Daycraft Planners and Notebooks12/29/2010
Daycraft paper products are designed in Hong Kong and manufactured in Dongguan, China. With a corporate line as well as a broad appeal collection and a fine attention to detail, there is sure to be at least one form that any writer can love.
The company was kind enough to send a variety of products for review. Each has striking visual appeal and several even display a touch of whimsy. All arrived shrink wrapped so the pages and covers were pristine. Excellent quality is consistent amongst the books at hand. All save one have attached ribbon bookmarks which is a real plus for a planner. Pages are sewn in some notebooks but not in others. All have useful information pages like calendars, almanacs, even maps though the content varies from item to item. There are a few perforated memo pages in the back which is another plus.
On the back cover, notebooks list the paper weight along with other pertinent data while planners include information about the calendar design along with other assorted specs. All have an external drawing of the book’s page layout which is very convenient for selecting the most suitable model.
Now here is the caveat. The paper weight varies from style to style. Not that fountain pen ink doesn’t work but the show-through and bleed-through can be significant. Some journals have heavier paper so it really depends on the journal.
Unlike those of you who make commitments easily, I write in my planner with a mechanical pencil and at this, Daycraft paper excels. Dates and plans are forever shifting in my world thus fountain pens are less than ideal for my purposes. While all of the planners and journals will work beautifully with a pencil, it will require being a little selective to get the best paper for an uncompromising fountain pen user.
If this all sounds promising, Daycraft’s market penetration has yet to include North or South America but they hope to arrive soon. When they do, there are so many choices, I am certain there is a winner for everyone.