If you’re not familiar with Nock Co. already, then now is the time to go check them out. After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Nock Co. backer reward packages are now fulfilled. They are opening up their online store to the general public shortly, giving themselves a little time to build up some inventory. The first (of many) cases I’m reviewing is the Brasstown. I was looking forward to this case the most due to its versatility and unique design.
Nock Co. is the brainchild of Mr. Brad Dowdy (aka The Pen Addict) and seamster Jeffrey Bruckwicki (http://bruckwicki.com/) – their primary goal being to supply the pen community with stylish, well-made, and thoughtfully designed products.
The Brasstown is essentially a pen roll that rolls up nicely and zips away safely into a pouch. The pen slots are on an attached “tounge” that rolls in and out of the case. Materials are top-notch and construction is a noticeable step up from the prototype model I reviewed a few months back.
There’s a bit of extra fabric built into the roll so that none of the pen clips touch each other. I’ve been keeping some pricier pieces in there, and I can say that I’m not worried about their safety when tucked away in the Brasstown. I opted for the grey and blue color scheme, which is subtle when closed up, but has a great pop of color when unrolled. The contrasting blue stitching on the outside is a great touch that acts as a preview for what’s inside.
The pouch is a bit larger than I had expected, but this is a welcomed discovery. When fully loaded with 6 larger pens, the case is still capable of being stuffed with a few more. I keep my One Star Leather pen sleeve tucked inside the roll as well. The extra room can easily accommodate cheaper or more durable pens that you don’t mind touching each other.
I’m extremely happy with my Brasstown. The only thing worth mentioning is that I have to pay attention to which side is up. I store the case vertically in my bag, and the double zipper can be oriented either way, so there’s no clear-cut way to tell which side is up. I may throw a small zipper pull on there as an indicator. Overall, the case is constructed solidly, it looks absolutely great, and most importantly, it does an excellent job of keeping my prized fountain pens safe, sound, and accessible.