I really like the form factor of this notebook. I normally shy away from
looseleaf binders because they are much larger than what I need. I've been
looking for a slim notebook I can fold back on itself (so I can work on small
writing surfaces), but that allows me to open and rearrange pages as they
accumulate. This is perfect. At first I thought the ring binding didn't open,
but then I finally figured out that you need to push on the spring at the top of
the binder, not pull it, to get it to work. (I'm guessing the Japanese
instructions made that clear, but it was lost on me.)
I can't speak about its long-term durability, since I've only been using it for
a month, but so far it feels quite sturdy and has survived many trips in my bag
to and from work, cafes, school, etc. GIven the variety of refills available for
this B5 format, I'm just delighted with the whole package. I feel it's a good
Very nice paper -- works very well with fountain pens, no feathering or bleeding
even with wet-writing pens, and not too much show-through when you turn a page
over. It's a little heavier than standard American looseleaf paper, but I
wouldn't call it heavyweight. The surface is firm and smooth. Pencil, ballpoint,
and gel pens also looked quite nice with it. Well worth its reasonable price
This leadholder is absolutely perfect for the kind of drawing exercises I do at
school. It is light and the wood is very comfortable to hold over 3-4 hour
sessions at the easel. It is the closest I've found to the comfort of a
traditional drawing pencil, but with the easy sharpening of lead holders. (No
need for utility knives and time spent shaving off wood to reveal more pigment.
Just click to extend the lead, and rub it a few times on sandpaper to renew the
I love this notebook. The paper is superb -- a smooth, almost velvety texture
with nice opacity for its light weight. The color is a warm ivory white, not too
yellow. It handles fountain pens beautifully -- no matter what pen/ink combo I
tried, the lines were crisp and smooth, no feathering or bleedthrough. The
lightweight cover stock is golden brown printed in white ink, and the binding is
securely stitched down the center of the signature. The thin strip of
bookbinder's gauze glued along the spine to protect the joint is a very nice
touch, greatly increasing the long-term durability.
This is a really high-quality notebook at a great price. I will be getting more
(when they are back in stock!)
I got my Chibi yesterday and oh, it is way cute. The yellow body is a good
quality plastic that feels more resilient than the typical brittle styrene that
you see in cheap, clear pens. It's more comfortable in my hand than I expected.
Quite nice, in fact. The nib was okay out of the package, but one of the tines
needed a tweak with my thumbnail to get it back into alignment. With this little
adjustment, the pen wrote very smoothly, decent wetness, no skipping so far.
I'm delighted because I've been looking for sturdy, inexpensive fountain pens I
can throw into traveling sketch kits. The barrel has a small hole at the bottom,
so the pen cannot be used as an eyedropper as is. But I suspect the hole would
be easy to plug with a dab of epoxy. The threads between body and section are
generous, so I suspect it would just need a bit of silicone grease to make the
I've had this little pen for years, and use it for fine-line ink drawings with
lots of hatching and crosshatching. It is smooth and consistent, with no
noticeable scratching of paper fibers. (If you have a pen that is scratchy or
skipping, I'd contact JetPens for an exchange because that is probably a
manufacturing flaw.) It's worked with a range of inks, from simple Watermans to
Platinum Carbon Black, and never clogged unless I left it unused for a few
months. I have been impressed with its reliability and smooth, easy feel when
Quick note: I recently learned that the Penmanship nib and feed fit in the Pilot
Metropolitan pen body. I had a medium nib Metropolitan that I never used, so I
swapped in the extra-fine Penmanship nib and it works perfectly. I hadn't minded
the black plastic body, but now that it's seated in a lovely Metro body, I love
the nib even more.
One of my favorite pens (and I own many, many fountain pens). The metal body is
substantial but nicely balanced. I can write continuously for 2-3 hours with
this pen and have no hand fatigue. The ink flow is perfect - wet enough to flow
quickly as you write, but not so wet that the ink requires more time than usual
to dry. The nib is smooth - tines perfectly aligned, the tipping well polished.
It's an unbelievably good value for the price point, and it puts other, much
more expensive pens, to shame.
A really good pen. The plastic body feels light but durable, and the weight is
well balanced in the hand. The nib is impressively smooth for such fine lines
(roughly the same as you'd get from a 0.38 Uni Signo gel pen), and the ink flow
is comfortable. It handles a lot like my fine-nib Metropolitan, in terms of
writing reliability and comfort.
I like this pencil a lot. I can sense a bit of feedback from the supporting
metal pipe if I hold the pencil very low, close to the paper. But when writing
in a regular manner, I feel just the smooth glide of the lead. The line is
crisp, clear, and smear-resistant. I used it on both smooth bond paper and
drawing paper with more tooth, and had no trouble with the fine point getting
stuck on paper fibers. I also like that when you're done writing, you can
withdraw the pipe fully into the body, to protect against damage in pockets and
It's a good buy (especially if the Uni Kiru-Toga pencils never seem to work for
The white ink is quite good: fluid, opaque, and pretty quick to dry. (It's not a
typical "wite-out" formula with alcohol that evaporates almost instantly.) I
like the brush quite a bit. It's essentially a miniature rigger that makes
consistent fine, straight lines over 2 inches long from one brush stroke.
(Impressive for such a tiny brush.) Very efficient for cleaning up long edges.
For more detailed corrections, I use a small sable brush, as I would with any
other correction fluid.