Well, after a massive amount of staring at a computer screen, it seems the Leuchtturm1917 A5 dot-grid notebooks fit the bill for both SWMBO and myself.
Initially, I ordered one for myself from eBay UK as it was cheaper shipping than anything in the USA and was cheap enough for the book also. I did however not read the sellers terms, that they add 20% VAT.
Doh. They usually don’t charge that for international orders.. but sure whatever, still an alright price at $35 landed at my door.
I ordered a teal (Emerald) notebook, which seems to be in “in” colour at the moment. I quite like it, though it irks me that my taste fits in with popular choice.
I got bored waiting the other night so started searching for NZ sellers, ideally online and for a reasonable price. None showed on the first page of google. Then I looked at the adverts (you know, the first couple of results which I usually ignore because they are adverts…) and one of them was www.1917.co.nz
So I checked out the site, sent them an email on the contact page. SWMBO walks in behind me and points out the physical address is around the corner from where she works, then sends them an email telling them that her husband is an idiot and she will drop in and see them at some stage.
I didn’t even notice, I didn’t read it as it’s not very often a supplier is in our home town.
So we stopped in on the way home tonight, and SWMBO now has a purple A5 dot-grid notebook, and he threw in a couple of 2014 A6 diaries as he said he won’t be selling them now. I guess that’s true, it’s fairly late in the year. And we also purchased a couple of pen-loops, though in retrospect we should have grabbed a couple more. So handy.
Now we just need to order a couple of fountain pens so that we are all fancy and proper.
I’m not sure what the appeal is, but since searching for decent notebooks, an amazing amount of fountain pen stuff has shown up, and I really like it. It’s just something I need to have; I have decided.
Most likely a Pilot Metropolitan, though I am unsure which colour body. Probably an animal print one, maybe Taupe, SWMBO wants a violet one. Oh, and she wants Medium nib and I want the Fine.
They seem cheap and good, from the reviews. Though I’ll report back once we have them in our hands.