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Fabrica Pocket-in-a-Pocket Notepad Review

I really love the creative design of the Fabrica Pocket-in-a-Pocket notepads by Yukihiro Kaneuchi of Japan. They have several unique features derived from the fashion industry that makes them both fun and memorable.

These notepads are pocket-size in a very literal sense: not only are they shaped like a pocket, they are sized to fit perfectly inside a classic men’s shirt pocket. They also are a great fit for the back pocket on a pair of jeans. Women’s fashion tends to have a greater number of variables, but I’m guessing the Pocket-in-a-Pocket notebook would also fit into some women’s pockets too. The size of the notepad is about 4” x 4.5” and it is less than 0.25” thick so you can check to see if it’ll fit your own favorite pockets.

The white paper inside the Pocket-in-a-Pocket notepad is quite interesting. Each of the notepads in the set of 3 has a unique page texture that imitates the textures of weaves found in fabric. I’m no fashion expert so pardon my descriptions – one notepad’s paper has a herringbone texture, another has a check pattern and the third has a diagonal texture that looks like gabardine to me. Even though the paper has texture, it is subtle and I felt that it did not interfere with my writing. It’s really hard to show the texture in a photo, but if you click on the photo above, enlarge it and then squint you might be able to make out the checkered pattern inside the aqua blue notebook.

(Writing Test - Front)

(Writing Test - Back)

From this writing test, it’s fairly obvious that this is not the notebook to use with fountain pens unless you only plan on using one side of the page. A fair amount of the fountain pen ink bled through the paper. It works well with both ballpoint and gel pens and the texture of the paper does not interfere with their performance. The texture of the paper makes me think it would be interesting to try some pencil sketches in these.

The Fabrica Pocket-in-a-Pocket notepads come in a set of 3, with one set featuring the Cool colors shown in the photo above, and the other set featuring Warm colors. It has a flexible cardboard cover with a subtle embossed Fabrica logo, is top stitch-bound and has 52 pages. What a great gift for the man in your life!

Have you tried any of Fabrica’s innovative products? If so, what is your favorite?


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