Proof that, sometimes, the best tool for the job is a notebook you can buy for less than $5 a piece. Michael Beirut talks about using simple composition notebooks for the last 26 (nope, now its 28) years! 26 Years, 85 Notebooks: Observatory: Design Observer

This is one of my favorite notebooks. The Hand*Book Journal Co. blank books are beautiful. They are covered in hardback book cloth with blank pages inside. The paper is heavier weight and toothier than a standard Moleskine (and much cheaper) and available in a square 5×5 size, as well as more traditional 3×5 and 5×8-ish…

Rag & Bone handmade blank journals are extraordinarily beautiful. Made with deckle edges and filled with bright white paper, weight toothy stock that should handle any writing tool you try. Cover options range from graphic cotton prints to dupioni silks. 6”x9”. $29 each. via

Smythson of Bond Street is the absolute cadillac of paper goods. Their blank books feature gilt edged pages, gold foil stamping, bound in lambskin covers. Choose from an array of classic bright colors and snappy sayings like “Wit and Wisdom,” “Scribbles and Sketches,” “Be Happy” and many others.