Apica CD Notebook CD15 (Semi-B5) – Notebook Review

CD15 Notebook

-Handwritten Review-


  • 7″ x 10″ (Semi-B5)
  • Lined Ruling (32/page)
  • 6.5mm ruled, bright white paper with a spot for the date
  • 34 sheets (68 Pages)
  • Stitched binding with taped outer spine
  • Many colors and sizes available
  • $9.45 USD (!!!) for a 3-pack from JetPens

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Apica CD Notebook CD15 ReviewNotes: Notebook reviews…I’m really not a huge fan of doing these, so this one is going to be quick. I was drawn in by the low price, high praise, and good design. That being said, I really like this notebook. A lot.

Apica CD Notebook CD15 ReviewAppearance and Construction:
This notebook looks pretty awesome. The taped spine, the textured cover, and the silver frame/filigree on the cover all look great. I really love the poor English on the cover (Apica is a Japanese brand) that says: “Most Advanced Quality Gives Best Writing Features”. The notebook is bound with stitching, and I have no doubt it’ll hold up for the life of the notebook and then some.

Apica CD Notebook CD15 ReviewPerformance and Feel:
Does it work? Yes, you can write in it. Does it work with fountain pens? Very, very well. The paper is silky smooth, and bright white. The brightness of the paper shows off the true color of the ink that you’re using, and does so nicely. It’s a pleasure to write in, and the size and thickness are right for throwing in a bag or carrying around. B5 is probably my favorite paper size. It’s big enough to have all the room I could need, but it’s compact enough to not take up an entire desk. Ghosting and bleed through are very minimal (if at all) and writing on both sides of the page didn’t pose a problem for me.

Apica CD Notebook CD15 ReviewColor & Ruling:
6.5mm rule x 32 lines per page is perfect for my small handwriting. The pages are nice and bright, which like I mentioned before, is great for showing off the true color of an ink. This notebook is shaping up to be one of my favorites.

Apica CD Notebook CD15 ReviewOverall Thoughts and Recommendation:
The price to quality ratio here is exceptionally great. For a three pack of these notebooks, which each have 34 sheets of paper, it’s going to cost you under $10. This is an incredible value for three notebooks of this size and quality. The paper is FP friendly, and the notebooks are designed well too. The Apica CD line is available in many colors and sizes too. I highly recommend you check these out, it’s hard to be disappointed.


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8 thoughts on “Apica CD Notebook CD15 (Semi-B5) – Notebook Review

  1. “The notebook is bound with stitching, and I have no doubt it’ll hold up for the life of the notebook and then some.”

    I recently had reason to pull a couple of leaves out of a smaller CD11… or to try to. Deliberate damage takes a LOT of focused effort, so I think you’re bang on in your assessment.

    1. I’ll make sure I have an x-acto blade around if I try to remove any pages, haha.

      I actually prefer perforated pages in small/pocket notebooks. Usually I need to write something down to give to someone else. The Rhodia Unlimited line comes in pretty handy for that reason.

  2. I just got a few CD11s from the Goulets and I’m very happy with them. The paper, as you noted, is very fountain-pen friendly. Even with a wet pen, I can write on both sides of the pages with no bleed-through and minimal show-through. I’m also a fan of the look of these notebooks.

    1. I was so surprised at how great they are for being at such a reasonable price. I’ll definitely be picking up more of these in the future. Thanks for reading!

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