News: Notebooks-a-palooza

Kaweco Skyline Sage:

Milligram (formerly Notemaker) has released their own limited edition Kaweco Skyline edition. It’s sage green. It’s also available in a box set with a matching A6 notebook.

Baron Fig Strategist:

Baron Fig has rolled out their own 3×5″ notecards called Strategist. They are printed with dot grid and feature rounded corners. A set of 100 cards for $9.

Story Supply Co:

Story Supply Co has released their new hardcover Exposition notebook ($24.99). The Exposition notebook is “A5-ish” at 5.25″x8″ and features 192 pages using the  same 70# FSC certified, acid-free paper as the pocket notebooks Story Supply creates. The paper is available in blank, lined or dot grid and the covers are “sea depth” linen wrapped board. They a smyth-sewn and include a ribbon bookmark. The notebooks are available for pre-order and quantities are limited so if you are interested in getting one, order now. Also, shipping will start  within two weeks with delivery guaranteed by December 23, 2017.
For every Exposition Notebook sold, Story Supply provides a  Story Supply Kit to a kid with a story to tell. And of course, they are all made in York, PA.

Moo x Timothy Goodman Notebook Collaboration:

The first, limited-edition, hardcover notebook from Moo is a collaboration with artist Timothy Goodman featuring the quote “Meetings Kill Creativity” on the black fabric cover in silver foil lettering. Inside is bright white, plain Munken Kristall paper and a center section of 16 pages of bright yellow G. F. Smith paper. The end papers and the front of the yellow section are accented with illustrations from Goodman to inspire meeting whimsy.

The notebook features the same attention-to-detail as the original hard cover notebooks like the exposed lay-flat spine, heat sealed ribbon and adhesive business card holder.

The Moo x Timothy Goodman notebook is available for $21.99 $17.59 (20% off until Dec. 4).

Giveaway: Agendio Gift E-Card

Giveaway: Agendio Gift E-Card

The folks over at Agendio have updated their web site, added an awesome video to help show how to your own custom Agendio and generally upped their agenda-making game. There are the original hard-covered planners as well as the exposed spiral-covered planners with loads of cover options. The hard-cover planners now offer charms for the elastics to personalize them even further. And of course, if you are a fan of ring-bound planners, Agendio offers customizable refills to fit a variety of different planner sizes.

And they’ve added tons of customizable options for planning pages to allow for habit tracking, goal tracking, and so much more. Of course, since Agendio planners are fully customizable you can start your weeks on Monday and your monthly calendar on Sunday or vice versa. And you can start the whole planner in December and not have to wait until January to start your new year.

You can add all your own holidays (Fountain Pen Day! Lefthander Day! Pen shows!) as well as really important events like your family birthdays, anniversaries and paydays.

Check out the Personal Year Planners if you’re looking for an option that includes reflections, goals , achievements, analysis and life balance as well as calendar, events and daily tracking.

So, if other planners have left you wishing it did more or something different, then try Agendio.

THE GIVEAWAY: Agendio is giving away one $50 gift e-card to a lucky reader.

THE RULES: To enter, tell me how many models, configurations or combinations its possible to make with the Agendio (hint: watch the video) and leave your answer in the comments. Or all of the above.

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Monday, December 4, 2017. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Tuesday. 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 (SEE NOTE BELOW). I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear.

  • A $50 gift e-card will be emailed to the winner within 7 days of the draw (It will probably be within 10 minutes of you telling me the email address, but just in case let’s put one week).
  • The winner must supply the email address they will use to register at Agendio or that they already used to register, because they must match to work and the email address used for the certificate cannot be changed.
  • Info on Agendio gift e-cards can be seen here
  • The gift e-card cannot be exchanged for cash. Agendio gift cards are good for one year, and it’s not re-giftable/transferable.

Link Love: Get Tidy, a Little.

Link Love: Get Tidy, a Little.




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Notebook Review: Weskin Bookblock

Notebook Review: Weskin Bookblock

The Weskin Bookblock (£15) is a classic A5 notebook with bookcloth cover, gilt edges and lined paper.

The end papers are an interesting geometric design printed in dark grey on ivory paper. The coordinating bellyband is perforated and can be repurposed into a bookmark.

The notebook covers are semi-flexible and feature two grosgrain ribbon bookmarks. Unfortunately, the ribbons are unfinished and cut straight across on the end so they were fraying when they arrived. They need to be sealed on the ends or cut on the bias to keep from fraying. Some white glue, Fray Check or cutting them at a 45º should stop the fraying.

The line ruling inside have a margin around the edge for a clean look that I don’t mind and the ruling is dark grey but the lines are very fine so its not too obtrusive. The line spacing is 7mm.

Bookblock Weskin writing samples

The Weskin Bookblock uses 90gsm paper in an ivory color. Rollerball, felt tip, ballpoint, gel and pencil performed fine but fountain pen ink feathered quite noticeably.

Bookblock Weskin writing samples

In the close-up photo above EF fountain pen nibs clearly bled out at least one or more nib size. They became noticeably blotchy.

Bookblock Weskin writing samples

From the back of the paper, you can see where the ink clearly leaked through as well. The Weskin 90gsm paper is definitely not designed for fountain pens. It looks like Bookblock has introduced several other notebooks with 110gsm paper with a combination of blank, dot grid and lined paper as well as coloring-in pages and fun, illustrated covers which may offer better results with fountain pens.

I think the new Bookblock Editions series with 110gsm paper and assorted dot grid, lined and blank pages may be a better option. While the sophisticated gold edging is nice, I’d rather that the company put the energy into better paper than gilded edges.

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

Notebook Review: Panobook

Notebook Review: Panobook

The Panobook from Studio Neat ($20) started its life as a Kickstarter project which quickly exceeded its needed funding goal. Studio Neat had previously launched several products on Kickstarter including several iPhone related items and, as a result, have something of a following in the tech community. So launching a notebook, albeit a notebook specifically designed to fit above or below or near your computer, tablet or keyboard, is a bit of a departure for their audience in some ways. But in others, in makes perfect sense. Tech geeks, designers, coders and other folks who spend their days in front of a computer occasionally need to write things down. The Panobook is designed to fit alongside your sleek laptop or tablet.

Each Panobook comes in a slip case and has a double o-ring binding. The box that the Panobook ships in is also printed with a great writing instrument design.

The slipcase is white card stock and features the same 5mm dot grid as the paper on the interior. On the spine edges of slipcase are areas to label the contents of your Panobook should you plan to archive them. On the opposite spine of the slipcase is the brand information, neatly typeset.

The book itself is covered in a softtouch, dark grey-black, leatherette with rounded corners. The back of the book is debossed with the brand logo, divided across a graphic of an opened Panobook. Very clever.

The first page of the Panobook is a sheet of pastel green cardstock with the brand logo on the front and assorted data for using the book on the back as well as rulers, a place for contact information and the paper specification and a type size reference guide set in Helvetica which really serves no purpose other than it looks designer-y.

The green page also explains the light marks on the dot grid that can be used to divide the pages into smaller sections for certain common types of layouts. The already panoramic layout can be subdivided quickly into three long rectangles for UI design or turn the notebook vertical for storyboarding. There are guides at the halfway point on the pages to easily divide them horizontally or vertically.

The interior paper, what is most important to readers of this blog, is Finch Fine Soft White Ultra Smooth 70# Text with 5mm dot grid.

In my writing tests, I found the paper smooth and easy to use. Rollerball, gel, felt tip and ballpoint all worked very well. Fountain pens with fine point worked pretty well but the 5mm grid really encouraged a finer tool. There was a little bleeding or feathering with some inks so there’s definitely some issues with the paper for fountain pen inks. The proposed purpose, size and format lends itself to a writing tool that can be left uncapped. So a fountain pen is probably not the best tool for the Panobook anyway.

There was only a little show through, even with the fountain pen ink, so it is possible to use fountain pens with the Panobook. I didn’t feel like I needed to limit the tools I could use with this notebook but I’m definitely more inclined to use my large collection of non-fountain pens with the Panobook.

Overall, the Panobook is a more storable, keepable desk notebook similar to the Baron Fig Mastermind. The size is a little different but both do a similar job. Where the Mastermind feels more like an upscale deskpad, the Panobook feels more like an upscale, upsized Field Note’s Front Page/Byline. Where a Front Page/Byline feels like a notebook that might be more portable, the Mastermind and the the PAnobook both feel like notebooks/pads that would definitely remain on a desk for roughing out ideas and planning projects.

See what other reviewers had to say about the Panobook:

News: Black Friday & Other Tidbits


Tom Hanks published a book of short stories called Uncommon Type which is getting some press for reasons beyond the fact that he is an Oscar-winning actor. Every story features a typewriter somewhere in the story. For me, this makes me curious how he manages to work his love of typewriters into his stories.


The Pen Addict limited edition Retro51 Ice-o-metric edition ($38) is available. Its limited to 600 and they will go fast, if they aren’t gone already. The glow-in-the-dark bomb pop design was created by Michael Jacobs and released as an exclusive for Pen Addict fans.

Black Friday Sales:

  • Appelboom: Black Friday Sale page with discounts up to 50% off.
  • ArtSnacks: In the shop, use code OHMY25 for 25% off all orders in the Shop!* Sign up for yourself or gift an ArtSnacks subscription and receive 12% off your first month when you use code YAYSNACKS12. (Coupons good through November 30, 2017 at Midnight, some restrictions may apply.)
  • Fresh Stock Japan: Take an extra 15% off the unique Japanese stationery products from Fresh Stock Japan. Use the coupon code “EBF2017” at checkout to take advantage of this Black Friday offer.
  • Goldspot Pens: Goldspot Pens are doing tiered free gifts, giveaways, and “clickbusters” for Black Friday. Get all the details on their special Black Friday page.
  • Goulet Pens: Find all of the Black Friday deals from Goulet Pens on this special sales page.
  • Jenni Bick: Get 20% off shopwide and free shipping on orders over $150 all weekend.
  • JetPens: JetPens has a special sale page with 10% off a selection of best-sellers and customer favorites. Special offer prices valid while supplies last, or until Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Midnight Pacific Time.
  • Pen Chalet: Pen Chalet has a special Coupon to save 15% Off ALL items by entering the coupon code BLACK15 in your shopping cart and applies to any item, even specially discounted items. There are also giveaways to enter. All the great prizes will be given away on Cyber Monday, November 27th.
  • Blackwing Friday is being celebrated at Get free stickers with any order, free Blackwing 602s with any order over $20 and free shirt with orders over $100. Free domestic shipping with orders over $25 all weekend.
  • Rad + Hungry: Get 15% off your order sitewide through Sunday, 11:59 PST by entering the code RadRAHStr at checkout.

Notebook Review: Rhodia Heritage Checkered Book Block

Notebook Review: Rhodia Heritage Checkered Book Block

I finally purchased a Rhodia Heritage Book Block in the Checkered cover with grid paper ($16.95). It is a composition sized notebook (7.5×9.75″) with 80 sheets. The Book Block is particularly appealing for the exposed stitching and the Rhodia/Clairefontaine 90gsm paper.

Besides the stitching, the Heritage editions include a table of contents, numbered pages and a space at the top of each page for title or page description.

I particularly like that the Heritage editions use orange ink for the lines and grid instead of purple or dark grey. I find it far less obtrusive. The lines for the table of contents are far too widely spaced compared to the gird spacing though. It feels practically juvenile.

Writing samples show that the famous 90gsm paper performs as expected. It is ivory color rather than a bright white so ink colors might shift slightly but it will be a bit easier on the eyes for longer writing which this composition-sized notebook lends itself to.

From the back, there is no bleed through and very little show through in the writing sample. There is a reason why Rhodia papers are fountain pen users’ favorites.

The Heritage Collection will be a favorite too. It doesn’t feel as precious or pricey as a webnotebook or Habana and is a little bit larger in size so it may be a notebook to consider. The softcover might also make it more appealing for some.

I purchased my Rhodia Heritage Book Block from The Pen Place in Kansas City but  it is available at many of your favorite online shops as well as is the smaller sewn spine edition (MSRP $10) with 32 sheets in each book.