I needed a small journal...
February 13, 2012
I needed a small journal to carry in my pants pocket. This one is the perfect
size. The quality of the leather is nice and the price was resonable.
I got out my store of small journals to see if any would fit. Clairfontaine
Life unplugged, one of my favorites, is too large! Smallest Rhodia notepad is
too small. Moleskine Cahiers too large. Leuchtturm 1917 too large.
So, I see this is a unique size: 3 1/2" by 5". Like an old notecard.
I decided I'd better stock up on extra inserts. It came with one plain one, no
Got out my pens to test how the combos of inks and nibs did.
This paper is good pretty much with very FINE nibs. My Sailor Prof. Gear fine
did ok with Bad Black Mocassin.
A Pelikan 140 extra fine with Badger and Blade's 5 O'clock shadow was ok. Lamy
2000 ex fine with BB Mocassion ok.
The paper SUCKS up ink right out of the pens and leaves a "fuzzy" line with
anything BUT a very fine nib.
#41 Brown from a .5 stub in Edison, was fuzzy. Baystate Blue from Pelikan ex
fine was fuzzy.
What I mean by "fuzzy" is that it "Feathers." Most inks Feather on this
The good news is that no inks showed BLEED through. Surprisingly, Diamine
Green/Black from Estie 2556 wrote well and almost no feathering.
Conclusion: The leather journal is definitely worth the money! Very nice
and antiquey! I'm not happy with the paper. I want a definite, clear line....I
cannot say that this is possible without some feathering.
I see there is a pack of refills which includes a Sketch one that should be
of better paper. I may try that one.
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