My review unit came with a three pack of mixed (lines, grid, blank) classic staple-bound notebooks, a pack of pens, a pack of pencils (6 of each, but I took one of both out already) and some little gadgets (a rubber band and a button)
Now for the notebooks themselves. As soon as I received them, I fell in love with the pure, simple design, everything looks very clean and simple, and I think it really shows that good products don't need much decoration to look good!
They put a lot of effort in the small details, like the production details, printed in the back of every notebook. This makes it a lot easier for me to give some specs about the notebooks: They have an 80# brown paper cover, 50# inner paper (48 pages) printed with light brown soy-based ink lines and grids, they even include the printing machines they used, and how they rounded the corners!
The soft cardboard covers obviously aren't as strong as a hard cover, so it will become worn after a while. But they are of course easier to tuck away in your pocket, imagine putting a hardcover notebook in the back-pocket of a jeans: not comfortable!
To me, it feels like it all fits perfectly. They promote it as an EDC notebook that you can fill up on the go, with things you need to remember. And they designed it to be perfect for that use! It is small, so it fits your jeans pocket perfectly, the paper is a little rougher, so it is ideal for pen and pencil (which are more convenient than a fountain pen when you are on the go!) They even printed a ruler on the cardboard back of the notebook, so you can take small measurements when you need to. It is totally designed to be functional
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Another thing I like very much about this notebook, are the light brown lines and grids, they are visible at first, but they are so light that they are almost not noticeable anymore when you wrote something over it!
Now for the pens and pencils that came with it...
The ballpoint pens are pretty basic BIC pens, the model appears to be called 'clic' but I never saw them before. They performed better than I expected, they write pretty smooth, and the company logo and website are neatly printed on the side.
The pencils: Are made from Californian Cedar wood, they are kept as natural as possible (they are unlaquered, printed with non-toxic ink, recyclable aluminum ferrule and bio-degradable eraser!) The wood is easy to sharpen and the graphite core is quite break-resistant. Again, like with the notebooks, the technical details about the pencil are printed on the pencil itself, I personally think this looks very cool!
Oh, and also check out their other products and colors-subscription: they do a new limited edition every three months, and they are always very popular (the last edition sold out in under a week!)