Quick Look: Nockco 3 X 5 DotDash Note Cards

Nockco opened their online store this week. Even though I already reviewed the remaining Kickstarter pen cases I thought it would be good to post a quick look at their 3 X 5 DotDash Note Cards since Nockco is more than just pen cases. I received this pack of note cards when I won the Pen Addict 100th podcast giveaway.

I’m not a index card type of guy so I don’t have a regular use for these (or any other) index cards. I keep index cards at my desk for occasional use (preferring notepads) but consider them one level above scrap paper. They end up in the trash within days, if not hours.

The DotDash name comes from the lines of the grid pattern printed on the cards, front and back. The lines are a subtle orange made up of dots and dashes. I typically don’t like grid paper but these are subdued and I like them. Similar to Doane Paper, the grid doesn’t dominate the card. According to the Nockco website the cards are 80lb. (216 GSM) cover stock, the grid is 4.25mm and the color is Pantone 143.

My only niggle is that the lines aren’t exactly perpendicular to the edges. There is no true back and front, but based on the way I took the cards from the package I didn’t notice the skewing on the front. Then I turned the card over and it was obvious, much worse on the back. And then I couldn’t stop myself from noticing it on the front too.

The cards are fountain pen friendly. The only noticeable feathering was with MB Racing Green in a wet stub nib. There wasn’t any bleed or show through with any of my nibs. Drops of Franklin-Christoph Black Magic did bleed-through. But that stuff bleeds through every paper I’ve used it on with anything thicker than an Japanese extra fine nib. I was pleasantly surprised to see that a glass dip pen (which is wet and puts down a thick line) did not bleed through, although there was just a little show through when the pen had been newly dipped and there was extra ink. I was surprised that swabs of Syo-ro and Infinite Grey did not show through.

Nockco has also designed the unique Fodderstock pen and index card case. This is not for me, the non-index card guy, but it’s a cool design for those of you who aren’t me.

If your like me and consider index cards to be borderline scrap paper then these probably index cards aren’t for you due to the price. But if you want fountain pen friendly index cards, or just want a change from the horrid blue grid lines, then these Nockco 3 X 5 DotDash Note Cards are highly recommended.

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