THE REAL BEST ALTERNATIVE TO MOLESKINE. This about my favorite notebook. The
paper is excellent - gives no bleed-through with a variety of my fountain pens.
The color is simple cream / off-white which looks good against a number of inks.
Most importantly, the things lies flat really well when you open it to write so
you can really use all the pages with equal aplomb. Nothing fancy here. No silly
pocket thing at the back. No pages which tear out. Just quality. Down with
Moleskine. The ruling in Moleskine is way too narrow. The paper is way too thin.
The product is just over-priced. Go Palomino! (I also love the Rhodia webbie but
Palomino is slightly cheaper and every bit as good in terms of paper with a bit
wider ruling in the lines, which I like).
Here's a little-known fact about the Lamy 2000: for whatever reasons, this pen
is relatively leak-proof at altitude. So while I wouldn't WRITE with it in an
airplane, you actually can (and I have) travel with a partially full 2000 and
not end up with a cap (or pocket) full of ink. A little extra design perk. Few
fountain pens pass this test unless they are specifically designed to resist
changes in air pressure.
I have found that having the stylus pointer on the end of this pen means that
the spring mechanism to extend and retract the ball point gives a little under
pressure meaning that this doesn't work so well as a screen pointer. It tends to
skip or make the screen think that you have double-tapped. But is super cute.
Too bad it doesn't work better. Look for a stylus/pen combination with a
removable cap to avoid the spring-mechanism problem...
This is so-so because the clay content in this lead means that it doesn't really
work with some kinds of lead holders. The best bet is one with a clamp
mechanism, not one designed specifically for 2mm lead. I have one for 2mm lead
and this lead just slips in the mechanism to where you can't use it. Works fine
in a simpler, more universal lead holder with a clamp / claw mechanism to hold
any size lead.
This has been a daily-use pencil for me for well over a month now. The best part
is that the wooden pencil here is really beautiful and high-quality. It's so
nice, in fact, that I only wish they made them in a LONGER version to use in a
larger pencil holder. Plus, be aware that these pencils are a tad fatter than
standard for US pencils, anyway. I found it easier to sharpen with a colored
pencil sharpener. Otherwise, you end up sharpening to an elongated tip (because
the barrel of the pencil is wider than a standard pencil in the US) which wastes
quite a bit of the pencil. The fatter, colored-pencil sharpener opening lets you
get a fine tip which is not so elongated. Also, as my brother commented when he
saw this for the first time, "what is that? a pencil for someone who makes tons
of mistakes?" The erasure is rather, shall we say, prominent. Kinda silly
So, the bottle is awesome for storing the ink long-term and you get a LOT of ink
here. The color on this baby really depends on the paper you use more than most
inks I've used. It can be hard to tell this ink apart from black, and that's not
really the point of buying spendy ink, is it? Even at best, that is, at its most
green, it looks kind of pea-soupy, not the aged green that I was really hoping
for. Overall, I'm kind of disappointed.
Yeah, clearly not a daily writer, right? But I get more compliments on this as a
wallet pen than almost any other writing instrument I have. It fits perfectly
into a wallet and is always ready for signing credit card receipts, etc. I have
one that is going on something like eight years with the same cartridge for just
signing stuff and quick notes, etc. There are lots of "wallet pens" that cost a
ton more and I can't imagine they offer any advantage over this mighty mini.
This is a great medium-small bag that packs like a medium bag. Make no mistake:
you will not get a ton of stuff in here. It is narrow, especially, so wide
folders, big laptops, just won't go. But I got this bag because I was tired of
getting sore shoulders from my messenger-style bags. This thing looks great and
since it more-or-less organizes itself, your stuff stays put and accessible. I
find that I can convert it quickly from a work-a-day bag to a week-end tote for
outings with my three-year-old twins. The bottom pocket is especially nice for
wet clothes or a change of clothes. I have also had it long enough to say it is
plenty water-proof for decent downpours, even the zippers. My favorite feature
is the wallet pocket. I hadn't expected to like it but it's as wide as the bag
so I can keep my wallet in there plus kleenix and hand-wipes for the kids. The
middle "accordion" dividers leave room on the side to stow my sunglasses case or
a small umbrella. Yes, the water-bottle pockets are narrow and tight but they
loosened up after a bit of use and get to be just fine so long as you don't plan
on hauling any big-gulps in there. Also, the front accordion divider includes
two well located but partially concealed pen loops, also nice. It's expensive,
but there are lots of pseudo-tough, out-doors wannabe packs around in the US
(North Face, etc.) so it's really great to have an option that is an
unapologetic urban bag for office people who aren't pretending we go every
weekend for extended day hikes over really rough terrain (although I can see
that this bag would also be fine for that...).
This paper is fantastic. I write exclusively with fountain pens and love small
notebooks. I have used many different kinds and nothing compares to the
smoothness of this paper, the quick dry time, everything. A wonderful