We’re always on the lookout for compelling new fountain pens here at GouletPens.com. Last August when Will Hodges reached out to me about a Kickstarter project with a new pen company he founded called Tactile Turn, I was interested to see how it would pan out. Being that he was fully dedicated to fulfilling his Kickstarter, I said if he ever got to the point where he’d be at the production level to sell his pens through retailers (like me), to reach out. Well, a couple of months ago he did, and I’m excited to say that we’re going to be starting to offer a curated selection of his pens at our store!
Will started Tactile Turn in 2012, with a passion for precision machining and writing. An avid fan of the Lamy 2000 himself, he designed his pens using the same extremely durable material called Makrolon. Makrolon is a durable polycarbonate plastic that is reinforced with fiberglass. It’s very light and very tough. He also works in several metals, such as brass, copper, titanium, damascus steel, and even zirconium.
We’re going to begin offering the Polycarbonate (Makrolon) and Copper Tactile Turn Gists at Goulet. What’s compelling about these two materials is that the Polycarbonate is very light and very stealthy, and the copper is heavy and will patina nicely as it’s used.
So what’s up with the name? Tactile Turn…well, it has to do with the way the outside of the pen feels. The pen is engraved with a shallow groove that spirals around the whole length of the pen. It gives a very, for lack of a different term, tactile feel. It’s quite unique, and somewhat polarizing. Around the Goulet office it give some members of our team the heebie-jeebies, and others just can’t put it down. It’s difficult to describe, but it feels almost as if you’re rubbing your fingers down the teeth of a zipper. It gives kind of a tickling sensation on your fingertips.
The Gist is designed to be a daily carry pen, and made to be clipped onto jeans pockets. The robust clip is sturdy and will even keep the heavy copper pen tightly in place. The cap unscrews and pushes to post, and it has a great balance whether you post the pen or not.
One of the things I really like about the Gist is the grip. it has a texture to it so it feels really secure in my hand, and it’s long enough to accommodate my long fingered grip. Even though my thumb touches on the threads, the threads are actually tapered so they don’t bother me at all.
The nib on the Gist is made by Bock in Germany, and is #6 size so you get a big, attractive nib on this pen. Available in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad (which we’re opting not to carry) and 1.1mm stub, you get a good range of choices. Being German nibs, they do write a bit on the broad end of the spectrum, and they are all wet writing and quite smooth.
It is a standard international cartridge/converter pen, and comes included with a clear converter. This is a slightly shorter converter than the typical ones you see on other pens. Because of the length of the body of the pen, this is the one that fits it. It’s not my absolute favorite, but it gets the job done and is cheap to replace (it’s identical to the Monteverde Clear converter). It also takes standard international short and long cartridges.
Pricing is pretty appealing on these pens, too. At $99 for the Polycarbonate and $139 for the Copper, I can get on board. And this is fully machined, American-made, with German nibs. I think that Will’s done a great job creating a unique and appealing pen, and I’m excited to be able to share his pens with you today.
You can find more detailed information and pictures at GouletPens.com, and pick up your own Tactile Turn Gist. Being that it’s a new pen, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!