So today, we have another review of another notebook (I know, I’ve been straying away from pens lately, but, to be totally honest, I havent’ been able to afford many new ones, and none of the ones I have yet to review really pop out at me, so… Add to that the fact that I have so much stuff that I wish/need to review, and…) from the lovely Karen at Exaclair. She sent me such a wonderful batch of goodies, but as I mentioned in my last notebook post, I’m gonna try these out a little bit rather than just put them through their paces and then shelve them to move on to the next item.
So, where to begin? Well, we’ll start with the Habana cover. The Habana is a leather-like material. Soft and supple, with a grain similar to real leather, the Habana could easily fool the novice’s eye and even the eye of the leather-knowledgeable person (at least from a distance. My future father-in-law asked if it was leather before he felt it and inspected it up close). The embossing on the front and back of the cover was beautifully done and seemed to be deep enough that it would hold for a long time to come. I must admit that I was very impressed with the material and it’s feel, as well as how flexible it was.
Next, the most important part of the notebook… The paper. Each of Quo Vadis’ fine notebooks are filled with “Clairefontaine” paper. According to Execlair’s excellent website, Clairefontaine is “famous for its exceptionally white and ultra smooth notebook paper.” The paper is 90 gsm (grams per square meter), which is the equivalent of 24 lb. printing paper, has a perfect satin finish for smooth writing, is opaque (allowing you to write on both sides of the page, especially since the 90 gsm paper hold ink well and doesn’t bleed easily). The paper is also chlorine-free. Instead of bleaching the paper, as is common in some manufacturing methods,the mineral calcium carbonate is used to give the paper it’s “ultra-white and smooth finish”.
After trying out this paper, I must admit… I’m a believer. When I put pen (be it fountain pen, pencil, gel pen, rollerball, ballpoint, quill, anything…) to this paper, I think the doors of Heaven opened and the angelic choir began to sing… Ok, so I’m a little overdramatic. It was still one of the most pleasurable writing experiences I’ve ever had. Any instrument I used flowed over the paper easily, no snags, not catching, no nothing… None of the inks smeared (the paper was absorbent) as I drug my left hand over the page, nor did any of them bleed through. Even the Noodler’s Bulletproof Lexington Grey, which is notorious in my experience, did not bleed through at all. I truly was impressed by the quality of the Clairfontaine paper.
The Quo Vadis notebook also lays open flat (an excellent thing for a leftie) and has a bookmark, paper pocket on the back cover, and an elastic closure. The paper is also PEFC certified, so it’s made out of pulp and wood by-products from sustainably managed forests. This notebook, all in all, is an excellent example of the best that Execlair has to offer. Quality cover material + Quality paper + Quality construction = Quality product.
Note: The highlighter did smear the Pilot G-2 0.38mm ink for some reason… I may not have let it dry enough though… Not sure. I may test this futher, later on.