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.

Daily Carry

My current daily carry is a little bit larger than usual because I am trying some stuff out at the moment. But I hope to have things back to normal by the time I do the next one of these.

In my pocket I carry a Bullet Spacepen, with a clip on it, a pocket sized notebook, and a Nock.co Talluah filled with Nock.co Index Cards, and two TWSBI Eco.

The stuff I carry in my bag is still a lot like always, my good old Hightower filled with a couple of fresh Field Notes, three pens (Pilot Vanishing Point, Lamy 2000 and Pilot Metal Falcon), a KUM Masterpiece sharpener. I have recently started to use a Nock.co Pencil case, that I love, I usually have it filled with around 24 pencils, Currently Golden Bears.

My current notebook setup is a little bit in the middle of a change. I’m filling up my last Leuchtturm1917 notebooks as we are speaking, and I plan to start using Travelers Notebooks again. This is because now that I can get them from Norway, I can save a not unsigficiant amount of money on notebooks.

A look at Blackwing after just using the Golden Bear for a while

I decided to get a box of Blackwings with the extra firm core. Because I managed to find them for sale on the Norwegian store I buy most of my pen stuff.

It is the Volume 54. It is pink, which is not really my thing, but still not that bad. This core is much better than anything else I have used from Blackwing. It feels really smooth like every Blackwing, but still firm enough to not be annoying.

This is the first Blackwing where I don’t think “damn I have to sharpen this a lot”. And I think I could have used this as my only pencil without issue, if it was a part of their regular line of pencils. But it is very expensive…

There are three things I always notice when I use Blackwings:

  1. Design, they always look great, even though it isn’t always my thing, they always feature the best pencil design ever.

  2. Their cores are always very smooth. It being smooth seems to be the number one priority, and that firmness will never come before that.

  3. They are very comfortable to hold. It is either something with the pain job or how they form the wood case.