“ Manufacturer: Paperchase / Type: Stationery - Notebook „
I have several Paperchase A6 Leather Wrap Around Notebooks which I have used over the years as travel journals when I have been traveling as a way of recording the experiences I have had. These notebooks have cost me various amounts depending on when and where I have bought them, ranging from about £9 to £12. However, my most recent purchase, which I made direct from Paperchase in Cavendish House (Cheltenham) cost me £9.75.
The thing that drew me to this notebook is the fact that it is stylish and practical but also has an appearance that is reminiscent of old style travel journals. It is in a wrap around style which the outer cover made of good quality leather, either in black or red (there may be other colours, but this is the only two colours I have seen). The leather feels soft, even when new, with being shiny on the outside but velvety and suede-like on the inside cover. It has that lovely authentic leather smell which has not faded over time. There is a leather tie on the outside to bind the journal closed - and there is enough length to the tie to tie it in a easy-to-undo bow. It always feels really special to me to sit down, untie the bow, open up the leather cover and sit and write my thoughts and experiences - and then to carefully close the book up again and tie it up securely. There are two satin ribbon markers which are also attached to the journal, which can be used as bookmarks - although I tend not to use these really.
The paper is good quality for a notebook, being 100gsm and I've found that the binding is very good so that the pages stay put in the book and don't come loose. The pages do have ruled lines (horizontal) on them, which I would prefer not to have, but these lines are feint and so you can just ignore them if you want to. There are 192 pages in total, with dimensions which are 175mm x 128mm x 22mm, and so it is a good size journal that it more than adequate as a diary or a travel journal.
I do really think this notebook (although I don't really class it as a notebook because that makes it sound a bit cheap and temporary) is very well made and is good quality. I would recommend it.