Gist Capped Pens
Some people really prefer capped pens over click pens and bolt action pens. There is a beautiful simplicity to a capped pen. We use an acme thread to keep the cap secure when closed and because those threads have a flat top they are much more comfortable to grip on.
The idea when we first made these in 2015 was to make a fountain pen that was friendly to the tough needs of something you would use every day. Most fountain pens aren't really designed for hard use, so we found a great niche. We got a lot of feedback over time about ways to improve the pens, so in late 2018 we updated this line.
One of the new options is whether you want a black clip or a silver clip. The silver clips are the same tumbled and polished finish found on all of our other pens.
Copper is the heaviest material these pens are made from. If you want a lightweight pen, copper is not for you. We do not coat any of our pens, so this material will patina and darken with time and use. This is one of the coolest properties of copper - it ages and richens with time.
The copper content in the alloy we use is extremely high so it has the best natural antimicrobial properties for those of you that want a pen that you can let others use and still feel like you don't have to scrub grime off every day. All parts of these pens are made from copper except the clip which is stainless steel.
CNC Machined Pens
Tactile Turn was one of the first fully machined pen manufacturers. We don't do injection molded parts like most other pens. We make parts one by one on our computer numerically controlled lathes in our own shop in Texas. We buy the best equipment available, the best material available, and turn raw materials into finished goods. We never skimp on quality, as everything we make is designed to be an heirloom quality item. We want you to pass these on to your children. People buy Tactile Turn pens because they want an item with simple and elegant design made from amazing materials that will withstand daily use for life.
Tactile Turn pens are known for their texture. It's where our name comes from. The tactile feeling when you pick one of these pens up is hard to describe, but it allows you to control the pen exactly the way you want. Machined pens often forget about grip, or have uncomfortable grips. It won't bite into your skin, but it provides just the right amount of grip. It is subtle, but it also protects the pens from light scratches by providing a textured surface that disguises light scratches much better than a smooth surface.
Updates to the Gist pens:
Longer bodies that accomodate the standard international converters. This extra length also makes the pens fit better in most hands and makes the pens a little more proportional.
Higbee thread starts for the caps. This is a machinist term, but in essence, it means there isn’t a partial thread and so initial engagement feels better and it is a stronger thread.
1.5 turns to open and close. The original Gists were closer to 3, and it was a bit much.
Plastic internal part for the metal pens so they post more securely and avoid metal on metal contact.
Weight - 2.9 ounces or 82.2 grams
Beautiful pen that is already getting a really cool patina. It has a weight to it that I love. I was surprised that it doesn’t seem to impart much of a metallic smell on my hands as brass does. The engraving in the clip was also nice a deep. This is a great pen. I can carry it in my pocket without having to worry about it getting nicked up by change, etc.
So I bought the bolt action in bronze a few months ago and have been so pleased with it that I wanted an addition. The fountain pen just has a certain aesthetic that is hard to say no to. And while I couldn’t get the pen in bronze, the copper is amazing. Writing is very fun and very satisfying. The flow of ink is very smooth and the pen is easy to fill. The pen is machined perfect, and I love the weight of the copper. Will Hodges just doesn’t seem to disappoint. I’d definitely recommend this pen and I have to two of my friends who’ve already made purchases as well.
Pen is great, super heavy, is handsome, eye catching looks amazing as the patina comes in. I got both the G2 Nose and the Nib Holder so I could use the pen for work or for play. I've only ever used Bock Nibs and although I'm a little out of practice, I found these to function as expected. The cap posts well enough, but I sometimes feel an uncomfortable metal-on-metal grind mid stroke. All in all, I found the pen to be quite an excellent addition to my arsenal, and have already ordered several other products from Tactile Turn based on the quality and craftsmanship of the Gist.
Exactly what I expected. The Copper Gist 2 is a beautiful pen, and I really like the look of the titanium nib against the copper. It's nicely balanced and feels great in the hand, though it is heavy (not a surprise). My hands aren't terribly large, so I find it more comfortable unposted. I do like how quickly and cleanly the cap unscrews from the base. I'm glad I went with the titanium fine nib, though the nib itself is just okay--the Schmidt nib in my YStudio Brassing writes much more smoothly (and it wouldn't be fair to compare it against the Pilot nibs I'm used to). The converter works well--it fills easily and completely. Overall, this pen is exactly what I expected it to be: handmade and stunningly beautiful, and a competent writer. I use it daily.
The Copper Gist fountain pen is my second pen from Tactile Turn. Both of them are fantastic. Great weight and feel of the turned metal makes for the perfect writing instrument.