Silvine is a British brand whose paper products are made in Yorkshire by well established (1837) manufacturer – Sinclairs. The products line contains various types of notebooks, sketchpads, refill pads, writing paper, envelopes, cash books, etc. Silvine’s red notebooks line called ‘Originals Collection‘ refers directly to the reinvented iconic British notebooks which had characteristic textured red covers and were used and loved for decades by schoolchildren, artists, writers, craftsman and shopkeepers in the UK since 1948.
Silvine Originals Collection contains five different size notebooks. This diverse collection is designed to tailor specifically different task and needs. It starts with handy Pocket notebook which can be easily kept in the shirt pocket and then increasing size gradually ending up at large Project netbook. All of them have common features, but each of them also differ from each other. I’ve already reviewed in depth ‘Pocket’ notebook (click here), so this following review is an extension to the previous one.
All notebooks in this series are made from 90 gsm ‘Natural White Wave‘ paper which has characteristic delicate texture which definitely helps to draw on it but also gives pleasant feedback when you use fountain pens. Paper is not to thin and not to tick and holds well most inks and pens I tried. Red dyed and wire embossed 300 gsm cover matches original noteboks back in 1960’s. In each of them individual pages and cover are Singer-sewn together.The largest in the series ‘Project’ notebook has additional fabric applied on top of the spine to keep securely all pages together. Each page has small perforation along the page which allows to tear off individual pages when required. I like this idea and I found it very useful. Perforations are delicate and hold paper well, so if you turn the page multiple times it will not worn and tear of on its own, which is great.
‘Pocket’ notebook is comprising 40, 110.0 x 72.0 mm plain pages. This notebook is ideal for making quick notes and writing ideas on the go. It fits easily small pockets in shirts and trousers and is also very easy to keep it in the purse. The full review of Silvine’s Pocket notebook please check here.
‘Memo’ is still handy, all-day notebook. 52 (159.0 x 97.0 mm) pages of 7.0 mm light blue ruled paper is good for making notes, lists, and drawing down ideas. It is good for quick doodles too. Between the pages all lines match well in the consistent manner. Good size for all day carry.
‘Note’ is looks like larger brother of ‘Pocket’. It contains 52, 190.0 x 125.0 mm perforated plain paper. Is ideal for notes, charts, small schemes and drawings. Because Silvine’s paper takes pencils, coloured pencils and fountain pens well, for me this notebook would serve perfectly as carry on sketchbook.
By analogy to ‘Pocket’ and ‘Note’, ‘Exercise’ notebook is bigger version of ‘Memo’. ‘Exercise’ is filled with 52 (230.0 x 162.0 mm) ruled paper, where each page contains red 1-inch margin, perfect for annotations and comments, which make this notebook look very classic school exercise book we remember form our childhood.
‘Project’ is the largest in the family and contains 96 perforated pages, where one side is squared, whereas reverse side is plain. It is ideal for longer notes and ideas followed by drawings, schemes, charts and whitewater you need to to have job done. This is a large notebook (305.0 x 200.0 mm) which still fits into carry-on satchels and leather suitcases. Because ‘Project’ notebook it is significantly thicker than smaller brothers in the family, Silvine has added additional fabric band along the spine to protect it even more.
It’s worth saying few words abut the paper itself, which is particularly important from the fountain pens user perspective as I am. 90 gsm ‘Natural White Wave‘ paper manufactured by Sinclair is very fountain pen and inks friendly. I heavy tested it with numerous inks and different fountain pens and I have not spotted any problems with ghosting, showthrough and God forbid bleeding through or feathering. In general all inks look great and exhibit rich vibrant colours. Additionally, always favorable ink properties like shading or sheen are enhanced on this paper. Maybe it is not as fountain pen friendly paper as TomoeRiver of Midori , but still high grade. However, paper has delicate texture (or tooth if you like). It is great for pencils and to some extend the same type of writing experience you will get. Not being a fan of superbly smooth paper, Silvine paper fits me very well, but tho those who love buttery smooth paper this may not be ideal.
Here are some examples:
For more ‘inky test’ please refer to my original review of Silvine Pocket Notebook.
Silvine Originals notebooks are really good and I really enjoy using them. Paper feels good (again with gentle ‘tooth’) and work sell with most inks I tried. To maintain legacy of red notebooks, Silvine decided to make them in quite unusual sizes, that’s cool, but at the same time it may be trouble some if you like to keep them in together with more standard sizes notebooks. Personally, I would love to have ‘Memo’ in Fieldnote format, as well as ‘Note’ in standard A5 format. because they are all sewn, it won’t be easy to trim them to desired size, but even so…why would you do that ? They look cool as they are.
I would highly recommended to all writers, especially fountain pens enthusiasts.
(*) Disclaimer/ I have no affiliation with the all brands and companies mentioned above and this short review reflects only my personal views and findings about the products which were kindly sent for the reviewing purposes(free of charge) by Silvine.