These Notebooks are Impossible...
December 26, 2015
These Notebooks are Impossible to destroy! Easily "pocketable" as they are not
too stiff or rigid, they will flex with your jeans or gym shorts You can use and
abuse them, its Yupo paper is absolutely impervious to water and impossible to
tear, it is also very smooth and slightly shiny, quite pleasant and no matter
what you do, it will not bleed through.
The Dot Grid... For me the dot grid is the only alternative to plain paper as I
find graph or lined paper nearly useless because I find them obtrusive and too
bold (exceptions can be found here and there, Kokuyo paper is an example) In
this case the medium gray dot grid is just perfect, not at all distracting, yet,
present when needed. I use them as my Bullet Journal-GTD and to keep track on
my progress regarding my 4Hr Body diet and as my poolside notebook while on
break from my swimming workouts with my wet hands!
Those were the good news. On the other side.
The colors on the cover wear off easily, pretty much with every use, there were
new scuffs and scratches. Within a short use time the notebooks acquire this
well worm "patina" that befits their Field Notes name, for those who like the
rough-hewn out there it would be a good thing. But, but, Big But: It is hard to
find the right pen to use on this notebook, gels take more than a minute to dry
and, much like pencils, they all will smear as the paper rubs against itself
while it flexes on the pant's pocket, I will never use ball points ever, not
smooth enough and they write with ugly uneven lines... This leaves us with fine
permanent markers as the only viable alternative: Sharpies' ink takes a long
time to dry, Staedtler LumoColor are only slightly better. the only permanent
markers that worked for me (as a left handed individual) were those from the
Stabilo OHPen line. Unlike the rest there was little to no smear and the dry
time was fast enough. Finally, with the Stabilos, these notebooks finally work
for me as a complete, every day use solution, since the Stabilo marker pens come
in different point sizes and colors.
PS: I am not rating five stars because of how picky the Yupo paper is, it was
hard to figure a pen that worked for me.
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