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Redbubble Spiral Notebook -- First Impression/review

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#1 EHyde

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Posted 04 October 2017 - 22:10

Hello, this is my first review of any kind here, I hope it's alright.

 

Redbubble is a website where independent artists can upload their work and have it sold on t-shirts, bags, prints, phone cases, and various other things. You can find both fan-art and original art there. Of interest to me was their spiral notebooks. I wasn't expecting much since this is not a company that specializes in paper and writing products, but a couple of my friends sell art there, so I decided to check them out. The only info given about the notebook's paper was that it's 90gsm and came in a choice of ruled or graph paper. The notebooks are 6" x 8" and have a page with a pocket in the back.

 

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This particular cover happens to be fan-art from my favorite manga series. The cover was a slight disappointment. I assumed it would be printed on glossy paper (though in retrospect, I'm not sure why I assumed this), but it's matte. Still, the image is bright, crisp, and clear, so it's not a big disappointment.

 

On to the paper.

 

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It is...I'm not sure the technical term. Very thirsty paper. There's some feathering, and the line is consistently dark, no shading to speak of. The paper has a noticeable tooth but does not feel too rough when writing. I actually really like the feel of writing on it, I'm just not fond of the result.

 

And, showthrough/bleedthrough.

 

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Lots. You could write on both sides and I think it would still be legible, but I wouldn't want to.

 

Redbubble's notebooks may be of interest to people for the novelty of the cover artwork, but they are not fountain-pen friendly. If you like a piece of artwork that's sold there, probably better to go with a print or one of their other products instead.



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#2 johnboz

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 03:04

Thanks for the review! Hopefully the artwork makes you happy to use the notebook even if the paper isn't ideal for fountain pens.


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