It’s probably not fair to review this as you probably can’t get one. In fact, I probably can’t get another one either but it may be possible I’m already using one and don’t realize it. Of course, I can get a lot more for $20,000 but I probably won’t.
I got the notebook as a free sample when I visited the Anshan Green Apple Stationery booth during last year’s International Stationery & Office Products Fair Tokyo. Last month I finally decided to put it to use.
It’s a 64 page A5 sized notebook with a PU (polyurethane) cover that has been printed with a textured pattern. The company generally makes OEM notebooks and can print any pattern you want. (Minimum order 2,000 notebooks/$20,000.)
The cover is surprisingly good. It’s durable (although I didn’t put it through much abuse) and is remarkably flexible.
I was also impressed with the paper which held up well even to wet ink and juicy nibs. There was a slight bit of feathering in places where ink blobbed, but not much. There was also very little show through or bleed through. For true pen/notebook addicts I’d say the paper is about as good as the paper in a Field Notes America the Beautiful edition.
The notebook was good enough that I hope Anashan will be attending next week’s ISOT and that I can get another one. Or, maybe I can get a list of companies selling a version.