Designed and manufactured at our shop in St. Louis, the #202 Standard Notebook is a constant companion that holds your ideas, plans, and sketches. It includes 60 sheets of smooth, opaque multipurpose paper that holds up well to all kinds of pens and pencils. (Yes, it's fountain pen friendly!) We use a recycled paper stock with subtle fiber inclusions that make your sketches feel more organic and the page feel less blank. You can write on both sides without bleeding, and even ink and light watercolor will only dimple the pages, not soak them through.
The binding of our notebooks is inspired by a type of sketchpad that's popular with art students in Japan. These pads, sometimes called croquis books, have wraparound covers bound into the spiral that can be folded back for a mobile drawing surface. Several companies in Japan make their own versions. We love the style and we've given them a distinctly American twist. We chose an extra-large spiral with thicker wire, so our notebooks aren't delicate and the pages have plenty of room to move. The oversized, wedge-shaped profile of our notebooks make them more comfortable to hold and carry. And we use thicker, more opaque paper than is typically found in croquis books.
Our cover stock is deep red, soft to the touch, and heavy enough to wear well. It has a matte finish and can be written on, labeled, and customized. The label is bound into the outside of the spiral; tear it out and the notebook has almost nothing printed on it. The model number is hand-stamped on the back cover so you can reorder when you run out.
The pages measure 110 x 155 mm (4.3" x 6.1") and are made of 100% post-consumer recycled material. The cover and pages are made in Michigan.
Please note that these notebooks are made by hand, so minor variations are to be expected. They're a reminder that a real person bound your book with care.