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William Hannah’s new pen case and notebook fastener

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I also own this A5 notebook in whisky with kingfisher-blue interior plush lining. Again, the new pen holder keeps this organised and today

William Hannah’s notebooks are among the finest you can buy and we have reviewed them before. Several Macfilos readers (including Jonathan Slack, I might add) found their way to William Hannah as a result of the article. Leica owners, who tend to be connoisseurs of fine craftsmanship, will absolutely love a WH notebook.

I have now been using my black-and-kingfisher William Hannah A5 notebook for over a year. The new pen case now keeps it closed and compact while providing a place for my favourite fountain pen
I have now been using my black-and-kingfisher William Hannah A5 notebook for over a year. The new pen case keeps it closed and compact while providing a safe home for my favourite fountain pen

Features I’ve long been hoping for include a pen holder and some way of securing the leather covers. In answer to my prayers, William Hannah has produced a very neat combination of the two features. It is a leather sleeve designed to hold one pen, attached to an elasticated band which fits around the cover to keep everything in place.

I also own this A5 notebook in whisky with kingfisher-blue interior plush lining. Again, the new pen holder keeps this organised and today
I also own this A5 notebook in whiskey-coloured leather with kingfisher-blue interior lining. Again, the pen holder keeps things organised and tidy

The new pen sleeve and faster comes in all the popular colour combinations and costs a reasonable £29.

Colour crazy

If you wish, you can customise the colours and pay £40. There are 8 leather colour choices, 12 interior suedes, 8 shades of elastic and no fewer than 17 stitching options. However, since I am hopeless when presented with such wide options and invariably make the wrong choice, I’m happy to stick with the stock colours.

Bespoke colour options. Take a flight of fancy for an additional £11 on top of the standard £29 cost.
Bespoke colour options. Take a flight of fancy for an additional £11 on top of the standard £29 cost.

I continue to be delighted with my William Hannah A5 notebooks. My first and my favourite example was a Christmas gift last December from my good friend George James, a lifelong Leics devotee. George sadly died a couple of weeks later after a long illness and he is still missed. Yet he couldn’t have given me a better present which is constantly on my desk and which is used for random notes as I work on Macfilos articles.

The stainless-steel binder rings are beautiful in themselves. Pages can be inserted or removed very easily simply by pulling or pressing down

For many years I believed that stitched notebooks, from well-known manufacturers such as Moleskine, Leuchtturm and Rhodia, were the only choice for anyone who is dedicated to keeping handwritten records. Ring binders were always quite beyond the Pale as far as I was concerned — awkward, messy things.

Perception

But William Hannah has completely changed this perception. The larger A5 book uses eight fixed rings (that is, you cannot open them) while the smaller A5 model has six. The pages are stamped with holes featuring a narrow neck which fits snugly around the rings.

The big advantage of a loose-leaf system, of course, is that you can readily swap pages around, both within the notebook and to other leather books or archives. It’s easy to pull out a batch of pages and scan them (I use the excellent Fujitsu ScanSnap iX1500).

Thus you have the best of all worlds — the pleasure of writing on a wonderful paper surface and the convenience of a computerised archive. You can even perform optical character recognition to turn the pages into searchable PDFs, but this doesn’t work well with my handwriting. However, carefully written headlines or hashtags will be recognised.

The pen case costs £29 and comes in all the William Hannah stock colours. If you wish to customise your colours the cost goes up to £40.
The pen case costs £29 and comes in all the William Hannah stock colours. If you wish to customise your colours the cost goes up to £40, still very reasonable for the standard of workmanship and the quality of materials.

Apart from the tactile seduction of the William Hannah covers and the ingenious ring-binder system, the crowning glory is the paper itself. I have tried notebooks from many manufacturers but none has come close to reproducing the weight, smoothness and sheer delight of Hannah pages.

All inserts are made from 100gsm paper designed for minimum bleed and feathering. There is a wide range of options, from plain to ruled or squared, and special pages such as dated journals and daily task lists.

William Hannah’s products are hand-made in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and invariably come with a handwritten welcome note from David Round, the inspiration behind the marque.

If you are looking for a Christmas present for yourself or someone close to you, look no further. Everyone loves a notebook.

Visit the William Hannah webshop here

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