Review: Labrador Paper Notebook Triangle

The Notebook Triangle is made by Labrador Paper, based in Thailand. I was attracted to this notebook for the unique design of the cut corners. I love the aesthetic and the way it looks. This notebook is one of my favorite designs.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

The notebook is bare cardboard dyed a camel color, with a vinyl spine. The elastic band is a quality rubber band. I’m careful with my notebooks, but I do worry about the long-term durability of the cardboard cover. The company’s philosophy of sustainable and ecological design is embodied in the materials: bare cardboard, rubber band and green read paper. And they execute it really well.

I love the unique design of the notebook, the cut corners, and the asymmetrical elastic closure. However, since the elastic closure is also asymmetrical and doesn’t press evenly on the cover, as you can see, the cover stays somewhat lifted at the bottom. After keeping the notebook on my bookshelf tightly pressed between books on a full shelf, it went away.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

The paper is billed as Green Read Paper, which is designed to reduce light reflection hitting the paper, and this reduces strain on the eyes. The paper has some slight texture to the touch. Writing on the paper is nice, however. The description states the notebook will lay completely flat, which I did not find. The binding is pretty tight, but perhaps over time the binding will loosen up and lay flat.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

There’s a small pocket in both the front and back cover. Included in the back pocket is a set of colored cardboard bookmark tabs.

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I don’t think I’ll be using these bookmark tabs, but I they’re pretty cool.

Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

The Notebook Triangle below an A5 Moleskine Notebook for reference.
Triangle Notebook Labrador Paper

Specifications

  • A5
  • 144 pages
  • 8mm lines

Where to Buy:

  • Homu Store (if located in Southeast Asia)
  • Stickerrific (if located in US. They were so helpful and wonderful!!)
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Review: Front Notebook

Front is a Chinese office supply manufacturer. It appears they do not have a Western distributor, which is too bad because their notebooks look awesome. Navigating their website is easier using Google Chrome, which automatically translates — unless you read Chinese, of course. It appears their webshop (hosted on Taoboa, a Chinese version of ebay) does not ship overseas. I found this notebook through ebay, and there are a few more copies left.
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The cover is a faux-leather material, feels kind of waxy and vinyl-like. Similar to a softcover Moleskine. There’s no elastic band closure, but the cover stays shut without it.

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The paper has a smooth touch, somewhat smoother than Moleskine paper. They don’t advertise the paper weight, so I’m unsure. I use a Micron Pen 01 and there was no show through. This notebook has colored/gilt-edging that matches the cover, which I particularly fancy.

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On the top of the page, they have some organizational formatting, including date entry space and circular checkbox next to the day of the week. I won’t be using it, but it doesn’t bother me,  it’s easy to ignore, and doesn’t take up too much space. The last 18 pages are perforated at the side, and in half. The perforation lines are easy to see in the picture.

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A5 Moleskine on the bottom for size reference.

Specifications

  • Model: D66-A501
  • $14.99
  • Lined, 8mm
  • 308 pages
  • Last 18 pages are perforated (on the edge and in half)