Review: Back Pocket Notebooks

It’s not often that my hobbies intersect, so when they do, I feel like a giddy kid watching a rocket launch for the first time. When I saw these space-themed notebooks by Back Pocket Notebook Co., I knew I had to order them. They combined some of my favorite things: Stars! Paper! SpaceX! What’s not to like?! I had a serious case of "where's-my-packageitis" while waiting for these notebooks to arrive. And when they did, I was not disappointed. Simply put, it was love at first write.

I’m always on the lookout for pocket-sized notebooks since I jot down notes often and I tend to carry small bags (which I stuff with too many pens). At 140 X 90 mm (5.5 x 3.5 inches), these notebooks fit my tiny bags and jeans pockets perfectly. They’re also lightweight at around 35-36 grams.

Most importantly for me, the paper is suitable for fountain pen use. Each notebook consists of 36 pages (18 sheets) of 120-gsm paper with a cross grid pattern in light grey. The texture is smooth and the pages appear matte.

As the pictures below show, the paper can handle nib sizes from extra-fine to double broad with ease. The back of the page also remains usable as there is no bleed-through. I did notice some mild feathering when using broader and/or "wetter" pens, but this was the exception rather than the norm.

In addition to being FP-friendly, these notebooks are also quite sturdy. I’ve had them for several months now and they’ve handled frequent use very well. The 300-gsm cover is thick and is sufficiently rigid to help the notebook keep its shape.

As a bonus, the inside of the front and back covers include additional information that is sure to tickle one’s dorky bone. The Night Sky notebooks have a list of the brightest stars that appear in the constellations used on the covers. The SpaceX notebooks, meanwhile, feature Mars-related information as well as a list of universal constants (such as the speed of light, and the Astronomical Unit).

For those who may not be interested in space, Back Pocket has a variety of eye-catching designs to choose from. I missed out on the solar system covers (argh!), but the guitar ones have caught my eye for my next order.

To sum up, these are high-quality pocket notebooks with superb paper. These will be a staple in my bag and in my stash of stationery goodies. And if I ever get to watch a SpaceX launch live, guess which notebooks are coming with me? [As with all the products I review, I bought these notebooks myself for personal use. I have no affiliation with any of the companies whose products appear on this blog.]

The Inky Way, 2020