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These Notebooks are Impossible...
December 26, 2015
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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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The punch has a very...
May 6, 2014
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The punch has a very limited capacity, I would say that at a maximum you can safely punch 4 sheets of normal paper or 1 sheet of manila folder stock. I use it on single sheets and does get the job done. Since I love those Twist Rings from Lihit Lab and their offer of papers to use with their ring system is rather limited, being that the case, this punch allows the use of other types of paper you might want to try. I use 98 birght paper from HP, then print my dot grid with a very subtle faded gray (using a pdf that i generated in the fantastic free site incompetech.com) and then I am all set.

I have to say that it is durable, It is still working after more than 500 punches, though it always leaves hanging chads that have to be removed manually, which can be annoying since you can easily ruin a piece of paper if you do not remove the chad with care.

PS> I wish that Lihit Lab made a more sturdier model, capable of punching more paper or if they do not plan to do that at least they could improve their paltry offerings of paper that works with their ring systems with a real variety of different kinds of paper: Grid Dots, Paper in different colors and weights, Blank Paper, Different Sizes etc.
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