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  1. Two years ago I have bought a Karas Kustoms Bolt pen in black form Cult Pens. I do have some other pens form Karas, but this pen is using a bolt action to forward and retract the refill. I like the pen very much because all parts are made in house and made from metal, hard to fail in my opinion. The pen is using ONLY Parker style refills, including Fisher-Space with their spacer. One characteristic of the pen is their own clip design, attached with two little hex screws, a very sturdy heavy-duty clip! Recently Karas Pens release a new version called V2 with some improvements. I have bought a green Karas Pen the Bolt V2 with Parker set-up. The initial Bolt and Bolt V2 looks the same, but there are some changes. First the guys form Karas pen redesigned the internal body to accommodate more refills, from Parker to Pilot G2. Also they have moved the bolt action mechanism on the far back of the pen to allow different style refills to fit into their pen; for that job now the pen is using a screwed spacer (to avoid any moving parts). Another major improvement is the O-ring between the upper and lower body parts to stay together when are screwed. At the last is the J-slot redesigned for easier movement. When I purchase the pen I should opt for the conversion kit for a fiver, but I didn't. Anyway because of the distance between Karas pens and me, it didn't worth to reorder just the conversion kit, so I have emailed the company and they replied that a mini hex/Allen key of 3/46" or 1.3mm will work. So far I have tried Schimdt EF9000, Pentel Energel, Uniball Jetstream and Fisher Space refills, all working fine. The Bolt V2 become my favorite pens form all Karas pens I have now.
  2. Hi, I'm hoping someone here might be able to help. I love the Uni Jetstream 0.38 refill, but I don't love the pen bodies available from Uni. I've so far been able to use the Jetstream refill in a Lamy Tipo without problems (no modifications needed) and recently got myself a Lamy Swift, thinking I could likewise just drop the refill in and go, as both Swift and Tipo use the Lamy M66 rollerball refill. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. The refill fits in the barrel, but the knock doesn't engage. So far, I've tried covering the hole at the back of the Jetstream refill with a bit of rubber, and likewise putting a bit of rubber around the barrel at the level where the M66 narrows, as the Jetstream is thinner there. Neither of these, alone or in combination, have worked, and I'm out of ideas. Anyone have any advice?
  3. Hello! Lately I've been experimenting with modern hybrid ink pens. Their reliability and colour density looked really appealing to me. But what I can't get over is their excessive smoothness. I find hybrid ink pens difficult to control on any paper. My strokes become much less precise with them and I have to switch to much larger handwriting. It is almost a pain to me. This applies to: * Uniball Jetstream 1.0 * Caran d'Ache 888 (with Swissride refill) * Paper Mate Inkjoy * S. T. Dupont Jet 8 * Platinum hybrid ink refills (though not that much) This also applies to the gel pens: * Pentel Slicci 0.7 * Zebra Sarasa Does anybody else have the same problem as I? Is anything wrong with me that I feel these are too smooth? Do I need to adjust my handwriting? I know that these pens and refills are really popular and I guess it's for a reason. Many thanks!

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