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  1. I'm aware that there was/is a club in the Pheonix area but haven't seen any activity on this board for several years. I'm located in Buckeye, about 40 minutes from central Phoenix. I would love to start/restart or otherwise arrange a regular gathering for enthusiasts in this area. Any Interest? Mike S.
  2. IMPORTANT UPDATE: October meeting has been changed to October 27th at the Wahl Eversharp collection of Syd Saperstein in Scottsdale. We will meet at the showroom at 4745 N Scottsdale rd. (east side of the road, just north of Camelback) at 10 AM. We'll enjoy a couple hours with Syd and his collection and learn a bit about the Wahl Eversharp company, both old and new. Then for those that would like to grab lunch we can go down the street a block to the Yardhouse at Camelback and Scottsdale in the Fashion Square. Hope everyone is still good for the 27th, and hopefully a couple that were not able to join the 13th can now join us. More to come as the date gets closer, Thanks, Jeff DaltonDesert Pen Collectors.
  3. http://i64.tinypic.com/35clgug.jpg Karas Pen Co is proud to host and sponsor another year of the Central Arizona Pen Meet Ups. Formed in October 2015, our monthly meet up has been a great success. We've featured letter and calligraphy artist LetterLetter and street artist Chief on two separate occasions as special guests. We've grown and continue to be amazed at the turn out each month. We'll be back at starting January, 13th from 4-7pm at 126 S. Country Club Dr. Mesa, AZ 85210. We always have complimentary snacks and soda on hand, in our family friendly environment. We've had fellow pen makers Jack Roman of TuffWriter and Don Knox along with Mike Dudek of Dudek Modern Goods and The Clicky Post all stop by and join in the fun. Here's to another year of making memories, sharing pens and inks, and growing the community. Below you can find our planned dates for 2018. January 13th February 3rd March 10th April 7th May 19th June 9th July 14th August 11th September 8th October 13th November 10th December 8th We hope to see you at one or all of these occasions.
  4. CharlieAndrews

    Az Central Valley Groups?

    Hey y'all! Are there any fountain pen clubs, groups, meetings, or events in Arizona that y'all know about? Preferably the central valley? Thanks!
  5. 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. 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. Good luck!





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