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It is many years since I left school so I was very surprised to see that the exercise books my daughter currently uses are identical to the ones that I used.
The books in question are Silvine Exercise Books, I became very nostalgic when I picked one up, remembering when the subject teachers handed brand new books out at the start of term that I always promised myself I would keep it so neat. I would not doodle on the front or pull pages out the middle to write fake notes for P.E and dentist appointments. Each year these promises would be broken and my books would end up a lot thinner and looking like a bizarre work of art.
Silvine Exercise books are available in a massive array of cover colours; each book contains 80 lined and margined pages which are securely stapled together through the spine. The quality of the paper is good, it is nice to write on and the line spacing (8mm) is wide enough for the most extravagant of handwriting styles. The cover of the book is made from thin card or maybe a thick type of sugar paper and is very hard wearing. My daughter's books usually survive a year in her satchel being thrown about, rained on and generally abused with only the spine and the corners showing a bit of wear and tear. The front cover of the book has a lined area for you to write on, when used at school this would be name and subject matter.
Not only are these books great for students but they are also good for home use, I have an old Silvine Exercise book from when I was at school (over 20 years ago) that I have been writing recipes down in, the book is starting to look a bit aged, the cover is faded and the pages have yellowed but it has stood the test of time.
Overall I think these are great value exercise books, a pack of ten can be found on amazon.co.uk for £6.52, schools have been using this brand and style of books for years and I think that is a good endorsement.
A 5 star product, thank you for reading.
First of all I own 5 of these exercise book, not so much for exercises but for simply jotting down notes and ideas that I might have. I have also bought a couple of these for my younger brother in the past for homework and revision.
These exercise books vary too much in price to have a pin point price. However, the price usually hovers around £0.50 to £1. Honestly this price is not what you would naturally expect from a plain lined exercise book, but frankly the do the job quite efficiently.
These exercise books come in a range of different colours such a blue (above), red/dark pink and yellow. This is primarily to easily differentiate between exercise books and there contents. EG.. your yellow exercise book is for maths/ your blue book for science and your red book for English. My brother finds this really convenient. The front cover is made out of a slightly thick card with black lines for name ect... the inside pages are all the same with bold red margin going through every single page. The pages are lined with dark black lines that are each separated by a roughly 0.8 cm gap.
This is a very durable product as they survive spillages as the card is quite thick and made from a slightly waterproof material.... well for a few seconds at least. The paper is slightly think however as it rips much easier when comparing to standard copy paper. It is also slightly bad when it comes to absorbing ink from fountain pens, but ball point pens and pencils perform nicely on the paper. The lines are very accurately printed with a good standard of contrast. Overall, this exercise book is on the average side of things when it comes to durability.
Would I recommend:
The simple answer is yes, this is because you get a good amount writing space at a reasonable price. This product is best for school children as they dont need high quality paper.
These books are simple exercise books, probably popular among school children but these books are also useful for the office. I use them as log/record books as they make for excellent notebooks. They are pretty bog standard but they aren't poor quality, so i have only good things to say about them.
The books are made from what feels like regular copy paper, if anything slightly rougher. It doesn't feel smooth when running your fingers over it, and it's not that shiny either. The paper isn't quite as thick as regular copy paper, it feels thinner and it doesn't absorb ink as well.
The cover is made from a thick card which can easily be written on. This card is much more absorbable than the paper so writing on it with a fountain pen is fine. The car does crinkle and bend easily and it's difficult to bend it back. After time the books will also fluff up little fibres on the spine, these must be small tears.
The staples have stayed in place perfectly in every book i've had, i've never seen them falling out or un aligning themselves. The staples are pretty bog standard and there's nothing special about them really, they're not rock solid and can be bent, you can also pick them out.
The lines are printed on perfectly, there are no errors or glitches where the printer printed incorrectly. The lines are not faint but are a little faded nearer the bottom. This is only very slight though but noticeable close up. The margin is much clearer and slightly thicker.
These books are recyclable and last ages anyway, they don't fall apart, the staples are of good quality, the paper is of good quality and the card on the front is fairly robust, just don't fold it up because it looks terrible with creases and it's a pain to fold it back flat again.
Not much more I can say really.
These books are excellent for everything, i highly recommend them for logging information or just using them as notebooks for school, uni, college etc. These would also make a great companion for any office. They are for sale for less than a fiver on amazon and can be found a lot cheaper than that from office suppliers when buying in bulk.
I've owned a few of these exercise books. I can't say i'm very brand loyal when it comes to buying writing pads and books but I have found these to be of good quality and I do purchase them when I am after some new ones and come across them.
These exercise books can be found sold in packs of 10 within clear cellophane wrapping and the brand name on them for around £3-4. I have come across them in a few different home/stationery stores.
My local newsagent also sells these individually at 50p.
They are available in different colours such as green, blue, red, yellow.
I can also see it listed online in a deep purple which looks like a really nice colour.. but it's a shame i've not come across it yet as I would definitely buy it!
I have only bought the blue books as I find them sold and stocked in stores the most and prefer the colour more in terms of the cover.
The exercise book allows you to write a subject title or your name etc on the cover of the book which is handy in not mixing up books if you have more than one.
The paper inside is of good quality, it is ruled with a margin on the side. I find the ruled lines to be of a good size and not too narrow. Same with the margin.
It may be difficult to rip out pages of these exercise books carefully.. if I want to take a page out I just pull out a sheet from the middle of the book where it is stapled as that is easily done.. but if you rip out a page from the front, the page at the back would become loose so it is worth keeping in mind.
I only write in the books with biro as using ink would go through the pages.. but I mainly tend to write in biro anyway so this is not a problem for me.
These exercise books are of good quality and I do think the paper is good compared to some cheaper store brands where the paper at times is thinner or has marks on it.
I give these exercise books 5 stars as I find them useful.
They would be good for a range of people, whether for children to use in school and for homework or generally to use as a notepad or for anything specific.. therefore i'd recommend looking into these if you are after an exercise book.
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be on ciao)
I am currently trying to learn basic French as it is a language that I have never studied and have absolutely no foundation in. When learning a language I find that it helps to have a few jotters that I can use to write down different words. For example one jotter for writing down food and drink items and then one for writing down verbs and so on. I knew I would need a few jotters so I ended up buying a pack of 10 Silvine exercise books for only £3.49.
The exercise books are red in colour and exactly like the ones that I used to use when I was at school.
The jotters measure 229x178mm and each one contains 40 pages which are all lined and come with a margin. None of the pages are perforated so it isn't easy to just rip a page out if you end up making a mistake. The lines on the pages are a really good size for writing in between neatly and the margins are a good size for putting in notes.
For the money these are pretty good quality jotters and are ideal for my needs. The paper is fine when using a pencil or a normal biro but you do need to be careful what kind of pen you use. If you use one that is really liquid it will soak through the paper onto the next sheet of paper in the jotter which does look messy and can make the other side of the paper unusable.
The paper is nice enough to write on and the pen writes smoothly on the paper without having to really push down hard on the pen but again you do need to be careful that you don't actually push down too hard with the pen otherwise you run the risk of ripping the paper as it is on the thin side. I do find it easy to use tipex on the jotters if I make a mistake but this does show up quite prominently as the paper has more of a grey tinge to it rather than being white.
These jotters aren't made with the greatest quality paper but they are fine for use as exercise jotters and for jotting down notes on. You wouldn't want to use these for writing letters on but that isn't what they are designed for and also because you get ten jotters for the price I think they are really good value for money and would happily buy them again.