Write Notepads & Co. Large Notebook Review

Write Notepads & Co. Notebook

The Baltimore-based Write Notepads & Co. produces American-made notebooks featuring high quality letterpress chipboard covers.  At $16 for the Large Notebook, you get 120 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages of lined or blank paper with a brass spiral binding.  Each notebook comes with a thick rubber band that can be used to keep the notebook closed.  When you buy a notebook from Write Notepads & Co. they donate one to a public school, so the $16 for the large notebook actually buys two.

I quite like the rustic look of these notebooks.  The thick chipboard covers go well with the brass spiral.   I also like the letterpress logo featuring a fountain pen.

Write Notepads & Co. Notebook
The inside front cover features a place for your name, address, phone number and email, all done in letter press.

The notebook is dubbed “fountain pen friendly” and while smooth and thick, the recycled paper doesn’t handle fountain pen ink all that well.

Write Notepads & Co. Notebook

I found that the paper tends to bleed with fountain pens, roller ball pens and porous tip pens.  Most of the gel pens and all of the traditional ballpoints I tested, behaved well on this paper.

Write Notepads & Co. Notebook
Bleed-through seems to be more of an issue than ghosting.

Interestingly, the lines on the page do not seem to be perfectly printed, some are thin, others are fat and I notice that in the middle of most pages there are some breaks in the lines.  I think this adds to the character and charm of the notebook but others may find it distracting.

Write Notepads & Co. Notebook

The pages are perforated but don’t always produce the cleanest of tears.

Overall, I like this notebook because its design and materials have a lot of character.

Is it right for fountain pen users?  I wouldn’t call it “fountain pen friendly” but I have no problem using it with most of my fountain pens; some bleed through doesn’t bother me and one advantage of an absorbent paper is faster dry times.

Please note: this product was provided to me at no charge by Write Notepads & Co.  for review purposes.

Here are some great reviews of the Write Notepads & Co. Notebook:

(I have no affiliation with the sites linked below)

Inkdependence – Write Notepads & Co

Ed Jelley – Write Notepads & Co. Large Notebook – Review