Category Archives: Stationery

Stationery Reviews – here you will find all of my reviews on fountain pen friendly paper products. Stationery reviews include notebook specs, a handwritten review, bleed through and show through performance, feel of the paper and several enlargeable pictures to show texture.

Field Notes “Shenandoah” – Fall 2015 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Fall 2015 Colors Edition
“Shenandoah”

Specs From Field Notes:

“Our Fall limited-edition seasonal release, “The Shenandoah Edition” features three green French cover stocks that match the leaf color of three trees found at Shenandoah National Park: the Sweet Birch, the Chestnut Oak, and the Red Maple. Our new friends at Platinum Converting in Itasca, Ill. fused each of the green papers to a contrasting French text-weight paper that matches the tree’s fall foliage.

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-12 copyThese extra-sturdy duplexed covers have a classic, beefy feel to them, reminiscent of early COLORS releases like “Mackinaw Autumn” and “Just Below Zero.” Beefier, actually, since we’ve upgraded our body paper to 60#T Finch Opaque “Bright White,” with a 3/16″ graph. Each features an illustration of a leaf on the back with some facts about the tree. The belly band is real birch veneer, just because it looked so darn good with all that green.”

Notes:

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-4 copySo, it turns out that I TOTALLY skipped coverage of the Fall 2015 Field Notes Colors Edition: Shenandoah. Maybe it was the excitement over the announcement of the color-changing Snowblind, or maybe I took the photos and forgot about them (yeah, no it definitely was this). Anyway, this edition is still available for sale from Field Notes, you can snag one here.  Shenandoah is made up of three books, each representing a different type of tree found in the national park. The inside of the book is the color that the tree’s foliage turns in the Fall. It’s a great edition that highlights some of the most breathtaking scenery around. If you’re not so into trees, you will enjoy the extra heavy, double layered covers and slightly thicker internal paper.

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-3 copyEach of the three books has a leaf on the back with a few facts about the tree, inside you’ll find the standard “information” page and some wacky uses inside the back cover.

The paper inside holds up decently well to a variety of pens, but your best bet here is either a pencil, ballpoint, or gel pen.

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-11 copyThe Shenandoah edition makes a nice addition to the Colors lineup, and it’s the little details like a real birch belly band and custom-made twin layer covers that set these apart from the rest. I’m sure at this point in time there aren’t quite as many books available as there were when they were announced, so don’t sleep on these.

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Field Notes “Snowblind” – Winter 2015 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Winter 2015 Colors Edition
“Snowblind”

Specs From Field Notes:

“The covers (100# Sappi McCoy Silk cover stock) are silk-screened (a COLORS first in itself) with two custom inks. The Field Notes logo is a pearlescent “interference” ink that glimmers and sparkles, and the rest of the book is coated in a nearly-magical “photochromic” ink that changes color when exposed to sunlight. Indoors, they’re white, outdoors they’re blue!Field Notes Snowblind Review-7

PHOTOCHROMIC ink changes color when exposed to a specific range of ultraviolet light. The ink appears colorless indoors, but changes to blue in about 15 seconds when exposed to a strong UV source like mid-day sunlight. The color fades away in a few minutes when removed from the UV source. The change is not permanent, and can be repeated”

Notes:

I was pretty amped when I saw that Field Notes put out a color changing cover. We all had a bit of an “OMG” moment when the Unexposed Edition was announced, hoping they’d do something like change color, and personally I was a little let down when they didn’t. Field Notes has more than made up for it with their latest release, “Snowblind”.

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These white notebooks turn to a nice shade of light blue when exposed to UV light. They look great indoors and out, especially with the small details like white staples and pearlescent ink for the logo. Inside, you’ll find a very faint grid pattern which really lets your writing pop. The 60# Finch paper won’t hold up so great to fountain pen usage, but they play nice with a variety of other pocket-friendly writing utensils. It’s really cool to see Field Notes constantly innovating quarter after quarter for such a long time. They manage to keep their releases fresh, exciting, and consistent.

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I’m definitely a fan of the Snowblind edition, and as with all COLORS editions, these are limited. Head over to FIELD NOTES to grab a pack (or two, like I did…) before they’re gone forever!

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Maruman Mnemosyne 182 Inspiration Book Review

Maruman Mnemosyne 182
Inspiration Book Review

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Specs: 

  • Book Size – A5 (5.8 x 8.25″)
  • Ruling – grid / blank
  • Grid Size – .5mm
  • 70 Sheets, perforated
  • Top wire binding
  • Plastic cover
  • 80gsm, fountain pen friendly paper
  • Made in Japan
  • $10.50 from JetPens

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Notes:
The Mnemosyne line of notebooks by Maruman are definitely amongst my favorite. They look great, they’re filled with fountain pen friendly paper, and they come in a variety of convenient sizes and ruling. The inspiration book was designed with the creative in mind, featuring both blank and grid rulings. It’s the perfect size to toss in a bag and go. It also doesn’t take up a ton of desk real estate, but still provides enough room to sketch out ideas, take notes, and more. I’ve found that I tend to go through Maruman notebooks rather quickly. If that’s not a testament to how much I like them, I don’t know what is. This configuration is fast becoming one of my favorites. Make sure you check out the gallery below for a ton more pictures, all at full resolution!

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Thanks to JetPens for sending the book over for review!

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Disclaimer: This book was received as a review unit, free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Doane Small Idea Journal Review

Doane Paper
Small Idea Journal

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-7Specs: 

  • Journal Size – 5.25” x 6.875”
  • Grid Size – .125” (.3175 cm) x .125” (.3175 cm)
  • Wide (Legal) Ruled Line Spacing
  • 100 Sheets / 200 Pages per notebook w/ full bleed DP sheets
  • Rugged Wire-O-Binding
  • 80 Point Chipboard Stock w/ Black Ink Embossed covers (100% recycled)
  • 60 LB Brite White Offset Stock content pages
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • $13 from JetPens

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-6Notes:
This little book has been my go-to spot for doodles and notes. It’s small in size, I love the ruling, and it looks cool. The paper tends to feather a tiny bit with fountain pens, but I don’t mind it. The notebook is sturdy and the wire-o-binding has held up to being thrown in a bag and bounced around.
Doane Small Idea Journal Review-9I’ve gone through three full Doane Flap Jotters, so I figured I’d give this format a try. The paper inside this book isn’t quite as friendly to fountain pens as that in the Flap Jotter, but it’s not bad. If you’ve been looking to try out Doane Paper, definitely consider this capable little notebook.

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-8Thanks to JetPens for sending the book over for review!

 

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Disclaimer: This book was received as a review unit, free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Field Notes Starbucks Reserve “Coffee Origins” Review

Field Notes
Starbucks Roastery Edition
“Coffee Origins”

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-13Specs:

  • 3 – pack
  • Line, Graph, and Dot Grid ruling
  • #50T bright white paper with grey ruling
  • Map and coffee facts for each region on the back

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For any of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I enjoy coffee a little bit… Field Notes and Starbucks have teamed up again for some exclusive books – this time it’s a three pack of books, one for each of the coffee growing regions of the world. They’re very similar to the Unexposed Colors Edition in feel and looks. Admittedly, I bought these primarily to take coffee notes in, not to use them as an everyday pocket notebook. They’ll live in my cabinet with the rest of my coffee gear and come out when I get new beans in or to take roasting notes.

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-10The #50T paper inside should hold up to ballpoint, gel, and maybe a finer rollerball alright, but don’t expect it to be the friendliest to fountain pens. I like that the pack includes a lined, graph, and dot grid book, it’s a nice touch. I thought I was seeing things, but upon further inspection, the staples are actually white. Another cool detail!

Field Notes Coffee Origins 3 Pack-8It’s rare that I pay more than retail for a Field Notes (I’m not THAT hardcore of a collector), but these were definitely worth adding to my collection. Since they’re only available at the physical Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, they have to be purchased second market online. Currently, the going rate is around $30 – not bad for something that crosses over into two of my hobbies as well as these books do!

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