, and clip. Matte red and grey looks great together, and with our heavy tumbled finish beneath the anodize the surface feels great in hand. Featuring our “Sta-fast” cap to ensure the cap and barrel won’t come unscrewed when pocket carried, this pen is the perfect choice for an on-the-go fountain pen if you don’t want to sacrifice size and comfort. Choose from a selection of tested, smoothed, and tuned nibs in polished steel or titanium to complete the perfect red and grey pen you always wanted.
Overall Length (Capped) – 137.27 mm / 5.40”
Overall Length (Uncapped) – 128.46 mm / 5.05”
Overall Length (Posted) – 162.56 mm / 6.4”
Grip Width (Min) – 9.35 mm / 0.36”
Grip Width (Max) – 10.77 mm / 0.42”
Body Width (Min) – 9.51 mm / 0.37”
Body Width (Max) – 12.57 mm / 0.49”
Cap Width (Min) – 13.49 mm / 0.53”
Cap Width (Max) – 15.23 mm / 0.59”
Aluminum Weight – 34.4 g / 1.21 oz
Each pen comes standard with a polished steel Bock nib with our Karas branding on most sizes. Titanium and 14K gold upgrades available as stock levels dictate. Includes a Schmidt K5 converter and two Monteverde black cartridges. Ships in our standard, recyclable cardboard box with corresponding instructions.
Our pens are designed, manufactured, and assembled in Mesa, Arizona. The Al 13 Decograph uses material, components, and accessories sourced from the United States, Germany, and Austria.
Operation Iceberg, or the Battle of Okinawa, commenced April 1, 1945 and continued for 82 days until June 22, 1945. It was the largest amphibious landing in the Pacific theater and the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War. The United States created the Tenth Army, a force of Marines and US Army, specifically the III Amphibious Corps (1st, 2nd, and 6th Marine Divisions) and the XXIV Corps (7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th Infantry Divisions) specifically for this operation. They were supported by the Fifth Fleet (Task Force 50) in the lead-up and amphibious assault of the island. The fighting was fierce with the Japanese countering the US assault in a variety of maneuvers that extended the battle deep into May before the Marines were finally able to take Shuri Castle and deal a major blow to the Japanese. The Japanese resistance ended in June 21st, though many Japanese remained in hiding on Okinawa, the battle left a heavy toll on all of those involved. Deaths were extremely high, with the majority of those killed being Okinawan natives, many of whom were pressed into service by the Japanese Army. The Cornerstone of Peace monument lists 240,931 names as of 2010 that perished as a result of the fighting, more than 149,000 of those names are Okinawan natives. The battle proved instrumental in the allied success in the Pacific War, though the reasons behind it being so key to the closure of the war are varied.
75 years later we offer this commemoration of Operation Iceberg and those that were part of the III Amphibious Corps and XXIV Corps. We’ve selected our new Render K V2 and Fountain K V2 pens for this commemorative edition. These pens received an excessive heavy tumbled preparatory finish that gave the aluminum a “softer” look and feel. Then we’ve anodized the caps, bodies, and grips in a matte dark olive green very reminiscent of the combat uniforms worn by the marines and soldiers in the Pacific War. We adapted two specific symbols and laser-etched them to either side of the pen cap. First we have the dragon on a stylized shield with roman numeral “III” above, the insignia of the III Amphibious Corps. Opposite that we have the shoulder sleeve insignia of the XXIV Corp, a double heart inside a similar shield. On the clip we’ve laser-etched ICEBERG with a small iceberg glyph above it. Black hardware was chosen for this pen to keep the colors somewhat muted.
We’ve also sourced a custom 3.875″ x 5.5″ pocket notebook with 48 page, 60#, uncoated lined interior. The cover is gloss kraft with a custom “newsreel” style graphic using some of the most famous images from the Battle of Okinawa.
It’s the end of an era, the last hurrah, one last go-round; we’re officially closing the books on the Mini K pens. Recently during an inventory and cleaning session we came across a few hundred aluminum Mini K bodies and an assortment of K Series caps most of them raw barstock caps. In an effort to release a few finishes we never offered and get these pens out of our warehouse, we went to work heavy tumbling them. The extended tumbling process give the pens a great tactile feel even with the anodize which is a matte finish that looks fantastic in all four colors. We decided to anodize the grip sections in matching colors, something we rarely do.
The Matte Render K Mini Special Releases consist of four color options: matte grey, matte olive, matte red, and matte violet. Due to the length of the tumbling process and the fact that many of the caps were from raw barstock there will be some surface irregularities visible through the anodize. These consist of dings, extrusion marks, slight voids, and dings. This is normal especially with raw extruded aluminum that has not had the surface turned down. But it gives these pens a really amazing look. We don’t often see such great colors and even though these are matte, they really pop. Each pen comes with a black Easyflow 9000 refill and a Karas Pen Co sticker. This chapter truly is closed, but we’ll always have more things to come.