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Going full-force in 2013, edjelley.com will be featuring tons of fountain pen, ink and stationery reviews on Lamy, Pelikan, Pilot, Noodler’s Ink, Diamine Inks, Rhodia Paper Products, Maruman Paper Products and much much more. I wanted to bring some multimedia to the website and thought a montage of my review process would be a great way to show the readers what I do.
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.
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.
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.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Stationery Reviews for more fountain pen friendly paper!
So after some deliberation, I decided it was time for a fountain pen tattoo. I wanted a subtle homage in there for my uncle, who passed away suddenly last January. I was fortunate enough to inherit his fountain pen collection. The two things that stood out the most were his Montblanc 149 and a vintage bottle of Sheaffer Peacock Blue. The Montblanc 149 is pretty much as classic as they come and the Sheaffer ink is the perfect turquoise. The combination can be seen in the header image, with some ink splatter on the nib. This is definitely one of my favorite pieces.
Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605 – “Binderized” Fine Nib
Ink: Vintage Sheaffer’s Peacock Blue
This notebook was given to me, and at first I threw it to the side and ignored it for a while. I have a smaller journal by the same company that has regular line ruling in it. I wasn’t really the biggest fan of the journal, the paper was weird, it didn’t lay flat, and was awkward to write in. Fast forward eight months later, I came across this notebook in my book shelf and decided to give it a try. In my opinion, the grey paper / white ruling works out much better with a grid than it does with standard lined ruling. The paper performed pretty well, but there was a bit of bleed through / show through going on. While it’s not as good as Rhodia or Maruman, it’s definitely worth checking out. Enjoy the review, and please feel free to comment if you’ve tried out the brand.
The cover is prettty minimal, borrowing some colors from Rhodia.
The ruling is really unobtrusive, also the grey paper is really easy on the eyes.
It messes with the color of the ink a little bit, but it’s still worth checking out.
Overall, it’s no Rhodia dotPad in terms of being unobtrusive while still providing guidelines, but a solid pad nonetheless.
A little bit of show through. Could prevent you from using the back of the page, but depending on the ink / nib it’s not so bad.
This was written with a “binderized” Pelikan M605 fine nib, so the flow is pretty generous.
I used a few different ink / nib combinations at the bottom of the page. Even the broad and 1.1mm stubs failed to feather.
Pen: Pelikan Souveran M605, Fine Nib Ink: Vintage Sheaffer’s Peacock Blue Paper: Rhodia dotPad
Notes: I inherited this ink along with my Uncle’s collection of fountain pens. I really love this ink. I may be slightly skewed because it has sentimental value to me, but whatever. It’s edjelley.com, not stufforotherpeopole.com. It’s going to be a sad day when I run out of this stuff. It’s well behaved, cleans out easily, and most importantly, it reminds me of my Uncle. Check out the review. If you’re into light blue / turquoise ink, this is definitely worth tracking down a bottle of. I really like this ink in my Montblanc 149 (seen in the header image) and in my Pelikan M605. Also worth noting, I compared it below to Noodler’s Bad Blue Heron (B.B.H.) but I abbreviated it, so that’s what that is. Seriously though, try and get some of this stuff before it’s gone forever.