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8 of the best notebooks for fountain pen users

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

Every day, people are discovering, or rediscovering, the joy of writing something down with a real pen on real paper. But what are the best notebooks for fountain pen users? Fountain Pen users are a pernickety lot (I certainly am). Ask ten fountain pen users to rank five inks in order of preference, and you’ll get ten different answers. What should you look for when choosing a notebook for fountain pens? In notebooks, some love toothy paper, some love smooth paper. Some want light, some want heavy. That said, there are some notebooks that really don’t cope with fountain pens...

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Month 2 Report

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Pocket Notebooks is now a division of Google. April Fool! Only kidding, Pocket Notebook Towers remains steadfastly 'indie'.  I loved the April Fool from Paperoh, who posted an ad on instagram of their new 'dot-grid paint.' You guys see any good ones? Two months in. I can't say that Nero and I are experts yet, but we are getting the hang of it. 200+ products are in stock, including some completely new lines. Alongside the powerhouse brands of Field Notes, Word, Moleskine and Clairefontaine, we have some wonderful books from Story Supply, Public Supply, Rhodia, Playtype and Whitelines. I am...

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California Dreamin'

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Hey there! Seven weeks in, and I am stoked (that's cool-talk for 'really excited') to present the California Back Pocket Journals. These are made for us all by Steve Curnow and his family in Dixon, California at Curnow Bookbinding and Leatherwork. We are carrying six variants of three-pack. In 105 gsm HP paper, we have plain, graph, lined, dot-grid and mixed (plain, lined and dot-grid). These five are fantastic pocket notebooks in their own right. The paper is gorgeous and very welcoming to a fountain pen. The stitch is hand-tied and the cover is brilliant California medallion. If these books...

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Partner me up...

Posted by Stuart Lennon on

What Ho!  How time flies. The Ides of March have passed. No hint of assassination here. The title of this post was not a cry for your matchmaking skills, but an expression of the achievements thus far this month. Pocket Notebooks has entered into an agreement with Swankyapple (what a name!) who will be doing magical things with the site. We (Nero and I) are also working with not one, but two wonderful videographers. TJ Cosgrove, long-standing friend of the site and pencil guru, is putting together beautiful product videos in glorious Northern Ireland and Heidi Bawden is working on...

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Whitelines - by Anthony Newman

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As part of the continuing series of reviews, I asked Anthony Newman to have a look at Whitelines. This review first appeared on his fantastic blog. ... I have been a pocket notebook addict since before the fountain pen bug started to bite its hardest. I’ve worked my way through countless Field Notes, plus a fair few of the lovely dot-grid Calepinos, and various books from other brands like Word, before settling on the Tomoe River books from Taroko Designs and Goulet. My carry has evolved over the years, and now my pocket notebook lurks inside a Nock Sinclair, where it’s always accessible but protected from the...

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