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.

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

Rhodia Ice 80th Anniversary Notepad – Review

Rhodia Ice Notepad Review

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

 

Specs: 

  • 4″x6″
  • Silver / Grey Grid Lines
  • Bright white paper
  • Top Staple bound
  • White covers with metallic print

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

Notes:

I’ve been a user of Rhodia paper for quite some time now. Why? Because it’s probably the best paper for use with fountain pens. The 80g paper is perfectly slick and makes any writing experience much smoother. For the 80th anniversary of the company, Rhodia released the Ice edition notebook. Typically when I think Rhodia, I think black and orange. Most of their line sports either a black or orange cover, this particular notebook breaks the mold. The pad has bright white covers, silver metallic logos and text on the back and silver/grey grid lines inside. I really like the way the notebook looks, and of course it’s great for writing on with fountain pen.

Rhodia ICE Notepad Review

I think I actually prefer the grey ruling over Rhodia’s standard violet ruling. It’s much less intrusive and really lets the color of the ink you’re using shine through without distraction. The pages are all micro-perforated for easy removal and the 4″ x 6″ notebook size is nice for throwing in a bag without taking up too much valuable room.

Rhodia ICE Notepad ReviewThe Rhodia Ice is a welcomed departure from the standard color schemes. The paper is exactly what you expect from Rhodia, and I think I’m going to be picking up a few more of these because of the grey ruling. They’re great notepads, and if you’re primarily a fountain pen user and have yet to try them, you’re really missing out! Huge thanks to my friends Sunny and Karen over at Exaclair for sending over the Rhodia Ice for review!

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Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards Review

Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards – Review

Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards

-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

  • 4.1″ x 2.1″
  • 100 Sheets
  • Off-white paper
  • Sturdy metal ring keeps pages together
  • Heavy plastic covers
  • $4.95 from JetPens

Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards Review

Notes:

Maruman makes my favorite notebook of all time, and I am always up for checking out other products they make. The Word Cards are a stack of small, heavy-stock paper cards with a single hole in them. Their purpose is for students to use to memorize words (hence the name), but they are the perfect tool to index fountain pen inks. I plan on doing this in the future, but for now, you can check out what Brad over at The Pen Addict did – it’s awesome. I’ve been keeping the stack of cards on my desk, and using them as sort of a more permanent Post-It note.

Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards Review

They’re great for jotting down passwords, or any other notes that you need at a glance. They’re a handy size, the paper is nice, there’s no feathering or bleeding to be seen, and they look great too. I wish that the paper didn’t have quite as much texture to it, as it’s not the friendliest to finer fountain pen nibs. The paper is off-white, and it would be absolutely perfect for ink cataloging if it were a true white. Overall, for $4.95, the Word Cards are a great deal. Thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending them over for review! Keep an eye out in the future for a massive ink catalog post, it’s coming.

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Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards Review

Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards Review 

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPens

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook – Review

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook

-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

  • Special B5 7.5″ x 10″
  • 6mm Lined Ruling, 35 lines / page
  • 70 sheets (140 Pages) of off-white paper
  • Date and page number headings
  • Heavy cardboard covers
  • Black double wire binding
  • $14.50 from JetPens

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Notes:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe Kokuyo Campus Wide notebook looks pretty great. The olive green, heavy cardboard covers, paired with the black double wire binding makes for an awesome looking notebook. Huge thanks to my friends over at JetPens for sending over the book for review! Their site lists the book as being “fountain pen friendly” but I don’t think I’m with them on that 100%. Enjoy the review!

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Appearance and Construction:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe Campus Wide notebook in olive green looks awesome. All of the color and design choices in the book compliment each other so well. The off-white paper has a maroon upper and lower line, with light grey lines in between. The black wire binding adds some nice contrast and is a welcomed departure from the standard silver metal. I love the color palette of the notebook, dark green and maroon are two of my favorite colors, and coincidentally the first colors of fountain pen ink I had ever purchased (Diamine Evergreen and Diamine Oxblood).

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe notebook is also constructed quite well. The heavy stock rigid covers make it easy to write anywhere, for the handwritten portion of the review I was leaning on my lap. The double wire binding can take a beating, and aren’t easily bent, making the pages easy to turn. The Campus Wide notebook is a winner in terms of appearance and construction.

Performance and Feel:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe 70g off-white paper is smooth, but it’s having quite the show through problem. There’s no feathering and ink dries on the page pretty quick. I imagine an extra fine nib would work okay, but if you’re using the paper to take notes with a fountain pen, you might not have the best time. This paper would definitely be better suited to gel or ballpoint pens (or any other non-liquid based ink).

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe paper is listed as fountain pen friendly, but I don’t think I agree. I would like to be able to use both sides of the sheet, but the showing/bleeding is a bit too much. I much prefer the Maruman Mnemosyne B5 notebook for a fountain pen friendly B5 notebook with off-white paper.

 

Color and Ruling:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensThe off-white paper is easy on the eyes. Mix that with the wubtle grey micro-dot ruling and maroon accents, and you have a really nice looking page. There’s a spot in the header for the date and page number, which is a nice touch. The 6mm rule nicely compliments the size of the page, as well as my handwriting. It’s slightly narrower than the 7mm rule I’m used to, but I still like it. There are other versions of the book with different colored covers with slightly different ruling spacing. Even though the paper is off-white, it still does a good job of showing off the color of the ink. Once again, it’s a shame that the paper isn’t slightly more ink-resistant, as I really like the features of the book.

 

Pros:

  • Great looking book
  • Perfect size (B5)
  • No feathering
  • Rigid covers

Cons:

  • Significant show-though
  • Wider nibs will bleed through

Conclusion:

Kokuyo Campus Wide Notebook Review JetPensOh how I wish the paper in this book was slightly heavier. If you don’t mind using only one side of the page, you may like the book. It’s well designed and I like the color palette quite a bit. It’s understated and simple, right up my alley. There’s no feathering and it’s smooth to write on, but the bleed through is just a bit too much for me to give it the seal of approval. If you need a great looking notebook to use with other types of pens, definitely consider this one. Thanks again to JetPens for sending over the notebook for review!

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Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook Review

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid and Lined Notebooks – Review

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP
Semi-B5 Dot Grid and Lined Notebooks

-Handwritten Review-

Specs: 

Handwritten Review Pictures:

Notes:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewHuge thanks to JetPens for sending these notebooks over for review. The Kyokuto F.O.B COOP notebooks have a minimalistic appearance and design. They’re loaded with 80 sheets of 81.4 gram smooth white paper. I use the dot grid books for my ink reviews 99% of the time. The bright white, semi-absorbent paper is accommodating to most inks and the brightness really shows off the true color of ink. I already know they’re great for my ink reviews, but will they work for an everyday fountain pen-friendly notebook? Make sure to check out the gallery at the bottom of the post for a ton more pictures that aren’t in the post!

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Appearance and Construction:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe lined version of the F.O.B COOP notebooks have a black cover. There’s a hard plastic frosted cover over a black cardboard sheet that gives the book a really nice matte appearance. They’re easily overlooked, but I personally prefer a notebook that doesn’t draw too much attention. The back cover is made of a much heavier cardboard that gives the book some nice added rigidity. The double wire binding is sturdy and durable. I’ve filled an entire dot grid notebook with ink reviews and it still looks like it did the day I got it. It’s a very professional looking notebook that I already know will stand up to being used, thrown in my bag, and transported.

Performance and Feel:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewHere’s where things get weird. The white paper in the notebooks is wonderfully smooth and super bright. There’s no feathering at all and the ink dries very quickly on the page. However, there’s a prety substantial amount of show through and some bleed through. This is odd, especially because the paper is 81 grams (Rhodia = 80g, Clairefontaine = 90g). It’s not all about the weight of the paper, and this paper proves it. The tradeoff here is the fast dry time.

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe F.O.B COOP books have a faster dry time than Rhodia, but it can be tough to justify a book that you cannot use both sides of the page with. If you don’t use the back of the page, then you will definitely enjoy the super smooth paper. It’s a pleasure to write on with everything from a Japanese fine nib to the architect point I wrote the review with. It’s makes every nib feel its smoothest.

Color and Ruling:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe paper in these notebooks is a bright neutral white. It’s great for showing off an ink’s true color. The ruling is made of solid light grey lines, spaced 7mm apart. 7mm rule is ideal for both the size of the book and the size of my handwriting. 21 lines is a nice amount of page real estate. I personally love B5 sized notebooks and used them throughout college. They’re versatile, portable, and a great medium-sized notebook option.

Pros:

  • Bright white pages
  • Super smooth
  • No feathering
  • Fast dry time

Cons:

  • Unusual amount of bleed through

Overall Thoughts and Recommendation:

Kyokuto F.O.B COOP B5 Dot Grid Lined Notebook ReviewThe Kyokuto F.O.B COOP books are so close to being perfect. If not being able to use the back of the page with fountain pens isn’t an issue for you, you’ll definitely enjoy these notebooks. Definitely try out these super smooth, bright white notebooks. I’ll continue to use the dot grid for my ink reviews because they do a great job of showing off the true color, and I love the B5 size. As an everyday notebook, it’s hard to recommend the Kyokuto F.O.B COOP because of the show through. If you’re in the market for a fountain pen friendly B5 book, check out the Maruman Mnemosyne B5. Once again, huge thanks to JetPens for sending over the books to review!

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Field Notes Colors Spring 2014 Shelterwood Review

Field Notes Shelterwood Spring Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Spring 2014 Colors Edition
“Shelterwood”

Field Notes Colors Spring 2014 Shelterwood Review

Specs From Field Notes:

“The covers are left uncoated with text printed in a triple-hit of “Ghostflower White” which remains slightly opaque, the wood texture showing through like a faded whitewashed fence. Inside covers are mossy green text on kraft paper. The guts of the books are Finch Fine “Soft White” 70# text stock, the same beefy stock you loved in our “America the Beautiful” Edition. They’re ruled in “Maidenhair Green,” and bound together with three sturdy gold staples.”

Field Notes Colors Spring 2014 Shelterwood Review

Handwritten Review Scans
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FN S2014 Shelterwood

Notes:

So these look really awesome. The covers are made of a very thin wood veneer that’s bonded to kraft paper. The paper inside is a 70#T “soft white” that’s noticeably thicker (and more fountain pen friendly) than their standard 50#T paper. The ruling is a nice green color, and it’s in the form of lines. It’s been a while since I’ve used a lined Field Notes, and I can say that I did miss it. Make sure to check out the handwritten review scans for the fronts and backs of all of the pages I used for the review. I tried something new this time and used my Doxie Flip to make a PDF of the review.  Please let me know what you think!

Field Notes Colors Spring 2014 Shelterwood Review

One thing I noticed is that the covers do have a hard time staying closed on their own. I think I’m going to be using my Field Notes General Purpose Band of Rubber to help keep this one closed. Other than the fact that this is the most fountain pen friendly FN I’ve used, I don’t think I have much else so say about this awesome seasonal release. Act fast, because they tend to sell out. Good thing I ordered two packs, because these are going to see some serious use.

Field Notes Colors Spring 2014 Shelterwood Review

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