Whitelines Grid Notebook – A4 Size – Handwritten Stationery Review

Handwritten Review – Whitelines Grid Notebook – Grey 80g – A4 Size

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. 

7 thoughts on “Whitelines Grid Notebook – A4 Size – Handwritten Stationery Review

  1. I agree with you: the lined notebooks don’t appeal to me but the gridded ones are a different matter all together. And since I prefer fine-nibbled pens, I don’t have a problem with bleed through. Alas the one store in town that carried them has stopped.

    1. I’ve messed around with Evernote, a bit more very recently, and I’ve found the performance to be hit or miss. I like the searachability, but it’s not always accurate. I think my handwriting is neat enough, but sometimes it just doesn’t work as expected. The Whitelines I have is from before the partnership between the two.

      While the Evernote software is nice, I think it’s a bit redundant to copy everything digitally. I think it’s a bit of a contradiction to writing things down in the first place. The hassle of photographing, organizing, and then searching is more labor-intensive than just looking in a notebook for something. This is coming from a die-hard technology fan too, some things are just better on paper.

      Thanks for commenting and sorry for the rant!

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