- 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
- Diamine Eau de Nil ink
- J. Herbin Liquid Ink Rollerball
- Various other ink / nib tests
Notes: 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.
Appearance 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.
Performance 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.
Color & 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.
Overall 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.