Named Cowrie after the tiny shells we collect on the beaches of Uist. In the urban wild, this delicate shade can be found on the metalwork of the Williamsburg Bridge and was the hue of absolutely everything in our beloved Shoreditch shop (RIP). A rough textured emboss adds some grit, just like the grains of sand on those Outer Hebridean shores.
Cowrie is an A5 notebook with 236 pages. Choose dot grid, ruled or plain.
The notebook begins with a simple printed bookplate for dedicating to your pal, or putting your reward and contact information. We've all got to do our bit to help lost notebooks find their way back home.
Two contents pages and numbered pages throughout allow for easy navigation. As you move through the notebook, the page numbers gradually change colour, taking you through the spectrum.
The notebook contains 100gsm smooth, fountain pen friendly paper stock with minimal show through. It's suitable for use with highlighters, rollerballs, markers, brush pens, ballpoints and ink pens, as well as graphite and coloured pencils. We've tested numerous markers including Tombow (Dual Brush, Twin Tone, Fudenosuke), Faber-Castell Pitt, Pentel Sign and Brush Pens, 20+ black brush pens and various drawing pens. We were able to use both sides of every sheet. Tougher alcohol based markers will show through more easily, for example the Windsor and Newton Promarker.
We’ve used lay flat binding so the notebook opens without forcing the spine. This binding method backlines the inner pages within the spine, leaving them free to move. The cover is bound on with front and rear hinges only.
The cover is subtly blind embossed with ‘Papersmiths’ on the back and a satisfying thumb print sized monogram to the front.
240 pages including:
1 x bookplate page
2 x contents pages
236 x A5 pages with 6mm rules, 5mm dot grid or plain pages
148mm x 205mm
Chunky spine at 15mm thick
270gsm British made cover, produced in the Lake District
100gsm, wood free, fountain pen friendly inner stock
FSC certified papers
Designed by Papersmiths
Printed and bound in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom by a fourth generation, family run binder.
Gifting? We can handwrite a dedication, up to a maximum of twelve words, for you. Just let us know in the message box at check out.
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