Review by Laura Cameron
I was tickled this year when my mother-in-law tucked a Rocket Book Everlast Mini, an erasable notebook, into my birthday package. I’ve found information about the Everlast Mini from the closed Indiegogo campaign from 2018, and it appears they are purchasable through Amazon ($16.00).
The Everlast Mini is a mini notebook measuring 3.5″ x 5.5″ and includes 48 pages of a polyester blend that feels close to regular paper and has a light grey dot grid. The special feature of this notebook is that the pages are erasable and thus reusable! The kit I got included a black Pilot FriXion ballpoint pen, but the packaging stated that any pens from the Pilot FriXion line would work so we picked up a FriXion 8-pack of 0.6 Fine Liners ($16.15) to test them as well.
I admit I was skeptical. I wondered if the pens would erase cleaning, but they did! They packaging notes that you should write on the pages as normal, and then allow approximately 10-15 seconds for the ink to dry and bond to the synthetic page. Wiping my finger across the writing after that didn’t smear at all.
To erase both the ball point and the fine liners, I simply wet the microcloth included in the package and wiped the page clean. The page did require two passes to be clear of color (the first easily removed the writing, the second removed any bit of color residue left behind). I don’t know how the pages will fare over time if heavily used, or if the ink remains on the page for days (weeks? years?), but they appear to work as advertised.
One other benefit of this notebook is that the pages all have QR codes and can be scanned easily into the app or platform of your choice for easy storage. I’ll be honest – I still haven’t embraced scanning my notes into electronica, but I do appreciate that they suggest you use any number of popular apps (Google Drive, Dropbox, One Note, OneDrive, etc.) rather than developing their own.
Overall this was a fun birthday treat and I suspect this notebook may end up living in my purse for brainstorming and on-the-go notes!
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It is a pity that Frixions are so cheap they often get thrown away as a whole while Pilot sells refills. The same happens with Pilots B2P pens. They are quite sturdy but so cheap people tend to think they are discardable.
A rocket book is not going to offset that. I would be really happy if someone could invent a similar product that uses regular fountain pen ink. Now THAT would be a revolution.
Part of my site management job is aided by a pocket notebook and my phone camera. I like the idea of this reusable and sturdy flip style book that could easily transfer notes to my computer. I use the Frixion pens regularly for my Hobonichi planner – I have a Pilot Frixion multipen with Studio Ghibli characters on it so I use refills. That would be perfect. I might have to try this!