The other day I was in Vanness pen shop looking for new gridded Journal. Lisa said that they did not have any more gridded Rhodia in stock and that I should check out the new Paperblanks books that she ordered recently.
They were exactly the size I wanted and the cover was pretty cool too. There's a picture of Albert Einstein on the back, kind of gritty and and grungy which I like. On the front of the book there is a bunch of mathematical equations and cursive writing that looks like German so I can't read it but its textured and it's fun to touch. There's a magnetic flap on the front of the book which is always fun because it closes itself. Fun to fiddle with when listening to teachers drone on about... whatever.
And when you open the front you have a brown interior. The first page and you're looking at a page full of grids. There is a little red cloth bookmark in the middle of it and at the back of the book some stuff about Albert Einstein in several languages, and on the very last page of the book is a brown flap/folder thing.
I think these are cool even though I never use them. The paper is smooth but not glass smooth. It's not toothy at all either which I really hate. I can't use Red and Black for that reason. For me it's the it's the perfect texture for all of my pens that I usually write with. Standard fine, mediums, and occasionally a broad.
The paper took several Iroshizuku inks, some Waterman, J. Herbin, and Stipula inks beautifully. There is no feathering, bleed through, or show through at all. It's great paper for inks that shade, too.
So Lisa gave me this and told me to review it. She didn't really know if it was good for fountain pens, but I'll certainly vouch for it. I think it's wonderful. There were dozens of varieties and several sizes. This is 7x9", with paper at 8 3/4" x 6 1/2", which is perfect for sketching fountain pens, which is about all I'll be using it for.
If you are in need of a journal give Mike and Lisa a holler at Vanness Pen (link in my signature) and see what they can fix you up with. These are listed at about $20 for this size.