Blank Atoma A4 Notebook
Manufactum‘s ATOMA. A notebook and organizing system in parts and as a kit.
The 60-year-old Belgian ATOMA notebook system consists entirely of runaway rings and flighty pages, whereby the rings prevent the pages from flying off and the pages prevent the rings from running away – at any rate, thanks to a patented special perforation the pages can always be easily separated from each other. So you can add, rearrange or combine the various forms from your own notebooks any time you want to, – with forms, calendar or addresses you can generate with your PC on the blank forms and then perforate them with the ATOMA hole puncher.
The Paper. Real writing paper.
Almost all commercial „stationery“ today is optimized for smooth operation in offset or office printers at the expense of those who write by hand with fountain pens, ballpoints or pencils. Our paper favors the convenience of the hand writers: quills glide cleanly over it, fountain pen and ballpoint ink leave behind clean contours without running, and pencil lead creates unambiguous lettering and symbols. (For more information about this paper, which we also produce for our own line of note notepads, a blotter and stationery, see these products).
This is how you put together your notebook:
– the rings (Ø 17 or 24 mm) – eleven for an A4- and eight for an A5 notebook; – a 0.8 mm thick Texon cover we provide in A4 and A5 and extra wide for the A4 and A5 tabs; – specially perforated inserts (90 g/ m²) in A4 and A5; and – inscribable tabs with a 6-fold index extra wide for A4 and A5. Assembly is easy: first you insert the rings in the rear cover, then slip the inserts (approx. 8 sheets each) on the rings (about 8 sheets per insert) and then the front cover. We also offer all blank varieties as ready-made notebooks.
Some notes on material. Texon.
Texon is used as a substitute for leather or cardboard, but also as binding material. The paper-like material made of latex coated cellulose fiber is waterproof and insensitive to moisture. It is also highly resistant to mechanical stress, and after long use it will not „deconstruct“ into its constituent layers like conventional open edge cardboard.
Develop your own flexible notebook
I just love the Atoma. The looseleaf paper can be put through inkjet and laserjet printers easily (if you use the A5 paper just shrink A4 documents by 70% to make them fit) I have made up my own diary pages, notes pages and shrunk the pandemic flu guidance into it too. A year on from starting this notebook the cover has developed a lovely ageing, and the ring/page system is still working fine (I rather expected the pages to wear out somehow). Paper quality is excellent: even the the most pigmented fountain pen ink will not soak through If you love notebooks, this might just be the perfect answer
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