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Kmart Notebooks Fountain Pen Friendly?!


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#1 TingHZ


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Posted 01 July 2019 - 12:33

This is my first post so bear with me. The pics and my handwriting could be better  :blush:

I hear brands like Tomoe River and Rhodia being fountain pen friendly paper but they cost a bit too much for me.

I discovered that Kmart notebooks actually handle fountain pen inks pretty darn well.


Good budget paper for flex pen calligraphy practice. I have attached some pics which could hopefully illustrate my point.



Shading from a Pilot Fine nib.



I used Robert Oster's Clearwater Rain which showed a hint of the elusive red sheen in this pic.




Alternative ink with Pilot Justus FM and Pelikan Adventurine.



To prove my point, same ink on different paper. (top: random paper taken from uni printer, bottom: J Burrow's Premium Digital Paper)


By comparison, normal paper (and 'premium') paper just cant handle too much ink without feathering, whereas the Kmart paper just handles it like a champ. Not a single trace of feathering. 


I bought this notebook from Australian Kmart. Not sure if its the same for Kmart's in other countries. 

Edited by TingHZ, 01 July 2019 - 12:56.

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#2 inkypete


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Posted 01 July 2019 - 22:11

Nice review, thanks. I will check them out. Always good to find a budget priced notebook that surprises. What is the show through like? Are you able to post a pic of the other side of the page?

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Posted 02 July 2019 - 13:00

Yep, there is some show through, especially for the thicker writings. The paper is relatively thin


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Posted 20 July 2019 - 09:10

Thanks for this, the Kmart paper performs much better than I expected.

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