The Bolt Pen


When one considers the items they carry and use on an everyday basis, few consider a pen to be that important of a tool. Sure, wallet, phone, knife, and even a flashlight will top the list of cool tools, but, a pen? Consider the fact that you use pens nearly every day. The check you wrote to pay the electricity bill. The number of that sweet little vixen you met last night. The signature you Hancock’d on that multi-million dollar contract. All done with a pen. So, why not make it one you’re happy to haul around? Pens have become unappreciated tools of our everyday lives, but they don’t have to.

Enter the Bolt. A no-frills pen designed for strength, utility, and style by the Mesa, Arizona based Karas Kustoms. While this utilitarian pen boats solid, machined aluminum or brass construction and great aesthetics, the most interesting detail of the Bolt is that it’s bolt action mechanism.

While it won’t fire anything (unless you get a bad ink insert), the Bolt’s “clicky” design is reminiscent of your grandfather’s old hunting rifle. Requiring both a push and a twist to fully engage, you’ll immediately be taken back to first time you pulled back the bolt on a 10/22 rifle. It’s exciting to use the Bolt. When was the last time your Bic gave you a thrill, eh?

Another exciting feature of the Bolt is its ability to accept such a wide variety of ink inserts. This ability makes the Bolt one of the most versatile and pens on the market, as you’re able to put your favorite insert in and go. Well played, Karas Kustoms.

Below is the list of different inks the Bolt can handle:

Faber-Castell Ballpoint Pen Refill
Fisher Space Pen Refill, PR Series- Colors (Bold, Medium, Fine)
Foray (Office Depot) Ballpoint Refill for Parker (Medium)
Monteverde Ceramic Gel Refill (Broad)
Monteverde Needle Point Refill (Fine)
Monteverde Soft Roll- Colored inks (Medium)
Monteverde Soft Roll- (Superbroad, Medium, Ultrafine)
OHTO Needlepoint Ballpoint Pen Refill PS-807NP
OHTO PS-205NP Extra-Fine 0.5mm Ballpoint Pen Refill
Parafernalia Ballpoint Pen Refill NO LOGO
Parker Ballpoint Pen Refill (Broad, Medium, Fine)
Parker GEL Ballpoint Pen Refill (Medium)
Parker Quinkflow Ballpoint Pen Refill (Medium, Fine)
Pelikan Giant Ballpoint Pen Refill 337 (Broad, Fine, Medium)
Pentel KFLT8 Ballpoint Pen Refill
Schmidt 9000M EasyFlow Pen Refill
Schmidt P8900 Super Bowl Refill (Fine)
Schmidt P900 B Ballpoint Pen Refill (Broad, Medium, Fine)
Schmidt P950M Megaline Pressurized Ballpoint Pen Refill (Medium)
Schneider Express 735 Pen Refill (Broad, Medium, Fine)
Schneider Slider 755 Pen Refill (Extra-Broad, Medium)
Stabilo Ballpoint Refill
Tombow BR-ZLM Ballpoint Pen Refill
Visconti Ballpoint Pen Refill AA49 1.4 (Broad)
Visconti Gel Refill (Broad, Medium, Fine)

Writing with the Bolt is a breeze. The weight is just perfect, giving the Bolt a solid presence while still making it unnoticeable when need be. The ability to put such a wide variety of inserts into it gives it the capacity to write with any sort of consistency, texture, and even color as you see fit. Above, you can see some sample writing done with the Bolt, utilizing the Fisher Space Pen insert.

To top it off, Karas Kustoms gives you an Allen wrench. How much more manly can you feel when tweaking with a pen? We dare you. Put on your overalls, get some ink on your face, become a tactical pen mechanic, and make the Bolt the pen you’ve always wanted.



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15 Responses to The Bolt Pen

  1. Bruce
    June 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I got one for me and a Bolt pen for my Dad also. He likes it alot and did some machine shop stuff several decades ago, so he is not easily impressed. Based on this review of the pen I decided to get them and Karascustoms was great to deal with. Great pen, great review.

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  4. Thoai
    July 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Good review. Great looking pen…a blend of industrial ruggedness and classically sleek.

  5. Mike Farwell
    July 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I prefer a fountain pen for everyday writing, but they tend to leak when carried in your pocket. This looks like a nice pen to carry throughout the day and the fact that it uses many cartridges is nice.

  6. BShan
    July 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Ok, not gonna lie. I still play army men with my fingers when I need to fiddle with something. The “clicky” action on this pen looks like something I would fiddle with all day! A clip is mandatory on any pen, and as another comment maker pointed out, being compatible with multiple cartridges is a huge +++. The lack of makers mark is clean, although I’d almost like something like a minimalist emblem of Karas or something; maybe an alternate clip with branding. Like, a Dress clip, and a Casual clip ;-)

  7. Barry99
    July 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

    That is a very cool pen.

    • juan
      July 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      very nice..

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