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EVERYDAY CARRY FOR LIFE’S JOURNEY

Ⓒ Gallantry 2021

TACTILE TURN: THE AMERICAN PEN

TACTILE TURN: THE AMERICAN PEN

David Spielman
11 minute read

The American Pen 20211112 Wolf of Wall StreetJordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) asks a seminar attendee to sell him a pen in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Had the writing utensil in question been a Tactile Turn pen, believe us, it would’ve sold itself.

THE EVERYDAY CARRY PEN IN 2021

We all know the narrative that’s been force-fed to us over the past several decades when it comes to technology. How advances in tech will lead to more freedom, connection, and, of course, less paper (sorry, Dunder Mifflin). However, as David Sax writes in The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, “A funny thing happened on the way to the digital utopia. We've begun to fall back in love with the very analog goods and ideas the tech gurus insisted that we no longer needed.”

The American Pen 20211112 Wolf of Wall Street Brad (Jon Bernthal) and Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DicCaprio) remind the boys why pens are EDC classics in The Wolf of Wall Street.

The American Pen 20211112 Wolf of Wall Street

In other words, and as you already know (you’re a Gallantry Man reading this right now, so you definitely know what time it is), having a great everyday carry Tactile Turn pen in 2021 doesn’t make you a Neo-Luddite. Far from it. It makes you a smart man, and, dare we say it, a Gallantry Man. Not only does writing on paper improve your chances of remembering what you write down (the result of several senses being activated at once), but it keeps you firmly grounded in nature. In an increasingly complex, digital world, the simplicity and utility of a great pen cannot be understated.

The American Pen 20211112 Gentleman“This is a Tactile Turn pen from Gallantry. I mean, you can’t just be leaving this kind of gold sitting on the bar like it’s a friggin’ bic or something. You must’ve gotten this pen as a gift. No class. All I know is you better put it back in your pocket immediately because if my friend Nicky ova here sees you disrespecting such a beautiful everyday carry pen like this? Believe me, it’s gonna be bad news bears, my friend.”

So whether you’re in the market for one Tactile Turn pen or seven, we’ve got you covered by one of the most trusted pen brands in the country.

The American Pen 20211112 The Patriot “Did somebody say Gallantry is now carrying Tactile Turn EDC pens? AMERICA!!!”

THE TACTILE TURN PEN: MADE IN THE USA

(TEXAS, TO BE EXACT)

Classic Gallantry Man archetype and engineering legend Will Hodges started Tactile Turn in 2012 in the outskirts of Dallas, TX, because, like many a Gallantry Man, he had become frustrated with how high-quality, small-scale manufacturing had become increasingly inaccessible to the average aspiring entrepreneur and how disconnected Americans had become from not only the products they bought but how those products were made. So what did Will do? He did what any Gallantry Man worth their salt does. He activated his grit, took matters into his own hands, and bought an old, WWII-era lathe, rented 160ft² in the corner of a friend’s workshop in order to design and create his first high-quality 1,000 pens by hand.

The American Pen 20211112 Tactile Turn OwnerTactile Turn Owner/Designer/Janitor and Gallantry Man legend Will Hodges

Nearly a decade later, Will continues to take immense pride in his work. The difference is that now he has a new 9,000ft² workshop in Garland, Texas filled with state-of-the-art, precise machinery (including a trio of high-end lathes) and a small but brilliant team of machinists (including an aerospace engineer) working with their hands around the clock five days a week in order to make premium everyday carry goods that are guaranteed to last a lifetime (no, really, every Tactile Turn pen includes a lifetime warranty).

The American Pen 20211112 Tim Riggins

“TEXAS [PENS] FOREVER!”

- Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch), Friday Night Lights

Tactile Turn’s pens aren’t for people that don’t give a rip about quality, willing to settle for overpriced junk from who-the-heck-knows-where made by who-the-heck-knows-who. They’re for people with the Gallantry Man spirit, go-getters that aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in order to get it done right and properly.

A Tactile Turn pen is the kind of pen someone buys and carries every single day. The kind someone doesn’t let anyone, anyone, borrow. As such, we’re thankful to have been able to get our hands on some of Will’s truly exceptional offerings at Gallantry (we carry Tactile Turn’s two main styles, the Standard Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pen and the Standard Tactile Turn Side Click Pen, each one in a few different materials).

You want to know what else we are? We’re excited. We’re excited to share our Gallantry Tactile Turn collection with you, fellow Gallantry Man.

The American Pen 20211112 Layer Cake“Is that a Tactile Turn pen from Gallantry in your pocket or are you just excited to see me?”

Let’s make some moves already, shall we?

The American Pen 20211112 Tony Soprano“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on a minute. Did you just say that you don’t buy your everyday carry Tactile Turn pens from Gallantry?”

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TACTILE TURN PEN FOR YOU

THE STANDARD BOLT ACTION PEN

Since the release of Tactile Turn’s inaugural bolt-action pen in 2017, the rifle-inspired writing instrument has been the Texas outfit’s best-selling product, praised for its minimalistic yet elegant aesthetic and wildly rugged construction. In response to the ongoing demand, the Garland-based operation has opted to deliver an updated version of the bolt action pen for 2021.

The American Pen 20211112 Minka Kelly Scott Porter“Did you get a Titanium Tactile Turn Standard Bolt Action Pen from Gallantry?”

Like the outgoing version, the new Bolt Action Pen can be deployed or retracted with one hand in a single fluid motion. The pen is made from precision-machined material and is extremely durable yet lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1.3oz (or 0.081lbs). Protected by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty, the standard size Bolt Action Pen is 5.6” long, measures 0.43” in diameter, and is sold with a matching titanium/copper/bronze pocket clip and a Pilot G2 0.7mm cartridge.

The American Pen 20211112 Tactile Turn Pen

THE TITANIUM STANDARD BOLT ACTION PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pen Titanium

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All titanium construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Unique arcing bolt-action deployment and retraction
  • Matching titanium pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.6” L x 0.43” D (Standard Size)
  • 1.3oz weight

Standard Bolt Action Pen

Standard Bolt Action Pen

$99.00

[tab title="Details"] Since the release of Tactile Turn’s inaugural bolt-action pen in 2017, the rifle-inspired writing instrument has been the Texas outfit’s best-selling product, praised for its minimalistic yet elegant aesthetic and wildly-rugged construction. In response to the ongoing demand,… read more

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights “To you getting the Tactile Turn Copper Standard Bolt Action Pen from Gallantry, too.”

THE COPPER STANDARD BOLT ACTION PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Copper Standard Bolt Action Pen

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All copper construction
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Made in the USA
  • Unique arcing bolt-action deployment and retraction
  • Matching copper pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.6” L x 0.43” D
  • 2.3oz weight

Standard Bolt Action Pen

Standard Bolt Action Pen

$99.00

[tab title="Details"] Since the release of Tactile Turn’s inaugural bolt-action pen in 2017, the rifle-inspired writing instrument has been the Texas outfit’s best-selling product, praised for its minimalistic yet elegant aesthetic and wildly-rugged construction. In response to the ongoing demand,… read more

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights“Look. I wanted you to hear it from me first. I also got the Tactile Turn Bronze Standard Bolt Action Pen from Gallantry.”

THE BRONZE STANDARD BOLT ACTION PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Bronze Standard Bolt Action Pen

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All bronze construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Unique arcing bolt-action deployment and retraction
  • Matching bronze pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.6” L x 0.43” D
  • 2.0oz weight

Standard Bolt Action Pen

Standard Bolt Action Pen

$99.00

[tab title="Details"] Since the release of Tactile Turn’s inaugural bolt-action pen in 2017, the rifle-inspired writing instrument has been the Texas outfit’s best-selling product, praised for its minimalistic yet elegant aesthetic and wildly-rugged construction. In response to the ongoing demand,… read more

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights“I love you and your EDC Tactile Turn pens, Gallantry Man!”

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights “I promise I’m going to get some of the Tactile Turn Standard Side Click Pens from Gallantry, too, Coach Taylor. I promise.”

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights“You better, son! I want to see those Gallantry Man credentials.”

THE STANDARD SIDE CLICK PEN

After falling in love with the Uni Boxy 100 pen, Tactile Turn was inspired to craft an all-metal version of the ballpoint writing instrument that boasts its own extraordinarily hardwearing deployment mechanism. Measuring 5.8” in length and 0.43” in diameter, the pen is engaged via a standard top-click, while its ballpoint is retracted via an inset square-shaped button that returns the cartridge inside the pen with a satisfying click. Precision-machined in Garland, Texas entirely from the most high-end materials and backed by a lifetime warranty, this Made-in-America item is incredibly rugged, yet still manages to weigh in at just 1.2oz (or 0.075lbs). Sold with a matching pocket clip and a Pilot G2 0.7mm, the Side Click Pen can also accommodate well-over-a-dozen other name brand refills.

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights “Yeah, it’s true. I just got my first Tactile Turn Standard Side Click from Gallantry in Titanium. No big deal.”

THE TITANIUM STANDARD SIDE CLICK PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Titanium Side Click Pen

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All titanium construction
  • Made in the USA
  • Top-button deployment and unique side-click retracting mechanism
  • Matching titanium pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.8” L x 0.43” D
  • 1.2oz weight

Standard Side Click Pen

Standard Side Click Pen

$99.00

[tab title="Details"] After falling in love with the Uni Boxy 100 pen, Tactile Turn was inspired to craft an all-metal version of the ballpoint writing instrument that boasts its own extraordinarily hardwearing deployment mechanism. Measuring 5.8” in length and 0.43”… read more

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights“You got a Tactile Turn Copper Standard Side Click Pen from Gallantry, too!”

THE COPPER STANDARD SIDE CLICK PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Copper Side Click Pen

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All copper Construction
  • Naturally antimicrobial
  • Made in the USA
  • Top-button deployment and unique side-click retracting mechanism
  • Matching copper pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.8” L x 0.43” D
  • 2.1oz weight

Standard Side Click Pen

Standard Side Click Pen

$99.00

[tab title="Details"] After falling in love with the Uni Boxy 100 pen, Tactile Turn was inspired to craft an all-metal version of the ballpoint writing instrument that boasts its own extraordinarily hardwearing deployment mechanism. Measuring 5.8” in length and 0.43”… read more

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights“You had me at Tactile Turn Bronze Standard Side Click Pen from Gallantry, Tim.”

THE BRONZE STANDARD SIDE CLICK PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Standard Side Click Pen Bronze

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All bronze construction
  • Takes on unique patina
  • Made in the USA
  • Top-button deployment and unique side-click retracting mechanism
  • Matching bronze pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.8” L x 0.43” D
  • 1.9oz weight

Standard Side Click Pen

Standard Side Click Pen

$99.00

[tab title="Details"] After falling in love with the Uni Boxy 100 pen, Tactile Turn was inspired to craft an all-metal version of the ballpoint writing instrument that boasts its own extraordinarily hardwearing deployment mechanism. Measuring 5.8” in length and 0.43”… read more

And, of course, if you’re looking for a top-shelf EDC Gallantry Man pen that’s entirely in a league of its own…

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights
“Guess who just got the Tactile Turn Zirconium Standard Bolt Action Pen from Gallantry, boys?! TEXAS PENS FOREVER!”

THE ZIRCONIUM STANDARD BOLT ACTION PEN FROM TACTILE TURN

Tactile Turn Bolt Action Zirconium Standard

SPECIFICATIONS

  • All Zirconium construction
  • Highly-corrosion-resistant
  • Made in the USA
  • Unique arcing bolt-action deployment and retraction
  • Matching Zirconium pocket clip
  • Includes Pilot G2 0.7mm Cartridge
  • Protected by a lifetime warranty
  • 5.6” L x 0.43” D
  • 1.7oz weight

Standard Bolt Action Pen

Standard Bolt Action Pen

$249.00

[tab title="Details"] Since the release of Tactile Turn’s inaugural bolt-action pen in 2017, the rifle-inspired writing instrument has been the Texas outfit’s best-selling product, praised for its minimalistic yet elegant aesthetic and wildly-rugged construction. In response to the ongoing demand,… read more

The American Pen 20211112 Friday Night Lights “Tactile Turn. Gallantry. Can’t Lose.”

THE FINAL WORD ON TACTILE TURN PENS

There’s still a real, tangible, physical world out there. Though humans have certainly evolved to get more comfortable with typing on a computer over the years, our innate instinct, our natural inclination to quickly grab a pen when we need to scribble down a quick note down so that we don’t forget it later, is engrained in our psyche. We’ve been using writing instruments for time immemorial, after all.

Before pens, we wrote with EDC feathers.

Before feather, we were writing on cave walls with EDC chalk.

It’s for this reason that no matter how digital the world gets, the everyday carry pen only continues to grow in popularity and relevance.

It’s for this reason that you can’t really put a figurative price on the value of having at least one of Tactile Turn’s remarkably reliable, versatile, comfortable, durable, and compatible pens on your person at all times.

The American Pen 20211112 A Beautiful Mind“Sir, as requested, your Tactile Turn everyday carry pen from Gallantry.”

You see, everyday carry pens resonate with us because they have always and always will continue to serve as robust reminders for the richness of the natural world. It’s why a certain cut of Gallantry Man can still enjoy doing certain things the old-fashioned way – with a pen and paper – in our modern, digitalized era. A classy, hand-signed contract still possesses a certain gravitas that an e-signature simply just can’t deliver.

The American Pen 20211112  The Crown Affair“I really blew it by not buying out the entire inventory of Tactile Turn everyday carry pens from Gallantry. I won’t make that mistake twice.”
- Thomas Crown (probably), The Thomas Crown Affair

The bottom line is simple. When you want to hold and touch that pure Americana in your hand as you write, you’ve just got to have a pen from Tactile Turn.

Texas Tactile Turn pens from Gallantry forever.

The American Pen 20211112 As Good As It Gets“You make me want to get a better pen...specifically either a Standard Tactile Turn Bolt Action Pen and/or Side Click Pen from Gallantry.”

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