Stalogy 365 Days Notebook Review

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Stálogy is a stationery brand that isn’t particularly well known outside of Japan. They have only been around for a few years and while their line is small, they produce unusually well-executed products.

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The #018 Editor’s Series 365 Days Notebook (yes, that’s a mouthful) caught my attention with it’s detailed half jacket that highlights its unique features.

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When I picked up the sample notebook the first thing I noticed was how thin the pages were.  Packing 368 pages (184 sheets) into a 14mm thick notebook is impressive.  For comparison, my favorite Kokuyo Century Edition notebook only fits 140 pages (70 sheets) into 11mm and with a little bit of math at 14mm the Kokuyo would only hold 178 pages; that’s less than half the Stálogy.

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The next thing I noticed was the thirty dollar price tag, yikes!  Naturally I convinced myself into buying it; I mean, it has double the pages so really thirty bucks isn’t that bad…right?

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Apart from the thin pages this notebook features a free daily dairy.  The top of each page lists months, days of the week, and numbers 1-31 so that you can highlight or circle the appropriate date.  The 4mm grey grid has the numbers 0-24 printed on every other line; this is a 24 hour timeline.

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I found the calendar to be unobtrusive when I just wanted to take notes but also quite useful when I wanted to keep track of my day.

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The paper’s performance was very good but being so thin there are some limitations.  I would consider this to be fountain pen friendly paper though with my wider nibs I did notice some bleeding and on the really wide 2.4mm nib on my Pilot Parallel there was feathering.

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There is also some show through.  It’s not as bad as you get on Tomoe River paper but it’s noticeable.

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Tiny signatures

With the stitched binding, flexible spine and tiny signatures there is no denying that this is a very high quality notebook, one that warrants its high price.

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Would I buy another one?  For home use there are other notebooks I like better (like the Kokuyo I mentioned above) but if I wanted to carry a lot of pages in a small package this could be a very good choice.

 

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