Review: Nock Co DotDash Pocket Notebook

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

The big news just before the holidays was the launch of the new NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebooks. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on these. Everything NockCo has done thus far has been excellent and I expected no less from these pocket notebooks.

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

Inside the front cover is space to include personal information and notes. There’s also a message at the bottom that if the notebook is found, to contact NockCo directly. I’m not entirely sure what NockCo will do but if you include your name and contact info, they might be able to cross-reference with your order history and reunite you with your notebook. So best fill this in!

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

A set of three books is just $9, each book opens at the top like a reporter pad and features white 50lb paper with the DotDash grid pattern in a light grey color. Each pad is 3.5″x5.5″ and includes 48 pages and bright yellow card stock covers.

The pads will fit easily into NockCo’s Maryapple and Hightower folios with easy access to your notes without removing the pad to write your notes.

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

On the inside of the back cover is the printing information. These are first editions, for what its worth.

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

In writing tests, most of the pens I tried wrote well on the smooth stock. There was a little softening on the wider nibbed fountain pens but no true feathering or splining (you know, those shoots of ink caught by the fibers in the paper that often happen in Moleskines?)

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

From the reverse, there’s some show through mostly with the fountain pen inks. In a flip pad though, the likelihood of writing on the reverse side of the paper is pretty slim. I sort of wish the pages were perforated to make it easier to remove pages.

NockCo DotDash Pocket Notebook

Overall, I really like these pads. I do hope that there are other colors offered for the covers in the future. The bright yellow is fun but other colors would be fun.


THE GIVEAWAY: I have an extra set of three DotDash notebooks available to giveaway. Leave a message in the comments and tell me what color covers you’d like to see next (or if you love the yellow ones) to be entered to win.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone β€” pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. This giveaway is open to all readers.

DISCLAIMER: This item was sent to me free of charge by NockCo for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.


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  1. I would love to have a set, and I think orange would be an awesome next color (said from snowy Northern Indiana, USA.) Thanks for both the review and the give away!

  2. A nice warm grey or a subdued green would work well. The yellow is refreshing though. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  3. So, Yellow is fantastic! but – green, any kind of deep-forest or jade green would be even perfecter (is that even a word???)

    And hey, what kind of a neat Kaweco pen is that?

  4. The yellow is great. But if I had to pick another color, I’d probably go with blue (but that’s my answer for all things color-related haha).

  5. Love it! Opens reporter style. Because of the shade of yellow used…I’d also like to see a red or a green in these. Is it weird that I’m excited that it shows first printing on the inside cover?

  6. The yellow is cool, but a copper orange to match the soon-to-be-mine 2015 Lamy Al-Star LE would be even better!

  7. “What color?” is easy for me… ORANGE! It’s my favorite color! When people ask me why, I describe it as a “happy red.” Red is a bright color, but it’s traditionally angry – red lights, stop signs, mad emoji, etc. Orange is just as bright, but isn’t so angry! πŸ™‚ Give me an orange cover!

  8. I’d probably rush out and buy immediately if they were a perfect shade of light blue. e.g. my eye color, I go crazy for things that are close to my eyes.

  9. I love yellow, it is my favorite color, my house is yellow. What a great size for carrying in my yellow trimmed wristlet.

  10. I think I would like a color a bit more understated like blue, light blue, grey, butter yellow. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. I like the yellow, maybe a three pack with an assortment of colors. Thanks for the give away. I would like to try these pocket books.

  12. Personally, I’d love to see some lovely Wine red or a nice dark green, I’m a big fan of dark but warm colours.

  13. I’m more of a jewel tones/muted colors person than a screaming neon colors person, although at the same time I do love that bright yellow. I would also love an autumnal colors set, with wine/gray/cream/deep orange/dark green.

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