Body Material: Anodized 6061-T6 aluminum
Trim: Stainless steel clip
Origins: Made in USA
Length (capped): 5"
Barrel diameter: 1/2"
Weight: 1.1 oz
Barrel design: Rounded, smooth, micro striations.
Fill type: Pilot Hi-Tec-C refills, Parker compatible refills, Fisher Space Pen refills.
The Render K arrived in a thick plastic bag, along with a spring, a spacer, a short piece of polytubing (for fitting other refills), the pen itself, and some instructions. It was all wrapped in kraft paper, and secured in a cardboard box for shipping. There was no damage whatsoever to any of the parts upon arrival and I think the packaging was just fine! Installation was a cinch - no instructions were necessary. I grabbed an olive green Pilot Hi-Tec-C, popped the refill out, and put it into the Render K, followed by the metal tip. It was in working order in a matter of seconds.
KarasKustoms. The pen is thickest at the top of the cap, where there is a deliciously fun knurled top. The body tapers towards the end of the pen, and both ends are flat and smooth.
As for refills, I can tell you for a fact: the Pilot Hi-Tec-C refills obviously fit the pen body perfectly.
|This is a Monteverde refill but it is Parker compatible.|
|Top refill: Pilot Hi-Tec-C, bottom refill: Uni-ball Signo DX refill. Note the Signo DX refill is slightly longer than the Hi-Tec-C. This is where you should shave off a little bit for the Signo DX to fit in the Render K body!|
How does it write? Well, depending what refill you're using, it'll vary. Using a Pilot Hi-Tec-C, it makes the Hi-Tec-C even better to write with. Combine the smooth ink and crisp tip with the beautiful, sleek, perfectly weighted body of the Render K and you've got one heck of a fun ride. Or write.
Little Things to Love
KarasKustoms makes these pens in the USA, so that means less shipping and resources transported, which is more energy efficient! I was also very pleased to see that KarasKustoms recycles all excess produces from the machining process!
KarasKustoms guarantees their products against manufacturing defects, too.
Something to Think About
I started to wonder if the threading around the middle of the barrel where the cap screws in would affect my grip and become uncomfortable. Lucky for me, I don't grip my pens so high so it didn't get in the way, but of course every person's grip varies. If you hold your pens tightly high up, you'll probably find the threading to be a problem.
Another thing: the cap does not post securely - it can rest on the back of the pen but should not be pushed down. KarasKustoms suggests clipping the cap to your page or something while you write. I usually post my pens out of habit and was surprised to find this pen was comfortable to use even without the cap posted. I just wonder what to do with the cap when it's not in use. Just to test, I did gently post the pen while writing and it actually stayed on top without a problem. Assuming you don't write at a sharp angle, the cap will likely stay in place while you write. Be careful though.
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You should get a Render K because it's really cool, it can take a bunch of different refills, and it is sexy, sleek, and shiny. Seriously, this is a downright unique and mysterious pen. I LOVE IT. I couldn't say it any more simply!