Monday, December 8, 2008

Review: Rag & Bone Journal - A Perfect Gift!

Rag and Bone Journal

Rag & Bone Journal shown with a large Moleskine for size comparison.

From the Rag & Bone website: "By popular demand from fans and customers, we're making journals again. This 6 x 9, handbound journal with deckle edged, bright white pages was the first book I began selling as Rag & Bone Bindery almost 18 years ago.

Today, the journals are made in the exact same way as we made them back then: hand cut pages, beautiful covers and a "scritchy-scratchy" paper that's not too thick, not too soft and just right for ink, pencil & pen. "

About Us
"Located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Rag & Bone Bindery creates Photo Albums, Journals, Guest Books, Baby Books, and other fine bindings distinguished by their craftsmanship and enduring beauty.

We've been creating handbound books since 1991 in our Rhode Island based Bookbinding Studios.

"Made By Hands"
Skilled artisans handle every aspect of the production process from start to finish, resulting in quality, archival, well constructed books.

Our Books, Albums & Journals can be found in fine Gift Shops, Stationery Stores, Photo Studios and Galleries across America.

Not A Faceless Corporation

As a studio, we're dedicated to the fine art of Bookbinding, paper arts, book arts and journaling. We enjoy what we do and take pride in producing well bound books at an appropriate cost. Please browse our site to find out more about our products, who we are, what we do and where we work."

Rag and Bone Journal

These beautiful hand made journals are available in a myriad of Cover Options. Red Rose is shown above.

Rag and Bone Journal

The book does open flat, but needs just a bit of encouragement due to the weight of the paper. The spine is constructed to lie flat, and once you get past about 1/4 of the pages, the book will open and lie flat. The way the book is constructed, it is easy to write in on a flat surface, or "on the knee."

Rag and Bone Journal

144 pages of acid free Lynx Opaque Recycled Smooth 65# Cover are what's in this journal. The paper is hand cut and hand sewn, very thick and very smooth. It feels like card stock. Of all tested fountain pens/inks, there was no bleeding, no see-through, feathering or spreading. Ink dries in about average time, but when in doubt use a blotter.

The paper is bright white and the edges are deckle edged. Rag & Bone calls the paper, "scritchy-scratchy" but I do not. I think it's very smooth and almost shiny.

The paper brings to my mind the thick paper used in the Moleskine Sketchbooks - but without the waxy covering. I find it to be a joy to write on, especially with the .07 cursive italic Pelikan M200.

I think these books would make fantastic keepsakes. A wonderful hand-made gift appropriate for graduation, weddings, birthdays, life transitions, holidays, etc.

Rag and Bone Journal

Rag & Bone notes the paper as being appropriate for ink, pen and pencil, but I wanted to try it with several different kinds of media. I did not find the paper to be particularly responsive to watercolor, and I think it would only be suited for the lightest of washes.

Rag and Bone Journal

This paper LOVES markers. (Sharpies did bleed through a little bit) Every marker tested flowed effortlessly over the paper.

Rag and Bone Journal

I found this paper to be a bit too smooth for me to really enjoy using it with pencil. Not enough tooth. The softer pencils (8B) felt better but I personally would use this book primarily for marker and pen.

Rag and Bone Journal

Tested with Caran D'Ache Neocolor II crayons. The crayons loved this paper. They are watersoluable and when washed with a brush, they responded better than when using regular watercolors. (The left hand side of this figure was washed with a Niji Waterbrush.)

Rag and Bone Journal

All in all, I think this is a beautiful book. I have a particular affection for hand made products and this one is well worth it's $29 price.

For readers of my blog, you can get 20% off your purchases from the Rag & Bone Website now through 12/31 by entering the discount code, "biffybeans."

Happy Holidays from Biffybeans & Rag & Bone!


B2-kun said...

Nice informative review with great photo shots.

Office Supply Geek said...

Great review, thank you. I never knew the term "deckle edged" before, but I always knew I liked the look.

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