June 2019

NOTEPAD REVIEW: THE BULL & STASH “STASH” NOTEBOOK:

 

NOTEPAD REVIEW: THE BULL & STASH “STASH” NOTEBOOK:

Portland, Oregon-based Bull & Stash were kind enough to send me one of their large “Stash” notepads for review a number of weeks back. Bull & Stash is a relatively brand-new company, focused exclusively, from what I can tell, on their notepad line as well as paper refills.

Bull & Stash expenses their notepads as a “buy-it-once” product: “Choosing a notebook ought to be a thoughtful choice you make when and reach delight in over a lifetime.” I’m uncertain that I get into that (as somebody that probably has 50+ notebooks existing around), and certainly not with this certain notebook, however reserving the advertising and marketing, the “Stash” is excellent quality.

Bull & Stash notebooks are hand-assembled in the United States from top-grain Italian leather. Clearly, Bull & Stash has attempted a high-grade, USA-made notepad in the spirit of the Traveler’s Notebook. I would claim yes on the total quality, but as I discussed, this item isn’t fairly there for me in terms of practicality and overall usability.

I have no issues with the construct of this notebook. The leather feels great in the hand – flexible, yet still rugged looking. The notebook showcases a special refill system, utilizing a two-hole binding system that in the beginning glimpse shows up proprietary, however with a little work you would quickly be able to make your personal custom refills from the paper of your option. The Bull & Stash paper itself is serviceable, but I’m not exactly sure I would call it “hemorrhage immune.” I experienced some bleed-through from fountain pens and also various other fluid ink rollerballs, but to be honest it most likely does not matter below.

The result is more of a “protected notepad” instead compared to a real notebook, though I will certainly state that if you’re someone that scans their notes the one-sided looseleaf refill would certainly make it very simple to do so. My notebooks offer as my coordinators and catch-alls for loosened bits of paper recorded on scraps of paper, things I’ve printed off the net, and so on.

On the various other hands, something I do appreciate about the Stash is the capacity to tailor the refill. Bull & Stash markets blank, lined, graph, and also dot grid paper, and since it’s sold in looseleaf form pre-punched for the two-hole binding, you can blend the different kinds of paper to create a notebook with your favored combination of paper (i.e., half-ruled/half-graph, rotating sheets of graph and dot-grid, all empty, and so on).

TAKEAWAYS AND WHERE TO BUY:

On the whole, Bull & Stash makes a top quality notepad, and a great deal of thought and also creative thinking has entered into the layout. While this notebook doesn’t meet my specific requirements for a day-to-day lug, that does not imply that it would not benefit you, and also I easily recognize that I’m a bit of an outlier in regards to just how I use my notebooks on a day-to-day basis. I take care of a lot of various cases/projects/side-businesses simultaneously, so a single-refill notebook in this style can not practically be my “go-to.” Still, it’s a great notepad, as well as I intend to maintain an eye on Bull & Stash and also just what they might launch in the future.

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Rose City, Oregon-based Bull & Stash were kind enough to send me one of their large “Stash” notebooks for evaluation several weeks back. Bull & Stash is a relatively new firm, focused exclusively, from exactly what I could inform, on their notebook line as well as paper refills. Plainly, Bull & Stash has actually tried a top quality, USA-made notepad in the spirit of the Traveler’s Notebook. Generally, Bull & Stash makes a top-notch notebook, as well as a whole lot of idea and also creative thinking, has actually gone into the layout. While this notepad doesn’t fulfill my specific requirements for a day-to-day lug, that doesn’t imply that it would not function for you, and also I openly recognize that I’m a bit of an outlier in terms of exactly how I utilize my notepads on a day-to-day basis.

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