Odysseus Wrecks

by Scribble Monboddo

In the original Odyssey, the king and his crew have to get past the cyclops Polyphemus, whose name translates as Talksalot. You might not consider that loquaciousness such a bad thing, and if so you might fancy taking note while on your travels - which is where the small but perfectly formed Odyssey notebook comes in.

Small it certainly is, at the now almost ubiquitous Pocket Size (90 x 140mm), and all the more portable for that. It's eminently hardy, too, with a wipe-clean vinyl cover which can probably take a trek around the Med in its stride. That colour-coded sewn binding and the constellations (not all visible from Ithaca,  but never mind) complete the look. Pretty cool, in short.

Of course there's a price to pay for such magnificence, because it's filled with the widely-craved Tomoe River paper. As Amanda rightly points out, it's perhaps not a price worth paying if you plan to write in pencil; that's what Field Notes are for, frankly. But fountain pen fans will find that this can take the pressure - literally - and produces pleasing results even when attacked with the wettest of nibs. It'll take a while to dry, though, so best not engage in complex calligraphy exercises before taking on Scylla and Charybdis. You can't be too careful.