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Lihit Lab Aqua Drops Twist Ring Memo Notepad - 2.8" X 4.7" - 5 mm Graph - 40 Sheets - Fuji Purple - LIHIT LAB N-1661-10
  Just wanted to add my..., March 28, 2014
Just wanted to add my $0.02 to what the other reviewer said in April 2013: the rings DO last!

I have this notepad, as well as the larger Semi-B5 notebook. I've had them since July and September respectively, and have used them a lot - the notepad until October(ish) and the notebook continuously until now - and they have held up beautifully. And I give them a good workout too, I'm constantly rearranging the pages. In fact I use this notebook as a catch-all, kind of like those old organizers with the metal rings, so there's a lot of opening and closing going on :-) I'd say it's a brute to denote sturdiness, except those small, cute clear rings look far too pretty for that :P

Highly recommended.
Kokuyo Campus Smart Ring Binder - A5 - 20 Rings - Clear - KOKUYO RU-SP130T
  This is more than a simple..., July 19, 2013
This is more than a simple notebook, it's honestly more like a slim binder (ie for notetaking rather than filing). The paper is great and so are the refills, they even work with wet inks like fountain pens, and I think I read somewhere that you could use the CARL multihole punch that Jetpens stocks to either make your own refills if you need something unusual like staff sheets or storyboard, or to punch handouts that need to be kept in your notebook (although because the covers are slightly larger than the sheets, you could easily just use an adhesive pocket and A4 folded in half would fit).

One thing though: I don't know where they got that about a maximum capacity of 25 sheets because when I tried I could definitely fit a lot more than that in mine! I could fit almost half of the pack of Kokuyo 20-hole refills also sold by Jetpens into mine, and that's IN ADDITION to the paper the notebook ships with - all in all about 70 sheets? OK, if you do that you can't use it with the cover folded back, if you want that you need to go with fewer sheets BUT still lots more than the 25 included! So if you were considering this but thought the low capacity didn't make it worth it, do give it a chance!

Rhodia Clic Bloc Mouse Pad/Note Pad - 7.5" X 9" - 30 Sheets - RHODIA 19410
  Probably worth trying..., March 29, 2012
Probably worth trying once, but I didn't get along with it.

Concept-wise, this is a great idea: combine two staples of the average work surface, and get rid of a bit of clutter. Execution-wise it's perfect too: the paper is very nice (and I normally don't like either bright white paper OR squared paper, and this is both), it's great for fountain pen use but not hostile to pencil, the pad is well-contructed with glue on two consecutive sides so that it all stays together well but is still easy-peasy to tear off the top sheet, and the mouse works perfect on it.

But in practice, it didn't do it for me. The mouse was always in the way, both when I wanted to write and when I wanted to go over the notes. So I'd remove the mouse, but then I'd be stuck without a mousing surface, which I need because my desk is shiny. The size was also an issue: it's too big for quick notes-to-self, but not suitable for more extensive note-taking as it's meant to live under the mouse. So I always ended up sectioning off the notes by drawing a frame around them, then tearing bits by hand to take a phone number or errand list with me.

But I still think it's worth trying, especially if you are short on space and trying to reduce the number of things with a permanent place on your desktop, to leave more room for notes and papers for things you're currently in the middle of. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you're gonna do a mouse pad/notepad combo, this is the way to do it; it is just probably more of a niche product than most notebooks and notepads.
Deco Wherever Magnet - Snow White - DM-2104
  Great concept, flawless..., March 3, 2012
Great concept, flawless execution, please don't stop stocking these!

These are really good for anyone who needs to put things up on vertical surfaces but wants to avoid sticky tape (even low-tack) and post-its, or needs to hang something a bit heavier. I did a test and it can actually hold easily a dozen sheets of printer paper!

The adhesive on the back is sheer genius - it's really strong, but it doesn't leave a single mark. I waited several weeks before reviewing these so I would see how the surface fared underneath, and it's perfect, which is remarkable as it's varnished wood which can be rather sensitive!

The magnet inside is the secret to why it holds so much - it's the rare earth kind, which means despite being tiny, it is incredibly strong.

The cover on the magnet is also a great choice in terms of design - it's a translucent frosted color, which means it really blends in on white paper (even on colored paper, it's still discrete). This choice means that when you put up a piece of paper that's white, it looks like it's staying in place on its own! PRetty awesome, very uncluttered look that won't clash with the rest of your decor.

The color is very nice, simple and would probably blend in perfectly on bright white walls (I only tried these on darker wood furniture though, because my walls are aqua green). I do wish the colors were more muted, like earth tones, or bolder, like jewel tones, as they would blend in better inside a home. But maybe that's just my own preference for these shades talking :-)

But that's a very, very minor complaint. On the whole, these are perfect for anyone who stays organized by putting up notes-to-self and to-do lists where they will be used (eg a list of calls to make by the phone, the grocery list on the front door, a packing list for an upcoming trip inside the closet, and so on) but does not want bits of paper cluttering up every horizontal surface and is sick of using sticky notes/tape or blue tack. These are essentially like a very tiny magnetic message board.
Kuretake Double-Sided Craft Pen - Disappearing Ink Marker + Erasing Ink Brush - KURETAKE OV-7500A-025S
  Don't bother. This..., January 28, 2012
Don't bother.

This only leaves the very very faintest of marks - barely noticeable even on white copier paper, so forget about using it for crafts etc since how often do you use white copier paper for papercrafts? And to even make that faint mark takes a fair bit of pressure, which will mark softer papers. Even so it *might* have worked, sort of, except it disappears far too quickly - not days like the description says, but more like seconds! Definitely the worst item I've ever bought from Jetpens, it stands out for how bad it is when everything else is usually great!

A pencil with a thin lead plus a soft eraser will see you through much better than this, no comparison. And if portability is important to you, it will also save you having to cart around one more pen :-)
3M Post-It Super Sticky Removable Label Pad - 2 7/8 in x 4 5/8 in - 25 Sheets - Pack of 2 Pads - 3M 2900-OP
  I have (and love!) the..., January 15, 2012
I have (and love!) the smaller sizes, not this specific one, but I was moved to write a review on this particular size because of how the 'suggestion for use' photo on the packaging seems to show these being used to label packing boxes for a house move. One thing to say about that...

*****DON'T DO IT!******

Sorry - not yelling, really! Just had to emphasize that :-) While these really are exceptionally sticky, that is when comparing them to other post-its and some other temporary glueing solutions (like removable double sided tape). I HAVE had some start to peel off, when the surface they were applied to was less than totally smooth, totally pristine, or both.

That's OKAY; that's part of what makes these totally unbeatable (in my book) for most labeling needs around the home or office; they let you reuse ANY container or file without any hassle or the need for other tools or materials either for applying them or for removing them. And the loud neon colors are relatively unlikely to be replicated on any of your belongings (this not being the 1980s lol), so they are virtually guaranteed to stand out really well for identification.

BUT in a move, you simply cannot afford the risk of ending up with unlabeled boxes - that's guaranteed hair-tearing unless you have like under five boxes. Unless you're personally hauling eerything yourself and doing it by hand, one box at a time, each container is going to change hands and get moved about several times, even during the simplest cross-neighborhood move (I have moved across the street, across a continent, and all the in-betweens, so believe me, I know!). So get that marker, and have straight at the boxes! Even if they are reused for moving or storage, existing markings can easily be scribbled over.

Other than that, if you need to label anything that doesn't get soaking wet or greasy (ie kitchen stuff, boxes exposed to weather) - go for it! They're a first class product, very versatile and far more compact and user-friendly than most labeling solutions, including more expensive ones :-)
3M Scotch Precision Paper Cutter - 3M 171
  'Paper cutter', emphasis..., July 28, 2011
'Paper cutter', emphasis on 'paper' :-) This one will really cut only fairly thin paper; I tried 200g thin card stock, which any halfway decent craft knife would have sliced through no problem, and it took several passes to separate it.

As for film, possibly very very thin film (like the one used on CDs) is also within its scope, but given that a great many of these are thin enough they can be torn by hand, or if not have a little tab to make the first tear, you wouldn't likely get much use out of that.

Even cutting just paper can be a hassle as the range of angles at which this will cut is very very narrow - so you have to position it juuust exaaactly right for it to work. A little to the side or front/back and only the plastic casing hits the paper, so it doesn't cut. I don't think this is the fault of the blade, but of the design - they should have maybe left a little more of the blade showing.

If you need to cut anything thicker than writing paper, this is not for you. If not, you can still do better with a craft knife (many now come with a cap, so they are perfectly safe to carry in a pencil case).

The only situation these might be better (and the reason why I put two stars and not one) is when safety is an issue with a naked blade, but you can't get by with just scissors. For example, for teachers to use within the classroom, or for children already old enough to be interested in the type of fine-motor task this is for, but not yet old enough to manage handling a naked blade responsibly (ie, a kid you'd trust with a regular eating knife but not a steak knife).

3M Post-It Strong Adhesive Memo Notes with Gradation - Yellow - 2.9" X 2.7" - 60 - 3M SSW-33GY
  Slightly smaller than..., July 28, 2011
Slightly smaller than the square post-its commonly found (those are 3" a side, and square), and with the pattern at the bottom, that means an even smaller writing area.

But if you write mainly 'buy bread' or 'call John' types of notes, that's still plenty of room, even using a bigger nib (like a sharpie).

These are nice and sticky - similar to the post-it super-sticky kind, not to regular sticky notes/post-its. That makes them great for anyone who mainly uses sticky notes on things other than paper (eg on the front door, car dashboard, etc) rather than on paper, where they may be too strong and tear or curl some more delicate papers.

This particular pattern is cheerful, but without looking too silly :P However, would've liked colored notes - the white is easy to confuse with any other bit of paper, which can be quite a bother for anybody who is quite visual when it comes to paper work, writing, getting organized etc.
Sharpie Retractable Permanent Marker - Fine Point - Black - SANFORD 36701
  If you've been using..., July 28, 2011
If you've been using thick permanent markers of this type for a while now, you might start out thinking the retractable function is a gimmick, but it really isn't - it makes a lot of difference when I'm working that I can just click the button and write, all one handed - and it also means I always cap the pen right after using it, since I don't have to hunt down the cap to do so.

Size is excellent for writing on things you need to see from a medium distance, like a buy-milk note on a sticky you
want to see before heading out; the nib is broad enough to make for the perfect sized lettering, not so small you have to be at a normal reading distance, not so big you have to write huge so it's not garbled.

If you need it for uses like writing on moving boxes or anything like that which requires BIG letters, this is too small and pointed, a bias cut nib is better.

J. Herbin Fountain Pen Ink - 30 ml Bottle - Bleu Nuit (Night Blue) - J. HERBIN H130-19
  This may be translated..., May 9, 2011
This may be translated as 'midnight PURPLE', but I wouldn't describe it as purple at all - there's nowhere near enough red tones for that. After going through a couple of bottles of this, I would describe it as closer to a blue black than to anything else; I believe translating it as Midnight BLUE would make more sense (a more literal but awkward translation of the french would be 'night-time blue' - IOW this is basically meant to be the color of a night sky). So if you're looking for a purple ink, this isn't it - try violette pensee for a classic violet ink (like that used for years by french school children).

That said, if you're after a great looking ink, do give this one a chance :-) Particularly if you're one to appreciate the subtle charms of blue black ink ;-) I've tried a lot of ink over the years, including some pretty hoity-toity brands, but this niche brand is by far my favorite. I have about a dozen colors (maybe more) and not one of them has been a disappointment - vivid but not loud, and all of them really distinctive.

The real strength in this one is the way it falls right in between blue and black. A lot of blue-black colors are really just black softened with a little blue (which basically ends up looking like a dark grey) or they are a basic washable blue with a hint of black added - think the way it looks when you have just switched from one to the other without first rinsing out your pen lol).

Not this one, which falls right in the middle. The benefit of this is that it's a great color for notetaking, particularly stuff you need to memorize or review a lot: it's dark enough to provide enough contrast with the page, but not harsh like pure black inks which, when it's 2am and you're staring at a page full of scribbling in pitch black, it ends up looking like chicken scratch :P
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