Karas Pen Co. Render K v2 Review

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Karas Kustoms/Karas Pen Co. and the Render K is probably my favorite model. As I stated in my review of the original and G2 models of the Render K, I love this pen, so I got excited when I heard about a new v2 version of the Render K. I had planned to do an in-depth review of the new version and then Mike Dudek of The Clicky Post posted this video review that covers all the changes between the old models and the new v2 model. So instead of rehashing everything Mike covered in the video, I’m simply going to share some thoughts on the new Render K v2. One thing I wanted to clarify from the video is that the plug removal tool is not included with a pen purchase. It is available for purchase separately and it is included with the Fountain K or Render K conversion kits. The Render K v2 does come with the aluminum plug installed and with the black spacer for use with Parker style and Schmidt P8126/8127 refills.

I really like the look of the contrast between the body of the pen and the grip section (unless you have a silver/silver or black/black combo), which means you can create some really interesting color combos.

v2 on the left and right, v1 in the middle
The pen feels ever so slightly lighter than the Render K G2. The only way it is readily noticeable is if you were to handle each pen together or in close succession. The balance of the pen hasn’t changed and you can’t tell that the aluminum spacer that Mike talks about in the video is installed.

v1 on the left, v2 on the right
This is probably the most refill friendly pen that Karas makes as it accepts the Pilot G2 size refills, Parker ballpoint style refills, and the Schmidt P8126/8127 refills. The Render K v2 will not accept the Pilot Hi-Tec-C and this was a conscious decision on Karas’ part and I don’t think it hurts the pen in anyway. I checked and the Uniball Signo 207/307 refills will fit, as will Pentel Energel refills, though there was a slight gap between the tip of the Energel and the grip section which may cause some clicking as you write.


The Render K v2 takes a great design and improves upon it, which is how it should be with a v2 of anything. I love the v1 Render K, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love the v2 Render K as well. If you want to pick up a Render K v2 for yourself or any other Karas pen, head over to their website.

Mobile Blogging with WordPress

The move to WordPress went very smoothly. The only minor hiccup I had was the images still pointed to Squarespace, so I had to download them and upload them to WordPress which took less time than expected thanks to bulk upload and then replace the images in the article. It wasn’t a difficult thing to do, it was just time consuming. The only other semi-major editing I had to do was to change any in-post links to Pens and Planes articles since the URL format changed.1

The main reason for my switch to WordPress was the ability to manage every aspect of the site from my iPhone and iPad, not just publish posts like I was doing with Squarespace. I was able to get the new site for Pens and Planes, as well as Thoughts Aloft up and running entirely from my iPhone and iPad. This would have been impossible with Squarespace. If I need to make any changes to a page, I make the changes to that sheet in Ulysses2, and copy/paste the changes in the WordPress app.

Another reason for the switch was I wanted to be able to take advantage of the WordPress publishing integrations that Workflow has (WordPress Publishing is currently in beta testing3 for Ulysses, which will eliminate my need for the Publishing Workflow below). I knew that the workflows I was previously using would change or be not be needed altogether. I wouldn’t have to convert my markdown to Rich Text, I could export the markdown directly from Ulysses to Workflow to publish or copy the markdown or HTML to the clipboard and paste it in the WordPress app. I have enabled Markdown editing for both sites, and I like that it doesn’t disable HTML editing.4

Switching to WordPress was something I had been considering for a while, and I’m glad I made the switch.

  1. They seemed to link to the appropriate page but I didn’t want to take a chance of them breaking at some point in the future.
  2. I like having an offline copy of everything that’s on the site.
  3. Minus Thoughts Aloft displaying as the name for Pens and Planes, WordPress Publishing has been working flawlessly for me. The developers of Ulysses said an occasional screenshot and talk of the beta is fine.
  4. To make the Pen Hacks page here, I copied the HTML (the captions for the images are encoded in the HTML) from the blog post and pasted it on the Pen Hacks page.