Midori Traveler’s Notebook from MyMaido.com

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Up for our last review for a while (my sabbatical begins as soon as this review is completed), is another awesome offering from MyMaido.com. As I mentioned in my last review, Andrew from MyMaido was awesome enough to send me some sample products, and I promised to finish them before I took my break.

The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a revolutionary minimalistic notebook, created just for those on the go. The construction is simple. A rectangle of leather with several holes punched in it and an elastic band and book mark threaded through them and secured with a brass rivet contraption. The notebook simply slides in under the elastic band, which holds it securely.

With a price tag of $57.95, it’s easy to hesitate at checkout button, but it, thus far, seems to be worth it. The leather cover is creamy and smooth (which scratches easily, but the Midori insert says that it builds character as you go along), and the elastic band (an extra is provided, by the way) is tight. As for the notebook itself, I really couldn’t dig up too much information regarding it’s construction/paper weight/material. I do know that it has a soft texture and everything that I tried on it wrote well… While there was some show through, there was no bleedthrough, even when using my wettest fountain pens, so I can gladly say that the paper held up to my standards and I would gladly use it every day…

The main draw for this “notebook” (more a notebook cover to be honest; you’re paying for a square of leather and some hardware) is that it’s refillable. The refills are also available at MyMaido for $5.95 each (graph, ruled, and blank), and there are also calendar refills and sketchbooks refills available, although they cost more ($11.95-$13.95).

I definitely recommend that you check this fine notebook, as well as MyMaido, an awesome supplier, out soon! You can view the whole Midori Traveler’s Notebook Original Size line here. Many thanks go out again to Andrew, who graciously sent me this sample to try out.

Check out this link for another awesome review of the Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

Until next time…

Note: I am not an employee nor and I am in any way affiliated with MyMaido.com. This review is in no way affected by the fact that this item was a free sample from MyMaido.com.
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Daycraft Cantoon Journal and Signature Sketchbook

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So, up for review today, we have two more notebooks from Daycraft. First off, we have their Cantoon Journal. This small cardboard cover journal has a small cartoon, which Daycraft claims is a mnemonic (or memory aid). Unfortunately, I can’t read Chinese, and thus have absolutely no clue as to what it says. The notebook is 4.13″ wide x 7.09″ high and is made completely from “Satogami” paper (a google search seemed to reveal that this is a high-quality paper used for origami as well as other “craft” purposes). The cover is 190 gsm while the 100 pages are 116 gsm, which is a very high gsm for a small journal (compared to the Quo Vadis/Exacompta/Rhodia 80/90 gsm). The paper readily accepted almost all the fountain pen inks I had, although the Noodler’s Bulletproof Lexington Grey feather something awful.

There is one thing a bit deceptive about this journal. When I first looked at it, I was taken in by the “unique” binding that was used. The front and back covers looked to be “zig-zag” sown together, but on closer inspection, the thread was merely decoration, since the books is perfect-bound. However, the book does, with a little prompting, lay open relatively flat.

The Cantoon Journal is an interesting little quad journal that, if not for the character on the front/mnemonic (which I have no clue what it means), I would carry it around with me.

Next up, we have the Daycraft Signature Sketchbook. This interesting little sketchbook (about 5-3/4″ x 4-1/4″) features a plum-colored “foam” cover glued to the cardstock cover. The “foam” is spongy and actually pleasant to the touch, and I must admit that it’s a unique notebook in the way it feels in your hand. The only branding present is a small Daycraft stamp embossed on the back in the bottom-left corner. The paper is cream-colored 100 gsm and is acid-free and has no colored edges. There’s also a small ribbon that you can use to mark your pages. The main problem I have with this sketchbook (other than the color… A guy with a purple sketchbook… Yeah…) is the fact that this book doesn’t lay flat, which in my opinion is a must for a sketchbook. As always, the Sharpies bled through the page, but most other pens didn’t have as much of an effect, although there was a bit of show through (which probably wouldn’t happen if you sketch with a pencil, rather than a pen). All in all, a neat little sketchbook.

So, there you have two great little notebook from Daycraft! Thanks so much to Daycraft for sending me the samples, and my apologies for how long it took me to get around to reviewing them!

Note: I am not an employee nor and I am in any way affiliated with Daycraft or Tai Shing Diary. This review and my opinions of this product is in no way affected by the fact that this item was a free sample from Daycraft.

Kikkerland Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebooks (and Giveaway)

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Kikkerland Writersblok Bamboo Small Notebooks

So, today we have another stationery product from Kikkerland Design! Along with all the other goodies (which I still have yet to review many of them) that I received from Laura Kellner, the awesome marketing rep. at Kikkerland.

The Bamboo line of notebooks from Kikkerland feature 96 ruled, blank, or graph pages (8 of which are perforated) of 80 gsm Bamboo paper. These small 3.5″ x 5″ notebooks also feature bright, textured, waterproof covers in green, yellow, red, and black (stoplight colors, except for the black). Also, these notebooks feature a square binding which allows the notebook to open and lie relatively flat (a quality not often seen in such a small notebook). The ruling is very fine (approximately .25″), allowing you to make the most of each and every single page in this small notebook.

The paper held up decently well against most types of pens, although I didn’t have my Noodler’s ink to test on it at the time of review. The Pilot Precise V5 Rollerball bled through a little, but that may have been because I held the pen still too long (a bad habit I have with rollerballs). While  bleed-through was minimal, show-through is very evident, although, that’s something that I can overlook so long as it’s not horribly distracting.

One of the main things I like about these notebooks is the branding… While the company’s logo is embossed on the back, it is also printed in very small type at the bottom of each page (in a way that I don’t really find all that obtrusive, although YMMV…).

So, here’s the good news! We’re having another giveaway! I told you guys that I would make it up to you for not being as active during NaNoWriMo, and I’m true to my word… While the Green Ruled Notebook, Red Blank Notebook, and the Black in both have been snatched up, I still have the Yellow Ruled and Blank, Red Ruled, and Green Blank to giveaway (for a grand total of 4, lol). So here’s the deal. Comment on this post (per the following rules) and when I pick the winners, the notebooks will be chosen/passed out on a first e-mail, first serve basis. So, the first person will have 4 notebooks to choose from, the second will have 3, and so on, so forth, with each winner receiving one notebook. Now, for the legal rules and other jargon…

Giveaway Rules:

1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Thursday Night (November 18th) at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  You are limited to one entry. If you know someone who might be interested, feel free to direct them here!

2. For this contest, I will pick one/or more winner(s) at random from the comments section of this post.  The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on.  The Random Integer Generator at random.org will be used to pick the number of the winner(s).

3. The contest winner(s) will be posted on Friday, November 19th.  The winner(s) will have one week to email me at the address posted in the “Contact Info…” section of the right sidebar. If a winner does not e-mail me within a week, I will post a new winner the next day…

4. As of this time, I cannot ship internationally, so this content is open to US residents only. I will pay shipping to anywhere in the United States…

Good Luck!

Note: I am not an employee nor and I am in any way affiliated with Kikkerland or Leuchtturm1917. This review is in no way affected by the fact that this item was a free sample from Kikkerland.

Field Notes Brand Pencils and Notebooks…

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I must admit that there is no greater pleasure than to open the mailbox and be greeted by something that you’ve ordered and have been anxiously awaiting… It’s almost like Christmas! 🙂 But anyway, back to our topic for today… The other day, I got an e-mail from Field Notes (I’m on their mailing list, even though I’ve never before purchased any of their products) telling me about this awesome deal for that day. For one day only, if you bought anything, at any price, in any quantity from Field Notes or any of their partners, they were going to throw in a free three-pack of their pocket notebooks. So, I quickly ordered myself a package of their pencils and sat down to wait for my package to arrive…  

Several days later, I arrived home and discovered, that I had a plain brown cardboard envelope in my mailbox! On the back lip, right before I opened it, I noticed there was some stamped writing… I quickly tore open the packaging, and found to my delight, not only the pencils I ordered and three promised notebooks, but also a 1 inch button, Coudal sticker, and an “Item No. ‘FN-09’, General-Purpose Band of Rubber”. I had to leave the house very soon after opening this envelope full of joy, so I quickly packed it all back up and placed it in my backpack in order to review it in the next several days. So we come now to the present…  

Enclosed were three Field Notes Brand 3-1/2″ wide x 5-1/2″ tall, 48 page, three staple saddle-stitch bound memo books, one each of plain, graph, and ruled. Each notebook features a thin cardboard cover with the Field Notes logo and information printed in dark black ink. One of the most awesome things about these little notebooks is that they are Made in the USA (something which is becoming more rare with each passing day).  

Note the doodle on the first page of the plain book... Had to test out the paper a little.

 

 The paper in these books is white and smooth (with sepia lines on the graph and ruled versions) and even stood up relatively well to my sepia Sakura Pigma markers (just a little bit of bleedthrough). Plus on the inside front and back covers are printed spaces for you to put in some information about your notebooks as well as the history of Field Notes… All-in-all, an awesome quality product!      

Now, on to the pencils (the “real reason” for my Field Notes order 😉 )… Field Notes pencils have their information printed right on them:      

These awesome cedar pencils sharpen extremely smoothly (not a splinter to be found) and write like a dream… The lead is a tad bit soft for me, but that’s something I could easily deal with in such an excellent pencil. Plus the smell… 🙂      

I can easily see my self ordering more of these fine products in the future, and I heartily recommend them to you!      

By the way, I’m sure you might be wondering who this little feller’ is:      

      

While known to many as Mr. Kilroy, I’ve doodled him for years on high school and college chalkboard to different daily doodles. So, don’t be surprised is he happens to show his face around Pens’n’Paper more often…

Piccadilly Notebooks

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Piccadilly Brand Notebooks


Ever since the first time I walked into my local Borders store and spotted the Piccadilly unlined notebook on the bargain shelf, I knew that it was the beginning of a long love of Piccadilly products. The picture to the left shows the two products that I picked up right after Christmas (Two medium sized notebooks-one hard cover grid and one soft cover ruled). While I gave the soft cover ruled notebook to a friend, I kept the hard cover grid version for myself.

My friend, the same one who I gave the notebook to, asked me what the difference was between the Piccadilly brand and the Moleskine brand. Well, first of all, there is price… As I mentioned before, the first time I bought a Piccadilly notebook it was on the bargain rack at Borders. Funny thing is, every time I’ve been to Borders since, they are always on the bargain rack. With a price of $3.99 for the medium size notebooks, and $5.99 for the large notebook, they easily beat out the price of the Moleskine line (which range from $10-$15 each). Secondly, there is quality. I own both Moleskine and Piccadilly products and can say that after using both that they are fundamentally the same.

As I just stopped at Borders yesterday, and picked up a large and medium ruled notebook, look for a review of at least one of them in the near future!

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