About this project
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What people are saying about the RETRAKT:
Clicky Post- "You guys nailed it."
Cool Material- "Like their other pens, this one will definitely be awesome too."
Gear Hungry- "Retrakt is their first foray into the clicky pen market, and a damn good one... "
Gourmet Pens- "The copper RETRAKT is very, very cool... It's a warm copper with that knurled top that I'm crazy about. Nice, snug clip that won't snap off. Pure goodness."
From the Pen Cup- "Karas Kustoms' design aesthetic and build quality speak for themselves, without the pens saying a single word. So clean, so cool."
Office Supply Geek- "The Retrakt Aluminum "Click" Pen is clearly a superior product with its construction, great looking design, well thought out functionality, and flexibility in terms of the refills that it takes."
Vouch Mag- "Not all pens are the same, especially when made by a trendsetting brand like this one."
The Well Appointed Desk- "My favorite part is the absolutely whisper-quiet retracting mechanism. Just click, click, click through a whole meeting without annoying your co-workers."
We are proud to introduce to you to our latest project, a product we are really exited about- the RETRAKT. The RETRAKT is a machined pen body that works with several popular pen refills, so you can have the look of a custom pen and still maintain the feel of your favorite refill. We designed the RETRAKT to work primarily with the Pilot G2 refills, but it also works with any Parker compatible refills, including the Fisher PR style Space Pen refill. Because we design and manufacture the RETRAKT, we have complete control over the product. No waiting on some company overseas to send us the latest sample. If we need to see the latest version, we make it, ourselves, here in the shop. And, we provide video and photos of the process as we go, bringing you along for the ride. You get to see your pen being born.
Each RETRAKT is ready to accept the Pilot G2 refill, just use the provided spring, and you're ready to go. If you want to run a Parker compatible refill instead, just drop the provided machined spacer into the upper half of the barrel (the part with the clip) and assemble as usual. Now you can easily find a refill at any office supply store if you run out of your favorite ink and can't wait.
The RETRAKT has many design elements that make it stand out as a unique, quality pen. Each pen body starts out as a solid piece of material and we machine all the individual parts ourselves. Don't worry, we take all the excess material from the machining process and recycle it. The high-quality knock mechanism on the pen is imported from a manufacturer in Germany. This all metal "click" mechanism works smoothly and nearly silently, so now you can fiddle with your pen during meetings without annoying your boss. And, because the knock mechanism contains no plastic parts whatsoever, it will last virtually forever. The clip is a custom design stamped from .050" spring stainless steel and is attached using two stainless socket head bolts. It's not going anywhere.
The aluminum version of the RETRAKT is machined from 6061 aluminum and will feature an anodized finish to help protect the aluminum body from damage, keeping the pen looking fantastic for years to come.
The copper and brass versions of the RETRAKT come in a hand-finished state and will develop a beautiful aged finish with time and use. Or, if you prefer, you can maintain a high polish on the pen to enjoy the look of the raw material. Because each of our copper and brass pens are machined from solid material, there is no need to worry about wearing through an applied finish over time.
Each pen is a little over 5-1/2" long and 7/16" in diameter (minus the clip). The aluminum pen weighs slightly less than 1 oz while the brass and copper versions weigh in at just under 2.5 oz. This is our lightest pen yet! One of the best features of the RETRAKT? No logos anywhere! This is your pen, not a billboard, so we don't advertise on something you own. Just do us a favor, when someone asks about your pen, and they will, tell them it was made by an American company, employing American workers called Karas Kustoms.
After careful consideration, we have decided to not ship the RETRAKT with any refills included. Because there are so many different brands and types of refill that will work with the RETRAKT, we didn't want to ship a refill that may get tossed out because it was the wrong size/type/color. After all, isn't the point of a re-useable pen body to help reduce waste? This also makes the pen less expensive, allowing you to purchase more of your favorite refills with the savings.
WHY WE NEED YOU
Okay Kickstarters, this is where YOU come in. We can machine the parts for the pen bodies here in the shop, but we need to order the metal "click" mechanisms from Germany. By pledging toward our RETRAKT project you can help us reach our financial goal so that we can afford to machine and purchase the parts we need to make the RETRAKT a reality. Plus, by doing so, you get to own a really cool, American made pen.
Risks and challenges
Because we design, and manufacture, all of our own products ourselves here in the USA, we have complete control over the manufacturing process. Unless there is a material shortage or a meteor hits the Earth nearby, we should be able to deliver all rewards in a timely fashion. That being said, if we become massively over-funded, our original estimated delivery dates will become pushed back to accommodate the larger production numbers. Anyone who pledges to our project can do so in confidence, as we have a history of delivering quality rewards to our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The project page says international shipping is $10, but the pledge levels say $25, which is correct?
We are now able to offer a lower shipping rate for our international backers because of the large amount of backers we have on this project. By switching your reward to the pledge level with the $10 shipping option, you can take advantage of the new pricing. Instructions are in Update #3 at the top of the page. Just click where it says "updates" and look for #3.
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