As many left handers can attest, it can be challenging writing in certain notebooks. Whether it is the binding on the book that prevents the notebook from laying flat when open or ink smudging on the paper (and the side of your hand) as you write, the search for the perfect notebook can be frustrating. Below are a few notebooks/journals/padfolios that I find are the best to write in for leftys like myself:
This Italian Handcrafted Leather Padfolio is both stylish and functional.
There's a slot to hold a letter size notepad, a loop for your pen, and a flap pocket to hold loose documents and business cards.
This padfolio lays flat when open and adding a notepad that is bound at the top rather than the side makes it super easy to jot down notes and ideas.
Moleskine is widely known for their notebooks. Both the Moleskine Cahier and Volant Journals are definitely my go to notebook for my daily work notes. Both journals lay flat when open and are available in a few different page styles.
Moleskine Volant Journals feature a coated cover where the Moleskine Cahier Journal has a heavy duty cardboard with visible stitching on the spine. And if you are looking to dress up the cardboard cover, the Moleskine Cahier Journal fits right inside the Around the World Refillable Leather Journal.
For me, the Dusty Road Handmade Leather Journal is the perfect journal. Measuring 5.5" x 6.75" x 1.25" thick, this journal isn't too big that it is cumbersome and its large enough that the journal lays flat when opened and I find I can get quite a few thoughts down on one page.
I also like the fact that there are assorted page styles on the interior so I am not limited by lines on the page for my notes and doodles.
I also really like the Ciak Mate Soft Cover Slim Notebook. The soft and supple faux leather cover is flexible so it stays flat when open which is a must have for left handers. I love that this notebook is available in a variety of colors and a larger 8.25" x11.5" size.
Handcrafted in Italy, this ruled page notebook is made with 85 GMS ivory paper and is fountain pen friendly!
If you are looking for a non-leather notebook with dotted page styles, Nuuna Premium Notebooks are the way to go.
Not only do these notebooks lay flat when open but the white 120 g Munken paper with dot grid printed in light grey ink coupled with fun cover designs add a little panache to my writing.
The light grey dots provide the structure I need for writing in a straight line but aren't so bold as to be distracting.
Whether you are looking for a leather or non leather journal, having a notebook that lays flat when open is crucial for us left handers. The above options have worked well for me and I hope they also inspire you as well!