Posted 05 March 2006 - 23:06
With the severe wrinkling of my current multi-subject notebook by a cleaner spill, I decided to try the Notebound Series notebook recently talked about here. In this case, the MX-120 three subject notebook.
The first thing I noticed is that they are made in China, which I suppose helps keep the price down. It was $3.99 USD at Walgreens. (The single subject notebook was $2.99 USD.) Each section has 40 pages.
The cover is as previously described, a nice fairly heavy plastic sheet. The binding leaves a lot to be desired. It is a set of two 7-sectioned fingered retainers that do not interlock, which could allow the notebook to easily come apart if handled roughly.
Inside the cover you are greeted with a nice map of the North American Continent.
On the reverse side of the map is a set of tables for the usual important information, including a nice conversion table
The paper feels a little soft, but nice and heavy compared to most notebook paper. Seems to be around 20 pound. So how does it write?
Look for yourself.
I've often called my Parker 100 a fire hose, yet this paper soaks the ink right up and it dies quickly with very minimal feathering. Below are a couple insets.
The nicest surprize was the back cover, which is literally like a hard bound book cover, measuring a heafty 0.170 inches thick as measured with a set of calipers.
This is a fairly nice notebook that would be a great notebook with a better binding system.
Posted 05 March 2006 - 23:53
Posted 06 March 2006 - 06:04
All Noodler's eternal inks. Black, Legal Lapis, and Iraqi Indigo. The inset you refered to was Iraqi Indigo.
I see that the blue ink feathered the most. Will you list the inks that you wrote with, please?
Edit: I should also add, that was the only medium point nib in the group.
Edited by FLZapped, 06 March 2006 - 06:05.
Posted 06 March 2006 - 13:34
Posted 06 March 2006 - 15:09
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 09:35
Posted 11 March 2006 - 13:09
No doubt they cut corners wherever they thought reasonable. I hadn't noticed that they didn't iron the back of the sheets, thanks - I'll have to give that a look.
I went out and purchased one of these today after having read some of the responses here. I agree that this is for the most part an impressive notebook, especially for the price - I got it for $4. The only thing I don't care for, which hasn't been mentioned here, is the differing texture of the back of each sheet, which is quite coarse compared with the very nice writing front. However, for the price, this is a nice, rugged notebook. Best,
I did notice recently that the paper isn't really white, it has a purplish cast to it....
Still, it works really nicely for me. I have written on it with a variety of inks and pens and it hasn't even given a hint of bleeding through and feathering is very minimal, considering the low-low price.
I went and checked mine and the two sides to me seem the same. I even wrote on both sides of one sheet and they reacted the same way. Perhaps there is a manufacturing defect in yours????
Maybe that's where they cut corners....quality control?? *shrug*
Edited by FLZapped, 11 March 2006 - 13:15.
Posted 11 March 2006 - 19:47
Posted 11 March 2006 - 23:35
Tell him it causes your fountain pen to grow a beard and watch his response!
Wow! That's really interesting. The sides of the paper are remarkably different in mine - I noticed the very first time my fingers turned a page - the back has a distinctly course feel to it. Perhaps it is a quality control issue indeed. As I was purchasing another black n' red today, I was wishing for the pockets that the MX 120 has. Perhaps I should go back up to Walgreens and check to see if others are different there - maybe it was a bad batch? Or maybe you got lucky! I wonder how a clerk would responde to my fountain pen concerns - "Sir, tell me again why you want an exchange." "You see ... this side of the paper doesn't let me utilize the smoothness of my DaniTrio Densho, even if I'm using a more free flowing ink ..."