Review: Karas Kustoms Tu-Tone RETRAKT

Karas Kustoms Retrakt Tu-Tone

In a pinch, today’s review was photographed with my new iPhone 6. Pardon any wonkiness but I had a wicked migraine yesterday and didn’t get a chance to pull everything together until today at lunch.

Karas Kustoms retrakt tu-tone in green
Behold! A pen, matched polish (before anyone asks, its OPI Gargantuan Green Grape), psychedelic office carpeting and my shoes!



And its here! The amazingly cool Karas Kustoms RETRAKT in the new Tu-Tone Colors… green, of course. And its oddly, fittingly Christmas-y in it colors. I filled it with a Zebra Sarasa 0.3mm in Viridian Green to match. I suppose this means I need a red one too?

And the almost-silent retracting mechanism means that I can nervously click without making everyone in a meeting want to murder me.


The aluminum body is comfortable to hold, not too heavy and well-weighted. After the brass INK, I was worried that the RETRAKT might be too heavy for me but I think its perfect. Very much like the weight of the Render K — enough weight to feel solid without feeling like I’m carrying a billy club.  I had to doodle this twice because of a typo so I was writing for a while and the pen remained comfortable throughout. (No Command-Z on paper!)


The RETRAKT in Tu-Tone Colors accepts any Pilot G2 style refills or Parker-style refills. Some refills might require a little jiggering to get them to fit just right but luckily the folks at Karas Kustoms include so extra parts to help with this including an extra spring, a black plug to lengtht he Parker refills and a length of translucent white piping that can be cut to length to fill any gaps. I’ve been know to cut down a too-long refill to fit as well. Finally…a way to use the great G2 refill without the cheap plastic aesthetics!

The fact that the RETRAKT can be filled with an unending array of refills, in a variety of colors, tip sizes and even style of refill (ballpoint, rollerball and gel) there’s no way you can’t love this pen. You get to make it your favorite just be picking your favorite refill.

The DISCOUNT: If you just can’t wait to see if you’ll win the giveaway RETRAKT Tu-Tone, you can place an order at Karas Kustoms today and receive 15% off your order with the coupon code “HappyHolidays” (although that code really should be “ANAROCKS”).

The GIVEAWAY: So, the fine folks at Karas Kustoms are letting me giveaway ONE RETRAKT Tu-Tone to ONE lucky reader.  You all know the drill… answer my question in the comments to be officially entered to win one RETRAKT Tu-Tone in your choice of color. Here’s the question: What do you like best about Karas Kustoms’ pens? If you’ve never owned a Karas Kustoms pen, what about their pens interests you most?

The FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Saturday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Open to US residents only in order to ship in time for Christmas!

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by Karas Kustoms for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.

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  1. I have never owned a Karas Kustoms pen, but the fact that the word “Kustoms” is in their name speaks volumes about what you can do with their pens. I would love to have this pen!

  2. My favorite thing about karas is that they are American made. Second favorite thing is how nice the pen weight feels when writing.

  3. I like how the pens are very well designed and have a good form factor. I love that the pens are made by the company and the quality of their product is very good. Plastic pens are in the past these pens are the future!

  4. I really like the quality of the machining. I work in a large machine shop and I really like EDC stuff that is made like that.

  5. My first one is in its way. I like that it is a quality pen that accepts a variety of refills that are very good. I like that they went with what they thought was the best knock rather than something just to make it 100% made in the USA.

  6. Easy questions! “The Craftsmanship” and “The Craftsmanship”! I don’t own one yet, but my 1st is on its way (an Ink in red)…

  7. Its obviously because it’s a kustom pen lol! ヽ(•̀ω•́ )ゝ But it’s pretty awesome to be able to choose different colors from ink to the actual pen and now two tone! To tell you the truth I also like the company’s name Karas Kustom because it’s related to one of my favs anime movies called Karas!! Well I hope I win, good luck to you all!! ♪(*^^)o∀*∀o(^^*)♪ ヽ(•̀ω•́ )ゝ ψ(`∇´)ψ

  8. I have yet to own one, but the level of quality and the materials used is what appeals to me. I also applaud the system they are using to build this aspect of their business.
    But what color?

  9. I don’t own one, but I’m interested in the feel of the pen and can’t wait to try a number if refills out for a new writing experience!

  10. Karas Kustoms pens are great because they are made in the US by people that really care. They are great friends of the pen community.

  11. I love the brutalist, industrial look of the pens – their sheer utilitarianism is in and of itself a kind of wonderful frill. It’s the kind of pen that looks like it could go as well in my toolbox as on my desk!

  12. Here’s the thing: I haven’t stopped using my Ink FP since the day it arrived. I love the feel of the aluminum overall, and I the cap threads feel super great—I just keep opening and closing it to just feel them in action. But even more than that, the grip section has such perfect curve to it—I had no idea that a metal grip could be so comfortable.

  13. I’ve never owned one before, but I love the look of the aluminum! It would be fun to switch it up with refills periodically.

  14. I like the clean, strong, yet finished aesthetic of them, though not quite enough to make the top of my to-buy list yet. I’m most curious about whether the ergonomics of it will suit me–I don’t know for sure until I’ve set down a paragraph or two…

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