Top 5 Popular FK Iron Tattoo Machines | Features, Benefits, and Drawbacks

FK irons (Fallen king irons) is a premium brand in the tattoo industry. This highly reputed USA-based company is primarily known for its strength as they are created out of rigid built-in material.

FK iron incorporates forward-looking technology into their tattoo machines, thereby reducing the efforts of a tattoo artist. FK Irons has set an example from the very beginning of its production.

From its classic coil machine to the latest direct drive devices, manufacturing all types of tattoo machines that use low voltage (5-9 volts) are more comfortable to hold.

List of 5 Popular FK Iron Tattoo Machines

S. NoTattoo Machine Name
1FK Irons Spektra Halo 2 Crossover Tattoo Machine
2FK Irons Spectra Direkt2 Tattoo Machine
3FK Irons Spektra Xion Rotary Pen Machine
4FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine
5FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machine

The outstanding features found in all FK Iron machines:

  • Mirror-polished exteriors
  • Anodized body
  • Aircraft-grade aluminum
  • High-quality Swiss Maxon motor
  • All products come with a year warranty covering manufacturing defects.

Professional tattooists who don’t want to compromise with the quality against a cost, they uncompromisingly pick FK iron products, known for their sturdiness and durability.

These tattoo machines are endorsed by famous artists like Tatu baby, Nick Baster, Guy Aitchison, etc.

In this article, we brought you lists of the most popular FK Iron tattoo machines for professional tattoo artists.

Top 5 FK Iron Tattoo Machines : Deep Dive

1. FK Irons Spektra Halo 2 Crossover Tattoo Machine

The FK Spektra Halo 2 is an updated version of its predecessor Halo tattoo machine. Designed as a Crossover line, it implies using standard needles and (screw-on tubes) cartridges without compromising its function and performance.

It features the patent-pending Floating collet vise system that signifies versatility. The spektra Multi-Vise system even allows you to use any grip (whether disposable or click) from any other brands.

The Specktra halo 2 comes with many unique and extraordinary features.

It’s the first machine with a needle clip-on that makes it grommet-less or rubber bands free. Secondly, the device is equipped with a needle-roller(bearing) stabilizer system that uses pressure on the needle eyelet to fix lever forces.

Thirdly, the all-new 3- level stroke (2.8mm, 3.4mm, and 4.0mm) and give mechanism guarantees a wide range of adjustment. 

Furthermore, the Stroke cams had been redesigned in this version. The product now for the best possible torque and significantly less vibration.

The “give” mechanism flawlessly acts with cartridges and needles with 4mm give travel.

FK Irons has made remarkable improvements to switch from the Halo 1-cartridge needle setup to Spektra Halo 2 Crossover rotary tattoo machine and all-around standard needle setup.

The Spektra Halo 2 machine is built with top-quality CNC machined aircraft aluminum with anodized body and mirror polish.

The FK Iron’s Spektra Halo 2 Tattoo Machines are compact and lightweight and available in various colors. 

Inclusions in the Package

  • One rotary machine
  • Three strokes wheels
  • Lubrication oil tube

Specifications of FK Irons Spektra Halo 2 Crossover Tattoo Machine

  • Material: aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Machine Type: Rotary Machine
  • Motor: 4.5W DC Swiss Maxon motor 
  • Slip-on motor bolt system
  • Power: 7.5 – 10 Volts
  • Weight: 3.04oz (85gm)
  • Three stroke wheels
  • RCA connection

Key Benefits of FK Irons Spektra Halo 2 Crossover Tattoo Machine

  • Best for liner & shader
  • Easy maintenances as it has a tool-less disassembly.
  • The need for grommets and rubber bands is eliminated.
  • Better grip and handling
  • Available in 7 colors

Drawbacks we Noticed in FK Irons Spektra Halo 2 Crossover Tattoo Machine

  • The spring give is a little disappointing. Rubber dampening would have been better.

Our Take on FK Irons Spektra Halo 2 Crossover Tattoo Machine

The Spektra Halo 2 is ideally streamlined as a powerful device to pull solid lines. The outstanding Give mechanism adjustability is fantastic and workable on all types of skin types.

2. FK Irons Spectra Direkt2 

The Spectra Direkt2 is designed and manufactured and patented in the US. Professional tattoo artist loves it for its having no or zero maintenance cost

The high-quality spectra Direkt 2 has a multiverse system that works without any adapters needed to use the cartridge grips with product quality. This makes the gadget significantly simple.

Another unique feature of this unrivaled versatile machine is its 4.5W DC Swiss Maxon motor. The machine performance level is smooth and very quiet.

The device hardly makes any noise while at work. With an adjusting voltage between 4 to 9.5 volts, it best for shading and lining. Again the gun is compatible with any regular needle and cartridges, plus all conventional back-stem and screw-on grips.

Along with the built-in Hex Drive MotorBolt system, the makers had made this gun machine compatible with other FK Irons models’ motors like -Edge X, Spekctra Direkt, etc.

If we talk about its build quality, the anodized product is undeniably durable and sustainable as it is made with Aircraft-grade aluminum.

One prominent feature that makes this product stand out is that this machine requires no lubrication, unlike other tattoo machines that need oiling and greasing to attain smoothness.

Moreover, this feature helps to work on multiple skins without any friction (produce no noise at different operational voltages).

One also gets three interchangeable stroke caps in dimensions such as 2.8mm,3.4mm,4.0mm. The machine makes this model perfect for any tattooing. However, the machine had no Give adjustments.

The tattoo machine is lightweight and heat resistant, making even the finest and sophisticated design less tiresome.

Inclusions in the Package

  • One rotary Gun machine
  • Three strokes caps and a stroke removal tool
  • Some spare screws and spiro rings

Specifications of FK Irons Spectra Direkt2 Tattoo Machine

  • Material: aircraft aluminum
  • Machine Type: Rotary Machine
  • Motor: 4.5W DC Swiss Maxon motor 
  • Power: 5 -9.5 Volts
  • Interchangeable 3 different stroke caps length: 2.8 to 4.0 mm
  • Weight: 2.85 oz (80 g)
  • Hex Drive MotorBolt system 

Key Benefits of FK Irons Spectra Direkt2 Tattoo Machine

  • No lubrication required
  • Comfortable to operate
  • No maintenance cost.
  • It can be operated with regular needles and cartridges.
  • Sturdy as well as lightweight, classy designed machine.
  • Silent during high or low voltages
  • Cost-saving as no adapters are required

Drawbacks we noticed in FK Irons Spectra Direkt2 Tattoo Machine

  • The rubber band is inclined to sway during use.
  • No needles are included with the product package.

Our Take on FK Irons Spectra Direkt2 Tattoo Machine

Brand FK irons had created this reliable model in 9 different colors, each to match your personality. It’s a must-buy for its no lubrication technique and HEX Drive technology that makes it compatible with the other specktra edge and drive motor bolts. 

3. FK Irons Spektra Xion Rotary Pen Machine

The Spektra Xion Rotary can be easily worked just like a pen. Designed as pen styled, it is a cartridge dedicated rotary tattoo machine. It provides the best maneuverability because of its weight and compact build.

This kind of gadget can be easily used for long sessions of artwork. This gives all artists like Damian Gorski creative flexibility, detailing their work and improved strokes, especially when working with sensitive and thin skins.

One of the top pen machines used for lining and shading, the Specktra Xion is powered by an integrated power bolt system that ensures optimal performance of all cartridges offering maximum torque. Moreover, the RCA connection is concealed within the device for safety.

If we are talking about the grip, it is autoclavable and tapers 25-35mm. Also, the grip is compatible with all types of cartridges. 

Needle depth settings, Give, stroke length are adjustable. (Move the dial at the top, and there you can adjust the give). Again the needle depth can be locked in with the secure ratcheting system. The stroke wheels are included.

The most fantastic aspect of this device is its speed can be controlled. These advanced features help to create different effects and shades with it that one wasn’t able to. 

Inclusions in the Package

  • One rotary pen tattoo machine
  • 3.2mm and 3.7mm Stroke Wheels

Specifications of FK Irons Spektra Xion Rotary Pen Machine

  • Material: aircraft aluminum
  • Machine Type: Rotary Machine
  • Motor: 6W DC Swiss Maxon motor 
  • Power: 4 -9.5 Volts
  • Stroke length: 3.2 to 3.7 mm. 
  • Weight: 5.4 oz (152 g).

Key Benefits of FK Irons Spektra Xion Rotary Pen Machine

  • Very easy operational device
  • The motor has a very good output of 6 watts
  • Lightweight
  • Compatible grip features and
  • It is autoclavable up to 133 degrees Celsius.
  • Easy covering and handling.

Drawbacks We Noticed in FK Irons Spektra Xion Rotary Pen Machine

  • Not a right device for beginners for its size.
  • Several artists provided feedback of machine making little noise after some time of use, was received.

Final Comments on FK Irons Spektra Xion Rotary Pen Machine

The Spektra Xion Rotary is specially engineered with a powerful 6W motor bolt machine, that gives control to an artist to draw all types of tattoos with shading and lining as per their like.

4. FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine

Concern about micro-pigmentation procedures? Then FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine is the solution device. Launched in 2019, THIS tattoo gizmo is a real-time solution to all your SMP procedures.

Build with an ergonomic design weighted explicitly toward the front, unlike other machines where weight is center leaning. The machine delivers accurate pigment implantation without any blowouts. The Apollo SMP features a 2.3mm stroke length.

Some other prominent features of this amazing machine are a mini DC connector, lightweight, and compatibility with all standard power supplies to meet the demand for all Micropigmentation needs.

Talking about the T6 aircraft-grade aluminum Grip, we are pretty impressed as the grip tapers from 24mm to 21mm plus if one needs there are options for other grip are too available.

The device has an adjustable needle depth that can be decreased by turning the knob (needle hang) counter clockwise and vice versa. There are stabilizer rings for smooth adjustment.

Although the machine is compatible with Vertex needles and all regular tattoo cartridges, it is recommended by the makers to use cartridge needles with an internal membrane. 

One more outstanding feature of this device is that it does not require internal lubrication. The sound is shallow, and so is the vibration. A smooth-running machine!

Inclusions in the Package:

  • One rotary pen tattoo machine
  • Lightweight cable

Specifications of FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine:

  • Material: lightweight aircraft aluminum
  • Motor: 6W DC compact motor 
  • Power: 4 -9.5 Volts
  • Stroke length: 2.3 mm. 
  • Weight: 3.75oz
  • Connection: AIR Mini DC cable
  • Available in stealth, Rose Gold, Gold, and Black

Key Benefits of FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine

  • Comfortable grip
  • Delivers accurate pigment implantation with no pigment slashes
  • The device grip regulates needle protrusion as it is autoclave-safe;
  • It comes with a lightweight cable
  • Can be sterilized with cold sanitation way outs or in steam autoclaves

Drawbacks we noticed in FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine

  • Nothing major to be pointed out.

Our Take on FK Irons Apollo SMP Tattoo Machine

Perfect machine for having perfect angle for any SMP procedures, this machine avoids any blow-outs. Combining all features, it’s a must-pick for the scalp micropigmentation process. 

5. FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machine

FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machinewas the first dedicated cartridge tattoo machine on the market. With an array of fantastic features, the machine is very versatile. The device doesn’t need any additional hardware.

The mirror-polished anodized body is available in numerous colors.

Let’s discuss the grip and stroke. The machine has a patent-pending Hex drive motor system to boot and a MultiVise system that offers adjustable grips and gives without adapters.

The specktra edge x comes with two drive bars that work with disposable and autoclavable RPG Cartridge Grips and the screw-on adjustable Grips. 

The unique slider Stabilization technique lowers friction and extends the life of the parts with the presence of ball bearings. This aspect ensures reduced noise (without bushings) for a smooth performance with no axial play.

The Changeable stroke length from 2.8mm – 4.2mm, makes the machine perfect for lining or shading without the need for interchangeable parts.

Inclusions in the Package:

  • One rotary tattoo machine with the motor body
  • Two grub screw
  • Allen key
  • Two drive bars
  • O – ring
  • Vise grip
  • Oil lubricant

Specifications of FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machine

  • Material: a solid piece of 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum
  • Motor: 4.5W DC motor 
  • Power: 7.5 – 10 Volts
  • Stroke length: 2.8mm to 4.25mm
  • Stainless steel drive bar(removable)
  • Self-lubricating slider
  • Weight: 2.9 ounces (85 g).
  • Colors: Stealth, Gunmetal, Ruby, Tangerine, and Seafoam.

Key Benefits of FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machine

  • The Hex Drive system makes it possible to detach the motor without laying axial weight on the slide.
  • It is cross-compatible with Spectra Edge X models and Direkt models.
  • Micro-dialed give adjustment
  • Ease of stroke change – The Edge can easily switch between strokes 
  • No need for interchangeable parts.
  • The stainless steel self-lubricating slider provides perfect Friction management –

Drawbacks we noticed in FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machine

  • The motor may develop noise when used continually.

Our Take on FK Irons Spektra Edge X Tattoo Machine

With uniqueness in motor operations, the CNC machined Spectra Edge X model is an improved version of its predecessor with reinvented vise design and is top listed product from FK Irons.

Final Words:

The FK Irons Rotary Tattoo Machine is among the most brilliant tattoo machine makers in the market. Stylish and classy-looking machines are revolutionary in every aspect- culture, design, technology, and performance.

Many professional and top-notch artist recommends and uses these machines to create their most delicate art. According to Michela Bottin (an NYC artist), the models are gentler on the skin yet powerful enough to deliver.

With a simple twist mechanism designed by FK Irons, needle/give adjustment has reached an all-new height. FK irons had given a new lease of life to traditional coil machine users- an artist with a range of crossover rotary series. Setting an example, by creating groundbreaking devices, the company is always at the forefront of the tattoo industry.