Guuuuys, I think I’ve fallen head over hells in love with a stationery brand! Hieronymus are a Swiss company that specialise in high-end stationery and hand-bound notebooks, as well as writing instruments and other desk accessories. They offered to send me a couple of things to try out, and although I was so excited to rip open the package when it arrived, I could see straight away that this was not be rushed, and I waited until I could document it properly…
Everything about the experience of opening these items felt thought-through and luxurious. Wrapped in black tissue paper, the items within where also impeccably packed up like gifts in black paper. I started by opening the Ruthenus Black Writing Pad.
And oh my, as soon as you open up that black paper, it’s clear that this is special. I actually kept saying “oh my goodness” out loud when I opened up the cover.
The cover is linen embossed paper, screen printed with a geometric pattern.
And inside the hand binding (Japanese method) is fully on display, and beautiful. And those perforations! So satisfying.
Also inside are notes explaining the manufacturing process, and a guide sheet; one side lines, one side grid, for use under the blank pages.
And what’s that paper like? I tested it with the usual suspects, and it faired really well. No bleeding or feathering at all, and the only ink you could see through on the other side was the felt pen, as you might expect. Plus, I had to remind myself that this is a writing pad, not a notebook, and usually you’d only be writing on one side of the paper anyway.
The other item in my package was a set of A5 notecards, with envelopes. Again, opening this set was an experience in itself, starting with the Hieronymus logo embossed on the paper inside the box. I’m not sure if you can quite see it above, but I love this detail, which hint at the luxury beneath.
Inside is a set of thick notecards, each one with a hot foil printed skull. Super cool.
You can see it in more detail above, along with the silver edging. The paper used for these cards is 100% cotton.
You get 10 cards in each set, each with their own envelopes, which are lined with tissue paper. This is such a special set. You can get them with a range of different – and slightly bizarre – emblems, such as snails (everyone’s favourite?), pipes (for dads, I assume), monkeys (why not), octopuses (sure), and guns (hmmm).
And now we get to the only downside… The price! These are serious luxury, and understandably, you may for the hand crafted care and design that goes into them. The writing pad is 74 CHF (swiss francs), which roughly (as of time of posting) coverts to £61, and the notecards are 125 CHF, which is £103. Gasp. But, if you can afford it, and want to give someone a super special gift, I can assure you that they are a real treat to receive.
Please note these items were sent to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own. I know I rave about these, but I promise it’s all genuine.