Copic Multiliners, Tombow ABT Dual Brush pens, Clairefontaine sketch pad.
The Brasstown is a pen case zip roll pen case from Nock Co. It’s made from waterproofed nylon and costs $35. There are six different colour options: orange/orange, orange/blue, navy blue/grey, navy blue/blue, grey/orange and grey/blue.
Clearly orange/orange, or to give its official name, mandarin/mango, is the only completely acceptable option although grey/orange (steel/mango) looks pretty gorgeous too. Whichever colours you pick, you get a pen case made from heavy duty nylon with a strong zip. It reminds me of climbing equipment and as such feels strong and reliable. All of Nock Co’s cases are handmade to extremely high standards. The stitching looks to be fantastic quality.
There are two aspects of this case that make it special. One is the quality, the other the unique, as far as I know, wrap/case combo. The extending tongue (sounds like something David Attenborough would be talking about) holds six good sized pens and this tongue rolls up to be contained within what is more like a traditional pencil case. What this means is that you can keep six of your more precious pens safe and snug in the inner sanctum and bung a bunch of other pens, pencils and odds and ends in the main part. The extended design of the tongue means none of the pens in this part will touch.
This is my primary case for storing pens that I’m currently using. It holds a lot of pens and it holds them safely. What I keep in there varies week to week but here is what it held when I took these pictures.
In the case part, from top to bottom: Pilot Frixion, Pilot Frixion highlighter, Palomino orange HB pencil with a Faber-Castell eraser, a grey Pilot Juice hiding underneath it, Uniball Jetstream, Pentel Energel. There’s also a Kum brass pencil sharpener in there.
From around the web:
The Pen Company: Caran d’Ache Chromatics Infinite Grey My friend Mr Scribble has found time in between changing nappies to do another ink review. Stuart does the best ink reviews.
Fountain Pen Physicist: The Cartridge Chronicles – How many pages can you get out of a standard international?
Ken-Ren Stationery: Review: J.Herbin Rollerball Pen
Leigh Reyes. My Life As A Verb: Are you a pen person, the vocabulary version. I am a pen person.
From the site:
Noodler’s Purple Wampum is a rich and dark imperial purple. There isn’t a lot of shading. It feathers like you would not believe. In fact the only ink I’ve ever found that feathers as much as this was Noodler’s Polar Brown.
Here I am doodling the Inkling:
This is a custom made pen from Twiss Pens. It’s the only pen like this and I made up the name myself.
Back in April I interviewed John Twiss and reviewed one of his pens. I knew I would need my own Twiss pen and so I asked John to make me a pen to the following requirements: orange, swirly, eye-droppery.
I think it’s clear to see that the pen I received is indeed orange, swirly and eye-droppery. It’s hard to review the actual design because I got what I wanted. What I can say is that I think this pen is beautiful. I clearly have good taste.
I could choose from a wide range of nibs, gold or stainless steel, and went for this stainless steel 1.1mm stub as well as a spare 1.5mm stub. The stainless steel nibs are very reasonably priced (£10) and made by JoWo, who also make nibs for TWSBI and Franklin-Christoph, amongst others. They’re excellent nibs, smooth and wet. You can also supply your own nib unit if you have something particular in mind.
If you are asking someone to make a pen for you it’s important that they are able to produce a pen that meets your specifications and that they are able to make that pen well. Clearly this pen met my specifications but how well was it made?
Extremely well. There are few moving parts in an eye-dropper but the parts there are (the cap and the section) fit together exactly. The finish is smooth and shiny and gorgeous. This pen has been made by someone who knows what he’s doing and does it great expertise.
Can you tell that I like this pen? I suppose you could say I jolly well should, seeing as it was my idea. It’s been made so well, though. I couldn’t be happier.
I did receive this pen at a slight discount. I’ve not let that influence my views. Even at full price, John Twiss charges a lot less than you might expect for a handmade custom pen.