Pocket Notebook Mega Monster Review (Public)
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Fountain Pen PerformanceOther Writing Utensil Performance
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Notebook ReviewedOverall Notebook SpecsDoes it Fit in a Pocket?Paper SpecsRuling SpecsFeatheringGhostingBleedthroughSpread10-Second Dry?PencilBallpoint (ick)Gel Ink RollerballLiquid Ink RollerballNotes
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BrandModel/EditionSize
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Binding# of PagesCornersCover MaterialStiff Cover?PerforationsLay Flat?Jeans (Back)Shirt (Front)Weight (gsm)Paper ColorAcid Free?TypeSpacingColorEFFM0.61.1EFFM0.61.1EFFM0.61.1EFFM0.61.1EFFM0.61.1Blackwing
Uni Kuru Toga (0.5)
Jetstream (0.7)Space Pen (0.7)Uni 207 (0.38)G2 (0.5)Sarasa (0.7)Precise V5 RT (0.5)Vision Elite (0.8)Details, explanations, and other juicy bits that didn't have a place in the spreadsheet
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ApicaCD
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Archie McPheeBigfoot Pocket Journal
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ClairefontaineBasics Life Unplugged
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Curnow BookbindingBackpocket Journal
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DoaneGrid+Lines
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Etranger Di CostaricaTransparency Memo Book
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FabrianoEcoQua3.5" x 5.5"$10 (4)Staples (2)64Rounded
290 gsm scratch-resistant & lightfast
Yes - Quite
Y (last 16 sheets)
YYY+85 gsmPale IvoryYDot Grid or Blank4 mmLight Gray00112111120000001001-+---Dark, SmoothExcellentDark Line, SmoothDark Line, SmoothExcellent, with some feedbackExcellentExcellentExcellentVery good; smooth and relatively dark
Handled fountain pen ink better than any other paper so far. Comes at the expense of dry time...only the Safari passed. Only pen to have any bleed was Sarasa (random tiny spots).
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Field NotesKraft3.5" x 5.5"$10 (3)Staples (3)48Rounded80-lb French Packing Brown WrapA Little NYYY+60# (~90 gsm)Bright WhiteY1 ea. Rule, Graph, BlankRule: 6.4 mm / Graph: 5 mmTan22434112122221211424+++++Dark, SmoothVery goodVery SmoothDark Line, Smooth
Very good; line is somewhat light
ExcellentFeathers a littleFeathers & spreads a little
Very smooth, significant spread & feathering
Not great with any sort of liquid ink (feathers). Solid with pencil & ballpoint.
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Field NotesPitch Black
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IKEAFärggrann
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KokuyoBuncobon
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KokuyoCampus
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KokuyoSystemic RefillA6$2.35 (1)Glued96SquareGlossy CardstockNot ReallyNYYMost70 gsmIvoryYLined6 mmLight Gray00000111120000000000+---+
Dark & Creamy
ExcellentSmooth & Dark
Dark, hint of resistance
ExcellentExcellent
Great; tiny bit of spread
Smooth, crisp, consistentDecent, but with some spread & featheringBeautiful paper for fountain pens, but needs time for the ink to dry, so not a write-and-go option.
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Leuchtturm1917
Softcover Pocket Notebook
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LifePistachio
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MasuyaMonokaki
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MoleskineCahiers
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MujiGrid A6
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Nock Co.DotDash3.5" x 5.5"$10 (3)Top Staples (2)48Rounded (bottom)80-lb blue cardstockA LittleNYYY+60# (~90 gsm)Bright WhiteYDotDash4.2 mmPantone Red10201001120001200202+++++Dark, SmoothExcellentDark Line, Smooth
Feels pastey, but works fine
ExcellentExellentTiny bit of spreadWorks greatVery smooth, feathers a littleGreat paper. Shows off the properties of fountain pen ink really well. Minimal ghosting & top staples are highlights.
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Quattro8 X 8 Grid
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RaymayNotebook Refil
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RhodiaClassic Pocket Notebook
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RosettaRosetta Notes3.5" x 5.5"$8 (3)Staples (2)48Rounded260 gsm (100 lb) CardstockSomewhatNYYY+105 gsm (70 lb)Bright WhiteYBlank, Lined, Dot GridRule: x mm / Dot Grid: 5 mmLight Gray00000001110000020202++-+-Dark, SmoothExcellentExcellentExcellent, feels oilyExcellentExcellentVery GoodVery goodMushy, lots of spreadExcellent paper with great performance across the board. Little ghosting, no feathering, no bleedthrough
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Scout BooksNotebook3.5" x 5.0"$10 (3)Staples (2)32Rounded18 pt ChipboardMostlyNYYY+70# (~100 gsm)WhiteYBlank, Lined, Dot GridRule: 7 mm / Dot Grid: 5 mmGray11223113130031311223+++++Dark & ToothyExcellentDark, Consistent
Smooth, slightly sludgy
ExcellentVery GoodTiny bit of SpreadVery goodDecent, with some spread & feathering
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Story Supply Co.
Pocket Staple - Edition 407
3.5" x 5.5"$12 (3)Staples (2)48Rounded100-lb Linen-finished CardstockYes - QuiteNYYY+100 (70#)
Natural (Cream)
YDot Grid5mmLight Gray00202002020020200202+++++Dark, SilkyAverageWicked SmoothWicked SmoothTypical/GreatExcellentNo Ghosting!Works great, feels weirdFeathers, not very darkCreamy, smooth paper that can handle just about anything you throw at it. Has a little difficulty with really wet fountain pens, but far better than many other brands.
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TravelersPassport Notebooks
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Word.Adventure Log
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Word.Core Notebook
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WritePocket Notebook
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