The Scout Books Black Composition notebook is a pocket sized journal that is made in Portland, Oregon and measures 3.5″x 5″ (half an inch shorter than Field Notes). Each Composition notebook contains 32 6mm ruled pages. The paper is recycled and is noticeably thicker than the standard Field Notes paper. In using the Scout Books side by side with a Field Notes I noticed that Field Notes lays much flatter than the Scout Books notebook.
The cover features a simple black design that looks like a composition notebook (imagine that). I like that there is no branding on the front cover. The design is quite good but I have to say that I prefer the look of Field Notes.
Although the paper is rather thick, it did not handle fountain pen ink all that well. There is some bleeding and feathering much like you get with a standard Field Notes.
The Scout Books Black Composition notebook sells in packs of 3 for $10. While I do like these little notebooks, I prefer Field Notes as you get get similar performance, more pages, and a better design for the same price.
Please note: This product was provided to me at no charge by Scout Books for review purposes.
Here are some great reviews of Scout Books:
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The Pencil Revolution – Review of Scout Books Composition Book (lined)
The Well-Appointed Desk – Scout Books