I just got back from a fantastic vacation to the Great Lakes—saw three out of the five! If it were a majority vote, it’d be like I saw all of them. All this fine vacationing has put me in an agreeable mind to tackle some of the reviews I’ve put off, including this Cantoon Notebook by Daycraft. Many thanks to Daycraft for providing this sample.
It’s cute, and I have no idea what to do with it. Well, write in it obviously, but which writing tasks? The cover is Satogami paper, which seems to be a fancy word for thin cardboard, with its shiny red designs embossed on the cover.
The zigzag stitching is for design only—the notebook is bound inside along the spine, and opens up to lay flat quite nicely. The book contains 50 sheets (100 sides) of tan/brown-colored gridded (possibly also Satogami) paper (solid horizontal lines, dotted verticals).
The paper is thick, but the surface has some texture to it. In spite of the textured surface, the paper performs surprisingly well in most ink categories. Feathering wasn’t even a problem on any of them—mostly it was just some fuzzing with select pens, like cheap Pilot fountain pens, and liquid ink rollerballs like the Uni-ball Vision and the Stabilo ‘s move. Everything else did well, no bleedthrough (except on a thick-tipped liquid ink Sharpie marker), and even though the paper is textured, lines remain pretty crisp (though admittedly charactered) and the paper isn’t too difficult or slow to write on (though you are never at risk of accumulating so much smoothness that your pen might skate off the page. This isn’t smooth paper).
It’s a cute notebook that still somehow manages a fairly gender-neutral aesthetic. The paper is widely usable, and the grids are practical. I’m still not entirely sure what I want to use it for, but it’s another neat little notebook from Daycraft.