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Hobonichi Techo Avec

The Hobonichi Techo is one of the best-selling Japanese planners every year, including 2019. It’s a main competitor to the Traveler’s notebook, with some distinctive advantages and disadvantages when the two are compared, including the use of Tomoe River Paper, which will make or break the Techo for some people. The Avec is the half-year model, so it’s sold in January-June and July-December for each year.

The Avec is sold in the A6 size, with the Avec A6 being one of the most affordable Hobonich Techo planner, at a retail price of 1100 JPY.

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Hobonichi Techo Cousin

The Hobonichi Techo is one of the top-selling Japanese planners each year, including 2019 (and soon 2020!). It’s also a main competitor to the Traveler’s notebook, with some distinctive advantages and disadvantages when the two are compared.

The Hobonichi Cousin is the A5 size of the planner, which is the largest size that is sold. While this is a Japanese planner, it is available in the United States and other countries, though normally at a premium price.

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Studio Neat Panobook

Studio Neat Panobook

The Panobook is a landscape-oriented, extra-wide notebook… hence the name Panobook. It was original a launched on Kickstarter in June of 2017 and by the campaign’s close in October of that year it received 3,623 buyers whose total purchases amounted to $187,149.

The Panobook is a 100 page, wirebound notebook that measures 29 cm by 16 cm (11.3 inches by 6.3 inches). The extra width is useful for some some people when notetaking or placing the notebook on a shelf, but ultimately its not took different from getting a standard grid notebook and using it sideways. Or you could use it vertically and have what looks like an oversized report’s notebook.

What is cool about the Panobook is its attention to detail. The creators at Studio Neat offer lots of cool information about the notebook, such as how it uses a cover made out of Neenah LaCrema 617 Charcoal paper on 50 pt black chipboard or that the paper is Finch Fine Soft White Ultra Smooth paper in 70 lb Text. Or did you know that the text on the notebook is Verlag from Hoefler & Co.?

The Panobook has a stiff board cover that gives it some extra rigidity and a sturdy feeling. It’s a nice change of pace from your standard Rhodia or other floppy softcover.

The uncoated paper has a nice weight but it doesn’t play as nicely with fountain pen ink. It can feather and even bleed through with wetter pens, like a broad fountain pen. It’s still nice paper and a good option for most pens, but it’s more of a general use paper than a fountain pen lovers specialty paper (which is often the use-case for expensive notebooks).

Panobooks sell direct from Studio Neat for $20 each.

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Field Notes Memo Books

Field Notes, are simple, super popular memo books. They are generally sold in 3.5″ x 5.5″ sized notebooks and 48 pages in graph, ruled, and plain paper decorations. The brand is well known for its limited edition runs and many cover options.

The most standard, most true to the original form, Field Notes notebook is the “Original Kraft.” It’s still sold today in 3-packs for about $10.

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