The company William Hannah Ltd will be a new one to a lot of people in the Travellers Notebook community, but the company has been making disc-bound notebook/planner covers for a few years. These covers have been very well received and are finished to a very high standard by artisans in England using Italian vegetable dyed leather hides.
Their A5 and A6 disc-bound notebook covers have been reviewed over on Philofaxy links to those reviews are here if you are interested in finding out more about those:
However, today I’m reviewing a new Pocket Notebook cover. Once again it is made from the finest Italian vegetable dyed leather hides and finished to the same high standard.
The Pocket Notebook comes in a stylish black presentation gift box with the WH logo embossed in to the front surface, the box is a clam shell design and it just increases the anticipation when opening it for the first time.
The first time I saw this packaging with the A5 notebook back in 2016 I thought about what it would be like to receive such a package as a gift. The receiver would have no clue what was in their surprise gift package!
For a while now I’ve been using a Filofax A5 Flex leather notebook cover. Obtaining replacement A5 notebooks though was expensive. So I started to look around for suitable replacements. How difficult could it be??
For a while I have used the Moleskine Cahier size notebooks, but they are quite expensive, not in my local shops and also the paper quality isn’t very good. They are also not A5 size.
I looked around my local stationery supplier and I was surprised that A5 notebooks were not available. Lots of 17x22cm exercise books, yes I could cut them down to size I suppose. But the other issue was they are all quadrille square graph paper type pages. None were just simple lined paper.
Then by chance I was in our local supermarket and they have an aisle of stationery and office supplies. And I came across these two A5 notebooks
The left hand one is a simple coil bound notebook with sturdy plastic covers front and back. The right hand one is a more formal hard backed notebook with elastic closure. It has an envelope pocket in the back cover and a ribbon book mark too.
I bought both because I thought it would be a good idea whilst they were in stock. They had them in some different coloured covers too. The label on the cover peels off easily as well, leaving a plain cover.
And they are lined paper too… the paper is very smooth to the finger touch.
The coil bound one slips in to my Filofax Flex leather cover nicely and of course it is the correct size as well, were as the Moleskine ones are 18mm narrower than A5.
So I’m very pleased with finding these locally. I know if I went on Amazon I could have something delivered to my door the next working day, but that does seem a little extreme and silly when there are these available locally.
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