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Notebook advice and recommendations...

Discussion in 'Stationery Corner' started by Blackmass, Thursday July 28, 2016.

  1. Blackmass


    I’ve just started DE shaving (literally two shaves so far) and looking for a note book. I’d like to keep track of what I’m using, razor blades, soaps etc. I’m not sure of the layout or size but I’m thinking of either grading numerically or writing a couple of words on the performance of each shave or item. Hopefully you get the idea of what I’m after.

    I’m looking for recommendations available in the UK please?

  2. I know this is an old thread, but I couldn't help recommending Moleskine notebooks. They sell special editions or plain covers and are available in lined, plain and graph paper. If you're looking for something a little cheaper, Field Notes sell great books and I carry one with me at all times.
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  3. Blackmass


    Cheers Matt, much appreciated.:) I'll check them out.
  4. Benz3ne


    I'm sure you can get them at Tesco. :) I'm 97% certain I've seen them there. Also, the black & red notebooks they sell tend to be relatively good for the money - I found them for £2.50 on offer a little while back and stocked up on them. :)

    Edit: Also well received are Rhodia notepads - they're usually in squared paper and I'd imagine they'd be good for writing up tables and suchlike, as well as being a good quality paper.
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  5. moleskins are abit pricey and if you're using fountainpen you might experience some feathering.

    Rhodia notepads are very nice. I use rhodia dot pad A5 for my notes.
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  6. Moleskines are a little pricey, but can be had on sale from time to time. I'm a big fan of the Rhodia books. They can sometimes be found on eBay for decent prices.
  7. DamianJ


    I use the red and black. Good quality paper that's fine with a fountain pen.
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  8. Reevers


    I use fountain pens daily and find red and black notebooks can suffer feathering and bleed-through.

    Oxford A5 Campus Notebooks have been my workhorse notebooks for the past 3 years. Gloriously smooth 90gsm, that really bring out the ink's shading qualities. I realise not everyone needs these qualities, but at £2.80 on the high street you can't go wrong.
  9. matteob


    A pencil and a cheap 50p Silvine Handy Tablet will suffice for your purpose.

    I know there are some real pen/ paper junkies here though. You may be one of them so if you want quality paper for a fountain pen very best you can buy is this from Hong Kong in my opinion. It is a sown softback with very thin Japanese Tomoe River paper which is still strong and has hardly any bleed of ghost

    It's about £30 shipped from Honkers but with 352 pages should last a while.
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  10. Glen_Lee


    I've just picked up on this thread for non-shaving reasons. Just started tutoring, and was looking for a good quality notebook at an equally good price ;)
  11. I always buy A5 Rhodia exercise books for use with my fountain pens they run about £2 for the thicker ones. Clairefontaine are nice too but a bit too silky in my opinion.
  12. David68


    I am huge fan of Evernote and have been for a number of years. For me the moleskine books are great as there is a version that I can link with my Evernote.
  13. matteob


    I have never used Clairefontaine or Rhodia but I think they are from the same mill in France. I will give them a go. I have a moleskine notebook but I use pencil with it. Fountain pens just bleed right through even with Noodlers X feather ink.
  14. Clairefontaine is the top in France: thick semi-glossy paper, a pleasure to write on it, expensive too ... Oxford is pretty close in quality.
    Rhodia is a top product too, basic, functional blocnote. Back in the day, they were only orange with a 5mmX5mm grid.

    Another idea for a good notebook would be the sketchbooks. I don't know how they are in the UK, but I'm pretty sure they are available in many formats and/or thickness (grams? / grammage in French), in white or beige-ish color. They are not as fancy as Moleskine, but they are the most versatile and utilitarian kind of notebooks.
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  15. Got this notebook at Sainsburry's for £1.50 or so (on sale):

  16. I'm a huge fan of lechtturm 1917 notebooks. The pages are numbered so you can index them, and the paper is similar in quality to Clairefontaine.

    My second favourite is the Oxford campus range. I love the colour of the ruled lines and the bright paper!

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