I received a package in the mail today, from Karen at Exaclair. I open it, and it’s a Red Quo Vadis Habana Notor Daily Diary. I scratch my head and think… “Hmmm… why did she send me this? I never spoke to her about a Notor.” I dashed off a quick e-mail to her and found out that it was sent to me in error. Back when she was looking for people to test planners, I didn’t volunteer because I don’t use a planner. I do have one of the tiny Exaplan monthly planners, which I use to jot the most basic of details, but since I journal fairly regularly, I just never even thought about using a diary/planner.
But since I’m such a paper junkie, I just *have* to test it out.
I immediately fall in love with the size. I always felt that for my tastes, the baby Habana was too small, and the papa Habana too large. Notor size feels just right. Because it’s a daily diary, it’s got a boatload of pages. Everyone I know wishes the Habanas had more pages. (Can you hear my gears a-turnin?) The Notor is filled with 64g paper, the same thin paper as the small Habana. It’s silky smooth & bright white. Though the 64g paper does have a wee bit of see through, I like writing on it better than the thicker 90g used in the large Habana. Like the small Habana, I notice only a very small amount of bleedthrough and it always seems to happen when I write on the right hand page, at the beginning of a line. I’m starting to wonder if I have a heavy hand as I start a line. I tested this paper with a dozen fountain pens of varying nib widths, (and on this paper, they all write true to nib width) and a variety of inks from Noodler’s, J. Herbin, Lamy, and Sailor. No feathering and like I said – only the tiniest of bleedthrough.
The cover is flexible, but stiff enough to hold up writing on my knee. The book lies flat, and opens flat. And the ruling? To me, it’s the perfect 7mm width. Once again, baby Habana ruling is too narrow, papa Habana way too wide. Notor ruling is just right. I also *really* like the lightly dotted ruling as opposed to the solid lines in the Habana journals.
I did mention that this is a diary right? With dates on the pages and maps and a place to put addresses etc.? Right now, I’m not seeing any of that. I’m seeing a “Notor” journal. As far as I am concerned, I want this book in this size, with this many pages, either blank, or ruled with the 7mm dotted ruling. And *THAT* might be one of the most perfect journals on the planet. C’mon my fellow paper enthusiasts! What say you? Would you be willing to buy such a product?
And to be fair, there are days when I don’t journal, and I can see how this diary might e helpful in jotting down just a few thoughts or things that happened in a single day to be written out later at length. So I am actually quite happy that this Notor showed up by mistake.
They say that everything happens for a reason…