I recently got a selection of Banditapple Carnet notebook samples. I wanted to see the whole line so I got all the samples that were available. Two of the book were the “handy notebook” which is 11x21cm, the same size as the large Midori Traveler notebooks. The smaller book, the “peewee”, is the same size as the Midori Traveler Passport refill. The last book is a bit wider than the “handy notebook” approximately A5 (13x21cm) and is an undated weekly planner notebook.
Banditapple books are handmade in Vietnam and distributed by the Banditapple Company out of South Korea.
Each book features a card stock paper cover and a matching stitched binding. The books I received are in the Finland Pine, Gingerbread and Hanoi Red.
The inside papers are different. The grid passport-sized and the weekly planner had white paper while the blank and lined books have ivory colored stock. The ivory stock is described on the packaging as 3G Heritage NT paper while the white paper is just listed as Heritage Paper. All the stocks are 80gsm and printed with soy inks.
The Weekly planner has 52 weekly + blank pages and all the other books featured 64 pages of paper.
The grid paper is 5mm grid lines. There’s some debate at my house whether the lines are dark blue but I think they are. The paper is really pleasing to write on and there was no bleeding or feathering with any of the pens I tried.
From the flipside of the paper, there is no show through at all. Not even a hint.
I also tested the lined paper of the larger “handy” notebook. The lines were spaced at 6mm and look more grey than blue. I decided to up the game and try the alcohol-based Copic Superbrush to see if the ink would bleed or showthrough since the stock is the same weight as the white grid stock.
The Copic Superbrush did bleed through but it was the only ink that did. From a daily use standpoint, I prefer the soft, warm color of the ivory stock. And I prefer the grey lines of the lined paper over the darker blue lines of the grid paper.
Banditapple puts its books through their own tests on their Tumblr page. But I am already sold. Especially if you are a user of Midori Traveler leather covers. The Banditapple notebooks area little less expensive than the Midori refills and I like the paper in the Banditapple Carnet notebooks much better. Now I guess I need a large Midori Traveler. Oh, darn.
The best US source for Banditapple Carnet notebooks is Goulet Pens, prices range between $3.50-$5.50. If you know of other shops or online vendors who are stocking Banditapple Carnet notebooks, leave the info in the comments.
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Thanks for the review.
What is that eraser?
The eraser is a marble MILAN eraser I got from Rad + Hungry. Unfortunately, they are sold out on their site but you might be able to find something similar elsewhere online. I found the Koh-i-noor Magic eraser is probably the premier version and I found some on Ebay.
Thanks for taking the time to let me know. It’s really cool.
Thank you for the review. I have not been able to find these notebooks anywhere other than Goulet. I got one in the Goulets’ sampler package, and then came across a post where Azizah mentioned them as one of her favorites, so I decided to give it a try when I filled my Life Vermillion notebook. Wow, was I surprised! I loved it! I have heard some people say they are not fountain pen friendly, but I have not found that to be the case at all. I have had no show-through with all of the pens and inks I have used so far in the one journal I have (a green lined PeeWee). I have ordered another.
Thanks for this. I have been considering trying one of these for my as-yet-to-be-purchased passport sized notebook.
You can order the BAC notebooks directly from the owner of the company. Goulet doesn’t carry all the sizes and colors. I found that dealing with Arnie was a pleasant and easy experience. BAC are my favorite books for sketching. They fit in my field notes covers with no issues. Great little books.
Does he have a Web page?
I checked the Banditapple Twitter feed. His email address is owner (@) banditapple (.) com. (remove parentheses, of course). Or check his about.met page: http://about.me/banditapple
I was looking for a bunch of new inserts to go into my MTN Passport size when I discovered this post. I just ordered a sample from them, and I’m pretty excited!