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Banditapple Carnet Handy Notebook Handwritten Review - 6

Banditapple Carnet Handy Notebook – Handwritten Stationery Review


Paper: Banditapple Carnet Handy Notebook

Pen: Lamy Al-Star, Fine Nib

Ink: Diamine Grey

Notes: When GouletPens.com announced these notebooks, I was intrigued. They were really cheap, and usually Goulet Pens does not steer me wrong with fountain pen friendly products. In this case, I disagree with the “friendliness”. When I got this pad, there was one thing I noticed right off the bat. It’s a pretty weird shape. I don’t know if I would consider it “handy” like the name says. If it was called the “odd” notebook, I think I might agree more with the nomenclature. I could get past the shape if the paper was great. Turns out, it wasn’t. I found it to be very toothy, even with nibs that perform very well on a wide range of papers. The paper is pretty thin too, making even Diamine Grey show through to the back of the page. The construction of the notebook is pretty decent, and it does lay almost all the way flat, which isn’t always the case with stitch-bound notebooks. The only decent writing experience on this paper was with a Bic ball point pen, which I normally don’t use unless I have to. If you happen to be someone who likes a LOT of feedback from your paper, then maybe check out Banditapple Carnet. If you’re like the majority of fountain pen users who like a smooth, nice paper, it’s best to steer clear. I decided to get scientific with this review. The last two picture I took through a loupe, and the difference in lines between the Banditapple Carnet and Rhodia are definitely noticeable.


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The only pen that was decently smooth was the Bic ballpoint. Yikes.

Close up, you can tell that the paper is rough. Nothing has a really crisp edge, especially the brush pen.

Bottom line says it all. I really wasn’t a fan of this notebook.
Got scientific with it. Using this loupe, you can see that the edges of the letters are quite rough. The next picture shows the Rhodia dotPad, where the edges of the line are noticeably smoother.

Rhodia dotPad – Much smoother lines than with the Banditapple Carnet

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Hamelin Black n Red - Front

The Black n’ Red by Hamelin A5 (8.25″x5.875″) Notebook – Handwritten Review

Hamelin Black n Red Collage

Paper: Hamelin Black n’ Red, A4

Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605, Binderized Fine nib

Ink: Vintage Sheaffer Peacock Blue

So, here’s the thing about Black n’ Red notebooks. I love them and I hate them. It’s like a grab bag, you could reach in and pull out a totally sweet prize, or you can pull out a total piece of garbage. That’s exactly what it’s like buying these notebooks. My first experience with the Black n’ Red was at Staples. I came across this high quality paper, and immediately recognized it’s fountain pen friendliness. The paper was bright white (good for ink sampling), just as smooth as Rhodia, and had grey ruling instead of the purple that Rhodia uses. On top of that, it had a plastic cover and an elastic band to keep it closed. Awesome. This thing was going to be great. It was! I couldn’t wait to get home and order some more online. BOY was I setting myself up for disappointment, and I didn’t even know it.

Hamelin Black n Red Review - Page 1

I noticed that Amazon had a pretty solid selection of these pads. I was stoked. They were cheap, looked professional, they were black, and they were fountain pen friendly. So I ordered two of them, one A5 and one A4. When the notebooks arrived, I immediately checked them out. Here’s the disappointment. Totally same notebook, totally different paper. The paper in the one I had ordered online was more textured. There was no sheen to it and ink feathered more so than it did on the last one. Overall, it wasn’t bad paper, it just wasn’t what I was buying it for. Moral of the story: If you’re going to buy Black n’ Red notebooks (I still recommend them), do so in a brick and mortar store so you can verify that it’s the nice paper, not the textured, feathery stuff.

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Like I said, check them out if you happen to see them in an office supply store, but be weary when purchasing online. Out of the four Black n’ Reds I have, two are the ones I like and two are the ones that I wish were the ones I like.

Hamelin Black n Red Review - Closeup

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Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine - Angle

Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine – Handwritten Ink Review

Pen: Lamy Safari Limited Edition 2012, Green Apple – 1.1mm Stub Nib
Ink: Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine
Paper: Rhodia dotPad

Notes: I bought this ink to go with my Pelikan M605. I hadn’t tried out the ink before buying a bottle, but I really lucked out. It’s a beautiful shade of green with great lubrication, flow and shading properties. It’s my ink of choice for the M605 as it matches the green ink window in the pen. Enjoy the review.

Writing Diagonal

Weekly Loadout – 10/16/12

This week, I have a few more Goulet Pens’ November Ink Drop colors in my daily carry pens.

This is my first time trying out Diamine Ochre and Rohrer & Klingner Morinda. I’m typically not a fan of brown inks, but this one has some nice shading properties to it. The R&K Morinda is a nice orangey-red. I find this ink to be a little bit on the dry side, but it could also just be in this pen/nib combo. Also worth noting, I swapped the nib on the TWSBI from the TWSBI fine to a #5 medium that came with my Franklin Christoph Collegia. It’s much smoother than the TWSBI nib and fit onto the feed perfectly. I also ordered a bottle of Diamine Grey, this is the second week it’s been in rotation, and I like it enough to own a bottle.

Left to Right:

Pelikan Souveran M605, Black & Rhodium – Fine nib – Sheaffer Peacock Blue (Vintage)

Pilot Vanishing Point, Matte Black – Medium nib -Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron

TWSBI Diamond 540 – Medium nib – Rohrer & Klingner Morinda (Ink Drop Color)

Lamy Al-Star, Coffee Brown – Bold nib – Diamine Ochre (Ink Drop Color)

Lamy Accent, Matte Black & Palladium – Fine nib – Sailor Kiwa Guro Nano Black

Lamy Safari Limited Edition 2012, Green Apple – 1.1mm stub –  Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine

Lamy Safari, Red – Fine nib – J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite

Lamy Safari, Charcoal – Medium Nib – Diamine Grey

Note: The following loadout is on Rhodia paper, an A4 Elastibook to be exact.

Close up.

The Writing.

Writing Closeup

Getting slanty with it.

Writing Diagonal