Nock Co. Hightower 3+1 Pen Case Prototype

4 10 2013

If you’ve been living on a deserted island, or hiding yourself from all forms of social media lest the government know how much you REALLY spend on pens (spoiler alert: “about $20” is probably never what I spent on that pen, now put it down and walk away slowly), then it’s possible you missed hearing about/being up-to-the-Kickstarter-launch-minute informed about these Nock Co. pen cases. They’re the brainchild of Brad Dowdy (The Pen Addict) and Jeffrey Bruckwicki (the stitchmaster master tailor), they’re already fully funded and then some, and Brad’s sent me a prototype of the Hightower 3+1 case to try.

In steel/bluejay colors

In steel/bluejay colors

Outside, hm, steel gray, professional, let’s open it up—BAM! BLUE JAY BLUE! A bluesplosion of beautiful blue. The outside is a heavy 1000 denier Cordura nylon with durable water resistant coating, and the liner is smooth pack cloth. I like the billfold structure, though the lack of a zipper makes me mildly nervous (for mostly unfounded reasons; the pens are all secure, maybe a single notebook could fall out if the case were upside down and open, but not when it’s shut…zippers are just so…traditional, and make everything always line up neatly). It’s got a slim, flat profile. It fits in the side pocket of my tactical pants. It fits in the back pocket of my regular pants!!

The bigger your pockets, the better it will fit

The bigger your pockets, the better it will fit

Now, how many pens can I fit in it.

The answer depends on how thick your pens are

The answer depends on how thick your pens are

Technically, there are three pen slots. Comfortably, I can fit two pens in each slot, and using two slender pens I can even get three pens in the far left slot alone. And you can tuck a slim little pen like the Marvy La Petite in the label loop if you really want to. On the notebook side, hardback notebooks are a bit much, but small softcover notebooks were no problem.

No more than about 2 notebooks at a time. More notebooks is pushing it. But all of these were compatible, and this is just what notebooks I had conveniently on hand

No more than about 2 notebooks at a time. More notebooks is pushing it. But all of these were compatible, and this is just what notebooks I had conveniently on hand

This is a quality prototype, and if the prototype is this good, I can’t wait to see how the finished products turn out.

These images specifically courtesy of Nock Co., but I collaged them together!

These images specifically courtesy of Nock Co., but I collaged them together!

There are multiple case styles available thru the Kickstarter, and you have almost an entire month to back the project! After that, you’ll have to wait for the store to open. Get excited! Get on it!!

Nock Co. Handmade USA Pen Cases on Kickstarter

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[…] the Nock Co. Hightower 3+1 Pen and Journal Case over at No Pen […]

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[…] Co. Hightower Case: Motorcycle Durability Test and Review (via No Pen […]

2 03 2014
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[…] I’m comparing this to the prototype I received, but it’s not a direct apples-to-apples comparison—it’s more Maryapples to […]

1 05 2014
Review: Hightower Pen Case by Nock Co | Fountain Pen Quest

[…] Reviewed and then a motorcycle test at No Pen Intended […]

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