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The Art of Japanese Paper-making: The Awagami +1

September 24th, 2008 · 6 Comments · black book

Most of our notebook reviews fall into one of three categories. There’s the positive review, with maybe a few hints for improvement. Then there’s the generally negative review, wherein we try to be very specific about the reasons for our disappointment instead of just bashing the product. Usually, these notebooks tried to do something new […]

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Would you bring the Habana to Havana? The Quo Vadis Notebook

September 17th, 2008 · 8 Comments · black book

Recently, Exaclair, Inc. (stationery importers of such fine products as the Rhodia line to the USA) sent me an unexpected package of notebooks for review, and by recently, I mean quite a while ago. Much apologies – as I posted last week, I haven’t been all that local in the past month, but now with […]

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Travels and Old Notebooks Revisited

September 8th, 2008 · 6 Comments · black book

Hey everyone! Contrary to popular belief, we’re still alive. The past couple months have been pretty crazy – for various reasons, I’ve been on trips to Spain, Italy, Chicago, New Mexico, and Cape Cod, and the only disappointing thing about seeing the world is that I didn’t find a single new black notebook. I figured […]

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The Cartesio: A Notebook From Florence

July 10th, 2008 · 23 Comments · black book

Since this website began a year ago, finding black notebooks has become an increasingly difficult task. We’ve covered everything from the common to those of the no-longer-available variety, and very rare is it that someone brings to our attention to one we haven’t heard of. So needless to say, I was thrilled when a package […]

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RHODIA CONTEST WINNER!

July 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment · black book

Hey everyone, Just got back from a long vacation, and am ready to post some new notebook reviews, but before we get to that, the winner of the Rhodia Webnotebook is… K, from Kay’s Place! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone for entering – we’ll have another contest soon, and will make it accessible to everyone, including […]

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UPDATE: CONTEST CLOSED!

June 16th, 2008 · 43 Comments · black book

Update!: Hey everyone – thanks for all the entries! The contest is now closed, and we’ll be announcing the winner today.  Thanks for all the support!! More journal reviews to follow shortly, including an Italian notebook I don’t think anyone knows about. If you remember, we were recently sent some sample copies of the new […]

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The Ciak: Handmade in Italy

June 9th, 2008 · 27 Comments · black book

If you’ve ever been to Venice, you are probably familiar with the tourist phenomenon of handmade leather journals.  I have yet to find a guide book that doesn’t recommend the best “authentic” store in Venice to pick up a handmade leather-bound notebook in which to record your travel adventures. Of course, how a place can […]

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The Rhodia Webnotebook: Bad Name, Great Journal

May 19th, 2008 · 45 Comments · black book

I imagine that the vast majority of you who read this site are familiar with Rhodia products. Decked out in a distinctive shade of orange, they bring a level of style, quality, and most importantly, brilliant simplicity to all of their products, from fliptop pads to staple-bound notebooks. Rhodia products hail from France, where the […]

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The Softcover Moleskine: We don’t hate you, Moleskine!

May 7th, 2008 · 23 Comments · black book

[Update! Several readers have written in to say the durability of these notebooks is pretty shoddy – see below] Let’s get one thing straight: we don’t hate the Moleskine. Yes, this website is dedicated to finding alternatives to what is widely considered the end-all, be-all of little black notebooks. But that has less to do […]

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The Stifflexible…Resurrected!

March 19th, 2008 · 29 Comments · alternative to moleskine, black, black book, black notebook, blank book, cahier, hardcover, journal, Mazzuoli, mini journal, miquelrius, moleskine, moleskine notebook, molskine notebook, notebook, perfect notebook, ru, xonex, xonex ru

They’re here: Sometime last summer, I started this blog in the search for finding the perfect black notebook. I related the story of how I had, in fact, already found the perfect black notebook, but that it wasn’t being produced anymore. The Italian company behind it, Mazzuoli, had come up with a very innovative little […]

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