NOCK Hightower Pen/Journal Case

This Weeks review is the Hightower Pen/Journal case from Nock Co.
It’s a FANTASTIC case that is user friendly, durable and just plain works. It’s simple yet made to last and hold up with day to day use. I could not remember for sure when filming about the material used so a quote from their site “The exterior is a heavy nylon with DWR coating and the liner is a smooth pack cloth.” Check out for details and updates. The site will go live in June to start ordering these. They have many other models and colors as well. The kickstarter link has quite a bit of detail so be sure to check it out.


Nock HighTower Front FrontNock HighTower Side


Nock HighTower Top


Nock HighTower Open

Open without journal

Nock HighTower Open full

Open with pens & journal

Nock HighTower closeup

Closeup of journal side

Nakaya Naka-ai Shu

This weeks review is of the beautiful Nakaya Naka-ai Shu Unpolished (Shu-nurippanashi) Writer. This Nayaka was purchased through Classic Fountain Pens or as most know them as.  One of the great things about getting pen from them, besides being the only US retailer for Nakaya, is that John Mottishaw checks every one out the door with his touch. He also will customize your nib anyway you can think of. This time around I went with a Fine/Soft nib and added flex. This nib is a fine that has some give to it. So you get a some line variation when pushed a little. I went a step further and had John add “flex” to it as well. He does this by thinning out the sides. I asked for the ink flow to be set at an 8/10 as I like a wet writer. Also, being a “Writer” it means it has a clip. “Cigar” signifies no clip. It comes with a standard gold clip but I changed that to a Matte gold clip to go with the unpolished look of the finish. There are so many options when ordering that the menu can seem endless even after you have decided what Nakaya you want.


On the site there is a long list of pens and they are marked what is in stock and what will have to be ordered. Since it takes anywhere from 3-9 months to order one you have to have patience. I was lucky that the one I was looking for was actually in stock, though they had just recently arrived. Bottom line is if you see what you want in stock hesitation is your worst enemy.  Ill also say that if you have questions do not hesitate to call as they are very nice and know about the pens they sell. If they are unsure of something they have no problem telling you to hold on while they find out the correct answer. I ordered my pen on the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving with my list of requests and what I wanted done to the pen. John did what he does best and got it out the door that day!


The pens shape is the Naka-ai and is an exclusive design to Classic Pens. In my eyes I see it as a combination of the Neo Standard and Piccolo. The pen being constructed of ebonite hard rubber and then coated with urushi lacquer. The pen is hand made from start to finish. Even the threads are hand cut.


The finish on the pen is called Shu Unpolished (Shu-nurippanashi). It does not go through the final phase of polishing which is what give it the unique look and slightly different feel. It has a more “organic” feel about it. When they add the final finish to the pens it leaves a super high gloss that almost leaves the pen looking wet all the time. The red color of this pen has been described by others as looking like an old red brick. I would agree with that and say its just about the perfect statement to describe the color.


The nib is 14k and again is a soft/fine with added flex. John is an amazing “artist” when it comes to nib modification and set-up. The nib was setup to my specifications which include, righty or lefty, pressure used when writing, angle of writing, how dry or wet it will write on a scale of 1-10. From there you decide the nib you want and then if you want it customized from a stub, italic, cursive italic, oblique, added flex, elastic, architect, Spencerian… etc. How good is the nib I got? It is amazing how good it is. A fine, soft & flexible nib that will write well even when flipped over. When flipped over it writes in what I would say is super extra fine.  It uses a Platinum brand converter and a plastic feed. The converter can be taken apart with ease to clean it and re-lube when needed. The feed really feeds well and is able to keep up with the ink flow needed for a flex nib.


Inked up it still just weighs 26.5 grams. But don’t think for one minute it will feel light and cheap. The subtle texture of this pen and wonderful warmth of the ebonite body will immerse your senses. It will also lighten your checkbook.


FPD 2013 Contest Winners!

So here they are the winners of the Fountian Pen Day 2013 contest!

We had so many GREAT entires this year and hope everyone had a great Fountain pen Day this year!

Winners please contact us with your shipping

The winners are:

 1st: Elizabeth Porter from Alberta, Canada

1st Place: £50 to The Pen Company and a Traveler’s Notebooks style leather cover made by our own Cary Yeager!

Elizabeth - Lethbridge - AB, CAN

Elizabeth – Lethbridge – AB, CAN

2nd: Bonnie Jean Woolger from Decateur, GA

2nd Place: $20 to the Zeller Writing Company and a Traveler’s Notebooks style leather cover made by our own Cary Yeager!

Bonnie - Decatur, GA, USA

Bonnie – Decatur, GA, USA

3rd: Summer Stark from Topeka, KS

3rd Place: $10 to the Zeller Writing Company and a Traveler’s Notebooks style leather cover made by our own Cary Yeager!

Summer - Topeka, KS, USA

Summer – Topeka, KS, USA

4th: Robert Flores from Boulder, CO

4th Place: $10 to the Zeller Writing Company and a Traveler’s Notebooks style leather cover made by our own Cary Yeager!

Robert - Boulder, CO, USA

Robert – Boulder, CO, USA

Almost Fountain Pen Day

Well the day is almost here! It is hard to believe it has been a whole year since the madness started but it is upon us. So many new Blogs, Vendors, Manufacturers etc. have joined in to celebrate. The YouTube channel for reviews has seen an increase with just over 600 subscribers & over 40,000 views! Twitter is also pushing the 600 followers mark as well. Instagram is pretty new but has almost 140 subscribers as well. FaceBook has gotten over 1,100 likes.

Being that this is a World Wide event Fountain Pen Day has seen a broad range of vendors from around the world. From the Netherlands to New Zealand to India to the USA & Canada etc. When looking through the site stats we can see where people are coming from to view the information here and it is a huge range. Arabic, Japanese, Italian etc. the list goes on. It’s hard sometimes not being able to read what is there but just knowing that so many lovers of the fountain pen are finding out about the day is great.

While many vendors are giving discounts & having contests there are many that are hosting events for the day as well. Pen clubs and “Pen Posses” are meeting up as to talk, share and trade pens. It is a great day to share your interest and love of the hobby with those around you. To write an unexpected letter or send a pen to them. Posting on the boards with a picture of your handwritten post, please include pen & ink type as we all will want to know.

While it is the first Friday in November it is meant to be celebrated all weekend! Being on a Friday allows you to maybe bring your favorite pen to work and share your interest with those around you. Then you have the weekend to celebrate the Fountain Pen with your pen club or at your favorite retail store etc.

This years FPD drawing contest is under way and we have had some nice donations from Zeller Writing Company & The Pen Company and to add to it I have made some Midori style notebook covers to give away as well. I am not a retailer and just a lover of the pen but I wanted to do something as well. Having a little bit of a crafty side to me I researched how to make them and where to get what is needed. Hopefully those who receive them will enjoy them and find them useful.

As Aaron has said, while everyday is Fountain Pen Day it is nice to have a day set aside specifically for Fountain Pens.

So join in on the contest here as well as the others hosted by our favorite vendors out there and have a great Fountain Pen Day this year!



Fountain Pen Day Needs A Logo!

So a logo is needed and I am not a graphic designer and certainly not the one who has “art” in his blood.

What should it be:

1) Round overall ~ or at least symmetrical for ease of use
2) A Fountain pen nib somewhere in the design.
3) “Fountain Pen Day” on it as well.
4) It needs to be in digital form

The rest is pretty open. I thought maybe having it say “First Friday in November” in it but with Google being used to define and find out everything now a days I dont see it as a necessity.

Being able to use it as a rubber stamp, wax seal etc. is optimum besides having it in digital forms for the site. I know in the states you can make your own postage stamps with an image as well. It will be shared throughout the world. As well it will end up being used quite a bit as a clickable link icon to the site from many blogs, retailers and manufacturers.

I have waited to long to do this so time is short as the day is approaching BUT I will give it till next Sunday October 13th @ 11:59pm EST.

Ill give away to the winner a Fountain Pen Revolution Dilli pen & a 5 pack of ink samples from Scribal Work Shop & 5 sheets of Tomoe River Paper.
The Dilli can either be Blue with Flex nib or Red with Stub nib ~ Brand new of course.

Do know that what you create, should it be chosen will be subject to free use world wide. Credit for the logo will be given on it’s own page on the Fountain Pen Day website.

You can email it to


Heres one I came up with but dont think is very good…