In November I won a medium sized Clairefontaine multi-subject notebook from Quo Vadis. At first I wasn’t sure what to make of it. From the outside, it looked like a basic coil bound student notebook but opening it up revealed a rainbow of tabbed graph paper, and what lovely paper it is. Satiny and opaque, my pens and pencils glided smoothly over the paper. Because of the smoothness there was some smudging with the fountain pen but no bleed through except for the Sharpie. With such lovely paper inside, I am surprised they haven’t done more to make the cover reflect the high quality.
I am still not exactly sure how I will use this notebook. There are twelve tabs with each tab made up of five papers so would work well for a year long project or if you are trying to keep notes on a variety of topics.
Clairefontaine is in the same family as the Habana and Rhodia paper I reviewed last month. It is a French company with very high environmental standards, both with how the trees are harvested and how they manufacture the paper.
If this notebook was a person, it would be a meticulous student with large glasses whose idea of cutting loose is to use coloured paper instead of white. Their backpack has a special pocket with neatly arranged pens, mechanical pencils, highlighters, and some novelty erasers. This student will go far!