Stálogy is best known for it’s 365 days notebook, which is more or less a direct competitor to the Hobonichi Techo. Many people might not be aware that they make regular notebooks as well. I had occasionally seen Stálogy suggested as great paper for fountain pens, but their notebooks are not widely available. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on one to try out. Let’s take a look at the Stálogy 016 Notebook.
Note: Throughout this review, product links will link to the Stálogy S4 notebook, as I couldn’t find the 016 available for sale anywhere online. The only difference is the notebook size.
On the cover of this notebook, Stálogy claims that this is “a notebook without the needless frills” and I couldn’t agree more. This is a plain and simple notebook that is meant for one thing: writing. It doesn’t have any extras like an index, page numbers, rear pockets, marker ribbons or elastic closures. The paper feels incredibly smooth to the touch, so I have very high hopes for how it will perform with fountain pens.
Let’s take a look at the Stálogy notebook and see what it’s all about:
- Pages: 68 (34 sheets)
- Paper Weight: 81.4gsm
- Binding: Stitch
- Page Style: Lined (7mm)
- Size: B5
Ink-handling characteristics (A table with the following properties can be found at the bottom of this post)
- Sheen: Low
- Shading: Medium
- Bleeding: Low
- Ghosting: Low
- Feathering: Low
- Dry Time: Low
- Comes in 5 colors
- Very light lines
- Lovely cover texture and material
As I mentioned earlier, this notebook is no frills. It is simple and well-made. The stitch binding allows it to lay flat (with a little encouragement), making writing in it that much easier. The light-grey lines on each page are easy enough to see, but almost disappear when there is writing on the page. To me this is ideal, as I don’t like paper whose lines stand out. The lines on each page begin and end before they reach the edge of the paper and there is a small margin at the bottom and larger margin at the top of each page. Overall, I love the page layout of this notebook.
I wasn’t expecting it, but this paper is one of the smoothest and most satisfying to write on that I have ever tested. Where Clairefontaine is very smooth but is almost “slick” and the Itoya Romeo notebook is smooth and “buttery”, the word that kept coming into my head when I was writing in the Stálogy notebook was “whisper”. It is velvety smooth and writing on it feels like beautiful voices whispering into your ear. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, as my wife just thought it felt “nice”, but it’s still great to write on.
Fans of extreme sheen might want to look elsewhere for a new notebook. While this paper does show some sheen, sheening inks don’t stand out on it like they do on Tomoe River or Life Noble paper. It has decent shading as well, but again, not as good as many other papers that I’ve tested. This mainly due to how quickly inks dry on it. I would say that if you want fast dry times without sacrificing paper quality, this is the best paper choice for you.
This paper handles fountain pen ink very well. I did encounter a bit of random feathering when I used a combination of very wet nib and saturated ink, but for the most part I saw no feathering in my writing samples. As for bleed-through, I only observed the very beginning of bleeding where a lot of ink was applied, and it wasn’t even enough to see the color of the ink on the other side. Ghosting is low and I wouldn’t hesitate to use both sides of a sheet.
I love the paper in the Stálogy 016 notebook. Writing on it is extremely calming and satisfying. It also handles fountain pens very well. Despite a few instances of feathering, I would say that it is very fountain pen friendly. While the notebook doesn’t have any extras, it doesn’t need them. It is made for writing and nothing else.
If you’d like a bit more information about how I test papers and notebooks, I wrote an article about my paper rating system.
Stálogy 016 Notebook
Fountain Pen Love Overall Rating
Pros: Fast dry time, high quality paper, incredibly smooth
Cons: Hard to find, some feathering, not much sheen, somewhat expensive
Value Rating: 3.14 Stars, Cost per A5 sheet: $0.22
Who this notebook is for: People who want fast dry times and luxurious paper
Upgrade to this notebook from:A Baron Fig notebook
Upgrade from this notebook to: A Graphilo notebook
Hi, my name is John. I’m a Colorado-born professional photographer who recently moved back to Denver after spending 3 years in San Francisco. I’ve been using and collecting fountain pens for over 20 years. I got my first one in college when I got bored taking notes with ballpoints and pencils. Since then I’ve bought and sold hundreds of pens, but have consistency in my love of Esterbrooks.