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Nomadic PW-11 Boat Shaped Pen Case Review

Nomadic PW-11 Boat Shaped Pen Case Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

With the pens and pencils we choose to take with us on our adventures in the world, choosing the right case is half the battle. Just like choosing what clothes to wear, a lot of it depends on what we plan on doing while we're out. Because of the variety of circumstances and environments we find ourselves in every day, these decisions can make or break our day. While choosing the wrong pen case isn't as bad as forgetting an umbrella on a day with a heavy rain forecast, it certainly isn't ideal. No matter what kind of argument I try to construct on behalf of having a pen case (and pen!) for every occasion, it all comes down to the fact that there are so many cool cases available, and I'd like to try them all.

Nomadic PW-11 Boat Shaped Pen Case

The Nomadic PW-11 Boat Shaped Pen Case might sound like something suited for monsoon season, but it's actually an incredibly versatile case that has plenty of space inside a lightweight but strong exterior. At its core, it's a zippered pen case with one large pocket inside, but it also has a couple of neat tricks.

From the outside, this case is a two-tone beauty made from lightweight ripstop nylon (150D to be exact) and features a small, quiet zipper on top. The bottom of the case has some padding, but the sides are all single-layer nylon. A feature I've really enjoyed is the two zip pulls that are provided on this case, meaning you can open/close it from either end. Along with the double pulls, each side of the zipper has a small magnet embedded in the nylon folds to keep them tucked neatly to the side of the case. This makes the case easy to spread open when you're trying to see what's inside, but it looks more streamlined when it's all snapped together. Along with the magnets to keep the zipper flaps tucked to the side, you can also fold the top of the case down on itself to make it look like a large pouch. This also makes everything inside just a little more accessible and visible. It's a really nice design touch!

Nomadic PW-11 Boat Shaped Pen Case Interior

Inside the case, there are two small slot pockets on one side. The pockets are wide and deep enough to fit a pencil sharpener, some tape, a small box of ink cartridges, some AirPods, or anything else that's fairly small. At a minimum, it keeps those small objects from getting lost in the open sea of pens and pencils in the main compartment.

One the other side of the case is a flap that has three elastic pen loops built in to the top. This flap opens out of the case to expose the larger compartment in the middle, but then lays back on top when you're ready to zip up the case. This provides quick access to three of your favorite or most-used pens, and also provides extra protection for those lucky three. There's no padding in the flap, but the double layers of nylon are plenty of protection in such close quarters. This flap also keeps the pens in the main compartment from moving around too much when everything is zipped up. Overall, it's an interesting design that works really well in practice.

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I've really enjoyed using the Nomadic PW-11 over the past few weeks. My first reaction was, "Do I really need another pen/pencil pouch?" But it quickly won me over with the lightweight material and extra perks both inside and outside the case. At just under $20, it's also a great deal.

If you're not a fan of the yellow-green I chose, you can also pick from a range of other classy colors, like Navy, Light Blue, Pink, and Black.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on September 18, 2019 and filed under Nomadic, Pen Case.

Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag Review

Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag Review

(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter. And check out her first novel, The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, now available where books are sold!)

I love bags every bit as much as I love pens, but I'm way pickier when it comes to bags. I've mentioned before that one of my favorite hobbies is my quest for the perfect bag. And when this Nomadic NF-01 Tote arrived, I was immediately and genuinely worried. Was my quest over? The mixture of joy and dread was real.

Thank goodness--after a few months' use, I can say that it's not perfect. But it's close--close enough that it had me worried for a while. And certainly close enough that I can say that I love this bag.

Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag

This is not the bag for a minimalist and that's obvious immediately by the way it proudly wears its pockets on the outside. In fact, I'd say that's the main downside to the bag: It's odd-looking. Okay, maybe even a little ugly. But for me, pockets > pretty, so I have no problem with the way this bag flaunts its practicality.

Pockets are definitely the theme here. If you like keeping your things organized and in place, this bag does the trick. All told, there are 14 compartments. Bliss. On the front, there's a zip pouch large enough to hold an A5 notebook or two, and it in turn contains two neoprene padded pockets and two mesh pockets. On the front of that is a voluminous snap pouch, zipper pouch, and tall padded phone pouch with another slip pouch on the front of that. On one side of the bag as a slim slip pocket, and on the other is a TARDIS-like zippered water bottle pocket. On the top of the bag, a double-zipper leads to the main compartment that includes a padded slip pocket. Next to the main zipper is a small, shallow zipper pouch perfect for keys or cards.

Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag Inside

With this bag, you always know where everything is. There's no fishing through cavernous pits of debris. Everything just fits. And because the pockets are built onto the outside of the bag, they don't take away from the space inside. I can fill those exterior pouches to capacity and still have the same volume available in the main compartment.

This volume availability is wonderful, but also another downside for me. It's great to have that capacity when I need it, but it's dangerous when I don't. I'll use whatever space a bag has (often filling it with books), and with a shoulder bag this size, that's a short trip to backache city. Especially because there's no padding on this shoulder strap. I know, "that sounds like a you-problem, Sarah, not a bag problem" and yes--that's true. But it's a problem I can solve with the right bag, and this bag is a total enabler. That being said, it's perfect for those times when I do need a bigger bag, like traveling or long day trips. It's just a bit too much to be my everyday bag.

Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag Front

However, if your everyday is a commute or day trip, this may be perfect. And it's certainly built to handle heavy use. The fabric is tough, water-resistant ripstop nylon with a reinforced bottom. Many of the pockets are padded. Everything is stitched well and the zippers are sturdy and smooth. The shoulder strap clips on and the fastening swivels to prevent twisting. I used this bag daily for over a month and took it on several trips. It's certainly looking a little rumpled, but it's otherwise unharmed.

Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag Side

The bag costs $87 at JetPens, which is very reasonable for what you're getting. I've seen similar bags cost twice as much. I've even used some of them, and I think this one is better than most. If you're looking for a high-capacity, highly organized commuter bag, and practicality is your number one priority, this bag is a total winner.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Nomadic NF-01 Tote Shoulder Bag Back
Posted on May 23, 2019 and filed under Nomadic, Bag Review.

Nomadic PF-15 2-Story Pen Case: A Review

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(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

The Nomadic PF-15 2-Story Pen Case is a padded, zippered pen and art supply case. The outside of the case is made of nylon and polyester with a woven, heather-like look.

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The case has two zippers for easy opening and closing.

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Inside the top flap is a webbed pocket that is perfect for a small ruler, flat scissors, or pens and pencils.

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The main compartment consists of two parts. The first “story” can hold several pens plus there’s a pop-up pocket for an eraser or small pencil sharpener. You can also press the pocket flat to accommodate larger objects like scissors.

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The second “story” is a flap with three elastic pen/pencil holders. This allows you to put certain pens or pencils on top for easy access.

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Overall, I like the design of this case. The bottom compartment can hold ten or more pens (ballpoint, rollerball, gel, or highlighters), and the top flap sets apart three pens or pencils for easy access. The mesh pocket in the top is perfect for flat items like a ruler, though you could certainly put more pens there.

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However, I’m not so fond of the pop-up pocket. It is useful to hold an eraser or a small pencil sharpener, but it doesn’t really lie flat when it’s not in use, so it just seems to get in the way.

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I wish the top flap held at least four pens (there’s plenty of room for one more slot). I also think that the flap should be longer so that it completely protects the pens or pencils from the supplies underneath. Because the flap is short, any pens in the slots will knock against the pens/pencils underneath, which could lead to scratches. It would also be helpful if the flap was detachable so you could have easier access to the pens in the bottom compartment. As it is, you have to hold the flap out of the way to access the pens in the bottom compartment.

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I do not recommend this case for fountain pens. The elastic loops in the pen flap are fairly tight and will accommodate only the slimmest fountain pens. More importantly, because the flap is short, your pens will hang over by about an inch or so, leaving them exposed to any pens or supplies underneath.

For regular pens, pencils, and art supplies, this pen case will work well. It is small enough to fit in purses and backpacks, and the nylon/polyester exterior should stand up to all sorts of abuse.

You can purchase the Nomadic PF-15 2-Story Pen Case from Jet Pens in either black or navy blue for $19.00.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

Posted on December 1, 2017 and filed under Nomadic, Pen Case.