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Nock Co. Dot Dash Pocket Notebook Review

Nock Co. Dot Dash
Pocket Notebook Review

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Specs:

  • Top-Stapled binding
  • 3.50″ x 5.50″ pocket-friendly size
  • 48 pages (24 sheets) of 50lb. white paper stock
  • Dot-Dash ruling (4.25mm grid spacing)
  • Blinding yellow 80lb. paper cover
  • $9 for a 3-pack

Notes: Further expanding their popular line of pen cases, Nock Co. has released the Dot-Dash pocket notebooks. Blindingly yellow covers and a unique ruling make these stand out from the pack. The top staple binding is an interesting touch that I ended up liking more than I had initially thought. Big thanks to my buddies over at Nock for sending me a three pack to check out!

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-3The cover is very much yellow. This is well outside my comfort zone of muted, black, and grey, but I enjoy it. The 80lb. cover feels a bit thin to me for a pocket notebook. I don’t t know if it’s the coating, but it seems to get wrinkled much easier than others. It seems durable enough, so no real complaints. I like the subtle ‘n‘ branding on the front and the USA on the back.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-5The fact that the notebook is top staple bound makes it quite versatile. I find myself doodling in both orientations and it’s nice to have the extra room. Mr. Dudek over at Clicky Post said the same thing in his review, check it out! It’s also nice to be able to fold the top over the back (huh?) for some extra support when writing on the go.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-6The 50lb. paper inside does a reasonable job of holding up to ink. It’s nice and smooth, and I like how bright the white is. The ruling is in grey ink, making sure your writing is front and center, not the pre-printed lines. The paper holds up to gel, ballpoint and pencil with no problems, but rollerballs, fountain pens, and markers will bleed and feather a bit. I don’t mind this, as it means that the ink will dry faster. I wrote an entire article on what makes a pocket notebook fountain pen friendly, and I think it’s more of a pro than a con to have a quick dry time with a bit of bleed through.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-10 Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-11You can see that the back side would be a bit annoying to write on, but that really depends on the pen, nib, and ink you’re using. If you absolutely must use a fountain pen, an extra fine nib and a low-feather ink should be more than sufficient.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-7The Dot Dash ruling is very unique. It’s not quite as intrusive as a graph, but gives you all of the benefits. The light grey is easy on the eyes, yet dark enough to see clearly. 4.25mm spacing is ideal for the 3.5×5.5″ book size, not too big and not too small. It’s a pet peeve of mine when the ruling is not proportionate to the size of the notebook.

Nock Co Dot Dash Notbeook Review-12Overall, the Nock Co. Dot Dash book is good to quite good. The top binding is useful and allows you to use the book in a different way than most pocket notebooks on the market. The paper isn’t Rhodia in terms of ink resistance, but it will get you by. I’d definitely say that I am a fan of the Nock Co. books. Once again, thanks for sending them over!

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Have you tried the Nock Co. Dot Dash notebook? Let me know what you think about it in the comments below!

Baron Fig Confidant – Notebook Review

Baron Fig Confidant Notebook Review

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Specs:

  • Opens flat
  • 7.75″ x 5.50″
  • 12 perforated back pages
  • Blank, ruled, or dot grid
  • $16 with free shipping

Baron Fig Notebook Review 5Notes: Thanks to the Baron Fig crew for sending out a notebook for review! I heard a lot about the book when they were successfully Kickstarted last year. The book comes nicely presented in a plum (fig?) – colored box that is loaded with a quite a bit of marketing fluff. I’m not entirely sure that a notebook is really that capable of inspiring me or making me more creative, but it’s a nicely constructed notebook full of quality paper.

Baron Fig Notebook Review 4The 7.75″ x 5.50″ size (they refer to it as “smart dimensions”) is actually pretty smart. It’s not too large, but theres more than enough room for notes. The acid-free paper holds up pretty well to fountain pen use and has the slightest bit of tooth it it, assuring the fact that you’re writing on paper. The small details are great, especially the perforation on the last 12 pages.

Baron Fig Confidant Notebook Review-3 I love carrying a notebook where I can remove pages without damaging the entire thing. Kudos to Baron Fig for the great idea. I opted for the dot grid ruling, and for my personal taste, the dots are just a little bit too large. They’re very light grey, but if they were a bit smaller in size, I think it would be perfect.

Baron Fig Notebook Review 3The construction of the book is nice, and the cloth cover is unique. The book also has a yellow ribbon bookmark sewn into the binding. I like the light grey / yellow colorway – understated with a pop of color. The book also lays nice and flat, probably one of the flatter notebooks I have used. With each notebook, the company donates a tree to be planted, so you can sleep easy at night knowing that the trees used to make your book are being replaced. Overall, it’s a nice looking book with a solid construction and good design. Grab one here!

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Paperscreen Four/Five Pocket Notebook – Review

Paperscreen Notebooks
Four / Five

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Specs:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

  • Ink Resistant Recycled Paper
  • Rounded corners
  • Hand-sewn binding
  • Hand made in Germany
  • Sized to fit an iPhone 4/4S/5/5S
  • 48 lined pages (also available in graph, blank)
  • ~$6.50 / 3 pk.

Notes:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

Paperscreen is a brand new company out of Germany that is hand making notebooks in an original format. Instead of using regular paper sizes, they have decided to use the screen sizes of popular electronic devices. At first this seemed a bit gimmicky, but in practice, it actually works quite well for carrying/packing in a bag. I use an iPhone 5, and the notebooks definitely “piggyback” well with the phone. The smaller, slimmer size is also more pocket-friendly than the typical 3.5″x5.5″ pocket notebook. Rounded out with fountain pen-friendly paper and a bunch of different formats, the Paperscreen notebooks are a refreshing entry into the ever-growing world of pocket notebooks. Make sure to check out the Gallery at the bottom of the post, I wen’t a bit photo-crazy and there are a lot more there that aren’t in the review!

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

Thank you to Paperscreen for sending the notebooks for review! They’re available for sale through their website, which is mostly in German. Hopefully we’ll see these notebooks available stateside sooner rather than later!

Appearance and Construction:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

The Paperscreen notebooks I received had grey covers and tan kraft paper covers. They have minimal branding, which is welcomed. There’s a small logo on the bottom front of the books, and a scannable QR code on the back. The inside cover has a few lines for identification. They’re minimalistic, and I like them. The books are stitch-bound by hand, and it’s been holding up in my pocket for a few weeks with zero problems.

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

I think I might prefer the stitch binding to the traditional 3-staple binding because it’s less likely to fail. I’ve had the covers come off of several staple bound pocket notebooks, and I hate to see that happen. The Paperscreen notebooks are well-constructed and I have no doubt that they’ll hold up in a pocket for the life of the notebook.

Performance and Feel:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

I was quite surprised at how well the Paperscreen recycled paper handles fountain pen ink. There’s no bleed to be found, even with heavier flowing pens. I didn’t expect much from the off-white, recycled paper, but I was pleasantly surprised. Dry time is decent as well since the paper has no coating. The paper has a small amount of texture which can give some extra feedback, depending on the fine-ness of the nib. I’m happy with how the paper performs and feels, especially for a pocket notebook.

Color and Ruling:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

The paper in the Paperscreen notebooks is off-white, leaning more towards grey. This is typical with recycled paper, as the ones I’ve seen aren’t usually bright white. The ruling on both notebooks is lined, but I appreciate the attention to detail here. The Five’s lines are further apart than those of the Four. I really like when manufacturers take notebook size into consideration when determining how to space the ruling.

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

A small notebook with wide ruling just doesn’t make much sense, and I’m glad Paperscreen chose to adjust the ruling with the size of the book. That being said, the lines themselves are light grey and relatively unobtrusive. I wish the paper was a tiny bit brighter as to better show off ink colors, but it performs well, so I can’t really complain.

 

Conclusion:

Paperscreen Pocket Notebooks iPhone Sized Review

It’s great to see a new company try new things. In this case, I believe they have a good product. The sizing is definitely different, but it makes sense. If you are already carrying a phone in your pocket, then having a notebook of the same size minimizes the “footprint” and bulk in your pocket. I find the notebooks to be perfect for lists, as they are a bit more narrow than the standard 3.5″ x 5.5″ notebooks. I keep a small daily journal, and I much prefer the 3.5″ x 5.5″ because of the extra room, but the Paperscreen notebooks are ideal for writing things down quickly. Thanks again to Paperscreen for sending the notebooks over for review. I’ll have another review coming soon for the iPad sized version as well. Thanks for reading!

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Paperscreen Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

Word. Notebooks Tan Camo – Review

Word. Notebooks
Tan Camo

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Specs:
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  • 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Cover
  • Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 Paper
  • Made in the USA
  • 3.5” x 5.25”
  • 48 lined pages with Word. Bullet Point System
  • $9.99 / 3 pk.

Notes:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The ever expanding world of pocket notebooks gets another member. Word. Notebooks are your standard 3.5″x5.5″ pocket sized notebooks with 48 pages of 60# paper inside. These stylish notebooks come in a dozen different colors and patterns, with something for everyone. Bonus points for having three types of camo.  Huge thanks again to Brenda over at Word. Notebooks for reaching out and sending the notebook over for review!

Appearance and Construction:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

In terms of size, the 3.5″x5.5″ notebook is becoming common ground for pocket notebooks. The size and shape are familiar and it tucks away easily in a pants pocket or into a bag. The Word. Notebooks are solidly constructed, staple bound books. They end up being a bit thicker than Field Notes due to the slightly thicker paper and cover. They look great too. There are a bunch of different patterns and colors. I really like the tan camo because they look exactly like a pair of Vans I have. There are a few more feminine patterns too (totally fine with the guys out there that like flowers) which is always nice to appeal to a broader audience. No complaints in the short term, and I have no doubt that they would hold up in my pocket for the life of the notebook.

Performance and Feel:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 paper that makes up the internals of the Word. Notebooks is smooth and absorbent, but not always friendly to fountain pens. For my Standard Memorandum (same paper as the standard notebooks), I”ve been using a 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill to cut down on bleed and show through. The paper is on point with most pocket notebooks. There’s a good balance between dry time and bleed through – read more on this in my article on pocket notebook paper.

Of course when dealing with fountain pens, there are several variables that make paper better or worse. The paper in the Word. Notebooks would be better suited for a fine or extra fine nib and a quick drying ink. Check out the writing tests, I covered most of the bases.

Color and Ruling:

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The paper inside these books is super bright white. I prefer bright white paper, as it does the best job of showing off the true color of an ink. The ruling in the Word. Notebooks is what sets them apart from the rest of the pack. There’s a bullet journal system printed onto the page that would be very handy for those that use the system. While I currently do not, it’s prompted me to give it a try. For those of you who do not like/do no use the bullet system, they are easily overlooked on the page.

Conclusion:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

Word. brings a slightly different type of pocket notebook to the table. The paper performs well as long as you don’t use anything too broad. The incorporated bullet system will prove to be handy for those who use it, while it may get in the way for those who don’t. They have some attractive patterns, and they’re reasonably priced.  For something extra different and special, check out the Standard Memorandum. Thanks again to Brenda for sending over the books!

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Word. Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!

Word. Notebooks Standard Memorandum – Review

Word. Notebooks
Standard Memorandum

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Specs: 

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

  • Daily record book for 2014
  • 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Cover
  • Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 Paper
  • Designed by Jon Contino
  • Made in the USA
  • 2.35” x 5.25”
  • 64 pages
  • $11.00 USD

Notes:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

I didn’t do a full-on handwritten review for this notebook, because if I did, it would completely defeat the purpose. The Word. Notebooks Standard Memorandum is an awesome little journal. The notebook is about half the size of your standard Field Notes and goes unnoticed in my front pocket until it’s time to write down a super condensed summary of my day. I really like the typographic design and gold foil text on the cover and the layout inside is just as cool. Huge thanks to Brenda over at Word. Notebooks for reaching out and sending the notebook over for review!

Appearance and Construction:

Standard MemorandUM VS. Word. Notebook

The Standard Memorandum is small. Quite small. At only 2.35″ wide, there’s not a whole lot of room to chronicle your entire day. There’s really only enough room for pertinent details, and sometimes not even. It’s definitely a challenge to fit what you want to fit in such a small box. Since the Memorandum is 64 pages and only 2.35″ wide, it has a hard time staying closed on its own. Most of the time, this is living in my pocket and the notebook’s tendency to not close isn’t an issue. I do have to say that I am a bit worried about the durability of the Memorandum. The purpose is to use it for an entire year, and just by looking at what happens to my other pocket notebooks in a month, I’m a bit worried. Word. does offer a leather cover for an additional fee which will certainly help keep yours safe.

Performance and Feel:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The Lynx Opaque Ultra Smooth White #60 Paper that makes up the internals of the Standard Memorandum is the same paper that Word. uses in their regular line of notebooks. It’s smooth and absorbent, but not always friendly to fountain pens. For the Standard Memorandum, I’m using a 0.38mm Pilot G2 refill. It makes it easier to squeeze as much info as I can into the tiny boxes for each day.

I do believe that an EF nib with something like Sailor’s Kiwa Guro Nano Black ink would work well though. I would just hate to use a broad nib and an unruly ink and risk the legibility of the previous week’s memories. The pictures above are of a bunch of different pens and inks in one of the regular Word. Notebooks.

Color and Ruling:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

The paper is as white as it gets. No complaints there! The ruling is very interesting. There are 7 sets of 4 lines on each page. When you open the book up, you’re looking at two weeks worth of records. The lines that you write on are dotted, presumably to keep down the clutter and improve readability. Each day is separated by a solid red line –  there’s also the date and the day of the week in the corner of each box. The first few pages of the notebook have well thought out pages for personal information, a grid for dates of important entries, and a ruler.

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

After that, we jump into the days of the year. At the end of the Standard Memorandum, there’s a few pages for notes, a list of holidays, a full monthly calendar, and information about the book itself. There’s a TON of information in this little guy, and it all has a purpose.

Conclusion:

Word. Notebooks and Standard Memorandum Review

It’s almost like someone over at Word. Notebooks read my mind. I saw the Standard Memorandum and thought how cool it was, and that I wanted one. Shortly after Word. emailed me asking if I’d like to check out some notebooks – and of course I asked about the Memorandum. It’s an awesome idea and I look forward to filling the whole thing up. My only concerns are about how thrashed this thing is going to get over the course of a year, so I may look into getting a cover for it (or making one myself, I don’t know yet). Be careful when using fountain pen ink, the paper is quite nice but I’d hate to see ruined entries. Get over to Word. Notebooks and pick up a Standard Memorandum – it’s not too late!

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Disclaimer: This item was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Word. Notebooks. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!