Paper: Banditapple Carnet Handy Notebook
Pen: Lamy Al-Star, Fine Nib
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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