Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

Paperblanks Mini Reporter Notebook in Grolier – Review

Paperblanks Mini Reporter Notebook in Grolier
-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

  • 3.75″ x 5.75″
  • 192 Pages
  • Book edge printing
  • Memento Pouch
  • Ribbon marker
  • Elastic band closure

Notes:

Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

Paperblanks were kind enough to get in touch and provide some samples for review, so thank you to them for sending some over! I was not familiar with the brand prior to them contacting me, and when I saw the books, I was definitely impressed. They’re definitely well outside of my minimalistic preferences, and some of their offerings are a bit over the top for me, but the Grolier pattern and the Nocturnelle pattern both looked pretty awesome. This review is of the Mini Reporter notebook in Grolier pattern. Enjoy!

Appearance and Construction:

Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

The notebooks is definitely well constructed. It’s 192 pages are stitch bound and nicely cut to size. The covers are heavy cardboard, and the designs are embossed into them. It’s an impressively constructed notebook that is quite the looker. The pattern has some awesome depth to it, and the embossing and metallic inks make it pop.

Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

The back of the book has a small pocket that would be handy for keeping receipts or important pages. The Mini Reporter also features an elastic band for keeping the book closed and a ribbon for keeping your spot.

Performance and Feel:

Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

The paper in the Mini Reporter is smooth and performs relatively well with fountain pens. For testing I used a wet Montblanc 149 and some Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki. There’s some slight show through, and a bit of bleed, but it’s not too bad. There’s no feathering, and I suspect it would be better with a finer, drier nib.

Color and Ruling:

Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

The Mini Reporter has off-white gridded paper that’s easy on the eyes. I didn’t measure it, but it seems to be about a 5mm grid. It almost reminds me of the Rhodia Webnotebook paper.

Pros:

  • Quality construction
  • Good features (elastic band, ribbon)
  • Opens flat

Cons:

  • Paper could be more FP friendly

Overall Thoughts and Recommendation:

Paperblanks Notebooks Mini Reporter in Grolier

The Mini Reporter is a bit too bulky for my needs. It’s too big to be a pocket notebook (for me) so it would have to live in my bag. Unfortunately there are other paper products that fit my needs better than the Paperblanks. That’s not to say it’s not an awesome looking notebook that’s constructed with quality. I prefer the more minimalist approach to design, but if you like what you see, you shouldn’t be disappointed. Thanks again to Paperblanks for sending the book over for review!

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7 thoughts on “Paperblanks Mini Reporter Notebook in Grolier – Review”

  1. I see you didn’t write on the back of each page. I have an old paperplanks book and the two sides of each page are different. One side is really good for ink and fountainpen and the other is really bad … bleeding and feathering… it soaks ink like tissues.
    That’s the reason I never bought a paperblanks again.

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