Review by Laura Cameron
Ana came home from the Atlanta Pen Show with lots of new things for me to try and among those were Story Supply Co.‘s new limited edition Ithaca.
Ithaca is named for Homer’s Odyssey and debuts just in time for National Poetry Month. The notebook is a limited edition run so RUN, don’t walk, over to Story Supply Co. to get a package for yourself!
Ithaca comes in two sizes: Pocket 3.5″ x 5.5″ (8.75 cm x 13.75 cm), 3-pack for $12; and Prime 5.25″ x 8″ (13 cm x 20 cm), 2-pack for $14.
I received the Prime size, so the remainder of my review will focus on that, although I believe all the details are pretty much the same for both sizes.
Ithaca has a beautiful blue linen cover out of sturdy coverstock. Inside, there is a coverpage that fades from blue to white to yellow to orange on a slightly glossy paper. The remainder of the book is made of 64 pages of dot grid 70# natural text stock. The paper is smooth to the touch, and the dot grid is pale grey. You’ll notice in some of the photos that my camera just barely picked it up. Finally, the notebooks are stapled together with orange staples, a bright pop of color that I appreciate against the dark blue.
I tried a variety of pens (fountain pens, rollerballs, ballpoints and gel ink pens) and the paper handled them all wonderfully. There was no feathering at all, and just a bit of show-through in areas where I applied the ink with a heavier hand.
All in all, Ithaca is a lovely edition and a really nice introduction (for me) to Story Supply Co.
Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.