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Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Pack Winners

In case you didn't know it already, Chad Doane is from Kansas City, and his Royals have made the World Series for the first time since 1985. Congrats to all of my KC friends and followers - I'll be rooting for you in the Series! (Sorry Mr. Snell)

But you aren't here for baseball talk, are you? Tell me who won the awesome Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Packs already! Ok fine, here are the three winners:


Congratulations gang! You have one week to get in touch with your mailing address, which I will pass on to Chad for shipping.

Thanks to all who entered and big thanks to Chad for offering up his great products for readers of The Pen Addict.

Posted on October 19, 2014 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.

Doane Paper Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Pack Giveaway

I love it when Chad Doane creates new products. Not only do I get to add them to my ever growing arsenal of DP goods, but he is quick to hook up the readers of The Pen Addict as well.

The Utility Notebook Small Color 6 Pack is the latest Doane Paper release, featuring one each of navy, sky blue, rover green, crimson, autumn and primer gray color covers. Each 3.5” x 5.5” memo book contains 48 pages of Doane’s famous Grid + Lines paper and are made in the USA.

Chad is offering up THREE 6-packs to readers. Here is how to enter:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Saturday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is limited to US residents only.

  2. For this contest, I will pick three winners at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at will be used to pick the numbers of the winners.

  3. The contest winners will be posted on Sunday, October 19th. The winners will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Thanks to Chad Doane and Doane Paper for offering up these notebooks. Good luck!

Posted on October 16, 2014 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.

Doane Paper Utility Notebook Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

Pocket notebooks are extremely trendy today. I really have no idea why or where the trend started (actually, I think I have a pretty good idea why—I'm just being really sarcastic). And that trend is perfectly fine with me, because it means there's always plenty of new things to try. Besides the standard Field Notes, pretty much every notebook maker offers some sort of pocket-sized notebook. Some are a bit smaller or have different paper than standard Field Notes, but I've recently been smitten by the Doane Paper Utility Notebook — the small version, to be exact.

Brad reviewed this notebook back in 2008, but these notebooks deserve some more attention. Question is, is Brad's opinion still the same about these books? His thoughts from almost 6 years (six years!!) ago mirror my own thoughts almost exactly.

I, like many of you, have a problem with acquiring too many Field Notes for my own good. They're unique, practical, and have such a great design and versatility. To me, they're made to be used, and that's exactly what I do with them.

The Doane Paper Utility Notebooks are also made to be used, and I've been enjoying the heck out of them since I bought a few. I'm sorry to keep comparing them to Field Notes, but it's kind of hard not to since they're so similar in size.

Similar, yes. But very unique in so many good ways.

The paper used in the Utility Notebooks is awesome in my opinion. It takes fountain pen ink like a champ and is smooth while doing so. Of course, it has the signature Doane Paper "grid+lines" pattern on the pages—something that I've grown very fond of since using the books. The lines are wide enough to handle my frantic scrawl when writing down an important note or idea, and the grids are small enough for more detailed and exact writing. It really is the best of both worlds. When I first started using the paper, I was a little overwhelmed by all of the lines, but I got over it pretty quickly. They're calming now.

There's show-through in the paper when using fountain pens, but it's usable. I don't use fountain pens in my Field Notes for that reason—the standard Field Notes paper doesn't do well for me with fountain pen ink. Of course, gel and rollerball inks act perfectly well-behaved on the paper. According to the Doane shop, the paper is 60# recycled paper, which is one mark higher than the standard 50# Field Notes paper. (Yes, some Field Notes editions have thicker paper, but I'm talking about the standard-issue books).

Being the same size as Field Notes, you know they fit in your pocket like a champ. That means they even fit in my Nock Hightower, no sweat.

The cover is a cardstock that is fairly resilient. I expected it to fade faster since it's a black stock, but it's held its color really well. I've recently transitioned to working from home, so my pocket notebooks don't get nearly as much time in my pockets, so keep that in mind. Daily pocket carry would definitely leave more signs of wear.

The design of the cover is unassuming. It's a black book with some white text that describe the book. Personally, I love the look of the black books as well as the other colors. I don't believe you can buy the 3-pack traffic light variety any more, but they very recently released a very attractive 6-pack of gorgeous colors that I feel compelled to buy.

The inside covers are blank, which feels a bit odd after using so many Field Notes. But, the beauty of a blank white cover is that it can be used for whatever you want. You can add your own personal contact information or favorite uses for the books. Hey, if you're really careful you can even draw your own ruler.

Three silver staples bind the book together, and I haven't experienced any issues with the binding coming apart. These are really well-made.

Overall, these are fantastic notebooks that I highly recommend. For me, they've become the new standard. I won't be able to resist any special edition Field Notes that come along that strike my fancy, but these definitely have my vote over the standard edition. They're working notebooks, and that's what matters.

Posted on October 8, 2014 and filed under Doane Paper, Notebook Reviews.

Winter Session + Doane Paper Flap Jotter Transport Small Winner

I'm always happy when Chad Doane offers up some of his excellent Doane Paper Goods for readers of The Pen Addict. You know it's going to be good! This time around the Winter Session + Doane Paper Flap Jotter Transport Small was up for grabs, and the winner is:

Congrats Justin! Get in touch via the Contact page and I will get your Transport transported.

Thanks again to Chad Doane, and be sure to take advantage of the code "wintersession" for 10% off all of your Winter Session + DP purchases through noon on July 22nd.

Posted on July 11, 2014 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.