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 …

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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 …

What Are The Best Fountain Pen Friendly Notebooks For Bullet Journaling?

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If you’re a fountain pen user and are interested in bullet journaling, choosing a good notebook is probably the most important decision you’ll make. But how do you choose the best notebook? What factors or features should you even consider? In this article I want to take a look at some fountain pen friendly notebooks that I think are great …

Midori MD Cotton Notebook Review

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If there is one notebook that has recently attained cult status, it’s the Midori MD Cotton notebooks. Midori recently changed their sizing from standard A-sizing (A4, A5, A6) to a new and unconventional sizing they call F-sizing (F0, F2, F3). The “F” is supposed to stand for “Figure” and the sizes are created around the Golden Ratio. In addition to …

fabriano ecoqua notebook review

Fabriano EcoQua Notebook Review

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Italian paper manufacturer Fabriano has an eco-conscious and inexpensive notebook that they call EcoQua. These notebooks come in a variety of sizes, colors, bindings and page styles. They also sport 85gsm paper, which is just a little heavier than the usual 80gsm found in many fountain-pen-friendly notebooks. But how do they compare? Do you get what you pay for (in …

SohoSpark Journal Review

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In the world of fountain pens, I feel like there are things that you have always used, things that you know you’ll never use, and things that you’ve never used but are curious about. Something that sits squarely in that last category for me is a journal cover. For some reason I’ve never picked up a cover for any of …