Thursday, July 20, 2017

Karas Pen Co - Clearance Items, New Pen, And Pen Club



 BARSTOCK CLEARANCE!
After much deliberation, we are discontinuing the Barstock K Series. The Barstock pens were something we added to our line when we were asked for a true "beat around" pen. Something that a person could carry around in a rough environment and would hold up to any and all abuse. We didn't do anything special to the outside of the pen, leaving it unturned in its raw form. The caps are smooth caps, something we've never offered on a pen before. Outside of the clip there aren't any changes to the outside of the pen, the idea was the pen would look like a raw piece of material that we use to make our K Series pens.

We are out of stock on the white Delrin and phenolic bodies, and have decided discontinue and sell through the raw aluminum and black Delrin rather than make more of these pens. We have some design ideas in a replacement bang around pen that we'll be prototyping this year.

The Barstock pens have the following new Closeout Pricing:
Barstock Render K - $40.00 USD
Barstock Fountain K - $55.00 USD


Decograph - Design. History. Technology.
 

 




A streamlined, classically-influenced pen with a modern look and feel. The Decograph is a design and material hybrid that brings together elements of our metal writing instruments with fully machined thermoplastics into a quality writing experience. We've spent time looking at our particular influences in art and design along with our desire to produce high quality writing instruments and crafted a pen we feel fits our aesthetic and speaks to where we have been going as a company. Drawing on Art Deco influences of the early 20th Century and using 21st Century CNC Machining technology, we're translating our ideas into a pen that blends aircraft grade aluminum and stainless steel with modern high-strength thermoplastics fully machined in Mesa, Arizona. For more information on this pen, check out are pre-release video. Available August 2017.


KARAS PEN CLUB COIN
 


The wait is over! The Karas Pen Club Coin is available for purchase on our website. If you haven't heard of our custom coin, I'm not sure where you've been, but on the off chance you missed some of our other videos or social media posts, here's a briefing on it. Or you could just watch the video linked HERE.
The 2017 Karas Pen Club Coin features custom graphics minted on an all copper coin that we partnered with Shire Post Mint to have done specifically for the Karas Pen Club. Purchasing the coin doesn't just get you this sweet coin, but brings with it membership into the Karas Pen Club and a list of benefits for members. Some of those benefits are:
  • Exclusive early access to new releases, limited edition items, and special editions sets.
  • Introductory, members only pricing on select limited edition items and special edition sets.
  • Access to free Karas Pen Club swag when you flash your coin to a Karas Pen Co employee or official representative.
  • Access to product and focus group surveys and feedback forms.
  • Prototype sketchbook images, early stage updates on forthcoming products, and random artwork we're adapting to future pen or logos.
The coin and subsequent Club membership runs from July 2017 through July 2018, when we'll release the 2018-2019 coin, likely a new design and material. So it's kind of like a subscription service but our own spin on it. If you have any questions or concerns hit us up by responding to this email, filling out a contact form on our website, or contacting us via any of our social media accounts.





The July Pen Meetup was a rousing success. We saw a lot of new faces. Got some great interaction. Had some pen related discussions that were quite entertaining. It was a great time had by all that attended. We're not about to slow down, below you can find the dates for the Pen Meetups for the rest of 2017. We hope to see you if you have a chance to stop by whether you're an Arizona native or just happen to be in Arizona when we host one, come spend a few hours with us on a Saturday afternoon.
The August meet up will take place on August 12th from 4pm - 7pm at Karas Kustoms (126 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210). We'll have snacks and sodas, the shop will be open for walk throughs and mini-tours. Dan and Paul will be available for questions concerning design and pen features. Bill Karas might even stop by and join in the conversation. We always suggest that folks bring their own pens and inks if they want to show them off or trade with each other. We try to keep it low key and family friendly. If you can't make it this, below are tentative dates for the rest of 2017. Can't wait to see you on the 12th!
August 12th, 2017
September 9th, 2017
October 21st, 2017
November 18th, 2017
December 9th, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Pen Meetup

A Friendly Reminder

We just wanted to send out a reminder that we'll be hosting our monthly Arizona Pen Meet Up, Saturday March 11th, from 4-7 pm at the Karas Pen Co facility (126 S. Country Club Dr. Mesa, AZ 85210). We'll have complimentary beverages and snacks available. Our pens will be on display for anyone to try out. We'll have the shop open for casual walk-thrus. We'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our brand but also about pens and ink in general. Paul will be available for discussion on vintage fountain pen and pen repair if necessary. We look forward to hosting you this weekend. We still have a few of the Knox Series pens for those of you that wanted an up close and personal look at them, and we can explain the process a bit better that goes into creating them. We'll also have the Hix Design collaboration on display for people to try out and handle.




Monday, January 16, 2017

To Start Off 2017, We'd Like Your Feedback....

As we move into a new year, we'd like our current and potential customers to give us some feedback. In the hopes of continuing to improve not just our product, but also our customer experience; we've put together a survey that is attached below. None of the questions are mandatory, so answer any that apply or that you have an opinion on. We won't be giving any of this information away, rather it's a way for us to allow you the opportunity to assist us in our journey forward as we move through the next chapter of manufacturing in the United States. We've always taken our customer suggestions and feedback to heart. So please take a little time and complete the survey below.

Thank you.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Brave Rifles Special Edition and T-Shirts

Brave Rifles Special Edition

Not all of our Special Edition/Limited Editions have been Arizona themed. We've done some that have a personal connection with members of the Karas Kustoms Team. This is one of those special editions.

Paul, our Maketing Brand Strategist, served in the United States Army from 2002 - 2009. This special edition features elements specific to his service. The Brave Rifles Special Edition features either a stonewashed gunmetal grey, silver section, and polished nib OR stonewashed olive green, black section, and black nib INK fountain pen. It has been laser etched with a vintage US Army "star in a broken circle" and the unit designator: HWB 1/3 ACR which stands for Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Paul's service is somewhat unique in that he spent all seven years of active service in HWB 1/3 ACR, something that rarely happens in the Active Army. The pen ships with a custom made black Cordura case made by AuxGear. The pouch is set up to carry multiple pens, a passport sized notebook (or a phone), and a pocket knife or other similar sized objects. The front of the case features loop velcro for attachment of patches. The provided patch is the Army Combat Uniform patch for the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment. The back of the pouch features belt loops and lanyard hooks for multiple ways to carry the pouch. This special edition is limited to 15 gunmetal grey INK sets and 20 olive green INK sets. The set will have a MSRP of $140 dollars, $20 from each SE will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, which supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans.

The Brave Rifles Special Edition will be available for purchase HERE and will be released later in November.



AZ Pen Meet Up Round 2

It's official, we'll be hosting round 2 of the Karas Pen Co sponsored AZ Pen Meet Up. So if you missed the first one, no worries, you can make it up by coming to our November Pen Meet Up. Or if you made it to the first one, and enjoyed yourself, come on by again - we'd love to have you.

Details for the event!

Join us Saturday, November 12th, 2016 for the second Karas Pen Co sponsored Arizona Pen Meetup. The event will be held at the Karas Kustoms shop (126 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85210, on the northwest corner of Country Club and Dana ) and will begin at 6pm. We will have the full line of Karas Pen Co pens available to sample as well as any other pens hanging out around the shop. Tables will be set up to easily share pens, chat about all things writing, and generally as a way to foster the Arizona Pen Community. A brief tour of the shop will take place later in the evening. Afterwards we invite everyone to sit down, ask questions, try out pens, and enjoy an evening with like-minded pen enthusiasts. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Parking is available along Dana on the side of the shop.

We do ask that you sign up on our RSVP FORM that way we can plan accordingly.


T-Shirts? Why Not!

We've sold shirts and hats in the past in small numbers, but shirts are one of those things that we get a lot of requests for. This is our current Karas Pen Co "Eagle" logo t-shirt, a tagless Hanes shirt available in sizes Small - 5XL. It comes in your choice of several striking colors to fit most any wardrobe requirements. We've heard that dozens of our satisfied customers love these shirts and hope you'll love them too. Available for a limited time (until November 15th), right HERE!



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

AZ PEN MEETUP


Join us Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, 6-9 pm, for the first Karas Pen Co sponsored Arizona Pen Meetup. The event will be held at the Karas Kustoms shop (126 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85210, on the northwest corner of Country Club and Dana ). We will have the full line of Karas Pen Co pens available to sample as well as any other pens hanging out around the shop. Tables will be set up to easily share pens, chat about all things writing, and generally as a way to foster the Arizona Pen Community. A brief tour of the shop will take place shortly after 6 pm. Afterwards we invite everyone to sit down, ask questions, try out pens, and enjoy an evening with like-minded pen enthusiasts. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Parking is available along Dana on the side of the shop.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Monsoon Reviewers Chosen

Wow.

Just wow.

We never expected this level of interest and participation when we hatched the idea to ask the community to participate in this exercise. With over 60(!) essays, several artwork and photo submissions, we quickly realized we underestimated the talent and enthusiasm of those who have supported us in our endeavors. Dozens and dozens of stories, some several pages long, kept pouring into our inbox over the short time we allowed for entries. We read every single one. Poems, memories, and philosophy on the merit of work were among the focus of the essays. It was a very difficult decision to choose such a small group of people to send pens to for review. In fact, we added two extra spots in the essay category because of the sheer number of entries. We wish we could choose everyone, but had to pick a select few. As stated in the rules, this wasn't a contest of skill, or of who was the "best", but to see what resonated with us the most when we reviewed the entries. If we can figure out a way to share more of the entries in the future, we will do so, but until then, here are the entries that we chose:

ART ENTRIES

Eric Schunk (@schunky_monkey on Instagram)
"What 'Made in America' means to me. I sketched the idea out in pencil and inked it with my copper Fountain K."

Phillip Barlow (@pensandgaming on Instagram)
Phillip submitted this original design for a custom desk for consideration. Not all artwork hangs on walls.

Jeff Butler (JB2)
"So here is my "Made In America" "artwork". Not all art has to be on canvas. Everything you see here is Made in America! Everything used to build this was Made in America. I had a request to build a holster and saddle bag so that a cowboy could carry his Bond Arms Derringer "Snake Slayer" (made in Granbury, Texas) with him out on the range to combat his rattler problems. I designed and hand made this to fit his needs and I only use materials made to last and Made HERE! I ask you What's more American than a old west style derringer custom leather holster and saddlebag, fit for a cowboy to use?"

PHOTO ENTRIES


See the essays after the jump...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Project Monsoon- A New Way To Interact With Our Customers



UPDATE: ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED.

We hope everyone is having a great summer so far. Here in Arizona we are on the cusp of the monsoon season where we have hot, sunny temperatures mixed with dark clouds, and lightning filled thunderstorms. You can be getting sunburned one minute, and drenched in rain the next. It makes for some beautiful scenery and once you experience it, you will never forget it.

This yearly seasonal weather pattern has inspired our latest experiment in pen-making. We have been experimenting for a while with different materials and finishes and have come up with some pretty cool results. This new pen represents the Arizona monsoon season, but in pen form. The orange body represents the heat/sun, the grey cap represent the storm clouds and silver grip sections represent the lightning that so often comes during our monsoon season. So, to celebrate some of the success we have had with some of the new finishes, we are going to try something new. Instead of our usual method of product testing, we are going to include more community members to give us feedback on our latest endeavors. 

Here is how it works. We are going to, through different means, give (yes, give) away a small number of this pen to gain feedback on materials and finishes. We want to hear it all. The good, and even the bad. The point of this is to be more in touch with our customer base and their wants and needs. So, if you are interested in getting your hands on one of these “Monsoon” pens to review, here is how to do it:

Choose from the following options:

  • Write us a short original essay on the topic “Made in America” and email it to us with the subject line “Monsoon Essay”. You don’t have to be a great writer, just tell us a story.
  •  Create original artwork inspired by “Made in America” and share it with us via email (subject line “Monsoon Artwork”) or Instagram (#monsoonreview). Please create something new, nobody says it has to be fancy, but don’t reuse old artwork. Artwork from all ages, including children, is encouraged.
  • Take an original photo or video depicting what “Made in America” means to you and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #monsoonreview and tag @karaskustoms and @karaspenco. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

We will be choosing 3 people per category in a completely biased method based on our tastes and preferences. This is not a contest, we will pick our favorites in each category and that is who will win. Each category will be judged by a different employee, so you can enter each category to increase your chances of winning. Enter as many times as you want, but each entry must be unique. We will post the winners and their entries on this blog (http://blog.karaskustoms.com/). We will announce the winners on August 12th, 2016 Tuesday, August 16th . You will have 48 hours to respond before we choose another winner. 

We are asking all winners of this giveaway to provide us with a review of the Monsoon pen. This can be as simple or as complicated as you wish, we just want to hear your thoughts. Good and bad, it doesn’t matter, but we want to hear from you. We obviously can’t make you review this pen if you are chosen, but it would be awesome if you did.

Once again, we will choose the winners on Friday, August 12th Monday, August 15th. Good luck!