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 think 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, made in Michigan, is soft to the touch but heavy enough to wear well. It has a matte finish and can be written on, labeled, and customized. The labels are bound into the outside of the spiral; tear them out and the notebooks have almost nothing printed on them. The model numbers are hand-stamped on the back cover so you can reorder when you run out.
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.