I’ve backed the Pen Addict Kickstarter 2018 last year. One of their rewards had been the Nock Co Tallulah case in Clay and Sunshine Yellow. My initial thought upon looking at this case was I’d probably prefer the Lookout way more than the Tallulah. And that initial thought hadn’t really changed when I got my case.
Essentially the Talluah is a two pen zip case. It has a 1000D Cordura exterior in Clay, with a 400D pack cloth in Sunshine Yellow. Unzipped the two pen slots are readily apparent on the left while the right sports a shallower pocket that spans the width of the remaining space. In the Kickstarter page, the product photos showed a name card in that slot.
Now name cards are not a thing for me. So when I got my case, I was unsure how to fill that particular pocket. I went for weeks without a real use for that pocket. It wasn’t until I had the brain wave to keep my Apple Lightning cable as well as a short USB-A to mirco-USB cable in that pocket that it completely changed for me. Pretty soon my Fisher Space Bullet pen joined the cables and suddenly I had a very good EDC case.
In the first useful incarnation, the Talluah was holding two fountain pens, two cables, a ballpoint pen and a thumbdrive. The cables are always within easy reach for me everyday at the office. I don’t have to rummage around my bag for them any longer. When I arrive at the office, the Tallulah is immediately unzipped and open for quick access on my desk.
Later in the second incarnation, I swapped out the two fountain pens and squeezed two mechanical pencil into a single slot, namely the Pentel Graphgear 1000 and Kurutoga Advance mechanical pencil. The other slot held a Sakura Pigma Micron and Pilot Colour Eno mechanical pencil. And the shallower pocket still held the cables and Fisher Space pen but also additionally an eraser. The Tallulah has suddenly transformed into my portable sketch kit.
I’m very impressed by the Tallulah. For what looked like an unimpressed two pen case, it is more than that. It is a chameleon that morphs and changes its colours based on your needs. You just need to figure out what are the bare essential tools for any particular you want to kit the case out for. And with a zipper enclosure, you can conceivably have something loose within the case. And after a recent iPad Pro purchase, I’ll be adding a USB-A to USB-C cable to the kit.
I think for its versatility, it trumps (pardon the word) the Lookout for me at this point as a case. If I’m looking for a fountain pen case, I’ll still reach for the Lookout but if I am an all rounded holder of stuff, the Tallulah will be it for me.
The Talluah retails at USD$30. For what it allows me to carry with me and have quick access to, I’ll pay the price gladly and order a second one.