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.
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 fountain 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 - 0.69 ounces or 19.5 grams
The Bock nib writes smoothly and the pen is a comfortable size for even long writing sessions. The plastic of the body should be very durable. It comes with a converter, which also looks solid and well made. The texture feels very pleasant on the grip, but sounds a bit like nails on a chalkboard when posted. With the cap on, the shape reminds me of the Lamy 2000. The clip works well, but in my opinion doesn't match the curves and simple elegant style of the rest of the pen and ends up making it look cheap. The clip from the Side Click would look better. Blue would be a nice color option for the body and probably be more popular than the white.