Kyokuto Expedient Notebook with Parker Vacumatic fountain pen

Kyokuto Expedient Notebook Review

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Once again, I have found a new brand of notebook that I haven’t tried before. This is always something that excites me. I know most of the brands that are on the market and know which ones I like (and which ones I don’t), so finding something new is always a welcome surprise. I picked up a Kyokuto Expedient notebook …

figurare notebook cover with Parker Vacumatic fountain pen

Figurare Notebook Review

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I’m always a little excited to come across a notebook brand that is less common or that I’ve never heard of before. Years ago I came across this Figurare notebook in San Francisco’s Japantown and picked it up. Even though I’m not a huge fan of spiral-bound notebooks, the paper felt great, so I was hopeful that it would be …

Tsubame Note Notebook review

Tsubame Note Notebook Review

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I always love it when someone asks if I’ve tried out a particular notebook and it leads to me discovering something that I otherwise may not have found on my own. This is what happened in the case of the Tsubame Note notebooks. An Instagram friend told me how much she loved these notebooks and hoped that I could find …

CVS Caliber Notebook Review cover

CVS Caliber Composition Book Review

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When I first heard that you could buy quality notebooks at CVS (a chain of pharmacy/drugstores), I was skeptical. I figured they might have paper that worked with fountain pens, but it wouldn’t be anything special. Still, I wanted to investigate and see how good the paper really is. A notebook only costs a few dollars, so I figured I …

Life L Writing Paper Review

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If you write a lot of letters and want some of the finest paper available for fountain pens, you need to try out some Life L Writing Paper. Out of all of the papers I’ve ever tested, this one has performed the best and has the highest rating. That’s impressive, considering I’ve tested over 50 fountain pen friendly papers! What’s …

G Lalo Verge de France writing paper

G. Lalo Verge de France Writing Paper Review

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In the world of fountain pens, smooth paper is typically considered to be the best option around. Pens move across it better and the writing experience is typically much nicer than with a paper that isn’t smooth. Sometimes, though, it’s more about the experience of the recipient. G. Lalo Vergé de France is very unique paper that will certainly make …

Clairefontaine Triomphe paper review

Clairefontaine Triomphe Writing Paper Review

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Some people like a little feedback from their paper when they write, while others prefer a very smooth writing experience. If you are one of the latter and have never used Clairefontaine Triomphe paper, that needs to change immediately. To say that this paper is smooth would be a big understatement. But other than being smooth, does it have anything …

Berlin Notebook Blue No 1 Fountain Pen Ink bottle and notebook

Berlin Notebook Blue No 1 Fountain Pen Ink – Quick Review

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Berlin Notebook recently launched their own line of fountain pen ink, with their first color named Berlin Notebook Blue No. 1. You may remember that I previously reviewed their original Berlin Notebook, so I was delighted when they contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their new ink. I, like most fountain pen users, am always up …