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The bolt action pen line from Tactile Turn now comes in 8 different anodized aluminum colors. One week campaign! Get low pricing now!
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If you want one of the brass, stainless steel, copper, titanium, or Damascus steel version of these (or anything else on my website) you can use the promo code Kickstarter for 25% off until this coming Friday June 15th at midnight Central standard time. I don't run sales on my website very often, so if you need a last minute Father's Day gift go ahead and order one (though you might need expedited shipping)!

These pens did so well in the other materials that I wanted to go ahead and do a big Kickstarter launch of all of these anodized aluminum colors. It also gives everyone a great chance to get an awesome price - $40 here on Kickstarter where they will be $59 on my website.

Most of us are constantly on the search for the perfect pen. Some of us know the refills we love and want a better pen to put them in. Some of us know some materials that we adore and want a pen made from them. Some of us just want an awesome pen that we can count on.

I don't wear jewelry, but I do carry a few items with me every day. They have been changed many times to suit my needs from day to day. A pen is high on the list of items that needs to be perfect.

This question is usually the first thing people ask about.

The Slider is slightly shorter and comes with a Schmidt Easy Flow 9000 medium point with black ink and will fit all other "Parker style" refills.

The Glider is the slightly longer version that comes with a 0.38mm Pilot G2 with black ink refill. These are a little easier than the old pens to allow refills to fit and most require no modification at all for many different refills.

Both pens fit well in almost all hands, though if you have larger hands you might be more comfortable with a Glider. Sliders tend to fit better in shirt pockets without sticking out.

Click here to see the refills the Sliders take.

Click here to see the refills the Gliders Take.

Overall there is much less need to modify refills on these pens than previous pens. If you do want to fit a few of the refills from the Glider list in the Slider check out the video below. 

The main piece that makes these pens really interesting is the bolt action. I use a shape unlike any other pen out there. It is one fluid motion to advance or retract the refill. Because the surfaces of both the interior part and the inside surface have been carefully machined to be extra smooth, the action feels amazingly satisfying.

Those of you that have participated in my previous projects know that I have my own shop in Richardson, Texas where I machine all of my parts except for the clips which are cut on a CNC laser that is in a shop about 1.5 miles from my shop to exact specifications I have outlined. Because of this, I get to control quality. The best part about this project is that I finally have a mature shop. All previous projects I have hoped to be able to sell enough to upgrade some machinery in my shop. Late 2015 I was able to buy a lathe that is LITERALLY the ultimate pen making lathe. It is a brand new DMG Mori NLX1500SY with some extra goodies like high pressure coolant, a chip conveyor, a parts conveyor, and a barfeed. DMG Mori are well known for making incredible machinery that is incredibly rigid and hold extremely tight tolerances. Some might think it is overkill, but every feature is used in the making of these pens. Why does this matter? Because previously I've already had a vision of how I was going to do something. I made prototypes with some level of knowing that I would make the production versions differently. These pens are already made and all that is left is a little assembly before they are ready to send out!

Since these were originally made in 2016 I've had people asking me to make lighter weight versions. I've resisted aluminum because I had issues with anodizing. Well last year I was finally able to find a great shop that has excellent quality, so now we have 8 new colors in the aluminum line.

Aluminum is nice because it can be anodized to protect it and there are tons of great colors. These are also the lightest weight versions of the pens.

These pens will feature two hidden easter eggs. On the under side of the clip the Tactile Turn name will be spelled out as well as the Kickstarter K logo to denote that these pens are from the Kickstarter. All pens after these will feature the year the pens were made which will allow everyone to know where their pens fit in the timeline. The goal being that early models will now be identifiable and have extra collector status.

These pens will use the ratcheting containers used in my previous Mover & Shaker pens. These containers protect the pens really well during shipping and many people love them for pen storage since they are see through.

I know how hard the wait is for Kickstarter products. You pledge for an item and wait months (and sometimes years) to get the product. We have spent the last three months making and waiting for parts to come back from anodizing.  I really considered not even doing a Kickstarter for these pens, but it is a fantastic way to take preorders, so I decided to do a very short campaign with a quick delivery. I can't wait to see what you all think about these pens.

If you need more than one pen select the first pen you want as a reward to the left, then add the funds for whichever other pen or pens that you want. Do not add any extra funds for shipping as the $3 for people in the USA or $7 for those that are international is all you will ever need to pay for shipping. I have accounted for some extras with the limited quantities per color.

If you want to add some flare to your pen, you can upgrade the bolt to Damascus steel as an upgrade for $15. If you edit your pledge and add that amount you will tell me you want that upgrade after the campaign is over. Each is Damascus bolt is slightly different as the pattern is very similar, but not exactly the same due to the process the material is made by. Here is a close up image of what the bolts look like:

Click here to see a full gallery of high resolution images of these pens!
Click here to see a full gallery of high resolution images of these pens!
     

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