About this project
By popular demand, the Tactile Turn Mover & Shaker are back on Kickstarter with new materials and finishes. They have been refined and tweaked, but they are still the same pens in their essence. Click pens with an incredibly simple style. A clip that is built to take abuse. A grip that is so simple it is astounding it works so well. The kind of simplicity that photography has a hard time capturing. When you get a Mover or a Shaker in your hand they feel special and you really get a feel for why these are not just any ordinary pen.
Brass, Copper, and Bronze are all metals in a similar family. Each has different characteristics of wear, strength, and how they patina. The alloys chosen for each of these materials are the best in their class. Titanium, well, titanium speaks for itself.
Brass - The 360 alloy was chosen because it is a beautiful material to work with. It machines like a dream and is absolutely striking when polished. It is an alloy of Copper and Zinc, and it does age and patina in time.
Copper - The 145 alloy is for you if you love patina. Within a few weeks of getting it in your possession it will start to turn darker and gain character faster than any other. It is a truly active metal that is fun to watch as time passes, or if you want to get nuts there are lots of ways to force patina. The Statue of Liberty is copper that has turned Verdigris, imagine what your pen will look like in years to come! These are the heaviest of all of the pens.
Bronze - This alloy is 954 aluminum bronze. It is really an amazing material that is actually stronger than titanium in many respects. It is also a joy to work with despite being tough on tooling. Because of the chemical makeup of this alloy, it is very resistant to patina. It certainly will to some degree over time, but it holds a very bright finish for quite some time. This is also a very rare metal in the pen world.
Titanium - Grade 2 titanium is what is used for these pens. It has an amazing color that means business. Subtle, but the properties of titanium are well known. High strength to weight, and absolutely feels amazing. It might be pricey, but it is well worth it when you get your hands on it.
Brass, copper, bronze and titanium are all raw machined finishes. Straight off of the machines.
These pens also feature the same 7075 alloy of aluminum as the original pens. As you can tell from the above weight descriptions, aluminum is the lightest weight. Many people love how light it is for prolonged writing. Don't discount aluminum, as the 7075 alloy is nothing short of awesome. It feels entirely different from the much more commonly used 6061 alloy, and is much stronger. These are available anodized colors as well as the raw machined finish.
Once you get your hands on the grip you can start to understand what people talk about. It has much the same characteristics as knurling, but it can be done over curved surfaces. Tactile Turn is the very first to use this machining technique to create extra surface area for your fingers to precisely put ink to paper. The machining process to cut the grip is slightly different from the first run, but functions just the same.
Once the parts are put together, there is almost no way to tell where they come apart.
An awesome pen needs an amazing clip that can withstand plenty of abuse. The clips are made from 301 spring tempered stainless steel. They are laser cut, bent, de-burred, and polished.
How did you come up with pricing?
Premium materials are inherently expensive, but the bulk of the price is accounted for in how long it takes to machine the parts. Aluminum is a material that can be done quickly and awesome finishes are achieved. Brass is not quite as fast, but can be done at a brisk pace. Copper and bronze are still slower. And titanium is a crawl compared to aluminum. Kickstarter pricing is 30-40% less expensive than when these hit the retail market because you folks are helping me get these off the ground. Kickstarter makes it possible to make large enough batches that making these are economical and a value. Notice that when you buy more than one material you save more.
Meet your Maker
I'm Will Hodges, and I'm the designer and machinist behind Tactile Turn. When you back this project you get to know that I made your pen on my trusty lathes.
So please go hit the "Back This Project" button up top and join in to see the process as these pens get made. From funding to packaging and shipment to your door, it will be a fun ride!
Risks and challenges
All of the materials have been sourced and those sources are absolutely confident in their ability to deliver materials in quick fashion.
All of the tooling for this project has been thoroughly researched and suppliers found.
Since the machining of the bodies is done in house, the only problem could be machine problems. I have two companies that can do any repairs necessary in a timely manner.
When the timeline for these was planned out there was extra time added so there is time for perfection and on schedule delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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