Lots of notebooks claim to be 'lay flat'. In most cases, that means 'doesn't shut itself if you take your hand off the page'. In the case of the Galen Leather Notebook (the 'Everyday Book'), 'lay flat' means exactly what it says. Even from new, with no break in, and whatever page you open it … Continue reading Galen’s Tomoe Leather Notebook wins the limbo contest
It wasn't that long ago that Tomoe River was a niche thing, that you had to work hard to get hold of. Fortunately, that's no longer the case, and you have plenty of choice, wherever in the world you live. I thought it would be worth quickly summarising those options. Here goes. Note that I'm … Continue reading Tomoe River: more options than ever before!
I'm always on the lookout for new notebook makers who offer something different, and ideally that use my preferred Tomoe River paper. Today I'm sharing my thoughts on two B5 handmade notebooks from a Spain-based company called GoodINKPressions, available on Etsy. I bought these for full retail price, which was £19 each plus £4 shipping. … Continue reading A new notebook option: GoodINKPressions for Tomoe and SplendorGel (?!)
I used to write quite a lot of posts about paper. Recently I've been all about the pens. Time to redress the balance. Let me give you a tour of the many different notebooks that have been across my desk recently. And boy, I've had a lot of paper. But before that, let me cut … Continue reading Notebooks, notebooks, everywhere!
As is my way, I went to Japan with an exhaustively researched shopping list. I knew which items I wanted to investigate, I knew where was likely to stock them, and I knew roughly how much they were going to cost. But I still gave myself a few surprises. Inks Tokyo is the home of … Continue reading My Japan haul: ink, paper and more
I've been spending this week in snowy Pullman, Washington, hanging out with my brother. It's always nice to see him -- we live on separate continents, so it doesn't happen often enough. But really, I came to visit him to pick up my post. I regularly order stuff from US retailers directly to his house … Continue reading Travels with pens: Washington
I'm a sucker for blue-black inks. So when Nick Stewart offered me the chance to try a sample of his new ink, Randall (named after one of Nick's aquatic adventurer friends), I jumped at it. I don't claim to the mastery of ink and lettering that Nick has, but even I can see that Randall … Continue reading A very special blue-black: “Randall” by Nick Stewart
They call me the Tomoe addict It's no secret that I'm a fan of Tomoe River paper, or that I'm pretty discerning about my notebooks. I go through at least one notebook a month just for work, and I know what I like. At the moment I'm powering through one of these, and wishing the … Continue reading Exclusive: GLP Author Tomoe River notebook review