The Writer's Block by Word. Notebooks - Review

Last year I wrote a post introducing a Kickstarter project by Word. Notebooks for a new desk accessory that I fell in love with instantly. If you missed that you can go back and take a read here. As I mentioned in that post I had backed the project myself for a stainless steel version of The Writers Block. A couple weeks back I picked up a small package from the post office that was unexpectedly heavy and I knew there was only one thing it could be, my machined chunk of steel!!

Now I actually have one sitting on my desk I'm even more in love with it. It's a tiny little block but has so much functionality, and I really do mean tiny. Sitting at 1.5″Wx2″Dx1″H (3.81cmWx5.08cmDx2.54cmH) calling it compact is an understatement. However in this instance lacking in size isn't a bad thing at all. I have quite the large desk and I have a large desk for a reason, whatever project I'm working on I like to spread it out and make use of every last inch of my workspace. So taking up space with large and bulky desk accessories just for the sake of organisation is kind of counterproductive.

Although the design is simple, the materials and finishes used create a very sleek and minimalist look. Adds a modern touch to any desk top.

The list of things you could use this block for is truly endless. There are the more obvious ideas that would work well for any desk/work environment, for instance your daily pen and notebook combo, a stylish business card holder, storage for notes and doodles you gather throughout your day. The slot is .385" (.98cm) thick, allowing you to accommodate many different things.

The options don't end at analogue tools as this makes for an awesome tech stand. I've used it for both my iPhone and iPad with no troubles at all. I'm currently using an iPhone 5S and it can hold that even with a case fitted, but the one thing I've found this to be a perfect tool for is an iPad stand! I have a thinner model of the iPad (Air 2, without a case) so when it's placed in the slot it is at a slight angle, which makes for perfect viewing of YouTube or Netflix while I'm at my desk. Or if I flip the iPad to portrait it is ideal for reading through my favourite blogs and news feeds! The block has quite a hefty weight, at roughly 308g, but this works in it's favour, even with a large tablet propped inside of the slot it isn't unbalanced in the slightest and I'm confident it won't topple over.
This isn't restricted to just Apple products as I'm sure any other phone or tablet with similar thicknesses will work just fine!

The Writers Block has two main features, of course the other that I haven't mentioned so far is the pen hole. It is foremost a sleek pen stand so I must draw attention to that. The hole has a diameter of .4375" (1.11cm) so will house many different pens with ease, the hole goes .875” (2.22cm) into the stand allowing it to grip onto enough of the pen so not to fall out. There is a slight lip around the opening which guides a pen into the block which also means there's no harsh edges that could scratch a pen when removing or inserting.

The only other design element on this block is the Word. Notebooks logo engraved on the underside, I only wish this wasn't hidden as it's a really neat touch but it isn't a deal breaker! Overall I've been really pleased with The Writers Block and I'm happy I decided to back the project. I feel like it would make an excellent gift for any desk, whether its your desk or someone else's is your decision to make!

The Writers Block is now available to purchase through Word. Notebooks, pricing information for each material is listed below.

Black Steel - $55 (approx. £36.27)
Stainless Steel - $77 (approx. £52.10)
Brass - $84 (approx. £55.40)

Thanks for reading!

Posted on January 20, 2015 and filed under Desk Accessories.