What a year!

I can’t believe it’s already been nearly a year and a half since I started this blog. I couldn’t have imagined that something I started just for fun turned into such a big part of my life and allowed me to meet so many great people. I would like to thank all my readers, for taking the time out of their busy schedules to sit down and read about my experiences with different products. You are the lifeblood of this blog, without you, I would’ve given up a long time ago. I feel no small amount of pride that my opinion is valued when there are so many other blogs and reviewers out there. At the end of the day, I can honestly say that I am happy my blog has come this far and I can’t wait to take it even further. There are many things I feel I can improve and I’ll be posting a list of New Year’s Resolutions all related to making it better. It will contain all the things I hope to do to further improve upon the formula I’ve been following so far. So that will be the final post of 2015. Have a Happy New Year, thanks again for all your support and as always, write on my friends.

Sincerely,

Anchit Rao, The Passionate Penman

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Nock Co. Case Reviews

This is a review that has been delayed for almost a year now, something I’m still kicking myself for. So without further ado, I present to you, my Nock Co. gear reviews.

This post is going to be rather long, so I’ll be splitting it up into three parts. One for the Hightower, another for the Brasstown and a final one for my newest addition, the Fodderstack.

The Hightower

In the beginning, Nock Co. was a project on Kickstarter. The brainchild of the pen addict himself, Mr. Brad Dowdy and Mr. Jeffrey Bruckwiki. They debuted the project under the banner of Nock Co. in September 2013. Their funding goal was set at $5,000. The community responded overwhelmingly, successfully funding the project within an hour. The project went on to receive nearly $79,000 by the end of the funding period. The initial design of the Hightower was what drew me instantly. At the time, I was a little hesitant to splurge on a pen case, as I had just started my journey down the rabbit hole that is the stationary world. I was skeptical about the actual sturdiness and quality (sorry Brad and Jeff! >.<) and it was overall a leap of faith. Well my faith paid off and I ended up loving my Hightower. It took it’s well deserved place as the pen case I use for school.

Specs:

  • Exterior Material: 1000D Nylon with DWR coating
  • Interior Material: Nylon Pack Cloth
  • Dimensions: 8″ x 6.75″

* Taken from the Nock Co. website

Since Day 1, the Hightower has become my go-to case for literally all my activities. Whether I was studying at the local cafe, practicing my calligraphy at home, taking notes in school and recording random ideas for the future. This case has me covered for all of those activities. I’ve fit 3 pocket notebooks in the slot and I’ve fit a max of 6 pens (two per slot) albeit they were gel pens and rollerballs not fountain pens. My usual school loadout is 2 fountain pens, a gel pen and a mechanical pencil. Since I use fountain pen friendly notebooks for all my schoolwork and assignments, the gel pen and pencil are there for taking scantron tests and filling out worksheets on standard copy paper. I managed to somehow leak a huge blob of black ink on the inside recently and am currently stumped how to get it out. I don’t remember if the case was washer friendly, so I’ll get back to you guys on that. If you know you’ll need more than three fountain pens, then the case I’ll be reviewing next might be worth consideration.

The Brasstown

Now this was nothing but a splurge on my part. I decided that my burgeoning collection of rather expensive fountain pens needed a nice home when they weren’t in use. Enter the Brasstown. With enough space to hold up to 6 fountain pens and even more space inside for 3-4 more! This behemoth of a pen case was one of the most unique designs I had ever seen. The design was debuted in the Kickstarter campaign, but just didn’t appeal to me at the time (I was happy with just 3 pens).

Specs:

  • Exterior Material: 1000D Nylon with DWR coating

  • Interior Material: Nylon Pack Cloth

  • Dimensions: 8.5″ x 2″ x 2″

* Taken from Nock Co. website

The Brasstown didn’t necessarily stay just in my drawer and it soon started making trips with me to school. At the time, I was taking an English class that required the use of 5 different colored pens. I had a field day with inking up all the exotic colors of ink with my 5 pens. The fact that nearly all of them were seeing daily use made me happy. In addition to just pens, the inside of the case had enough space to carry a ruler, eraser, whiteout and just about anything else I needed. Nowadays, it usually sits in my drawer and is exclusively used for storage.

The Fodderstack

A gift from my parents for doing well in my Fall quarter, the Fodderstack is the the latest addition to my Nock Co. case collection. This case however, has a single function: storing 3″ x 5″ note cards, and a single pen. The case was designed to be used with Nock Co.’s Dot-Dash note cards, but can be used with any standard brands out in the market. As long as the size is 3″x 5″, it’ll fit snugly. This however presented a quandary for me. What pen shall I use along with my note cards? From my testing over the weekend, I found that I could fit only one fountain pen, but up to 2 gel pens, pencils or a combination of both. I received the Nock Co. Dot-Dash note cards to use along with it, but that review will have to wait until after the New Year.

Specs:

  • Exterior Material: 1000D Nylon with DWR coating

  • Interior Material: Nylon Pack Cloth

  • Dimensions: 5.125″ x 3.25″

* Taken from Nock Co. website

I haven’t had a lot of time with it, but I can tell that the Fodderstack and the note cards are going to be used a lot in the upcoming quarter (I’m taking a public speaking class). The only problem I’ve had so far was with how unbending and tough the shell is. I’ve faced this issue with all my Nock cases for about a week maybe two max. They require some breaking in to be able to smoothly slide pens in the slots. This however is pretty normal for any cloth product, so I’m not too worried about it. After I’ve spent enough time with it, I’ll update this section with my thoughts.

Final Thoughts

All I can really say is: wow. The design and idea behind these cases are so simple, yet they are clearly designed with function and convenience in mind. Since my first one, I have been hooked on Nock Co. cases, causing me to salivate with anticipation for their upcoming products. Since it’s inception, Nock Co. has grown considerably, debuting new designs, vivacious new colorways and increasing the choices available for new and returning customers alike. The innovation and well marketed brand has allowed for a lot of exclusive products and collaborations with well known individuals and pen companies. In my personal opinion, I attribute most of the success to the fact that one of the founders is heavily involved in the pen and stationary community. When someone who runs a company is very involved with the market their company’s products cater to, it’s that much easier to understand the needs and desires of the community. With the addition of a talented seamster and designer, it’s a very solid business idea.

As the year comes to an end, I would like to wish all those at Nock Co. a very happy New Year. I look forward in anticipation to the ideas you’ll bring to the table next year and may you enjoy many years of success.

 

Quick Update

It seems that I have finally caught my mandatory annual pre-New Year’s cold. Really didn’t feel well today. I started but couldn’t finish my full review, but while doing so I had a flash of inspiration. Why not take the time to do a holistic Nock Co. gear review? I have 3 of their cases including the Fodderstack I just got. Coupled with the fact that I’ve been delaying the reviews of the other two for almost a year and a half now (sorry! >.<), I decided to just go for it. I’ll be finishing it up by tomorrow afternoon and scheduling it for publishing at 6:00. I think that’s about the time people would be leaving work/at home to be able to view it. So sorry for hyping it up and delaying it. Didn’t mean to do that and I can say unequivocally to expect it on time tomorrow. Until then, write on my friends.

Sincerely,

Anchit Rao, The Passionate Penman

Greetings and Happy Holidays

Hey Everyone,

Been a while hasn’t it? I sincerely apologize for dropping off the face of the Earth for so long without prior notice. As you can imagine, I was intensely focused on my finals and thought of nothing else (gotta keep that GPA up 😉 ). It’s been a long time since I posted up a review, so I thought I would post something tomorrow, as a kind of Christmas/Final Post of the Year.

As many of you have noticed there is a page called “Top 5 Pens” that has been in the making for the past year now. I kept delaying because I felt that I had not reviewed an acceptable enough variety of pens to give a good recommendation. I realize now that I’ve long since published an adequate amount that have gotten numerous views (thanks guys!), so it’s about time I complete it. Look forward to its completion by the second week of January at the latest.

I noticed that from the start, I have barely reviewed any inks. The number of fountain/non-fountain pen reviews have completely dwarfed ink reviews. I have quite a few on hand that I keep my pens inked up with, yet I haven’t posted a word about them. This is something I hope to remedy in the coming year. The same applies towards paper reviews, there are far too little. So that’s another thing you can look forward too. In fact, how about I make a whole separate post about all my New Year’s Resolutions regarding the blog?

At this point, I think I’m starting to ramble, so I’ll end with this: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and as always, write on my friends.

Sincerely,

Anchit Rao, The Passionate Penman