Category: Paper review

Doane Paper Grid+Lines notebook review

27 March 2014 By ian

The Doane Paper Grid + Lines pocket notebook is an extremely well made little notebook with unique (you guessed it) gridded and lined paper. The cardboard cover is good and thick. It’s certainly thicker than the cover of a Field Notes notebook and seems a little thicker (certainly stiffer) than the cover of a Calepino. […]

Rhodia Webnotebook (A5, lined) notebook review

6 March 2014 By ian

Rhodia paper (made by Clairefontaine, if we’re being particular) is the paper by which I judge all others. It is lovely to use with fountain pens. It’s very hard to get pens to bleed or feather or even show through. Inks shine. It’s the paper that makes the Rhodia Webnotebook wonderful. Webnotebooks (silly name), also […]

Monsieur Notebook (Fountain Pen Edition)

23 January 2014 By ian

Monsieur notebooks have been promoted as a better quality alternative to Moleskine. They’re made with leather covers and come in a wide range of styles. This is the fountain pen version. The paper is good: much better than Moleskine, that’s for sure. Not as good as Rhodia though. There is some feathering with wet nibs. […]

SlimNote pocket notebook review

16 January 2014 By ian

SlimNote pocket notebooks are handmade by Tiny TOE Press. They are 3.5 by 5 inches, 50 pages, plain except for the rather mad hex set. Thus very pocketable and lovely. The paper is reasonably friendly to fountain pens. As the samples show, there is a little feathering and bleeding with wetter pens. It is perfectly […]

Rhodia No. 16 Block Notepad review

7 January 2014 By ian

Rhodia is pretty much standard issue for anyone who takes an interest in fountain pens. In fact, since I wrote this review and queued it up, Gourmet Pens and A Fool With A Pen both published much better reviews of the same paper. So much better, in fact, that I was going to pull this […]