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Week ago, during London Writing Equipment Show, I spotted slightly on the side, at the back of the exhibition room a jewel between all this amazing fountain pens and vendors. There was a stand with a beautiful leather covered notebooks. Because personally, I am a sucker for all types of notebooks, sketchbooks, travelers notebooks (Midori and many others), etc I decided to check this out and have a look. The brand represented by two gentleman is called William Hannah, England who manufacture absolutely gorgeous notebooks (I believe in A5 format) based on quite unique system of rings which allows to quickly without tearing put in or take out separate pages or entire inserts. The leather used for covers is very soft and comes in variety of different colours. They are not cheap. The starting price is from £ 95.0 which seems to be quite a bit, however these notebooks feel very premium, including paper. They offer various different inserts/refills options including plain, lined, dotted, squared pages, diary, to-do-lists, weekly planers and year calendars. Pretty impressive. For more details, impressions and comments about these notebooks please check William Hannah website, but also The Pen Addict review and The Pen & Inkwell video review and the meta review at The United Inkdom.
The product of WIlliam Hannah I am going to review, is different from their flagship notebooks, but actually much closer to my heart. On London's show I had a very nice and interesting chat with two mentioned gents from William Hananh. During entire show I was caring two of my DIY hand made leather travelers notebooks, which for some reasons brought their attention (thank you I was very pleased :). When I was leaving, I have been given a small but very interesting yellow notebook, which perfectly fits to my Fieldnote-size leather cover.
The Filednote-size (3.5 x 5.5 inch) notebooks is not what William Hannah is offering on their website (at least at this moment). The yellow notebook I got is a prototype of the product, which company is planning to launch by the end of the year, and then might expend the offer by A5 size as well as typical for well known Midori's TN (travelers notebook) and passport size notebooks too. They may come as plain, lined, dotted (all in grey ink). The covers will come in various different colors, too. That is the plan so far.
OK, let's talk about mentioned notebook, built, paper quality and fountain pens performance, which I believe will be a crucial factors for potential customers as I am.
As mentioned above the notebook dimensions are 3.5 x 5.5 inch. The cover is made of card (mine is in yellow), with I believe pressed, diamond-like pattern, which is nice to hold and increases the grip. I like this idea. Front side has printed in black spherical company logo, whereas at the back we find written logo and the the company's quote in the middle '#BecauseWritingHelps'.