It's no secret how much I love the Nock Co. line of pen cases, primarily because of their versatility and functionality. The designs of the various cases lend themselves to many more uses than advertised. The Sinclair is a prime example. While it's billed as a "three pen and a notebook" case, I've used the Sinclair as a "three pens, index cards, and my iPhone 6s-plus" case (yes, it fits), a "how-many-pens-can-I-cram-in-this-thing" case (see picture above), and a general carryall where I throw in some cash, a debit card, a pocket notebook, and a couple pens to go to a coffee shop. It's this ability to use the Sinclair as a zippered pouch for stuff other than pens that makes it particularly useful for me.
Nock Co. has carved out a niche for themselves in the accessories world. The Sinclair is a unique product: I have not been able to find anything comparable. Lihit Labs makes some nice zippered pen cases, at a lower price point, but the construction isn't as good and the pens generally aren't separated in their own slots--they will touch and, eventually, scratch. I'm not particularly squeamish about that with most of my pens--I use them pretty hard, after all--but I have a handful that I'm protective of. Since the Sinclair has three dedicated single-pen slots, I don't think twice about using this case to carry my nicer pens.
Like all Nock Co. products, the Sinclair is reasonably priced at $35, though prices are set to increase to a still-reasonable $40 in the near future. Given that all of Nock's cases are handmade in the good-ol' USA, I consider that a bargain. The construction is impeccable and the color schemes are classic. Customers seem to agree: Nock can't keep these in stock and they are currently sold out AGAIN, despite just restocking a few days ago. (I managed to snag this one at the 2016 Atlanta Pen Show.) They are in the process of building up their production capacity so keep checking the website, get on their mailing list, follow them on Twitter, etc. if you see something you are interested in.
Back in the day, when I was just starting out in the blogging world, I did a three-part mega review of my Nock Co "All the Cases" Kickstarter Reward. If you missed that review, you can find the parts here:
Part II: The Lookout, the Sassafras, and the Maryapple. The Sassafras and the Maryapple have been discontinued, or at least are no longer featured on the Nock Co. site. I use the lookout a lot, but sold the other two cases since the Hightower met all my needs.
Part III: The Hightower and the Brasstown. Two of the most successful Nock cases, and other than the Sinclair, the two that I still use the most. I picked up another special edition Hightower in the 2015 Atlanta Pen Show Kickstarter.
DISCLAIMER: I purchased all items featured in this review for my own collection with my own funds, though I will disclose that I am personal friends with the proprietors of Nock Co., so take that for what it's worth. This post contains affiliate links, through which I may be compensated a small amount if you purchase an item from certain sites linked to in this article. While I'd greatly appreciate it if you use these links to purchase something you are interested in, you are, of course, under no obligation to do so. Many thanks!