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My top notebooks or the best notebooks in the world – my quest to find the perfect notebook

In my quest to find the perfect notebook, I have decided the ones below are the world’s best notebooks. It’s down to personal choice of course and your particular requirements at the time. I’ve tried to think about cost, quality (and in particular paper quality), looks, size (whether you need something lightweight and fairly small and slim or something larger with more space) and what I want from a notebook at the moment. Although was meant to be a kind of ‘top 10’ notebooks, there are more than 10 and the order does not really matter as these are all great British made notebooks.

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Silvine Stationery – Made in England

Nice quality stationery.  British made.  Good prices.

http://www.silvine.com/

Silvine make British made stationery – notebooks, pocket notebooks, exercise books, sketch pads, jotters, shorthand notebooks (reporter’s notebooks), scrap books, refill pads, record cards, postcards, raffle tickets, writing paper, envelopes, exercise books, memo books, cash books, duplicate books, triplicate books, receipt books, educational planners, petty cash vouchers, water resistant outdoor notebooks, etc. You can view their full range in their catalogue on their website. Nice quality stationery. There’s a review of a Silvine memo book here. British made. Good prices. Silvine paper products are made by Sinclairs in Yorkshire, who were established 1837, and can also make bespoke own-branded stationery for companies. All but a few of their products are made in the UK. For example Silvine don’t manufacture their Executive soft touch notebooks in the UK, but almost everything else is made here. In January 2017 their sales team said “Our soft feel executive notebooks are one of the very few lines in our range that are not produced at our manufacturing site here in the UK, these are currently sourced from the Far East.” Available in locals shops, good stationers, and online (for example on eBay, Amazon, and the Post Office).

Silvine Cash Book. British Made. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm. Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil. 72 pages (36 sheets).

 

Silvine Classic Memo Book. British made. Quality lined paper. Quality red jacket. Pocket sized. Lightweight. Ref 042F. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm.

Silvine Classic Memo Book. British made. Quality lined paper (feint ruled). Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil. Quality red jacket. Pocket sized. Lightweight. Ref 042F. 10 x 16 x 0.5cm. 72 pages (36 sheets).

Peter Cook in the 1950s, with John Cleese, using a Silvine Notebook. Still made in Britain today.

Peter Cook in the 1950s, with John Cleese, using a Silvine Notebook. Still made in Britain today. Screen shot from a BBC documentary about Les Dawson (the Many Faces of Les Dawson, 2011).

Silvine Value Spiral Bound approx 227 x 125 x 70mm including spine (approx. 8" x 5") lined Shorthand Notebook 160 pages (80 leaves). Made in the UK. Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil.

Silvine Value Spiral Bound approx 227 x 125 x 70mm including spine (approx. 8″ x 5″) lined Shorthand Notebook 160 pages (80 leaves). Made in the UK. Suitable for use with a fountain pen, gel pen, biro, or pencil.

Silvine striped fashion notebook. British Made.

Silvine striped fashion notebook. British Made.

Silvine Union Jack Scrap Book. Made in the UK.

Silvine Union Jack Scrap Book. Made in the UK.