The legal protections offered by properly formatted laboratory notebooks are perfect for the budding engineer or inventor, but what many people miss is how important these notebooks can be for non-scientific uses.
Almost every family has someone who chronicles the family history, or writes songs, or develops new recipes that are family heirlooms. No one wants to see those lost forever by a spilled soda, or simply the ravages of time, and one of the best ways to prevent that is to use an archival pen in a good notebook.
With the right ink, the writing will not fade, feather, or run, and with the right paper, whatever you’re writing can be preserved for decades to come. These permanently bound notebooks offer archival paper meant to hold up to moisture, chemical exposure, and more, creating a long-term record of the things that are important to you.
Whether it’s Aunt Emma’s cherry cobbler recipe, a chemical formula to eliminate soap scum on showers, or the beginnings of cancer research that wipes the disease out forever, using a laboratory notebook to record these important things is the first step in making sure that they are documented forever.
Regular notebooks will yellow with age, and ink can fade to the point where it is no longer decipherable, but when you take the right precautions, your notes will be as legible in 30 years as they are today. Choosing to make an investment in the things you want to keep is simply a matter of good sense.