Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Review

Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Review

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

Write Notepads have always impressed me with their build quality and value over the years, and the Meeting Notebook is no slouch.

A relative newcomer to the lineup, the Meeting Notebook is not a novel concept, but Write's execution is impeccable. You've probably seen similar notebooks at your local office supply stores, Amazon, and from Rhodia and Japanese stationery companies. The "meeting notebook" usually contains formatting paper that is conducive to taking notes during a meeting or discussion. There's an area for contextual information like date, location, attendees, etc. as well as a reserved space for action items and notes. The Write Meeting Notebook follows these cues, but adds a bit of the classic Write style that we know and love.

Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Layout

As the name implies, these kinds of books can be a lifesaver during meetings. There's ample room for notes, a sliver of margin reserved for recording actions, and minimal amount of space up top for context. It's a great format, and one that I wish I could use more often. I love using this book when attending a meeting as a participant or stakeholder, but I normally fall back to my faster digital notebook (Bear) for recording minutes and actions for calls that I'm leading so that I can record all the details as they happen.

Just take one look at a picture of the paper format and you'll know if this can help you in your job or personal life. It provides enough structure to keep your notes and actions organized, but it's also subtle enough to disappear if you want to use a sheet as an impromptu sketch or doodle during a meeting.

Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Writing

Once you finish a Meeting Notebook, you have a convenient record of your meetings — along with the notes, decisions, and actions that took place. It's a great analog reference tool.

Like I said at the beginning, I'm always impressed by Write Notepads, and this notebook is no exception. The quality of materials is fantastic, and that translates to delight whenever you get a chance to hold or use the book.

I have the black cover version, but they also sell a Pistachio (off-white cover) version that is identical inside.

Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Binding

The twin ring binding is rugged and sleek. When turning pages, I haven't had any issues or hangs along the binding. Being tossed in a busy bag and bouncing around on the commute is an easy task for the binding, and I'm sure it will outlast the notebook. The sheets aren't meant to be torn out of the notebook, and (as such) feel very secure when turning pages back and forth. It does not feel like a page will accidentally tear or start to fall out with heavy use.

The covers are a thick and durable chipboard material. I'm a big fan of the look and feel, and the minimal branding just makes my day. There's a small space on the front cover to indicate a year, project, subject, or other detail, but there is no "This book belongs to..." page on the inside. The first page of this notebook is all business — just like all the other pages. There's no fluff, and I really appreciate.

Write Notepads Meeting Notebook

The format of the paper is something I really enjoy, but now it's time to look at the quality of that paper and how it performs with different types of pens and inks.

In the past, I've had mixed experiences with Write Notepads when it comes to juicy fountain pens, so I was expecting similar results with this notebook.

I was pleasantly surprised after doing several pen/ink samples to find that there was practically no bleeding, show-through, or any other negative reactions. This paper is fantastic! Write Notepads lists the paper as 70# stock, but it performs better than I expected. Fountain pens, gel pens, liquid ink rollerballs, and pencils all performed with aplomb. Not only can you bring this notebook to your meetings, but you can be confident that you favorite pen can also come with you to help document the meeting.

Every time I try out a new Write Notepads product, I'm always happy I did. While the idea of a "meeting notebook" isn't new, I appreciate the unique take that Write took with this book.

The Meeting Notebook sells for $22 and is available in Black or Pistachio covers.


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Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Back Cover
Posted on December 12, 2018 and filed under Write Notepads, Notebook Reviews.

Write Notepads Meeting Notebook Giveaway

Write Notepads Meeting Book

What is that notebook? It’s the Write Notepads Meeting Notebook.

That question came up multiple times yesterday after my Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener review, so I thought let’s give one away! The winner of this giveaway can choose Black or Pistachio and prepare to rule over all future meetings. Read the rules below and enter away!

Posted on December 11, 2018 and filed under Giveaways, Write Notepads.

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Review

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Review

One of the most fun parts about being obsessed with stationery isn’t just discovering new writing instruments, but also the accessories that go with the writing instruments. I’ve developed a fondness for wooden pencils over the years, and as much fun as I have trying new ones and discovering my favorites, I also enjoy exploring pencil-adjacent accessories, like pencil sharpeners.

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener

The Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener is the latest to hit my desk, and has a feature I wasn’t aware I needed: Two stages of tip sharpness. Why is this important to me? I’m so glad you asked!

Not all pencil cores are created equally. Traditional writing pencils, like your standard HB, have a graphite core. They sharpen to a pointy, durable tip and write well from the moment they hit the page. Colored pencils use a clay-based core, making them softer and more prone to breakage when sharpened to a point as fine as I like with my writing pencils. Have you ever sharpened a colored pencil in a regular sharpener and snapped the tip of the pencil off the moment it touched the page? That’s why.

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Open

The Carl Ein helps with this issue by having two settings in one sharpener: An 0.5 mm standard pointed tip for traditional writing pencils, and an 0.9 mm broad, stub tip for pencils that are softer or use different core materials, like colored pencils. This setting is simple to swap between with a simple twist of the knob on the handle side of the sharpener.

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Tray

While the selling point of the sharpener works as intended, Carl and I had a rough start. When my package arrived and I pulled out the box I noticed a lot of rattling. Opening it up, there were small, loose parts everywhere. The front, slide-out panel had become completely disassembled in shipping. Putting it back together was a 20-30 minute exercise in frustration. It’s one of those things that requires three hands to assemble, and unfortunately, I was only born with two.

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Crank

This had me worried about the overall build and sturdiness of the sharpener from the jump, but it has proven to be a workhorse and no further issues with functionality have been detected.

One design feature I noticed and appreciated with regular use was the sloped top cover of the sharpener. Desk sharpeners usually require two hands to operate, one on the crank and one on the top of the sharpener to hold it steady. I didn’t even realize this feature until I was switching back and forth between my favorite Uni KH-20 sharpener and felt that the Carl was easier to hold on to. It’s also slightly wider and has a wider base, so that contributes to its sturdiness.

  0.5 mm on the top of each pair, 0.9 mm on the bottom

0.5 mm on the top of each pair, 0.9 mm on the bottom

I’m happy overall with the Carl Ein, but their is one final gotcha to be aware of: The price. This is a $40 desktop pencil sharpener. I’ve used great desktop sharpeners in the low-$20 range, like the Classroom Friendly. My personal favorite is the aforementioned KH-20, which runs $30.

Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Test

Does the Carl Ein offer enough in its added features to justify the extra cost? For me personally, no. I will recommend the KH-20 every time over the Carl. But, for hardcore colorists and soft-pencil core users I can see the benefit of having dual point sizes built into a single sharpener. And for that, I think the Carl Ein is a good choice.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Carl Ein Pencil Sharpener Notebook
Posted on December 10, 2018 and filed under Carl Ein, Pencil Sharpener, Pencil Reviews.