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#1 ctf

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:58

Hello FPN members!


I am excited to announce I have started production on a unique pocket notebook that I designed for daily use with my first and only fountain pen, The Pelikan M215.
In the near future, I would like to advertise them in the "for sale" section of the forum, but according to my interpretation of the forum rules I am unable to do so until I have at least 30 posts. Because I only have 7 posts on the forum, I thought that maybe I could invite questions about my notebook to gain the 23 posts I require. To those first 23 adventurous members I will return a "teaser style" reply. Also, I will mail one of my notebooks to the first 23 members who sent questions my way, and they would then be invited to send me their feedback if inclined to do so. The books will be mailed at the same time to the 23 participants. I appreciate the opportunity to share this with you and look forward to answering your questions.

Note to moderators: I hope I am not breaking any rules of the forum. I apologize in advance if I am.

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#2 psychdude

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:44

Okay, I'll bite:

What is the size? Format (lined/quad/blank)? Binding? Number of pages? Paper quality? Cover material and color?
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:45

Any pictures? It would be nice to see a writing sample on the pages. And dimensions please!
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 04:54

What's the cover like? Is it hard or flexible? What material did you use for it?

Edit: And a writing sample would be greatly appreciated.

Edited by zipcodeman, 23 March 2011 - 04:55.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:50

interesting ...i have an idea for a blank daily diary ....based on a clock face....was using it for years but hand drawn & copied onto A4 paper ..

then in 2007 a local here won a Muji Design Award (2nd place) for same idea ...now its in production, but sadly not in my local muji shop ...

my design had a clock face of 85mm diameter with 15m segments so i could write on the circumference next to the time ...if i can learn how to upload my scan here i may do it future ..on lunch break now

maybe you can consider a "print" design of something similar besides the standard blank/rules/squares that i imagine you would have ....

cheers


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Edited by pelikan500, 23 March 2011 - 06:11.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 06:23

Is the paper fountain pen friendly?

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:49

What colours and binding types are available?
What size is the book?
What is the paper quality like?
Are the pages perforated for detachability, or fixed permanently?
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#8 Truppi327

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:36

What color and ruling on the paper?
Size?
Paper weight?
Cover material? Binding Style?

I guess that is everything off the top of my head. I hope it is strong, I'm very rough with my EDC notebooks.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:36

Okay, I'll bite:

What is the size? Format (lined/quad/blank)? Binding? Number of pages? Paper quality? Cover material and color?


Hi Psychdude,
Thanks for being the first to ask a question!
The size is 3 5/8 x 5 3/4. For rest of your questions please see my reply's to the other posts.

If you send email me your address I will mail you a book. As I mentioned they are in production now and should be ready to mail out in 2 weeks.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:41

Any pictures? It would be nice to see a writing sample on the pages. And dimensions please!


Hi Clickichick,
A writing sample is a great idea I never thought of because I wanted to keep the book a bit of mystery until I send it out to everyone. I will reply back with writing sample later today.

Please email me your mailing address so I can send you a book.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:50

I love notebooks, so my feelings are that there are never enough choices. :-)
Will it be just blank or lined paper or will we get something else like dots to choose from? What about the paper itself? Weight, color choices, etc. Will it be a one style fits all or will it be an "order to your liking" type style?

Let's keep it a uniform size so covers we have can be used on it without buying special covers. What are the sizes you want to produce to start with?

Look forward to seeing the early product types.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:52

You mention "pocket size", how does that compare to the Moleskine line, for example?

Will there be a bookmark ribbon? How about a "ticket pocket"?

#13 ctf

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:53

What's the cover like? Is it hard or flexible? What material did you use for it?

Edit: And a writing sample would be greatly appreciated.


Hi Zipcodeman,
The cover is flexible, tear resistant and archival quality. I also designed in some features I find useful.

Please email me your mailing address and I will send you a book as soon as they are finished (aprox. 2 weeks).

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:00

Sounds very interesting. I'll echo the prior requests for photos, writing samples, etc, and of course all the great questions about the paper (lined? blank? type? etc).

Here's a question I didn't see above: will it have an elastic band to keep it closed, like Webbies do?

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:05

interesting ...i have an idea for a blank daily diary ....based on a clock face....was using it for years but hand drawn & copied onto A4 paper ..

then in 2007 a local here won a Muji Design Award (2nd place) for same idea ...now its in production, but sadly not in my local muji shop ...

my design had a clock face of 85mm diameter with 15m segments so i could write on the circumference next to the time ...if i can learn how to upload my scan here i may do it future ..on lunch break now

maybe you can consider a "print" design of something similar besides the standard blank/rules/squares that i imagine you would have ....

cheers


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wow...just found this, amazing this one is even better ...with the clock i can see real time against scheduled time ..My link
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Hi Pelikan500,
Thanks for showing me your idea, I have never seen that before. My pocket notebook has nothing on the text pages because I enjoy drawing and writing notes.

Please email your mailing list and I will send you a book.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:21

Is the paper fountain pen friendly?


Hi Pic123,
The paper is indeed fountain pen friendly. The notebook was designed especially for fountain pen users that like to write and draw in a pocket notebook. I chose to use a paper that has a patented finish that seems to stop any feathering. I also chose the thickness to minimize show-through and make the book durable.

Please email me your mailing address and I will mail you a book.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:25

What colours and binding types are available?
What size is the book?
What is the paper quality like?
Are the pages perforated for detachability, or fixed permanently?


Hi Jimothy,
The color is black and white. Please see my other replies which should answer your other questions.

Please email me your mailing address so I can send you a book

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:44

What color and ruling on the paper?
Size?
Paper weight?
Cover material? Binding Style?

I guess that is everything off the top of my head. I hope it is strong, I'm very rough with my EDC notebooks.

B)


Hi Truppi327,
The binding is saddle stitched with a certain number of pages that is cost effective to produce on the equipment I have available. the saddle stitching also allows the book to stay open when needed for ink drying (a few extra seconds compared to some non-fountain pen friendly books I tried) and so I can view my notes while working at my desk. The book is very durable due to the special tear resistant cover and thick text paper.

Please email me your mailing address so I can mail you a book.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 13:45

Are your notebooks stitched or stapled? I've not found the "right" pocket notebook as yet and look forward to seeing the one you have designed.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 14:09

I love notebooks, so my feelings are that there are never enough choices. :-)
Will it be just blank or lined paper or will we get something else like dots to choose from? What about the paper itself? Weight, color choices, etc. Will it be a one style fits all or will it be an "order to your liking" type style?

Let's keep it a uniform size so covers we have can be used on it without buying special covers. What are the sizes you want to produce to start with?

Look forward to seeing the early product types.


Hi Surfbits,
So far, I have answered most of your questions in previous replies. As for the color and style I designed this pocket notebook to remain the same forever. The only thing that will most likely change is the papers used in the book, as papers can be discontinued, or a better paper may become available. I think the book is both fun and light hearted yet has a seriousness about it also. you will have to see it when finished production.

Please email me your mailing address and I will mail you one.






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