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Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary

11/12/2012

The Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary (English Version) is unusually comfortable in the hand and comes loaded with extras. There’s a whole lot to like but a caveat is in order.

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary

The cover feels like soft leather and has no markings on the front. Only a tiny, embossed logo on the back gives away the manufacturer. The book sent for review by Daycraft is dark brown with red edged paper to match the interior cover and front sheet. The ribbon bookmark is red, too. Thea case bound pages and flexible cover give this diary the feeling of a much used, favorite book. In keeping with that, the book remains open without effort which makes it easy to write margin to margin. Eventually it should get even looser and more supple. This is one journal that could easily become an old friend as the year progresses.

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary Interior Pages

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary Interior Pages

The interior is packed with 28 pages of information including international holidays, international guides, international area codes, world times, size conversions, and health and nutrition data. The page per day format for weekdays and half page for weekends should be ample for most of us. The 6mm gray lines are unobtrusive and the A6 size (108mm x 149mm) is handy and comfortable. With 408 pages there is a lot to like in this Signature Diary. However, if A6 doesn’t suit you, it comes in other sizes and variations.

The paper is cream colored and at 60gsm relatively thin. All of the writing instruments tested worked well on the smooth paper but with mixed results for fountain pen ink. In this it was similar to the Slab Notebook with a tiny amount of feathering but much less than Moleskine. Just as with the Slab, there was mild to medium show-through and some bleed-through with FP inks. Since two-sided writing is necessary in a diary, mild show-through may be acceptable but bleed-through a frustration. A blotter sheet between pages will protect the following page and can be used to keep other types of ink like those used in gel pens and ball points from smearing.

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary Writing Samples

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary Writing Samples

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary Writing Sample Reverse

Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary Writing Sample Reverse

If you use anything but a fountain pen, this is an excellent diary. If you must use a fountain pen, try a pale ink in a wider nib or a dry ink in a very fine nib like those from Japanese pen makers. Either could produce acceptable results but this is one of those”your mileage may vary” caveats. The nib and ink flow might be just right or might be just awful. My Levenger True Writer custom italic nib using Noodler’s Golden Brown worked well. It is a dry writing pen and that is what made the difference. For a change, its stingy flow was perfect. However, my True Writer with a stock fine nib and Diamine Chocolate Brown showed through on the reverse but did not bleed through at all. The Signature Diary is one product that proves matching pen to ink to paper can be worth the effort.

Daycraft makes some great journals but you’ll have to order them online if you live in the U.S. The Signature 2013 Diary (A6 English Version) is offered for $219 HKD or $29 USD at the current exchange rate. With free worldwide shipping, this might be just the thing to track your 2013. But order it now. You know how slow international shipping can be especially around the holidays.

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The Daycraft Slab Journal Is Golden

11/11/2012

In anticipation of the holidays and the beginning of a new year, there are two products that I received from Daycraft some months ago that deserve special mention: the Slab Notebook and the Signature 2013 Diary.

Daycraft Gold Slab Notebook

Daycraft Gold Slab Notebook

Admittedly I’ve wanted one of the Gold Slab Notebooks since I first laid eyes on it. It really does look like a gold bar with its brilliant gold cover and gilt paper edges. The only clues that it isn’t what it looks like are the subtly embossed lettering on the cover and the tiny, discreetly embossed logo on the lower left side of the back cover. The front cover reads “Fine Gold” and “999.9 Pure Thinking” but I had to train a bright light at the right angle to read it. If something this large and gold colored could be called understated, the Gold Slab is it.

It is a chunky journal with 360 pages (back and front) but the paper cover keeps the weight manageable. It measures 6 1/4″ x 4 3/8″ x 3/4″. The 6.5 mm line spacing accommodates larger handwriting and the cream colored paper is easy on the eyes. The sewn binding is stitched in four places so the paper is sufficiently secure. The pages lay flat making it easy to write from margin to margin.

Again taking the concepts of subtle and discreet seriously, Daycraft has left each page to the writer’s imagination with the logo printed only once at the bottom of the final page. There are no prompts or hints or titles. Just lines to keep words orderly. Frankly, this shows a level of respect for the writer and the beautifully executed product. Kudos to Daycraft for treating us as adults.

So how does the Gold Slab handle writing instruments and ink? Everything I tested that would fit the line spacing worked very well on the smooth paper but with mixed results for fountain pen ink. There is a little feathering on close inspection but not enough to bother me. It is far better than Moleskine in that regard. However, there was show-through and bleed-through with some inks. A fine nib with a dry ink will yield the best results if you want to write on both sides of a page. If you are content with writing on just one side, then use any pen and ink you like. A blotter sheet behind the page on which you are writing will protect the next page and keep it pristine.

Daycraft Slab Notebook Writing Sample

Daycraft Slab Notebook Writing Sample

Daycraft Slab Notebook Writing Sample - Reverse

Daycraft Slab Notebook Writing Sample – Reverse

If you prefer a more natural, organic appearance, there is another version of the Slab but done in the look of wood.

Daycraft Wood Slab Notebook

Daycraft Wood Slab Notebook

Daycraft makes some of the best looking journals and diaries I’ve seen but you’ll have to order them online if you live in the U.S. The Slab Notebook is offered for $129 HKD or $17 USD at the current exchange rate. With free worldwide shipping, the Gold Slab journal would make a memorable gift. But order it now. You know how slow international shipping can be especially around the holidays.

A review of the Daycraft Signature 2013 Diary is now available.

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