Tactile Turn

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Here we are reviewing one of the nicest pens I have used in awhile. It is handcrafted by a true artist, made in the U.S.A and is built like a tank. It is machined from raw aluminum and comes in two sizes. The mover and shaker. The pen we are reviewing is the Mover. Here is a little bio Will Hodges the maker of the pens gave us on his pens and why he created them.

“Early 2012 I saw there were a couple of machined pens on Kickstarter that had done really well. I thought it was a really cool idea as I’ve always been rather particular about pens. This was when I was working for a friends company doing computer tech work and I didn’t see much of a future in it. I also had worked in a machine shop for a little while and between that, some robotics club stuff in high school, and a few machining classes in college I figured I could make a pen. I had no real reason to think I could since I didn’t have a lathe, or even have access to a lathe. So I did what anyone that was desperate to make something happen would do. I posted an ad on Craigslist asking to rent time on a metal lathe, and somehow a really nice guy offered to let me use his if I showed him what I knew. Well I came up to work on my design every Friday for a few weeks and had a pretty decent prototype pretty quickly. I put it on Kickstarter and that somehow did well enough I could buy my own lathe, a 1953 Warner & Swasey turret lathe. It wasn’t a great tool for what I needed to do, but I got the pens made and learned that the only way I could be successful was to get a CNC lathe. So I found one and borrowed some money from a friend. I didn’t know anything about programming CNC at the time, but I found someone to help me learn and we made some pens. This whole thing started just about three years ago and now I have a neat little shop in Richardson Texas, a couple of pretty sweet lathes, and a bunch of other tools. I even have someone working for me to help out. It is pretty cool what can happen in a fairly short period of time with a lot of hard hours and a desire to make it work. I’m not a formally trained machinist or designer, but I know that most products out right now are overly complicated for no reason. So I keep what I do simple, and plenty of people really like that.”

If anyone is interested in this awesome product check out Will’s website. He has lot’s of great colors and spare parts in case something happens to it. But I doubt you will really ever have to. These pens were built to withstand the test of time.

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