I’m just writing to let you know about a nice new line of notebooks I came across, which are locally made here in Greece:
This alone is already unusual enough, because sadly there isn’t much being made in Greece, especially when it comes to this type of premium consumer goods. But these go one better in that they are not only manufactured here, they’re also designed locally by a small family business (apparently they started out as a fine bookbindery in the ‘60s or something, then branched out into notebooks and such after the original owner’s children took over about twenty years ago).
Even better, they are actually innovative in that they use a type of binding of their own invention (it’s patented). Which is even more unusual for a Greek company They call it Flexbook and it’s supposed to combine the benefits of a bound book with the ability to lie flat and even bend back without weakening or cracking the spine, which makes the book last longer (their tagline is ‘holds your book together forever’ - not the catchiest lol, but at least it's straight to the point).
Well, I can’t speak to longevity but the rest is definitely true!
When I bought this I didn’t expect much, I’m afraid, but I was pretty impressed The paper is a definite strength. It's a rich cream color that is relatively hard to find in this no-nonsense style of notebook (the photo above is closer to the real color, the image below is a scan from my entry level all-in-one that I don't even know how to use properly hehe), and more to the point for us FPNers it's very FP-friendly indeed: no feathering, no bleed-through, and barely any ghosting (only with Broad nibs and dark inks):
It’s mostly smooth with just a tiny bit of tooth to keep things interesting The lines are fairly subtle but not to the point where you have to squint, and they don’t go all the way up and down and left to right on the page, which makes for a less cluttered look than, say, a lined Moleskine. The spaces are narrowish, but again that’s pretty much par for the course with this type of notebook.
I don’t know how consistent they are when it comes to the paper; I think I’ll just call and ask. I’m cautiously optimistic though, because with the company’s roots in old-school bookbinding it seems likely they’d be a bit more clued-in about this sort of thing than your average notebook maker in the era of ubiquitous write-anywhere gels and BPs
The book I have is the smallest size, in the Lined version. There are lots of other formats, including blank and planner or diary, and a few more sizes up to A4. Apparently they even use their Flexbook binding on other lines of notebooks, some sold under their own brand name (‘the writing fields’) and some made for other companies. I think these may have different paper, but I’m not sure - I can check tomorrow if anyone’s interested, as I’ll be going back to the shop where I found these anyhow :-)
All in all this is a rather lovely wee notebook that I’d recommend to anyone who uses that sort of thing!
Ironically that’s not me, because no matter how many times I try to get used to working with notebooks I never can do it and always end up coming back to loose-leaf paper Which is to say, if you want to try these, mine is up for grabs! Contact me backchannel and I’ll send it your way (for free - don't worry mods, it's a PiF!)
Edited by Plume145, 18 September 2013 - 02:02.