North of Rosemont sent me a couple of their pocket notebooks to review for the blog. All thoughts shared in this post are my own.
North of Rosemont are a notebook company based out of Montreal in Canada. They create pocket notebooks, in their own distinct size, with a sturdy cover and high quality, fountain pen friendly paper. When my package arrived it included a few extras including some postcards, pins and a couple of pencils. I have been testing their notebooks out and putting the paper through its paces.
The first noticeable thing about the North of Rosemont notebooks is they look refined. I was sent two notebooks, one with a silvery blue cover and the other navy blue cover. The cover includes the company name and a few other particulars that are lightly debossed in white on the front and on the back is a logo and their website address. The branding is all clear and and easy to read.
One flourish with the North of Rosemont notebooks is the inclusion of end papers which is a little unusual for a pocket notebook. I don’t think they are traditional end papers, they are the same paper thickness as the grid pages and have a very muted speckled grey design. I found that they almost acted as a little notebook gatekeeper keeping the contents covered and away from prying eyes.
These notebook don’t have a dedicated space for your personal contact information. You could use the end papers for this purpose as the paper is thick enough.
The paper stock is bright white with a small cross grid which look like blurry dots to me rather than a defined grid pattern. It would have been better to have this printed crisper on the page.
The paper has a coated feeling to it which I thought may impact the ink dry times. I didn't notice any issues or notice waiting for the ink to dry before turning the page or closing the notebook.
Finally on the design, the size is not a true pocket notebook size. To me it feels like we’re creeping towards an A6 size notebook. This is far bigger than a Field Notes pocket notebook. It feels like it follows the Baron Fig style of a little squatter and fatter, but the North of Rosemont notebook is far bigger. Essentially, this is a large pocket notebook which means you wouldn't be able to fit this into a pocket notebook cover.
Using the North of Rosemont notebook.
I used my North of Rosemont notebook as a journal for a few weeks to really get a feel for how the paper felt and how the notebook held up. As this has fountain pen friendly paper I focused more on ink and testing out different nib widths to see how it took to the paper.
On the whole the ink performance was fine. Dry times were good and some of the shadier inks showed up nicely. There was some feathering and ghosting with my wetter fountain pens. Ghosting doesn't bother me on this size notebook and the feathering was minimal and therefore not too off-putting.
I also tested out pencils which were fine, although on this sort of paper I think they’re less enjoyable. Gel ink pens and rollerballs performed well. I also find gel ink on paper such as this less enjoyable and a little scratchy. A thicker pen seems to absorb and sit on the page better.
There is no doubt the North of Rosemont notebooks are nice to use. They have decent paper which caters more for an ink user in a pocket notebook size. If you’re not tied to a notebook cover the size is good and the additional paper space is always helpful.
There are however some small things that leave me wanting more. The grid could be cleaned up a little and really defined. Some additional grid options would also be great. The covers feel safe and conventional and in the crowded pocket notebook space potentially could get lost. The pocket notebook market is full of choice and options and sometimes it’s about standing out and producing something really nice and I just feel like I want something more from these notebooks. Perhaps working with local Montreal artists would really give North of Rosemont something different for pocket notebook users.
I would like to thank North of Rosemont for sending me their notebooks to use.