I am always hunting inexpensive notebooks or legal pads that are fountain pen friendly for my work. I have been, for the most part, disappointed by the cheap quality of the paper on most pads and notebooks for everyday use. Last night, I spotted a display of these "new" notebooks that boast a high quality paper that resists ink bleed. At $1.97 per notebook, I decided to purchase a couple.
A Quick Review of the new Five Star Coillege Ruled Notebook by Acco Brands in A5-related size: This notebook is made in the U.S, and is Number 11231. It has a 2 subject divider and a colorful cover. The paper is a light weight, student quality and likely not archival. The overall feel of the paper is smooth, but has a slight amount of toothiness. The manufacturer indicates that the notebook "Lasts all year. Guranteed!", and contains reinforced storage pockets, water resistant cover and high quality paper, "which resists ink bleed with common student writing instruments such as pencil, ball point pens, gel pens, felt tip pens and markers". I decided to see how fountain pen ink would do.
The pens, nibs and inks used in this test for feathering, bleedthrough and showthrough were:
Montblanc 144, fine 18K gold nib: Sailor Kobe Ooji Cherry
Namisu Nova, medium titanium nib: Montblanc Irish Green
Conklin Duragraph, 1.1 stub nib: Midnight Blue ink creation of mine
Franklin Christoph Panther, Matsuyama medium italic 14K semi-flex nib: DeAtramentis Aubergine
Italix Captain's Commission, medium italic nib: Diamine Woodland Green
Lamy Studio, fine 18K gold nib: Akkermann #14 Purple
Lamy 2000, medium 18K gold nib: Sailor Nioi Sumire
Lamy LX, medium nib: Robert Oster Australian Mauve Opal
Delta Capri Marina, broad fusion nib: GvFC Deep Sea Green
Lamy Safari, broad nib: Diamine Bilberry
Lamy Safari, medium nib: Robert Oster River of Fire
Lamy Al-Star, fine nib: Robert Oster Tranquility
Lamy Safari, fine nib: Cross Violet
Custom made, fine 18k nib: Robert Oster Green Diamond
Delta Horsepower, 1.1 stub fusion nib: DeAtramentis Robert Louis Stevenson
Jinhao 450, Goulet 1.1 stub nib: DeAtramentis Edgar Allen Poe
The following are printer scans of the inks tested on the paper. The image quality is not the best, but it should give you some idea. Note that the pink/red/purple colors seem "fuzzy". This is the result of my printer scanner, not the ink feathering.
Feathering/Spreading: Overall there was minimal feathering. Those which did have some feathering included those inks which came from stub or broad nibs. Almost all fine or medium nibs showed little to no feathering.
Bleedthrough: There was no bleedthrough, except with my very wet Italix Captain's Commission with Diamine Woodland Green,there were a few tiny spots where the ink was just beginning to bleed.
Showthrough: Almost all of the fine and medium point nibs did not show through. The exception is my Namisu Nova which has an exceptionally wet medium titanium nib, and Lamy Safari medium nib with the very wet Robert Oster River of Fire ink. Almost all of the broad and stub nibs did showthrough, with the exception of Conklin Duragraph because the ink is fairly light in color, and surprisingly the Delta Capri Marina with a very wet broad nib filled with GvFC Deep Sea Green.
Overall, I am very impressed with these little notebooks. I would recommend these to any student who uses fountain pens, particularly with fine and medium nibs. And with the black or dark blue cover, this would be acceptable for professional use as well as long as your use is non-archival.
Edited by DrPenfection, 20 July 2017 - 23:19.