Last year I had the opportunity to review the Pebble Stationery Co Sakura Sumiko notebook. This year I was contacted again to see if I had an interest in reviewing their newest limited-edition notebook, The Antartica. While I don’t use pocket-sized notebooks as often as larger notebooks, this one was too pretty to pass up, so let’s take a closer look at the Antartica and see what it’s all about.
First impression? Gorgeous. There’s something about a white cover that just feels so fresh and clean. I guess it is channeling the pure nature of Antarctica and that’s how it’s supposed to feel. I really like the holographic details as well. The map on the back is a great touch. Inside the covers there’s a cool blue color that I think adds a needed accent, while still keeping within the theme. Knowing that the paper is Tomoe River (the old 52gsm version) helps this notebook make a fantastic first impression.
Let’s take a closer look at the details for this notebook:
- Pages: 80 (40 sheets)
- Paper Weight: 52gsm Tomoe River (old version)
- Binding: Stitch
- Page Style: Dot – 4mm
- Size: 8.89 x 13.97 cm or 3.5 x 5.5 inches
Ink-handling characteristics: Please see my review for Tomoe River 52gsm paper
- Covered spine stitches
- 350gsm cover
- Holographic edged pages and embossed logo
- Limited edition
The heavy cover has a very nice feel to it. It’s almost like it has a slight plastic coating (although I’m pretty sure it doesn’t). It feels very sturdy and flexible. While the outside is a snowy-white color, complete with a sparkly finish, the inside of the covers is a robins-egg blue. I love this touch. The color looks great and also really makes the holographic printing on the inside of the cover pop.
As you would expect from any notebook with Tomoe River paper, it is a pleasure to write in. As you should expect from notebooks with only a single signature, it’s not the best at opening and laying flat, but I did find that with a little flexing persuasion it would stay open while writing. This notebook has a 4mm dot grid, which is a little smaller than I care for, but it also allows for more writing on a smaller page.
One thing that came to mind while I was using this notebook is that some people who regularly use pocket notebooks may want a paper with faster dry times than Tomoe River. While it is very nice to write on, ink stays wet on it for quite a while, which likely isn’t ideal for something you’re probably using on the go.
The Antartica is a great option for people who love using pocket-sized notebooks but want an upgrade in paper quality. While it will have longer dry times than most pocket notebooks, I’m sure that’s a tradeoff many are willing to make. It’s not every day that you’ll find pure white notebooks, so they definitely have a different look than you may be used to. I found this notebook to be attractive, fun and nice to use. Hopefully you’ll feel the same way, too!
If you’d like a bit more information about how I test papers and notebooks, I wrote an article about my paper rating system.