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.

Nock.co Index Cards.

I just got some Index Cards from Nock in the mail the other day. This is the first pack of Index Cards I have bought in years. They have never been a part of my system for many different reasons. Mainly because I think books are more practical when you have a very portable setup. Sometimes I write in the office, other times my home office, or on the train or using the table in the living room. You get the picture.

But I got a Talluah as a part of the latest PenAddict Kickstarter. So I figured that I had to find some index cards to fit in it. And of course Brad had made some from Nock.co. I don’t have much to compare it to except the really think and cheap ones we had at home growing up.

These cards are smaller than the standard. Exactly the same size as a business card.

It will be a seperate review of the case and how I use these cards later.

These cards are great, handles pencil and my fountain pens great. Exacltly what you expect from Nock.co. They are not cheap, but not that expensive either. $5 for 50 of them. I got four packs of them, and I’ll probably get more of them soon.

I recommend checking out the Nock.co ones if you are looking for some great cards that work with more or less any kind of pen.

Nock Co Pencil case

When I got into pencils (a few hours later) I started to look into a pencil case of some sort. It seems like most go for a roll of some sort, with induvidual slots for each pencil or a puch where you can stick how many you wish.

Then you have a lot of leather, or either very cheap or expensive non-leather materials.

My first thought after trying to navigate this is that this is exactly how it was with pen cases before Nock Co.

So, I just found a cheap pen case at home, you know the kind you used when you went to High School. And used that until I found something that matched my criteria

  • Not leather
  • Not overpriced
  • Not cheap.

Then Nock Co made a pencil case. And I love this thing. It is very inexpensive, $15 (Blackwing makes something similar for $35), and the quality is the same as all other Nock.co products.

It is simple, and exactly what I want.

A Pile of Pencils

The moment I got home after recieving the Clasroom Friendly Sharpener through eBay and tested it out on a few pencils I started to consider ordering another one. Because it is the only sharpener I want to use.

I did not do that. But instead I found a pen case or pouch at home and sharpened 24 pencils on both ends and started to carry that. The pouch I found at home have since been replaced by one from Nock. But the same principle stands.

Instead of doing what I did in the beginning, where I used up on pencil before moving on to the next, I now carry a lot of sharp pencils. And I use one after another and then re-sharpen them when I get home. Not usually every single day, but 2-3 times a week. But I usually stick to one pencil and re-sharpen it as often as I need when I am at home.

I still carry the KUM Masterpiece though, just in case, but I have never needed it.