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Tactile Turn “Mover” and “Shaker” New Materials Review and Kickstarter Launch

Tactile Turn
“Mover” and “Shaker”

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  • Description: A precision machined pen with a unique lay pattern grip from the people that brought you the orginal aluminum Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker.
  • Point: Variable – The Mover takes G2 style refills, the Shaker takes Parker Style refills.
  • Materials: Brass, Bronze, Titanium and Copper
  • Refillable: Yes
  • Measurements: The Mover: 5.55″L x .46″D The Shaker: 5.05″L x .46″D
  • Mover Weights: Titanium: 42g, Bronze: 61.5g, Copper: 71.2g, Brass: 67.7g, Aluminum: 31.6g
  • Shaker Weights: Titanium: 40.9g, Bronze: 59.0g, Copper: 67.8g, Brass: 63.9g, Aluminum: 31.0g

Tactile Turn on Kickstarter
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Intro/About:

Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen Launch 5It’s no secret that I was a huge fan of the original Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker in aluminum. I was a backer of the project, and I had three in my possession until Will got in touch and told me he was making them in new materials. Well, here they are! My favorite alternative to a fountain pen has been either the Mover or Shaker since I had got my hands on the original prototypes. I didn’t think it was possible, but they’ve gotten better. Tactile Turn is launching a new Kickstarter campaign for the new materials – brass, bronze, titanium and copper – make sure you head over and check it out if you like what you see!

Also be sure to check out my original review of the Mover and Shaker here.

Construction:

Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen Launch 3Fit and finish are still great. I showed a brass Shaker to my coworker and he didn’t know how to take it apart. The seam in the middle of the pen is virtually invisible until you need to unscrew the barrel to change out refills. Both the Mover and Shaker feel great in hand, but I prefer the slightly longer Mover. The clips are smooth and have some nice grip without being too stiff. The custom lay pattern grip is what really makes the pen shine though. More on that in the feel section.

Feel:

Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen Launch 2The grip is the same across all the new materials, but it really works great. It does an awesome job of keeping the pen under your control, making precise writing effortless. The new materials really complete the whole experience. While the original aluminum was great, I happen to like these new ones better. The added heft and great looks put this one over the edge. Here’s a quick breakdown of how the materials feel:

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Brass: My favorite. It looks beautiful and has a great substantial feel in hand. There’s no need to press down whatsoever to get the G2 or Schmidt EasyFlow 9000 working. It’s the second heaviest material but still feels great. The lay pattern isn’t as sharp as the titanium, but it still provides great grip.

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Copper: The heaviest of the bunch, this raw copper pen takes on a life of it’s own. After a few weeks of use, the copper will darken and patina – giving a great vintage look and feel. I happen to like how it looks, but those who always need something clean and shiny may want to check out the other materials.

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Bronze: The bronze is similar to the brass, but has a reddish undertone to it. It looks and feels similar to the brass, but it will not patina. According to the Kickstarter page, it will maintain it’s brilliance and shine for a long time without polishing. I’m excited to carry this one around and see how it compares to the aging brass.

Tactile Turn Shoot 2Titanium: Not only does it sound badass – it kind of is. People love titanium for its signature dull grey hue and amazing strength to weight ratio. The grip on this material has a bit more “bite” than the others. It’s lighter weight and looks great. I prefer the brass and bronze, but this one is by no means a dud.

Writing Performance: 

Tactile Turn Shoot 2The original prototype came with a Fisher Space Pen refill, but thanks to Mike Dudek over at ClickyPost.com, the Tactile Turn Shaker is now shipping with the buttery smooth Schmidt EasyFlow 9000. It really makes me want to keep writing with a ballpoint…it’s that good.

The Mover takes a standard Pilot G2 refill which also works quite well. I like the clean precise lines, but the 0.38 is a tad bit scratchy. There are tons of different Parker-style refills out there and others can be hacked to fit a G2. If you’re not a fan of the refills that ship with the pen, I’m sure you can find something out there you like!

Pros:

  • New materials look and feel amazing
  • Lay pattern grip is still great
  • Pricing is very reasonable

Cons:

  • Pen refills STILL confuse me – be sure to do your homework before buying refills if you don’t like the ones that are included.

Conclusion:

Tactile Turn Shoot 2I’ve been using the Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker since I received my backing, and I really do love it. There’s a really good chance I have one in my pocket at all times. These new materials only make me want more of them. Backer rewards start at $45 for the classic aluminum and have tons of options and packages for all of the other materials.

Head on over to the Tactile Turn Kickstarter to pick one up today.

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Disclaimer: These pens were given to me by Tactile Turn for review. I also shot the photos for the Kickstarter campaign. They were used with permission on both ends. All opinions are my own!

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Announcements / Guest Posts / Upcoming Reviews!

Hey everyone!

First, I’d like to thank everyone for visiting the site, reading the reviews, leaving comments and being a part of the community that revolves around our favorite writing instruments. Your continued support makes it fun to write the site.

Announcements:

Admittedly, there’s been a lack of posts around here and I feel as though I owe a bit of an explanation. I’ve been trying to post at least once a week, but it hasn’t always worked out. Part of this is due to me starting a new job in the pen industry. I’ve been working for Kenro Industries for the past month and a half - we are the US distributor for Aurora, Omas, Montegrappa and Sheaffer pens. My new career is completely separate from edjelley.com, they didn’t buy the site and they don’t pay me to write reviews. However this may lead to some more pens being reviewed that I may not have otherwise been able to get my hands on, but like any of the reviews where the pen is provided, all opinions are my own. It’s been a great few weeks so far and I can’t wait to go to the DC Pen Show. If you’re going, make sure to stop by the Kenro table and say hello!

Guest posts?

I’ve been writing reviews for this site since November of 2012 with little to no break in posting, and this past month or so is the least frequent posting schedule I’ve had so far. I’ve been throwing the idea around for a while and think it could be cool to see if anyone wanted to do any guest posts. Not only would it add some reviews to the site of products I don’t have, but could be a fun way for guest writers to promote their site (if they write for one) or even to just give pen reviewing a shot. If you are interested, please send me an email – ed@edjelley.com

Upcoming Reviews:

I have a pretty long review queue at the moment. I’m working on finishing up the photography on them and wanted to give you an idea of what reviews to expect in the coming weeks. Be on the lookout for Tactile Turn’s new materials for the Mover / Shaker, the Karas Kustoms Bolt, the Monteverde Invincia Stealth, the Aurora Ipsilon, the TWSBI 580AL, Field Notes Arts and Sciences, Doane Paper Large Idea Journal, some Kaweco inks, the BigiDesign Ti Post Pen + Stylus, and more! In the mean time, check out my review archive page – The List – to read the back catalog of reivews!

Social Media:

I’ve been much more active on social media than I have been on the site. If you’re looking to get a pen picture fix – follow me!

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Stryker Tactial Pen with Anti-Microbial Coating – Hands-On and Kickstarter Launch

NMB Creations
“Stryker” Click Action Rollerball Pen

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Nolan over at NMB Creations got in touch with me a few months back during the prototype phase of building the pen. His idea was unique and his background in the medical field really helps this project stand out from the rest. Read below for more information from the Stryker Kickstarter Page:

From the Stryker Kickstarter:

Brought to you by NMB Creations, this tactical rollerball pen has not only been tastefully crafted, with inspiration rising  from the way an AR-15 is built, but  it is also professional and tough enough to withstand anything you can throw at it. Each pen is machined, anodized, anti-microbial coated,  then assembled and inspected by hand.

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The Strkyer on Kickstarter

Specs:

  • Precision machined from solid Aluminum or Titanium
  • Bold Tactical Design
  • Currently offered with a sandblasted finish in Aluminum and Titanium
  • Assembled by hand
  • Uses high quality German-made Schmidt 5888 M Rollerball ink cartridges
  • Uses high quality German-made Schmidt push mechanism
  • Aluminum: 1.5 ounces
  • Titanium: 2.3 ounces

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Overall, the Strkyer is an interesting pen. The anti-microbial coating is a cool idea, but I don’t know how much it really matters to me. For those in the medical field, this may be well worth the cost of the pen. A $65 pledge will get you the aluminum version and Nolan has already met his funding with the stretch goals in reach. The pen takes a Schmidt rollerball refill, which I don’t think I am a huge fan of. It writes smoothly, but I prefer a finer line. This can be remedied very easily with a different refill.

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The pen is definitely on the larger side of comfortable, but those with larger hands or those who enjoy a large pen will like it. The fit and finish are good, but not great – however this is a prototype, so fit and finish may vary slightly in the pen you purchase. The knock button on mine has a small gap between the bottom of the button and where it screws in, it’s very minimal but still noticeable. I think the clip could also use a bit of a redesign to improve functionality.

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I had a hard time clipping it to anything other than a very thin shirt pocket. It wouldn’t easily clip to the front pocket of my jeans, which is where I would ideally like to carry such a large pen. Head on over to the Stryker Kickstarter to pledge if you like what you see! Thanks again to Nolan for sending the pen over for me to check out.

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Disclaimer: I was given this pen free of charge and receive no compensation for my review. All opinions are my own.

Kokuyo Neo Critz Pen Pencil Case Review 5

Kokuyo Neo Critz Transformer Pencil Case – Review

Kokuyo Neo Critz
Transformer Pencil Case
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Specs: 

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Notes:

Since the Nock Co. Kickstarter reward arrived, I have had pen cases coming out of my ears. However, I’ve been eyeing the Kuretake Neo Critz for a while due to its unique ability to stand up on a desk when unzipped. It’s an awesome feature that makes all of your writing utensils easily reachable and viewable. Not only is it functional, the Neo Critz is solidly constructed from nylon with a nice premium feeling zipper. I have the case loaded with about 15 different pens / pencils and some replacement leads.

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The case does a great job and doesn’t take up a whole lot of room. There’s no doubt that I’ll get a ton of use from this case, especially when transporting my pens back and forth from work. It’s great to be able to have them nicely displayed on my work desk, then zip it up and the end of the day and bring everything home. The case is very reasonably priced at $14.50, making it a great value.

Kokuyo Neo Critz Pen Pencil Case Review 5Thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending the case over for review!

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Check out JetPens for tons of awesome Japanese pens and stationery. Free shipping on orders over $25, and hitting that is pretty easy with all the great stuff they have. So thanks again!

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Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

Rhodia Ice 80th Anniversary Notepad – Review

Rhodia Ice Notepad Review

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Specs: 

  • 4″x6″
  • Silver / Grey Grid Lines
  • Bright white paper
  • Top Staple bound
  • White covers with metallic print

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Notes:

I’ve been a user of Rhodia paper for quite some time now. Why? Because it’s probably the best paper for use with fountain pens. The 80g paper is perfectly slick and makes any writing experience much smoother. For the 80th anniversary of the company, Rhodia released the Ice edition notebook. Typically when I think Rhodia, I think black and orange. Most of their line sports either a black or orange cover, this particular notebook breaks the mold. The pad has bright white covers, silver metallic logos and text on the back and silver/grey grid lines inside. I really like the way the notebook looks, and of course it’s great for writing on with fountain pen.

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I think I actually prefer the grey ruling over Rhodia’s standard violet ruling. It’s much less intrusive and really lets the color of the ink you’re using shine through without distraction. The pages are all micro-perforated for easy removal and the 4″ x 6″ notebook size is nice for throwing in a bag without taking up too much valuable room.

Rhodia ICE Notepad ReviewThe Rhodia Ice is a welcomed departure from the standard color schemes. The paper is exactly what you expect from Rhodia, and I think I’m going to be picking up a few more of these because of the grey ruling. They’re great notepads, and if you’re primarily a fountain pen user and have yet to try them, you’re really missing out! Huge thanks to my friends Sunny and Karen over at Exaclair for sending over the Rhodia Ice for review!

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