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#1 Americanfighter89

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:18

Hey guys I am looking for a new journal full size not lined blank pages and high quality paper that even broad point fountain pens wont bleed through. any suggestions?

#2 johnmetta

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:43

If you're not going with Quo Vadis' Habana, Rhodia's Webbie, or Leuchtturm 1917, I'd say maybe an artist's sketch book? I have two, the paper's not smooth though. When I picked up Clairfontaine paper after that, I felt like I was in heaven.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:38

I went with a nice leather cover in the size I want and got a clairfontaine refill. I knew I would be going through the paper and wanted a leather cover with character

Edited by matt385, 06 February 2013 - 10:39.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 14:34

I went with a nice leather cover in the size I want and got a clairfontaine refill. I knew I would be going through the paper and wanted a leather cover with character

where did you get the leather cover

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 18:18

I don't think you'll get better then this:
http://design-y.near.../knowledge.html

The paper used is what everyone here raves about. Thin and does not bleed through.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 23:06


I went with a nice leather cover in the size I want and got a clairfontaine refill. I knew I would be going through the paper and wanted a leather cover with character

where did you get the leather cover


Renaissance arts, I got the idea from another post here.
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#7 brgmarketing

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:56

Not necessarily a cheap alternative but definitely a good one (no affiliation) is Jenni Bick - Bookbinder.
100% satisfaction guarantee! Wide range of books, journals and some custom stuff. Occasionally I have seen discount or outlet books there, too.

http://www.jennibick.com
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#8 Joe in Seattle

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:18

Paper blanks works nicely
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Posted 10 February 2013 - 20:37

Well, I would recommend this, but they charge an extra $4.99 for shipping:

http://www.jennibick...al-journal.html

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 01:14

Well, I would recommend this, but they charge an extra $4.99 for shipping:

http://www.jennibick...al-journal.html


I'm not sure. It might be too small? ;)

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 17:52

They aren't cheap, but Graphic Image makes the best journals I have had the pleasure to write in. I use the hardcover journals with lined pages. The paper is excellent, and the construction is rugged and strikes me as something that will outlast me (which was something I demand in a journal), but still was elegant and will not look out of place in a fine library.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 19:23

Have you considered Renaissance Art Leather. Various sizes and various covers; you choose the paper (they will send you samples), high quality work. A little expensive, but very nice.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 20:10

Hey guys I am looking for a new journal full size not lined blank pages and high quality paper that even broad point fountain pens wont bleed through. any suggestions?

I recently purchased a Stillman & Birn, Epsilon series, hardbound, 8.5x11", 124 pages. The paper is 100 lb., plate finish, unlined.

I haven't tried writing in it with a broad nib pen, but I strongly suspect I could, and with very little, if any, bleed through.

Sounds like just what you say you're looking for.

I bought it from Plaza Artist Materials (as it's marketed as a sketchbook). I think the MSRP is around $23, but if you get lucky with sales and coupons, you can bring it home for half that. Art supply stores run frequent sales and coupon offers. Mind you, even at full price the book would be worth it; it's that good.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 03:05

I've done well with the Picadilly journals available at Barnes and Noble.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:14

They aren't cheap, but Graphic Image makes the best journals I have had the pleasure to write in. I use the hardcover journals with lined pages. The paper is excellent, and the construction is rugged and strikes me as something that will outlast me (which was something I demand in a journal), but still was elegant and will not look out of place in a fine library.

 

Hello Goby

 

I have been all over their website and I can't find any information or discussion on the paper. It just says they use good paper. They all say that.

Do you know what they are using? Cotton, tree, recycled..? 70, 80,90gsm?

I looked through the paper reviews here on FPN but I did not come across one.

 

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:49

I bought some Exacompta journals that could be used with a leatherette cover. The paper is very good quality and would probably work with your broad nib.