I hold up a plastic bag with something squareish in it.
“What does this look like?” I ask a coworker.
“…a sandwich?” she hazards.
“YES!” I exclaim. “I mean, no, it’s not a sandwich, but yes, that’s exactly what I was looking for.” Thus I cemented my reputation as a crazy person among my colleagues with another office supply-based piece of shenanigannery—the bRead notebook.
I can’t say this was a product I’d been wheating for, but when the folks at Daycraft told me about the bRead notebook I was intrigued (thanks to Daycraft for providing these free samples).
When I opened up my mailer full of bRead, my heart was filled with whimsy and wonderment—it really does look like bread! Product perfectly as promised. The textured card covers, the printed edges complete with little grains—this is bread. Very square bread, like the kind I got in Italy for under a euro when I was trying to be frugal, except thicker and made of paper. And the name—bRead—applies both at the obvious level and when you break it down: bRead—b Read— be read—for surely what’s the usual point of writing something in a notebook if not to be read?
The bRead is more than just looks—it’s got 296 pages of lined, cream-colored paper. Its performance isn’t perfect, but better than the Daycraft Signature line in terms of fountain pen performance on its paper. There is some slight feathering, particularly with thicker nibs, but nothing so intolerable like Moleskine paper. My best results so far have been with fine nibs, and given the close spacing of these lines, the fine nib is the way to go for fountain pen use with the bRead. The paper is thick enough to use both sides of the page, with good dry times.
Know a notebook addict whose heart needs to be filled with delight? Serve them up a fresh slice of bRead. Collect notebooks yourself? The bRead is certainly something different, and bonus, you can pack it in your lunch box and see if you accidentally eat it.