Category Archives: Stationery

Stationery Reviews – here you will find all of my reviews on fountain pen friendly paper products. Stationery reviews include notebook specs, a handwritten review, bleed through and show through performance, feel of the paper and several enlargeable pictures to show texture.

Field Notes Spring 2016 Colors Edition – “Sweet Tooth”

Field Notes
Spring 2016 Colors Edition
“Sweet Tooth”

Specs From Field Notes:

“The “Sweet Tooth” Edition features French Paper’s Pop-Tone line “Blu-Raspberry,” “Banana Split,” and “Tangy Orange” for both the 100-lb covers and extra-beefy 70-lb text pages. The covers are stamped in matching shiny metallic foils from Crown Roll Leaf Inc.

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-8The body pages are unruled, and perforated just the right amount. Not so much that you’ll notice it while using the books, but just enough so that, with a quick fold, the pages come out neat and clean. The books are bound with black staples.”

Notes:

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-7Another season, another COLORS release from the fine folks over at Field Notes. This colorful, stand-out edition definitely brings about mixed feelings from me. The book comes in a pack of three, one reddish-orange, one robin egg blue, and a pale-ish yellow. I’m having a hard time describing the colors, as they’re bright, but not THAT bright. They look cool, and the punch of these primary colors were so much fun to photograph. The books are held together by black stables and a brown and green belly band. I don’t quite understand why they’re called “Sweet Tooth”, as nothing is clearly indicative of candy. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t run with the candy theme a little more or opt for a different name.

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-9The books stand out from the rest thanks to their perforated pages. This is a first for Field Notes, and I definitely support the idea. The pages don’t come out super easily, but they remove cleanly when you want them to. One of the most convenient aspects of carrying paper with you is that you can write down and exchange info quickly and easily. I’d much rather have a page cleanly removed from a notebook than damage it apart each time I wanted to tear out a page. So kudos to Field Notes for this feature, I’d love to see it in their other notebooks, especially with some proper ruling.

Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-6Speaking of ruling – there is none. The blank pages are made of thick, almost construction paper-like sheets. They take to a variety of pens and ink (including Sharpie!) with ease. The paper has just the right amount of tooth and provides an excellent writing experience for pencils. The wacky colored paper does make it a little tricky to read some inks, so be mindful about what you’re using on it. Field Notes Colors Sweet Tooth Review-10

These are definitely a fun addition to the COLORS family. I can’t say how much I’ll end up using them all, but I will be carrying the yellow one in my bag. The allure of perforated pages sounds like it will come in handy a whole bunch. The Sweet Tooth books are still available over at Field Notes, but act quickly. Like the other COLORS editions, these are a limited run!

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Field Notes “Shenandoah” – Fall 2015 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Fall 2015 Colors Edition
“Shenandoah”

Specs From Field Notes:

“Our Fall limited-edition seasonal release, “The Shenandoah Edition” features three green French cover stocks that match the leaf color of three trees found at Shenandoah National Park: the Sweet Birch, the Chestnut Oak, and the Red Maple. Our new friends at Platinum Converting in Itasca, Ill. fused each of the green papers to a contrasting French text-weight paper that matches the tree’s fall foliage.

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-12 copyThese extra-sturdy duplexed covers have a classic, beefy feel to them, reminiscent of early COLORS releases like “Mackinaw Autumn” and “Just Below Zero.” Beefier, actually, since we’ve upgraded our body paper to 60#T Finch Opaque “Bright White,” with a 3/16″ graph. Each features an illustration of a leaf on the back with some facts about the tree. The belly band is real birch veneer, just because it looked so darn good with all that green.”

Notes:

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-4 copySo, it turns out that I TOTALLY skipped coverage of the Fall 2015 Field Notes Colors Edition: Shenandoah. Maybe it was the excitement over the announcement of the color-changing Snowblind, or maybe I took the photos and forgot about them (yeah, no it definitely was this). Anyway, this edition is still available for sale from Field Notes, you can snag one here.  Shenandoah is made up of three books, each representing a different type of tree found in the national park. The inside of the book is the color that the tree’s foliage turns in the Fall. It’s a great edition that highlights some of the most breathtaking scenery around. If you’re not so into trees, you will enjoy the extra heavy, double layered covers and slightly thicker internal paper.

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-3 copyEach of the three books has a leaf on the back with a few facts about the tree, inside you’ll find the standard “information” page and some wacky uses inside the back cover.

The paper inside holds up decently well to a variety of pens, but your best bet here is either a pencil, ballpoint, or gel pen.

Field Notes Shenandoah Colors Edition Notebook Review-11 copyThe Shenandoah edition makes a nice addition to the Colors lineup, and it’s the little details like a real birch belly band and custom-made twin layer covers that set these apart from the rest. I’m sure at this point in time there aren’t quite as many books available as there were when they were announced, so don’t sleep on these.

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Field Notes “Snowblind” – Winter 2015 Colors Edition – Review

Field Notes
Winter 2015 Colors Edition
“Snowblind”

Specs From Field Notes:

“The covers (100# Sappi McCoy Silk cover stock) are silk-screened (a COLORS first in itself) with two custom inks. The Field Notes logo is a pearlescent “interference” ink that glimmers and sparkles, and the rest of the book is coated in a nearly-magical “photochromic” ink that changes color when exposed to sunlight. Indoors, they’re white, outdoors they’re blue!Field Notes Snowblind Review-7

PHOTOCHROMIC ink changes color when exposed to a specific range of ultraviolet light. The ink appears colorless indoors, but changes to blue in about 15 seconds when exposed to a strong UV source like mid-day sunlight. The color fades away in a few minutes when removed from the UV source. The change is not permanent, and can be repeated”

Notes:

I was pretty amped when I saw that Field Notes put out a color changing cover. We all had a bit of an “OMG” moment when the Unexposed Edition was announced, hoping they’d do something like change color, and personally I was a little let down when they didn’t. Field Notes has more than made up for it with their latest release, “Snowblind”.

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These white notebooks turn to a nice shade of light blue when exposed to UV light. They look great indoors and out, especially with the small details like white staples and pearlescent ink for the logo. Inside, you’ll find a very faint grid pattern which really lets your writing pop. The 60# Finch paper won’t hold up so great to fountain pen usage, but they play nice with a variety of other pocket-friendly writing utensils. It’s really cool to see Field Notes constantly innovating quarter after quarter for such a long time. They manage to keep their releases fresh, exciting, and consistent.

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I’m definitely a fan of the Snowblind edition, and as with all COLORS editions, these are limited. Head over to FIELD NOTES to grab a pack (or two, like I did…) before they’re gone forever!

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Maruman Mnemosyne 182 Inspiration Book Review

Maruman Mnemosyne 182
Inspiration Book Review

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Specs: 

  • Book Size – A5 (5.8 x 8.25″)
  • Ruling – grid / blank
  • Grid Size – .5mm
  • 70 Sheets, perforated
  • Top wire binding
  • Plastic cover
  • 80gsm, fountain pen friendly paper
  • Made in Japan
  • $10.50 from JetPens

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Notes:
The Mnemosyne line of notebooks by Maruman are definitely amongst my favorite. They look great, they’re filled with fountain pen friendly paper, and they come in a variety of convenient sizes and ruling. The inspiration book was designed with the creative in mind, featuring both blank and grid rulings. It’s the perfect size to toss in a bag and go. It also doesn’t take up a ton of desk real estate, but still provides enough room to sketch out ideas, take notes, and more. I’ve found that I tend to go through Maruman notebooks rather quickly. If that’s not a testament to how much I like them, I don’t know what is. This configuration is fast becoming one of my favorites. Make sure you check out the gallery below for a ton more pictures, all at full resolution!

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Thanks to JetPens for sending the book over for review!

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Disclaimer: This book was received as a review unit, free of charge. All opinions are my own.

Doane Small Idea Journal Review

Doane Paper
Small Idea Journal

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-7Specs: 

  • Journal Size – 5.25” x 6.875”
  • Grid Size – .125” (.3175 cm) x .125” (.3175 cm)
  • Wide (Legal) Ruled Line Spacing
  • 100 Sheets / 200 Pages per notebook w/ full bleed DP sheets
  • Rugged Wire-O-Binding
  • 80 Point Chipboard Stock w/ Black Ink Embossed covers (100% recycled)
  • 60 LB Brite White Offset Stock content pages
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • $13 from JetPens

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-6Notes:
This little book has been my go-to spot for doodles and notes. It’s small in size, I love the ruling, and it looks cool. The paper tends to feather a tiny bit with fountain pens, but I don’t mind it. The notebook is sturdy and the wire-o-binding has held up to being thrown in a bag and bounced around.
Doane Small Idea Journal Review-9I’ve gone through three full Doane Flap Jotters, so I figured I’d give this format a try. The paper inside this book isn’t quite as friendly to fountain pens as that in the Flap Jotter, but it’s not bad. If you’ve been looking to try out Doane Paper, definitely consider this capable little notebook.

Doane Small Idea Journal Review-8Thanks to JetPens for sending the book over for review!

 

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Disclaimer: This book was received as a review unit, free of charge. All opinions are my own.