The Pen Addict


Pencil economics and the Mongol

In Episode 193 of the Pen Addict Brad and Myke mentioned a recent Freakonomics Radio ((Depsite the name it is a podcast.)) episode called Who Needs Handwriting?.

I read the Freakonomics book a few years ago. Funnily enough I got it from a friend who I got to know through this blog after posting about a Mongol sharpened with an angle of 14° ((It’s funny because in the next sentence there’ll be a connection back to the Mongol.)).

Well, the next episode of Freakonomics Radio looked at “I, Pencil”, the famous economics essay about the Mongol 482. Just like in the previous episode Caroline Weaver from CW Pencils was involved1.

Venezuelan Mongols

Ok, it’s not the 482, but the 480, but the Mongol 482 photos from my blog look less suitable for this blog post than this one does. 

One of the best bits of this episode is Tim Harford’s appearance. He’s the guy behind the Radio 4 Programme More or Less, looking at numbers and statistics in the news and everyday life. I listen to every episode of his great programme.

There’s also a great part about the General Pencil Company and how they make their pencils.


Funnily enough the photo of the I, Pencil Freakonomics Radio episode doesn’t feature a Mongol, but the good, old Noris!

 

  1. …and to my surprise she says her shop is profitable, which I wouldn’t have expected thinking about how expensive rent in New York must be, as well as flying around the world to the different trade fairs. []

Behind the scenes – Nock Co.

The latest episode of The Pen Addict, #172, has one of those behind the scenes details I just love. It starts 40 minutes into the episode. Brad Dowdy is talking about all the steps involved to get a Nock case from idea to design to getting manufactured. I wouldn’t have thought that the material is laser-cut. How exciting.

Nock Hightower Case (outside) and Notebook. The Noris was not part of the Kickstarter.

Nock Hightower Case (outside) and Notebook. The Noris was not part of the Kickstarter.

Here’s a fitting photo from a previous blog post.


Nock Kickstarter 4

Just arrived this morning: The Nock Co. Hightower Pen Case in Forest Green/Yellow with Union Jack tag and a Nock Co. Dot Dash Notebook.

Nock Hightower Case and Notebook

Nock Hightower Case (outside) and Notebook

I backed The Pen Addict‘s Kickstarter in January and got the pen case today1. I paid $45 (~£29; €40)2.

Nock Hightower Case (outside) and Notebook. The Noris was not part of the Kickstarter.

Nock Hightower Case (inside) and Notebook. The Noris was not part of the Kickstarter.


Price: January 2015

Exchange rates: June 2015

  1. Funnily enough it was addressed to MEMM, instead of my first name / surname, but I assume I must have messed this up in my Kickstarter settings. []
  2. I have since stopped buying expensive stationery (>£10) for more than one reason. I might even sell some of my more expensive stationery, but I still have some stuff coming in I ordered in the past, plus there is still a lot of expensive stationery I bought recently that I want to write about. []