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.

I got rid of most of my noebooks

I looked at my insane pile of notebooks a while back, and decided to just throw the damn pile in the trash. But then some great people at Micro.blog convinced me to keep parts of it.

So, I went through them all and decided to keep everything that contained stuff I have written. But I decided to get rid of everything that was lists, tasks, notes etc. The result was that most of it are gone. I think the result was that 23 of my notebooks are gone. And most of the new ones I fill up are thrown out as soon as I am done with them.

This have done a lot to make my netbook collection more manageable, and limited to what might be interesting at some point.

Why is the site called The Ink Smudge?

When I use a fountain pen I always end up with ink all over the side of my left hand, and the ink end up being all over my fingers when I refill any of my pens. Also: when I use a pencil I end up having graphite all over my hands.

The Ink Smudge is one part a description of how it looks when I use writing instruments, and one part a metaphor for my writing. I’m a little bit messy when I use pen and paper, and my writing is also a little bit messy. Some people write, and edit, and edit and work on their blog posts until they end with a beautiful piece of art. I just get an idea, write it and schedule it for publishing. There are times I have to re-write some of it. But I’m not the kind of person that try to write something perfect like that.