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  1. The Paper Plane – Endless Explorer – Refillable Leather Journal I’ve been enjoying this little corner of the web for some time now, mainly focusing on inks and pens. But these are more or less useless without the humble paper or notebook that will let you capture your thoughts. So here comes the “Paper Plane”, where I review some of the paper and notebooks that I’ve enjoyed using over the years. Today’s guest is the Endless Explorer, a refillable leather journal in the style of the well-known Traveler’s Journal. This journal is produced by Endless Stationery, a company that clearly states its focus on simplicity, aesthetics and service. With this Refillable Leather Journal they really succeed on all fronts, as will become clear during this review. The camel-brown Leather Journal comes packaged in a nice sturdy box. Within the box is a “thank you” leaflet, the leather cover itself and one Storyboard notebook refill. With the cover you also receive an attractive and very functional pen-loop. Nice packaging and aesthetically pleasing. I also appreciate the Explorer’s dimensions – at 5.1” x 7.5” it is almost A5-sized, and a much more practical size than the more rectangular Traveler’s Journal. The Leather Cover is almost brand-free – the back shows a small embossed “Endless” logo, and that’s it. The Explorer can comfortably hold from 1 to 3 Storyboard notebooks. For the first notebook, you use an elastic band that also serves to close the cover. An additional two elastic bands (orange and red) wrap around the leather cover, each capable of holding an extra Storyboard refill. I personally prefer to use the Explorer with 3 notebook inserts: one is used as a bullet journal, one for meeting notes, and one for mindmapping. This setup serves me well. The leather cover is designed to age quickly and gracefully – gathering patina and scratches. My notebook cover is brand-new and has already collected some scratches. This will give it a worn and well-used look, which is totally intentional, and fits the travel-journal style. For refills, the Explorer uses large Storyboard notebooks – which are either lined or dot-grid. The dimensions are close to an A5 size, and these notebooks fit perfectly within the leather cover. I got me dot-grid versions of these refills – the grid is fairly light and unobtrusive. The best part of the Storyboard notebooks is undoubtedly their paper. Just as with the Endless Recorder notebooks, the Storyboard refills use 68 gsm Tomoe River paper, which is extremely fountain-pen friendly. For a work-journal I much prefer this heavier paper over the more flimsy 52 gsm version. This 68 gsm Tomoe River paper is fountain pen heaven! Some show-through is present, but never disturbing. And to get any bleed-through, you have to try very hard, almost pouring ink on the page. I got some bleed-trough with Noodler’s ink wetly applied with a glass dip pen. When writing with normal fountain pens in any nib sizes, it’s perfectly ok to use both sides of the page. This paper can handle basically anything you throw at it. Superb ! Conclusion If you like minimalist notebooks, the Endless Explorer Refillable Leather Journal is definitely worth looking at. The concept is similar to the well-known Traveler’s Journal, but with a more sensible 5.1” x 7.5” width-height ratio, that is close to A5. And the paper used by the Storyboard refills is simply sublime! The price is also very reasonable: 49 EUR for the Refillable Leather Cover, and 8.50 EUR for the 64-page Storyboard refills (taxes included). I love my Endless Recorder notebooks, but they have now met their replacement. This Explorer will from now on serve as my daily capture tool.
  2. Greetings Lord's & Ladies of the Pen. Since 2019 has been a Horrific year for yours truly, how about breaking my back for starters, my Wonderful Mrs. Decided that I needed a special Christmas and told me to buy whatever I want as long as my new toys ship to her for wrapping for me to open Christmas day. Also, she asked me to not bankrupt us. I spent 3 days on eBay before I managed to snag a Georgous & Massive Victorian Deskset W/Double Inkwells and Pen Rest at a beyond reasonable price. Then I made the best of a big sale at Fountain Pen Revolution for a couple of Pens & Ink. Per the above, I rather quickly (and inexpensively) with minimal effort got everything on my list except one rather simple item. A nice Leather Notebook Cover for a Moleskin Journal. I just want a nice Vintage type cover that will hold the notebook in place. And with a flap that keeps the end Covered. And when closed a leather cord that wraps around it all. No free pens (I have nice ones). No pen pockets (all my shirts have pockets. No Plastic Bags to hold junk, No strings with shiny Anchors and the like to mark my page, and the only leather carvings on the cover would be my initials at the most. Any and all help will be appreciated! The
  3. Hi. I'm using A4-size Rhodia pads (No.18 size) including Rhodia dotpad, which is indeed a bit longer than standard A4, in my workplace. And I think I need a leather cover to hold the pad and my pen. I've googled a bit, but most of them are for the notebooks, not pads, or for A5 size. I think it would be perfect if the backcover of the Rhodia pad can be put into the cover and there is at least one pen holder. Do you know any product in market that fits my needs? Thank you in advance.
  4. If you use composition books for your writing enjoyment and want a sturdy leather cover to protect your composition book, try Renaissance Art's leather cover for $39 (http://www.renaissance-art.com/catg172/category.aspx). I have ordered their customer book covers and found their leather to be of excellent quality - thick, soft, and bomb-proof. I am saving my pennies to get one with an added pen loop and extra pocket for loose papers. It is the only place I know that will customize your covers. If you prefer Moleskine or other journals, Art can make you a cover for them as well.





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