Thursday, July 23, 2015
Size: A5+ 165 x 220 mm
Paper Weight: 120 gsm
FSC Paper (Swedish Munken)
Made in Germany
Ruling: Dot Grid
Sheet Count: 96
Where to buy: Bureau Direct
This is a solid, pretty notebook that I think looks rather impressive. The cover is white bonded leather, with rounded corners. The edges of the paper are visible - they are a baby blue that match the print on the cover 'You Make Me Glow'. The spine is rounded, as are the pages inside.
The notebook feels solid and robust. It is heavy, and I like how substantial it feels in hand. The cover is velvety smooth, and a little rough over the print. The covers are semi-flexible and flush with the pages inside. The paper is quite smooth to the touch, but it is not coated. Note: that is 120 gsm paper, uncoated.
The notebook opens easily and lies flat because of the design of the binding. I love this design. It's very convenient, especially because of how thick the notebook is. It's much easier to actually write on all sides, and on all parts of the page when the entire notebook can open up completely and lie flat on its own.
Although the paper is heavy, it is uncoated. I found it was not entirely fountain pen friendly. I experienced feathering even with extra-fine nibs. Feathering was not proportional to nib size though. I also experienced a lot of show through and bleed through with wetter nibs. The paper did not tolerate fountain pens all that well, but it felt really nice to write on, being so smooth. I also enjoyed that, because it was uncoated, my nibs that were prone to hard starts or skips did not end up doing so.
If you only use fountain pens, I would suggest you don't invest in this notebook because you might be disappointed. If you are a mixed user, you'll probably really appreciate it. It's a solid notebook. I like having a variety of notebooks so I don't get bored with the same thing and this one ranks up there - pretty unique, smooth, nice paper, and it glows. Spice things up a bit.
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.