I'll open by saying I should've started using these notebooks a long time ago.
The main reason is I don't have to do any sort of contortions to get a
comfortable writing positions with these notebooks on account of being wire
bound. There's no having to prop up either my elbow or the book itself. (Look, I
know this isn't anything new, but I still love these little notebooks) The paper
writes great with my Lamy Studio Palladium/Diamine Blue-Black and with pencils
as well. The three pack is also a pretty decent value too.
My only complaint ("feedback" rather) is I'd like to see these in a cloth bound
set up. Along the lines of a webbie.
This pen writes great and I love the grooves on the handle that guide your
fingers into the right spot.....(that's what she said?)....But honestly, it's a
What surprised me the most is how big the pen actually is. I'm used to a Pilot
Prera and the Al-Star feels like a pool cue sometimes. But the pen starts right
up after being left open for a bit. (hence 4 stars vs. 5 stars)
The purple is a great color and I'll be drooling over some other colors.
- the paper writes like a dream with my Al-Star
- there's little (if any) bleed through
- the paper writes like a dream with my Tombow Zoom 505sh (mechanical pencil)
- the dots are non-obtrusive
- the cover is soft
- the paper lays flat when the book is flat
Next time I'm going to order the black cover though, but that's a personal
preference rather than a performance issue.
I would definitely recommend for FP users (or anyone else)......
I honestly wanted to love this pen. But I had a strange feeling about it when I
got it because I know that fountain pens can get a little fussy sometimes.
And it turns out that's the case with this one. The pen itself is great, but I
have no clue as to what is going wrong because I am geting terribly inconsistent
inkflow out of it. I even made sure to read up and follow the directions posted
on how to install the ink cartridge properly (I know it's not rocket science,
but I still wanted to make sure I was doing it right). After letting the pen sit
for awhile to let the ink seep in, I got to writing and immediately I noticed
that the ink flow was terribly inconsistent and that's even when I flexed the
I then reached out to jetpens for some advice and they said that sometimes there
can be residue left from the manufacturing process (which is a valid point) and
they pointed me to the tutorial in how to clean a fountain pen. After following
the directions to a "T", I'm still getting the same results.....inconsistent
At the end of the day, I have to think I just got a bad pen and I look at it as
an isolated incident. So I'm sending this back and getting a finer nib. It's
just such a hassle to find out this way
I absolutely LOVE everything about these pencils (and) pens. The weight, the
grip, the style... Top class.
When I as a TA back in college (Ohio State), I had to draw an example for one of
my Japanese exchange students and I didn't have a pen/pencil handy. So I asked
if I could use his for a moment while we work through a problem and little did I
know, he handed me a Tombow 505. I really didn't think anything of it at first,
but after working with him for awhile, I noticed "wow, I really like how this
pencil feels".... he turns to me and says "you keep, you keep!".... I didn't
know what to say, so I politely said "hey, thanks man!!".
Where I'm going with this is that 505 literally became an extension of my hand
throughout my jr and senior years. Until I lost it while moving out!! After lots
of empty searching, I found that JetPens not only had the black one, but they
had other colors too! And now I've become addicted to writing and honing my
penmanship with these.
Yes they are a bit pricey, but I look at it as a "give/take" scenario. Sure
there's a trade off (high price), but I PROMISE you I won't be losing my beloved
505's!!! Get one today, you won't be disappointed.
and if you are........well....cust service can help you much better than I could