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  1. J.G. – what do you think of the perfect-bound books? I’ve never loved them, preferring a moleskine-style binding that lays flat, or wire. These sound like the paper is trick enough to overcome the binding, so just curious your thoughts on p.b. journals.

    • I like ‘em a lot. These lay pretty flat, though not as much as a Moleskine or spiral. But! Whitelines does make spiral books, too, though I haven’t gotten to try them. : )

  2. I like the idea. I like the formats. I have all sorts of them – hardcover, softcover, coil bound, glued pads. Some ordered directly from Sweden at considerable expense before they had distributors.

    Of course, there may be various differences between paper runs and models. That seems to be the norm among all of these larger brands.

    Unfortunately, I find Whitelines products to be generally anti-pencil and anti-graphite. I don’t think the paper is at all similar to Field Notes. Pencils just don’t seem to properly glide along the paper surface or adhere. I think the products are aimed at gel pens/rollerballs or perhaps ballpoints.

    • I haven’t tried ink on mine, but I’m really liking the paper for pencil. Maybe a very very different run? I’ve found that graphite adheres better than Field Notes and feels like a less smooth Rhodia paper at times. It does feel kinda…thin for inky pens, but I thought the same about Daycraft (and was very wrong).

      • kevin

        Hi all-

        I just bought mine three days ago and agree with everything people have said. The paper is high-quality and feels great to write on; the notebook works well with ballpoint and excellent with B-lead .7mm automatic pencil. I tend to stick with hardbound notebooks (I’m an engineer) and I’m just, well, really enjoying using it. Interestingly, I get a lot of compliments on it when I go to meetings – I have the A5 white hardbound product. Believe it or not – it *is* an eye-catcher, with the neon-orange ribbon, orange stripe and orange curtain-pages.

        Minor downsides:
        Some people have made comments about bleed-through with fountain pens and markers- so be aware of that, but apparently if you adjust your writing pressure the effect is mitigated. I’m a lefty, so using a fountain pen is not going to be an issue with me :-(

        Also, as stated, the corners (especially on the A5 size) tend to get banged up because they’re square, and as you all know Moleskins, Picadilly’s and the like are rounded. Just be careful and they’ll be fine, but mine came in the mail a little crunched, too.

        I wish it had the side ribbon-holder, but I know they make other notebooks that have them (just not the white-cover model). This is pretty minor, because the elastic tends to get stretched-out anyway.

        I suggest them highly. I find them to be absolutely the best quality for the money.

        • Well put! After a filled a hardcover book earlier this year, I was impressed by how well the cover itself held up to a few months of use.

  3. John

    Great review. I just reviewed the whole Whitelines line at Frankfurt Paperworld show. I have been testing out my Palominos on these past two days. Blackings on Whitelines. Very Nice. We’re working with them on adding a number of these items to our offerings at Pencils.com hopefully in the next one month. Stay tuned.
    Chuck

    • It’s when graphite traces onto the facing page when pressure is made on the reverse page, like how you can can trace with graphite if you put a drawing facedown on top of a piece of paper and then rub the back of the paper with the drawing on it.

      • Futural

        Is it like, when you write on a notebook and what you have had write mark the facing page and the writing is backwards?
        Thanks in advance for the answer.

        I love this Whitelines. It´s a so simple concept but at the time so revolutionary, I mean, who can re-Think a line on a paper? and make some money in the process…

        • “Is it like, when you write on a notebook and what you have had write mark the facing page and the writing is backwards?
          Thanks in advance for the answer.”

          Yup, that’s it! :)

  4. Marcus

    John,

    While browsing the internet for virtually no reason I stumbled upon this site and, subsequently, this review. Needless to say, your review was compelling enough to force me to buy no less than 6 perfect bound A5 Whitelines from Amazon. As your review promised, I am considerably impressed. The paper takes pencil incredibly well, feels weighty and strong but responsive and soft, and simply looks pretty.

    Long story short, thank you for spurning the desire to revolutionize my almost constant scribbling. The size and writeability of the Whitelines notebooks has made an incredible impact.
    -Marcus

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