Will Hodges, the man behind the Kickstarter for the Tactile Turn X, Y, and Z pulled off a Christmas miracle and delivered my EiMIM Z on Christmas Eve.
This is the first Kickstarter project pens that I've received. (Yes, I've backed many more).
This pen is beautiful. I opted for the machined aluminium. Out of the package it seemed to be a rod of solid metal with a clip at one end. The pen had been billed as seamless and it truly appears to be that way. A quick and easy turn at the front revealed the tip (a Pilot G2 .38mm refill).
The surface of the pen is ribbed along the entire body giving the pen a great texture and solid hold. My initial fear was that after a long period of writing I would feel that the pen was digging in to my hand. After a few days and a lot of writing I never once felt like the pen was doing this. Overall I think the biggest advantage of the machined body is that it feels secure in the hand. It never felt as though it were slipping and I don't think I ever had to adjust my grip due to my fingers slipping.
As I've already mentioned the Tactile Turn Z came pre-loaded with a Pilot G2 .38mm. My intial feeling was that the point was too fine for the size of the pen. With no taper to the body at all I initially felt as if I were stabbing at the paper and had little control over so fine a point. I've since adjusted and no longer feel this way. Still, when I run through this refill I will exchange it for a wider tip.
To change the refill the top of the pen unscrews easily and the titanium clip can be removed as well. The top will screw back on without the clip. Unlike the cap, when the top is screwed down without the clip there is a visible seam.
The cap is very short and writing posted or un-posted makes little difference. There is a bit of fun with the cap. To keep the seamless design the cap posts with the help of magnets. The magnet is strong enough to keep the cap in place when writing and has the added bonus of keeping me entertained while sitting through conference calls.