The Brasstown in Nock Co’s most unique design, combining a pen wrap with a zip pencil case.
The pen slots in the wrap are generously sized and I am able to fill the slots with some relatively fat pens.
When you roll the wrap up into the case you will notice that there is quite a bit of extra room. I am able to fit a number of extra pens as well as a pencil sharpener and a small ruler.
I have found that the best way to load this case is to put all of the extra items (the ones not in pen slots) underneath the wrap as you will be able to unroll the wrap without any interference.
What makes this case unique is that you can carry and protect six expensive pens along with some cheaper pens. If that appeals to you, you wont find a better case. At the moment I have six pens in slots and another 10 loose in the case.
The steel 1000D nylon exterior looks great with the blue contrast stitching. The interior is done in a blue nylon pack cloth which is great for a pencil case but I think the wrap portion would be better off in a softer organic material like a cotton felt.
Nock Co. cases tend to have a blobby look and the Brasstown in no exception; I do wish that it had a bit more of a structured shape.
The Brasstown is a great case and even though I didn’t know I needed it, I can’t live without it now. The Brasstown retails for $35.00 and is handcrafted in the USA.
Here are some great reviews of the Nock Co. Brasstown:
(Please note I am not affiliated with any of the websites posted below)
The San Francisco Pen Show is coming up Friday the 22nd, the same day that I have to fly to Seattle. Luckily for me the SF Pen Show is taking place at the SFO (airport) Sofitel.
I need to bring three pens for tuning AND I need to have room for purchases AND I need to have a highly protective case for air travel …so what case do I bring? A big pen wrap? Both of my 3 pen cases (the Nock Co. Lookout and the Pelikan)?
I realized that each case is flawed for my purposes…the pen wrap and the Lookout case are soft don’t provide quite enough protection for air travel, the Pelikan case protects well but if I end up buying big pens they wont all fit.
While surfing around on the Fountain Pen Network I came across the “Penvelope” by Franklin-Christoph. Penvelopes come in three sizes: 2 pen, 6 pen and 13 pen. I opted for the 6 pen case as this is the most practical for use with a backpack. The 13 pen model is tempting but more appropriate for a briefcase than a backpack.
The Penvelope has 6 very spacious slots which can be filled with your fattest pens (up to .75″ wide and 7″ long). You could comfortably fill all 6 slots with Montblanc 149s and none of the pens would touch each other.
The slots extend almost to the bottom of the case and approximately measure 5″ long in total. The slots are in from the hard leather edges about .75″ so your pens will be well protected on the sides.
Because the slots are so spacious I recommend clipping your pens (especially the smaller ones) so that they don’t move around if the case were accidentally turned over.
The interior is lined with a burgundy color cloth that Franklin-Christoph claims is safe for all pens. The case closes securely with a magnetic snap.
The overall dimensions of the case Penvelope are 6″ wide x 7″ tall x 1.25″ deep. When the Penvelope is filled you it will get a bit fatter.
When purchasing a Penvelope you get three choices of leather: boot leather, Napa leather, and “croc print” leather (yuck!). You can chose black or brown leather (except for the Napa which only comes in black). I opted for the soon to be released brown boot leather because it is thicker and will develop a patina with use.
The quality seems decent. It is machine stitched with a thick thread and the stitching is mostly straight. The outer part of the case is made of three pieces of leather and they aren’t combined in the cleanest fashion but for a large $70 leather case these sorts of things are to be expected.
Overall, the Penvelope is an excellent 6 pen case that will protect your pens well. I am not sure it will replace my Nock Co. Lookout as my regular every day carry case but it is definitely my new go-to travel case.
Here is a great review of the Penvelope 6:
(I have no affiliation with the site linked below)
I finally got my hands on some Nock Co cases and while I haven’t had a chance to use all of them yet I have been carrying around the Lookout case the last few days.
The Lookout is a 3 pen case made out of a soft but heavy duty nylon exterior and a smooth pack cloth interior. I choose the steel exterior and the blue jay interior. The color combo looks great; I especially love the blue stitching on the grey exterior.
The exterior nylon feels somewhat similar to a Cordura nylon, that is to say it is a textured nylon which gives it a more organic and less technical feel. The interior packcloth actually reminds me of the nylon material on Nakaya’s Kimono cases.
When I backed the Nock Co Kickstarter I was not certain that I would want to use the cases with some of my more expensive pens. After handling the cases I believe them to be pretty safe. Being a soft case the Lookout may not provide as much external protection as the Pelikan 3 slot pen case, which has a more rigid structure; that said, the Lookout separates the pens better so I am much less worried about my pens coming in contact with each other.
Unlike the Pelikan case, the Lookout can hold three large pens comfortably. I was able to fit my Nakaya Naka-ai, Montblanc 149 and OMAS Paragon into the lookout without problem.
So how is the build quality? The Lookout, like all Nock Co cases, are made by hand in Georgia, USA. The stitching is tight; I measured a consistent 9 stitches per inch which means the seams should be very strong. I noticed that the band that holds the flap isn’t perfectly aligned; the right side seems to be a bit lower. The stitching while, tight is not perfectly straight in some areas but being a handmade item there is always going to be a bit of variation and that’s part of the charm.
I am not certain what the price will be when the Lookout becomes available for sale on the Nock Co website but in the $15-$25 range, this pen case is a great buy.
Here are some great reviews of the Lookout:
(I have no affiliation with the sites linked below)
Up until now I have been carrying my larger and more expensive pens in single pen pouches. I would carry two to three pouches at a time which was cumbersome; I finally broke down and bought a Pelikan 3 pen pouch. I have been using a Pelikan Fine Leather Black Triple Pen Pouch every day for about a month now and I quite like it. I spent a good amount of time looking for a quality case that really protects pens. I had originally wanted a Montblanc pen pouch but after looking at it, I knew that it wasn’t right. The main issue I found with the Montblanc case (apart from the $180 price tag) was the fact that the dividers stopped about halfway down the case; this in my opinion is a design flaw that would allow the bottom of the pens to knock into each other. So after doing a bit more research I found that the Pelikan case would accommodate larger pens and had dividers that run the length of the case.
The Pelikan pouch is made out of a soft leather (softer than the Montblanc case) and comes in black with a green strap or black with a black strap. Each case has the Pelikan logo embossed on the strap. The leather is of good quality, however, it is not as nice as the leather Montblanc uses but for $35 the Pelikan case is of excellent quality. I don’t know where the case is made but I cannot find any flaws in its construction; every thing is cleanly cut and sewn. It’s clear that this case was carefully made. The interior of the flap is leather and the inside of the case seems to be some sort of felt sort of felt.
Compared to the Montblanc case pens do fit a bit more snugly. I can easily fit my Montblanc 149, 146, and Aurora Optima into the case but it is a tight fit. If you want to fit three 149s the Pelikan case is not for you. Also the top of the pens that the flap covers are not protected much on the side. I carry my case in a backpack or briefcase without issue.
Overall I am really satisfied with this case and highly recommend it.