June 1, 2011
0.05mm, Ampad, Brown, Gray, Mechanical, Notebooks, Papermate, Pencils, Precision, Ruled, Specialty, Staples, White
And, we’re back! At least for a while… As you guys know, I took a bit of a sabbatical, and also let the domain pensnpaper.com die. This was partially due to some disinterest on my part, but also because I didn’t want to pay the $20 per year domain name and mapping fee from WordPress. So, I purchased the domain of http://www.pensnpaper.net/ from my own webhost and plan on using it instead. So, as I said, we’re back!
Up for review today is the Gold Fibre Retro Writing Pad from Ampad. This 5 x 8 pad is spiral bound at the top and contains 80 pages of perforated, 20 lb., medium ruled, ivory vintage paper. The design harkens back to the steno pads from several decades ago, and to be honest, it’s actually very aesthetically pleasing. The brown vinyl-coated cover is much sturdier than that of regular notebooks, and feels like it would hold up to much more stress.
As for the quality of the paper, it’s decent. The 20 lb. is not quite heavy enough for my liking, since all of my fountain pens either bled through or feathered. It also didn’t handle the rollerball I had with me very well. However, it’s excellent for gel pens, ballpoints, and pencils. The gel pens were especially smooth on this paper, seeming to roll ink onto the paper of their own volition with no scratchiness at all.
Next up, we have the Papermate Precision 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil. This pencil is interesting in that it’s “Precision engineered to enhance writing quality”, and I must admit that it somewhat lives up to its claim.
This pencil features a grey and white color scheme with a comfortable rubber grip. The 4mm metal sleeve gives you extra room in order to draw templates or trace around the edges of a stencil easily. The round body flattens out toward the plunger end, and I must admit, it’s also very pleasing to the eye. Easy on the hands, easy on the eyes… What’s not to like?
October 21, 2010
Dot-Ruled, Kikkerland, Leuchtturm1917, Notebooks, Specialty, White
Well, where to start? Ya’ll have a new blogger today…. My Sweetheart said I could have a notebook if I were to help him out by telling him what I thought of it and writing about it for him. But he didn’t give me just any old notebook to write about, he gave me a beautiful, white, pocket-sized Leuchtturm1917. I can already tell that a couple of you are jealous of this privilege (hehe)…
However, I am nervous in stating my opinion since, (1) I’ve never blogged before, (2) this is the nicest notebook I’ve ever had (since the Piccadilly he got me for Christmas), so I have nothing to compare it to, and (3) I’ve heard through a very reliable source that there are a lot of people visiting Pens’n’Paper, and I don’t want to make the numbers go down… So ya’ll bear with me and forgive this amateur blogger if I mess up… I’ll just tell you what I see.
The notebook, of course, is small and light. It’s compactness seems to make it easy to carry around without it taking up any room and quickly pull out to jot down notes. The hard cover is perfect to put in a purse (or pocket) without the worry of it being bent into a crescent shape (thus leaving a crease in your paper). A clear, bright white in color, it looks defined and neat (although as far as I know it comes in a variety of colors ranging from blue, green, black, and red). The elastic closure is to me the best part since I don’t like my pages to curl up or dog ear.
The inside holds all kinds of interesting things, such as numbered pages, a table of contents where you can write in the page number and name the topic for easy access to your last note, dotted pages (a new one for me) to make my writing look neater, and a silky white ribbon to mark where you left off last. The ink-proof pages though, like My Sweetheart said, were, um… Not so good. It’s fine if you let the ink dry for a couple of minutes but that would indeed imply that the pages are not ink proof and that they are like any other notebook paper (however I won’t say much about that since all I used was a Signo Gelstick)… All in all a very neat little book!
Just an afternote (from Chris): Our guest reviewer today was the wonderful young lady who I’ve been courting for the past seven months whose name happens to be Sarah… She was very kind to review this notebook, and hopefully (if people say enough nice things about her review and give her some encouragement – comments and friendly critique welcome below) we might be able to get her back to do some more for us. She claims that she doesn’t know enough about this kind of stuff to write for Pens’n’Paper, but I think she did a pretty good job for her first time!
Note: Neither Sarah nor I are employees or and in any way affiliated with Kikkerland or Leuchtturm1917. This review is in no way affected by the fact that this item was a free sample from Kikkerland.