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Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker Review

I have been a fan of Tactile Turn and Will Hodges since the first Mover and Shaker Kickstarter campaign. With the exception of the Gist fountain pen, which I love the look of but knew I wouldn’t get much use from, I have backed all the Tactile Turn Kickstarter Pen campaigns since.

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One of the things I like about each of Tactile Turn’s Kickstarter campaigns is that Will offers a version that takes the Pilot G2 size refill and a version that takes the Parker ballpoint (Parker G2) size refill. The name of the pen reflects which refill it takes, and the way I remember is that the S” name pens take the Parker ballpoint size refill since it Shorter than the Pilot G2. Corny? Maybe, but it works for me. So the Mover takes the Pilot G2 size refills and the Shaker takes the Parker ballpoint size refills. There are two versions of the Mover that I am going to look at, the original/v1, and the one will refers to as new mechanism but it truly more of a v2. Unless stated otherwise, my thoughts and feelings apply to both models.

Top to Bottom: v1 Mover, v2 Shaker, v2 MoverTop to Bottom: v1 Mover, v2 Shaker, v2 Mover

The feel and balance of the Mover and Shaker is one of the things I like most about them. The width of the barrel feels ever so slightly wider than other machined pens but the Mover and Shaker are so well balanced that the little bit of extra width doesn’t bother me. I have Movers in aluminum and titanium with both being nicely balanced, the aluminum Shaker is practically the same weight as the aluminum Mover. The balance is very close to the center of the pen, even with the extra weight of the titanium. This means the pens don’t have the top-heavy or tip-heavy feel some other pens have. The balance of the pens make them very comfortable to write with for longer writing sessions, regardless of which model I’m using.

Top to Bottom: v2 Mover, v1 Mover, Karas Kustoms Retrakt, v2 ShakerTop to Bottom: v2 Mover, v1 Mover, Karas Kustoms Retrakt, v2 Shaker

The fit and finish of Will’s pens is top-notch. There is no tip wiggle, no loose fitting or rattling parts, and the seam where the halves of the barrel meet is practically invisible. The clip is very durable and it clips onto a shirt pocket or pants pocket easily, yet holds securely. The clips on the v2 Mover and Shakers have Tactile Turn on the underside of the clip, which is the only branding on the pen.

v1 partially unscrewed to see the gapv1 partially unscrewed to see the gap

All of Will’s pens have had this spiral groove thingy machined into the body of the pens. These grooves are really smooth with no sharp edges and provide a nice grip area. have a different feel than the knurling other machined pens. On the v1 models, this groove area only extended a little ways above the tip. Depending on how you gripped the pen determined how much of the groove you actually gripped. I typically grip my pens a good bit above the tip and wished the groves would have extended further on the v1 pens. With the v2 pens, Will extended the spiral grove along the full length of the barrel. While the spiral grove feels smoother than the knurling seen on a lot of machined pens, if you’re not a fan of the feel of knurling, you may not like the feel of the Mover and Shaker.

The only branding on the v2 pens, which is really hard to photograph with an iPhoneThe only branding on the v2 pens, which is really hard to photograph with an iPhone

The biggest difference between the v1 and v2 models is the nock mechanism. The v1 pens used the Schmidt nock mechanism that’s been used on practically every retractable Kickstarter or machined pen. The Schmidt mechanism is very quiet and very smooth to use, and is very reliable if treated with care. If you were slow and deliberate when clicking and kept your finger on the mechanism the entire time while clicking it was fine. If you were aggressive when clicking, especially retracting, and just let the mechanism click up and down (like we all do with clicky pens, because that’s half the fun), over time that smoothness would go away and the mechanism would start to stick, which has happened to some of my pens that have the Schmidt mechanism.

Schmidt MechansimSchmidt Mechansim

Instead of continuing to use the Schmidt mechanism, Will decided to design his own out of titanium, and he did a heck of job. The new mechanism works great, and according to Will can take a lot more abuse than the Schmidt mechanism. The new mechanism has a little more travel to deploy the refill than the Schmidt, but this makes it harder to accidentally deploy the refill. When I first received my v2 Mover and Shaker Kickstarter rewards, the mechanism on my Mover was very rough and would stick very often, while the mechanism on my Shaker actually came apart. Not a good first impression of the new mechanism to say the least. I contacted Will and he sent me two replacement pens, no questions asked, which speaks to Will’s customer service. I shipped the problem pens back to Will and have not had any problems with the replacement pens and love the new mechanism.

Will’s MechansimWill’s Mechansim

If you can’t tell by now, I am a huge fan of the Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker, and Will’s work in general. Whether you choose a Mover or Shaker in aluminum, titanium, or one of the other materials available, know that you are getting a really well designed pen. If you are looking for a machined pen for the Pilot G2 size refill or the Parker ballpoint size refill, do yourself a favor and look at the Tactile Turn Mover and Shaker. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Posted on 2018-04-12






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