With the launch of the Ink from Karas Kustoms I thought I would post a review of a Karas Kustoms classic machined aluminium pen, the Retrakt. The Retrakt was my second purchase from Karas Kustoms and really the pen I wanted all along.
Since I bought this pen I had been using it with a Pilot Juice refill. This was a refill that I had to hand and really I wanted to see if the pen changed my opinion of the refill. In the end it did. See my past ramblings about the Pilot Juice here.
Recently I decided the swap out the Pilot Juice refill and go with a Pilot G2. This was the first time I had tried a G2 and after the good things I had heard I really wanted to like it. So based on previous experience, and knowing what I don't like, I thought I would use it first with the Retrakt. Needless to say this was a good move. It's a match made in pen heaven! The Retrakt and the Pilot G2 are gorgeous together. I have a Caramel refill which right now feels great for using in the Autumn. This is my go to pen whenever I am using a Field Notes and it works perfectly.
There are a few things which I find a bit disappointing with this pen.
One small thing I wish was slightly different on the design is the tapering at the pen end. I find this quite fat and my vision of writing slightly obscured. This could be down to a number of things such as the way I am holding the pen but I wish it was just a tiny bit slimmer.
At times I can also find the barrel a bit slippy due to its size. Comparing this grip section with the Render K, the Retrakt is fatter and harder to grip, the Render K slimmer and easier to hold.
One last small thing that happens a lot. The screwed in knock section sometimes comes loose and I have to screw this back in to make sure it's secure. This normally happens if I take the pen somewhere with me and throw it in my bag but it's a little odd.
Those small things aside, the Retrakt is a fantastic looking pen. I have the aluminium version as I was conscious of writing for long periods and wanted something lightweight. But there are copper and brass versions available too. The knurling at the top of the pen which has become the calling card of the Karas Kustoms pens adds something a little bit extra and I really like it. With the Retrakt it works well because of the knock.
The pen clip is rock solid. I only really clip to pen to a pad or when its in my bag but it holds well and stays where it should.
Karas Kustoms essentially do pens really well. For a tough and resilient pen you cannot go wrong with these guys. The rest is preference. The Render K is still my favourite pen from Karas Kustoms but I do enjoy using the Retrakt and have it to hand all the time.
ou can get the Retrakt directly from Karas Kustoms here.