Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Review: Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook

Big thanks go out to Karen from Exaclair, Inc. for another great Notebook to review.

* Image taken from Swisherpens.com

Info on Notebook:
* Wirebound
* Multiple Subjects Pages in pale pastel colors: blue, pink, green & yellow with blank index tabs
* Graph w/12 tabs
* 60 sheets 6 3/4" / 8 5/8"

This is a real handy notebook you can divide it up and use as a sectional for classes or as a handy journal. As always extremely smooth paper, which you will find with all Clairefontaine products. If your looking to pick this up head over to The Daily Planner for great prices and selection.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Review: Rhodia Notepads

Have you ever looked and felt a notebook and said, "I'm going to enjoy writing in this one," if so then you know how I felt about the sample notebooks I received from Karen at Exaclair to review. First ones up are the Rhodia Pads we have the Bloc Rhodia N 14 (4.3 x 6.7in), and the Staple bound Graph Pad-Black (looks like a mini-notebook at 3 x 4 3/4in).
I really enjoy graph paper in notebooks because it helps me focus on my writing, makes me try to keep my writing small and contained in the boxes, and I save paper!

If you haven't had the chance to feel/use the paper in the Rhodia notebooks, telling you its smooth is an understatement! The pages also hold ink very will and I experienced very little bleed through when I wrote this review using my Platinum Preppy Fountain pen from Jetpens. These notebooks make great gifts you can find them in your local Art Stores or online at TheDailyPlanner.com.

Bloc Rhodia N 14 info:
- 80g acid-free white vellum paper - 21.3lb
- 80 sheets
- Perforated pages for easy removal
- Cover folds over the back, which helps when taking notes

Staple bound Graph Pad-Black info:
- Card covers coated and waterproof
- 80g acid-free white vellum paper - 21.3lb
- 48 pages 24 sheets

* Size comparison with the Staple bound Graph Pad-Black and Field Notes Memo Book.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pelikan Fountain Pens and Refill Cartridges available at Jetpens

Just a quick note for anyone looking for those Pelikan Fountain Pens: Pelikano, Pelikano Junior, and Script Italic Calligraphy Fountain Pens there now available for purchase at JetPens!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reviews on the way!

I have a couple of reviews on the way... things have been a little hectic.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Review: Field Notes Memo Books

"I'm not writing it down to remember it later,
I'm writing it down to remember it now."

The good folks at
Field Notes sent me a sample package to review!

- 48 page memo book

- 3-1/2" wide by 5-1/2″ tall

- Rugged three-staple saddle-stitch process
- Perfect 3/16″ (5mm) graphed paper

- Manufactured and printed in the U.S.A.
I really enjoy the brown graph lines instead of the standard blue.

When I'm on the go I usually write myself notes on Post It's Notes and toss them when I'm done, with these handy memo books these are a keeper for my purse! Great size, smooth paper, and appealing layout.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Review: Uni-ball Signo Bit UM-201 Gel Ink Pen - 0.18 mm - Red

I received the Uni-ball Signo Bit UM-201 Gel Ink Pen - 0.18 mm - Red from JetPens! to review. I know there's a couple of reviews out there about this pen so I won't be too wordy with mine. The design of the pen is really nice with a splash of color from the cap of the pen to the tail section letting you know which color your using.
Writing with the pen is pretty comfortable because of the molded plastic on the body. Your able to make some really fine lines with this pen as I realized with the rice test. I was able to write clearly on a grain of rice the word 'pens'.
The is some scratching noise when writing with this pen other then that this is a great everyday pen.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Put Your Best Pen/Pencil Forward

I was reading a blog about pens, and the blogger said (paraphrasing) that it’s important to use quality pens/pencils when writing to really bring out your best in what your doing. I thought about it and I have to agree, most of the time I'll just grab the closes pen that I have and jot down some notes but I think it's important that if there's something I care enough about to write it down, I have to use a quality writing instrument to display it in the proper ink/lead. Now I'm not saying to spend tons of money on pens/pencils (if you have go for it), just use the best product you have.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Review: Sakura Pigma Micron 01

What a great pen! I was a bit nervous about the fine tip thinking that it would break because I have a tendency to press down hard on my pens when writing but this wasn't the case. I love these pens for taking notes on fine paper like a bible because the ink doesn't bleed through the page. If you looking for a fine tip pen pick these up. The ones that I purchased are the 01 - .25MM nib, 6-color pack. This isn't where I purchased them but I love this store JetPens!

Friday, November 21, 2008

The Starting Point

Back in college (2003) a classmate who was majoring in Graphic Design gave me this pen. I used it on occasion and over the years forgot about it. On Monday (11/17/08) I was going through my pen drawer and can across this old favorite! It works like new, the description of the pen has faded over the years but the ink quality hasn't. It's a ITOYA Finepoint System .2. It's a gem to write with, doesn't bleed, works great if your using it everyday.


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