NoteShel are a UK based company who asked me if I’d like to take a look at two of their products, a holder for sticky notes (post-its) and this holder for index cards. These are my own opinions. Read through to the end for details about how to win this set.
The index card holder costs £15 and is made from leather. It comes with a pen and two packs of index cards.
The index cards are reasonably decent quality. They seem to be coated which means while they take fountain pen ink well, with no feathering or other misbehaviour and excellent shading, it takes a long time for ink to dry. Similarly with rollerballs, of course. However, the cards are great with ballpoints (such as the one provided) and are more than good enough for the job in hand.
The ballpoint pen itself isn’t going to make anyone’s top ten list but it’s just right for jotting down quick notes and for living snuggly in the holder itself. The refill hard starts and skips a little. It seems to be a D1 sized refill wedged into a plastic spacer which, try as I might, I can’t dislodge. So as it is, there’s no way of replacing the refill once it runs out. NoteShel are planning to sell refills themselves and if in the meantime you need one it might be worth contacting them directly and asking nicely.
It lives in a slot at the back of the holder.
On the same subject, at the time of writing NoteShel don’t sell packs of the index cards separately so if you like this particular format you’re out of luck, although there are quite a lot provided to begin with. Again, NoteShel plan to sell packs soon and at least index cards of all kinds are easy to find.
The holder itself seems to be made well, with strong stitching with no loose ends. The leather is quite good. It isn’t the highest quality but it’s a lot better than you find on most products like this at this kind of price.
The design of the holder is fantastic. Inside, there are two slots that will each hold about about ten cards each, although it’s starting to get a bit plump by then.
At the front is space for a single index card. This works really well. It could be a shopping list, a to-do list, a blank card for jotting down random thoughts or observations . . . all kinds of possibilities. For me, this is what makes this product. It would make the perfect Hipster PDA.
This holder is incredibly versatile, well made and very reasonably priced. The only downside is the lack of refill replacements, both index card and pen refill; something NoteShel have told me they are fixing soon.
I’m giving this holder and set of index cards away to one lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on this review saying what it is you do to keep track of what it is you need to do.
The winner will be picked using random.org. I’ll contact the winner and if I don’t hear back in a reasonable time (as decided by me) I’ll pick a new winner.
The giveaway closes at 9am BST on Sunday 29th April 2018.