How I use Pencils

I almost never sharpen pencils on the go. The way I deal with sharpening them is that I have somewhere between 12 and 24 pencils in rotation. I carry them all in my Nock Pencil Pouch; I don’t remember what it is called. I sharpen them on both sides.

I use them until they are too dull, and then I put it in one of the pockets of my Tom Bihn Plot bag. And when I get home, I sharpen them and put them back in the case.

I also always have a pencil in the spine of my Belroy Field Notes case.

What I usually do is that I keep pencils in regular rotation until they are short enough to fit in there without the point sticking out. Then I reserve them for pocket uuse until they get too short to be comfortable to write with. At that point I just throw them out and find the next short one to use.

At the moment I use Golden Bears and the Pink Blackwing Volumes.

My main pencil is the Golden Bear, but I try to test out most of the other big popular pencils one by one, to have an informed opinion about them.

I actually get a full box of every pencil I want to try, because I think that you actually have to use a few of them before you have an opinion. Because I often really like a pencil for the first 3-4 of them, and then I get over the initial excitment and realize that they are really scratchy or really soft. And get annoyed.

Field Notes Bellory Cover

This have taken a really long time. I think I started to look for a cover for my Field Notes the day after I got my first pack in May or June 2013. I came from using some really thick hardover Moleskine pocket sized notebooks. And even though Field Notes was a lot better in many ways, especially paper quality and the smaller page number made them much more portable, there was something about the hardcover I really missed. Mainly that I new they would not fall apart, and that I did not rely as much on having a desk to write.

Over these five and half years, I have looked at more or less every single cover that fits Field Notes at least once. But I never pulled the trigger. I’m not sure why, but I never did it.

I finally did so a while back. And I went for the Belroy Field Notes cover. I’m really happy with it this far. It protects my Field Notes, and adds additional stiffness, without a lot of extra bulk. Also, the cover makes it really easy to carry a small pen or a pencil in the spin. One additional feature the Belroy has is two pockets on one side made to let you carry either Credit Cards or Index Cards.

I regret not getting this thing before, but I really like this thing. And as a bonus the cover protects my pencil a little bit, something that means I break way less pencilpoints each week.

If you should get this cover or not depends, I really like it because I can use this instead of a FN Cover plus the Talluah. But you might want to get something a little bit different if you don’t want to carry Index Cards.

Nock.co Talluah

I got this Nock.co case as a part of the 2018 PenAddict Kickstarter. This is not something I would have ordered myself, because it is very much outside of what I usually use. But I like it a lot.

The basic concept is a small case with room for two pens and something “business card” sized. This could mean proper business cards or index cards in that size. Something Nock.co sells. So I ordered some of them and started to use this thing.

The Talluah is a must if you are a index card person. And if you like me, are not, I think it can be a interesting addition to for example a pocket sized notebook. There are things where I think Index Cards work better, like capturing stuff or as a blunt instrument when there are a few things you really need to get done. But I prefer using a notebook for lists and stuff like that.

Index Cards and a Talluah have been a good addition to the stuff I carry, and I will continue to use it.

The Price of Ink

You can find cheap ink, and expensive inkk. More expensive bottles are sometimes larger, but other times not. The price range of inks, I’m talking about fountain pen inks by the way, vary from around $5 to a little bit under $40. The cheapest from JetPens is about $0,55 per ML while $0,74.

If you compare the price of ink to the other part of this that you actually use up - paper. Then you will realise that ink is not that expensive. When I wrote a lot with and exclusivly with fountain pens, I used maybe close to three 50 ml bottles a year, but I think most people would struggle with using one a year. I don’t know the number, but imagine how many notebooks of your choice you need to buy to use all of that ink.

If you use Pilot Iroshizuku inks and Leuchtturm1917 notebooks, you spend about the same per bottle of ink that you spend on a A5 notebook, but I think you need at least 20 notebooks if not more to use all of that ink.

I get that some people don’t have that much disposable inkcome, and I get that those of you that this applies to have some different priorities, but I personally went with Pilot Iroshizuku inks even when I was on a tight budget because I enjoyed using it so much more than cheaper inks. If you like me have some disposable income to use on this hobby, I think there are much better places to how much money you spend than inks. Because you get a bottle and it lasts forever. Notebooks are a place where you can save a lot of money. And not buying pens are another.

Baron Fig

I have tried to write this thing many times. But I always end up deleting it because I feel like it doesn’t say what I feel about the subject.

BaronFig makes well designed, high quality products that a lot of people love. Or I just assume it is of high quality, because that is what I have heard.

I don’t like the products they make. I love minimal, but some times minimal turns into this pile of nothing. That is what I think about most of BaronFig’s products. It looks good, but I don’t like it because it just looks like “meh”.

I also have some issues with their communication, but that have been covered by Brad Dowdy on the Pen Addict Podcast well enough for me to not get into it.

To be perfectly clear: I don’t say that their products are bad, I just don’t like them.