Mini Review: Daycraft Cantoon Notebook

15 09 2013

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.

Of course I forget to throw in something for scale. It's about 7" tall and just over 4" wide.

Of course I forget to throw in something for scale. It’s about 7″ tall and just over 4″ wide.

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.

Allegedly a mnemonic for helping to learn certain English words. Someone versed in English and Cantonese (I think is what the characters are?) would be better able to advise exactly how helpful or clever this mnemonic is.

Allegedly a mnemonic for helping to learn certain English words. Someone versed in English and Cantonese (I think is what the characters are?) would be better able to advise exactly how helpful or clever this mnemonic is.

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).

A pretty solid performance

A pretty solid performance

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).

Random decorative stitching. Why not.

Random decorative stitching. Why not.

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.

Cantoon Notebook – Notes at Daycraft

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3 responses

15 09 2013
Colin R

nice review, not sure I will be putting it on my wish list though.

18 09 2013
Carolyne

It looks adorable, and like a nice little book for scribbles and sketches. And thanks to this review I spent my whole lunch break looking at goodies on the Daycraft site :)

22 09 2013
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