Thank you Sebastin for sending me this Kaweco Zequenz notebook to review. It is certainly one of the more unique notebooks I own and have had the pleasure of using. Let's get to it!
Ruling: Lined & Blank
Sheet Count: 80
Where to buy: Amazon
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
I was most curious how this paper would perform. It feels smooth but does not have a coating, and it looks nice. It also feels a little thin when turning it, but one cannot judge paper based on its thinness! (Tomoe River...)
Pencils have no issues on this paper - they write nicely. In fact, gel pens, ballpoints, and roller ball pens all write without issue. No feathering, they dry quickly, and the ink colours look very nice. In the case of Sakura gel pens, they ink pops off the page; it looks great. Show through, bleed through, and tip print is quite prominent and could render the back of the page unusable.
- I love though is the feeling of the thinner paper. When it's written on, it crinkles and feels rather magical. It also makes me feel like I've done a lot of work, so I've been productive. As such, I've been toting this notebook around with me and filling it up with ideas of all kinds (including the draft of this blog post).
- It's small and portable, and convenient with both lined and blank pages. The elastic closure that can be removed is really neat, especially since it has a pen loop built in. I love that, and the loop is quite stretchy so it's fairly accommodating. I usually have a Kaweco Art Sport ASIA fountain pen in it.
- I like the semi-flexible covers.
- Very well put together. Looks good, feels good, hasn't come apart with my usage so far.
- On the downside, the paper doesn't play well with fountain pens. There was feathering, show through, and bleed through. No hope of using wet writers or broad nibs, flex nibs, and there was also no sheen visible on the paper with inks that otherwise have one. (Particles are visible though, but that works differently than sheen does.)
- It seems to be pricy (based on the few prices I've found online).
- My only other issue is, because it's two notebooks put together, it can be quite thick to write on when you're at the beginning of each notebook.
This is a notebook with a lot of potential, depending on what your needs are, and it's one that caught my interest. I love the idea of having two notebooks in one and the elastic slide on closure is most convenient. If you use utensils other than fountain pens (I do!), the Kaweco Zequenz is a neat notebook to work with and carry around.
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.