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Mid-Week Mini: Rollo London A6 Hardy Notebook

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Rollo London sent me over a copy of their new Paperchase Hardy notebooks to test run before the launch. All the thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

I have reviewed a Rollo London Hardy notebook in the past. Alex from Rollo got in touch recently asking if I would like to review another one of their notebooks that will be featuring in Paperchase in the UK.

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The red A6 Hardy notebook is much like its larger partner. There are 192 pages of cream lined paper. The hard cover exterior has a textured finish with the Rollo London dog charm attached to the front.

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There is an elastic closure, rear pocket on the back inside cover and a black bookmark. The Hardy comes with most of the things you would expect from a high end notebook.

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I have been using this notebook for a couple of weeks testing out various different pens and pencils. The paper handled most of the pens I use everyday pretty well. There was however quite a bit of show through on the page particularly with fountain pens, with some of my heavier marks leaving a trace on the reverse page.

The lined ruling feels a little tight on the page. I have quite big handwriting and found it hard to keep within the ruling. I also wish the line shade was a little lighter so it was less distracting. Finally it would be good if the ruling was across the full width of the page and the blank boarder disappeared.

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You can tell the Hardy notebook is quality and high end. The finish is excellent, but for me a few improvements to the paper would really elevate these notebooks and make them even better.

The Hardy can now be found in Paperchase. I would like to thank Rollo London for sending me the Hardy to review.

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Rollo London Hardy Notebook Review.

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[Rollo London] contacted me asking if I would like to review one of their notebooks here on the blog. I have been using this notebook for a few weeks and wanted to share my thoughts.

I really like using and reviewing British products on the blog. Sometimes it feels harder than it should to find British stationery brands and products and I think there are some great products out there. Rollo London contacted me and asked if I would test run their [Hardy] notebook.

The Hardy Notebook Specifics.

This is an A5 hardbound notebook which comes in numerous colour choices. I requested the British Mulberry which is a beautiful rich purple colour.

The cover has a textured grain effect but with a smooth finish giving it a premium feel. On the cover you have the signature Rollo dog pin in gold, the most visible bit of branding on the exterior of this notebook.

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There is some impact of this pin on the inside front cover that did leave an indent on the pages when it arrived, but once I started using the notebook I hardly noticed it.

There is an elastic closure in the same purple and a single long purple bookmark.

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On the inside back cover there is a handy pocket for any loose bits of paper or ephemera you may need to carry around.

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The edges of the notebook are gilded in gold foil. This is not something thats overly common on notebooks, Field Notes released the [Ambition] limited edition and one of the unique but [complicated aspects] of that edition was the gilded edges. The gilding adds to the premium feel of the notebook and makes it feel a little bit special.

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Inside the notebook is cream coloured paper with a dark, thin line ruling. At the top of every page you have space for the date and at the bottom the same dog branding is mirrored inside.

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I like ruled notebooks especially for long form writing. I also enjoy cream coloured paper and find this nicer to write on than bright, stark white. The ruling however falls down for me with the Rollo notebook. It’s too dark, a lighter ink colour would make the ruling blend into the background and be the guide its designed to be. The spacing is also too thin for my personal preference forcing me to use every other line.

Paper Performance.

The paper on the whole held up well. I have been using my notebook for morning pages which I like to do in fountain pen and ink. Some of my fountain pen and ink combinations performed well. The Lamy LX and Sailor Blue Black worked particularly well. There was some show through on the page but this doesn’t personally bother me too much when I know I’m writing on the full page.

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Then there were other inks such as the Lamy Dark Lilac in my Lamy Aion with a medium nib that bled through the page quite a lot. The heavier, wetter inks with a wider nib fountain pen were too much for the paper.

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With all other pens and pencils they performed fine with no bleed or show through. The paper worked quite nicely with pencils, there isn’t a lot of tooth which means the paper doesn’t eat up the graphite but it glides nicely over the page.

Overall thoughts.

There is a lot to like about the Hardy Rollo notebook. It’s a well made and finished notebook that comes in some lovely colour options and would make a really nice gift because it’s a notebook that feels special. Personally I think the paper should be better especially in a premium notebook. I would rather not have to consider my pen choice but just pick up anything and write, but this isn’t a deal breaker it would just make this notebook even nicer to use.

If you’re interested in what Rollo London has to offer head over to their website. They have several other notebook options available and some lovely colour choices.

Thank you Rollo London for sending me the Hardy notebook to play with and test for the blog.