Canteo, a brand of Biella of Switzerland, offers notebooks and office products.
They now have a retail presence in Canada, and I recently acquired one of their A4 sized notebooks.
It is an original. I’ll start from the inside in describing the notebook – I ordered a squared (graph paper/quadrille) version – and to my surprise, the squares are an unusual 4mm, rendered in grey ink, on a cream background.
The paper is very graphite friendly, and I’m quite impressed with the way handwriting and drawings appear.
The thread stitched notebook lies flat, and has a very sensible business appearance if that matters to you. It comes with a set of metal clips and a black-dyed pencil as pleasant extras.
The book has a corner elastic, and an internal ribbon. The cover is hard to describe – a sophisticated matte paper fabric.
Overall, I have the impression of a very nicely made notebook, and I’ve already enjoyed using it. Though it is approaching the upper end of what I’d generally like to pay for a mass produced notebook, it seems to offer an appropriate value and quality level. Some examples: The binding allows laying the notebook completely flat, and the paper and journal have their corners rounded with matching arcs. There are statements on the web saying Canteo products are made in Korea. I didn’t find any information about this on the product itself, though the references to Switzerland are many.
I have already ordered another!