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  1. I know what you're going to say... what is a story about using a stylus on a tablet doing here? I thought the following article was an interesting discussion on a tech site. BTW, this comes after a rumor that Apple might be developing an Apple stylus. Stylus on tablet vs pen on paper. You know what you would use, right? :-) http://www.imore.com/core-my-ipad-sketchbook-dilemma
  2. Dear fellow members I was using matrix spiral notebook earlier and currently iam using soft bound classmate notebooks... I was certainly liked classmate notebooks better than the matrix spiral notebooks... However i would like to know from all 1. What notepad you are using? 2. How much it costs? 3. Purchased from? 4. Will you recommend it?
  3. Gambol 5 Subjects notebook (from Kokuyo) My Subjective Rating: 2/5 My Objective Rating: -1 Pros: cheap (+2)easily available (+1)wire-bound (+3)good value (page per dollar) (+2)divider every 40 pages (+1)rounded corners (+1)Cons:feathering is quite severe (-3)bleedthrough is quite severe (-3)only good for dry fountain pens/ballpoints/pencils (-3)single-wire binding (-1)soft cover is not durable (-1)Price: RM6.90 (1.90 USD/1.60/£1.30)Binding: single-wire binding Size: A5 Number of Pages: 200 Printing: 7mm lines (24 lines/page) Gsm: (not specified) Cover: Thick paper (soft) Page colour: white (slightly greenish discolouration) Additional Information : blank yellow paged divider every 40 pages.index pageBlank lines at the top of each page for number and dateNo marginRuling does not start and end at the end of the sheetsPhotos:
  4. Hey guys, Do any of you know any fountain pen-friendly paper similar to Clairefontaine that is easily obtainable in Malaysia? Paper will mainly be used as letter paper for mail so a notepad with perforations would be best. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hey guys, Do any of you know any fountain pen-friendly paper similar to Clairefontaine that is easily obtainable in Malaysia? Paper will mainly be used as letter paper for mail so a notepad with perforations would be best. Thanks in advance!
  6. Hello everyone! I'm new to the FP network (about 5 minutes ago) and am still learning the ropes of both the network and the fountain pen itself. I am a student in high school and just started using fountain pens this semester and am loving it. I own two Noodler's Ahabs and am looking to get something that will work better with cheap paper, as I cannot shell out money for Rodia, Clairefontaine and the like due to the fact that I take about 2-3 pages of notes a school day.I have been drawn to the TWSBI mini because of the modern design and because it seems to work well with cheap paper. Is this a good choice? If not what else? At the same time, I am looking for cheap paper that will bring out the best in my inks without feathering and such. Is Staplers Bagasse any good? And finally, if I do get the TWSBI mini, would Noodler's "Bad Blue Heron" be safe to use in it?
  7. Levenger is having a semi-annual sale now. Lots of Circa stuff on sale if you're interested. http://www.levenger.com/SEMI-ANNUAL-SALE-18.aspx
  8. PenChalet

    It's Field Notes Day!

    Today we have discounted most of out Field Notes at 10% for the holidays. Also take an additional 10% your entire order with the coupon code HOLIDAYS You must order from out sale page to get the discounted price: http://www.penchalet.com/sales/days-of-holiday-deals.html Currently discounted are the following: http://www.penchalet.com/images/emails/12Days/2014/fieldnotes_ambition.jpg Ambition http://www.penchalet.com/images/emails/12Days/2014/fieldnotes_unexposed.jpg Unexposed http://www.penchalet.com/images/emails/12Days/2014/fieldnotes_aands.jpg Arts & Science http://www.penchalet.com/images/emails/12Days/2014/fieldnotes_pitchblack.jpg Pitch Black
  9. Hey, I take a lot of notes at school, and usually carry cheap, lined paper sheets in my binder. My inks tend to have a lot of bleedthrough and feather on the cheap paper, and i was wondering if there is a company that sells lined paper sheets made for fountain pens. I know i could just use a notebook, but it makes it frustrating not being able to have individual sheets to work on. If anyone knows of any paper that would suit my needs, please leave a responce. Thanks Mutton
  10. Hi I've finally got everything I need to start making Tomoe River pads in the UK. I'll be making all the pads my self, to the same quality that I'd expect for my self. So question is, what would you like? I think making very ornate leatherbound notebooks will be beyond me, but factors such as number of sheets etc would be handy..!
  11. I recently bought a Pilot Metropolitan Medium. I have a pretty decent handwriting. I have a keen interest to write a letter to my SO, I have a few thoughts on some inks that may look beautiful, but I do need advise on what kind of paper and its specifications so that the ink doesn't bleed through etc. My choices of inks so far: Noodler's black swan in English rosesDiamine SarahDiamine AmaranthNoodler's La Reine MauveNoodler's Lexington grPelikan Turquoise 4001Noodler's black swan in Australian roses ( I really like the shade this ink has, but there seems to be a difference in old ink and new ink, I like the old one more)​I would greatly appreciate it if you guys could help me select a good ink shade and a paper to write on. Thank you.
  12. Guernseytim


    I noticed a market watch thread for Amazon, but that's US based. Therefore, thought I'd start a UK one :-) Recently I purchased 5 x Oxford Campus A4 wire bound notepads for £10.50, plus a parker duo fold demi for £65. Currently they have the A5 version of the Campus notepads at a good price - I find the paper to be very fountain pen friendly - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oxford-Campus-Wirebound-Notebook-Assorted/dp/B00AUV70SE/ref=lp_5348989031_1_15?s=officeproduct&ie=UTF8&qid=1417788852&sr=1-15
  13. I just got into a kickstarter for a product called the Passion Planner. No affiliation on my end. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angeliatrinidad/passion-planner-the-one-place-for-all-your-thought I'm wondering if anybody here has used one of these (they've been around since 2012) and can tell me if the paper is really fountain pen friendly. They say FP can be used on the kickstarter site, but I rarely believe what I read on the interwebs. Anybody have some experience with this planner?
  14. Hi all. So, despite my insistence at the start of every year that my students produce their work on FP-friendly paper, many of them use some pretty horrific stuff - it's invariably grey, opaque and sponge-like. I will not mark in ballpoint as it cripples my hand, so I've spent ages trying to get the perfect combination and I reckon I've found it: Pilot Plumix with standard Pilot/Namiki red cartridges. I'm not fan of cartridges at all, but these are cheap and Pilot ink is pricey in the UK. Surprisingly, the next best combination is my Platinum #3776 Century (broad nib) and Platinum Carbon Black - that ink just STAYS. I'm a bit scared to use it in anything else though! What about you?
  15. Pink Roses Floral Stationery Portfolio I discovered this lovely stationery folio at Barnes & Noble this weekend. I couldn't resist the beautiful roses in pink and purple; so entirely perfect, as though they were made just for me. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f8/a3/bc/f8a3bc5c40443c4920f9f1fc5cdf48a6.jpg This folio includes 10 cards and 10 envelopes. They are decorated with roses. Even the inside of the envelopes have the beautiful rose design on the inside. The folios were $9 each. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c2/dd/59/c2dd5911191a3786dc3056fec033c9f9.jpg There were only two of these sets at my local B&N, and I had to get them both. I asked one of the clerks if they had these restocked often, and he confirmed my suspicions that they are unique and the stock is infrequent. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6e/70/9f/6e709f8ef27cb4bf159a527100d00602.jpg I was so excited to bring them home and test it out, but at the same time knowing I only have 20, I also want to cherish them and to savor each precious card and envelope! I inked up my TWSBI Mini Rose Gold & White with a broad Pendleton Butter-Line-Stub with Mont Blanc Lavender Purple ink. I think the dark purple ink coordinates well to the darker colors in the rose design. http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/85/f0/34/85f0345e3cba7af006732ba830aacf24.jpg I wrote down verse one and verse three from an old hymn called "Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting." It is currently one of my favorite hymns and the words lift up my soul in beauty and peace! So I know the big question - Is it Fountain Pen Friendly? http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/3c/3b/30/3c3b3048e35e0b30eb3c71e31f3add6c.jpg And the answer is YES! I did notice a tiny bit of feathering where the ink was laid down really wet, but I had just freshly inked my pen so there was a lot of ink in the feed - more than in an ordinary writing session. No bleed through, no show through. The paper is a bit thick, I am not sure of the weight as none is listed, but by my guess it is thicker than 32lb but not as thick as 65 lb. Again just my guess! The ink color looked absolutely gorgeous on the cream colored paper! Swoon worthy! I don't know if this would do well with something extreme like an Ahab flex, but for finer nibs/drier inks to moderately wet it appears fine from my one sample. As I use more through time and try different inks and nibs I will get a better feel for what this paper can handle. Here is the photo from the B&N website: http://img1.imagesbn.com/p/9780641699634_p0_v2_s260x420.jpg Over all I am very well pleased! My only regret is that I may never be able to find it again. I did with some searching find it on the B&N website, although it is sold in stores only and all stores near me (within a 3 hour radius) are sold out. Here is the link to the product on B&N website: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/home-gift-pink-roses-floral-large-stationery-portfolio-s-10/12604445?ean=9780641699634&itm=1&usri=9780641699634 If I ever come across more of this gorgeousness I will definitely be indulging in purchasing more of it! Has anyone else tried any papers by the brand Kartos? The label also says San Lorenzo Italy. Please share your experiences and thoughts! And to leave us with a last image of those gorgeous roses... http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/cb/9e/c6/cb9ec6fc91109b4b441ea8cedb823e06.jpg
  16. Hi everyone, What is your favorite kind of paper you use for your Fountain Pens?
  17. FitzadociousAtrocious

    Paper And "penemies"

    Greetings all, A quick question regarding FPs and their own individual "personalities". Do some FPs simply have some inveterate dislike toward certain types of paper? Even well-made paper? For instance, I have a relatively high-priced Visconti that writes like a dream on Rhodia but is scratchy and annoying on Clairefountaine (notebooks AND journals). Is this just some quirk of the pen? Is it a nib issue? Surely not, right? Thanks for any feedback or input. F
  18. Hi Everyone, I was thinking of buying some Clariefontanie or Rhodia paper but I was wondering if there was some paper that drys faster or writes more smoother. If anyone has some suggestions please comment. Thanks
  19. I am looking into some nice parchment paper to write all my letters on this holiday season. I came across this paper from amazon: Southworth Parchment Specialty Paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, 24 lb, Copper http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013CKJ7S/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3C0K7J9MKFJSK&coliid=I2MVPM6RABLURW&psc=1 It is $24 for a box of 500 sheets which works out to just under 5 cents a sheet. A great deal! I have read a few reviews here and there about Soutworth paper in general and some were mixed, some were high. But I couldn't find any specific thread on the Southworth parchment paper. I was wondering if anyone has tried this paper? What do you think about it? Is it fp friendly? Has anyone seen the copper color in person? How would you describe it? I am hoping it isn't too yellow (like the gold appears) but still has a nice neutral old world look. Also, I was hoping there might be a generous individual who could send me a sheet (or even half a sheet) to test out? I have a few different papers I would be willing to send to you to try in exchange. I always prefer to try a product before I buy it. Especially within this hobby - it can be hit or miss sometimes; it is always better for me to test it out first hand to see if it meets my expectations. I am sure many of you know exactly what I mean! Thank you to anyone who has any information that they can share with me! I am so blessed to be a part of this community!!! http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61FZRSr%2BlbL._SL1001_.jpg
  20. http://store.armyproperty.com/products/book-memorandum-nsn-7530-01-060-7511.html Memoranda Notepad NSN #7530-01-060-7511 At 3.5 x 4.5 inches they fit perfectly in either a shirt or pants/jeans pocket. Top bound, high quality and rugged. I've had the same one kicking around since my older brother was in the Navy back in the mid to late 80's, and it is still holding together well. Which is why I was hunting for more. I ordered a dozen. They have other sizes available as well if you prefer a bigger one.
  21. -This review is an adapted version of the one that can be found on my personal blog (www.pencilcaseblog.com). Visit my blog for more pictures, a copy of the written review and of course many other pen, pencil, paper and ink reviews. Enjoy the review! (Rhodia Webnotebook review: http://www.pencilcaseblog.com/2014/06/rhodia-webnotebook.html )- Here's a review of one of my all time favourite notebooks: the Rhodia Webnotebook. These notebooks are available in a few sizes (I think A4 all the way through A7, in orange or black cover), mine's A6 sized (same as a field notes notebook) which makes it pretty convenient to take it with you, though it's nowhere near as portable as Field notes or other similar notebooks due to the hardcover design and the thicker profile (96 pages in comparison to 48 on the Field Notes). As with most good quality notebooks, you can find a little pocket at the back of the notebook, which is great for holding business cards or other small pieces of paper. I really like the overall look and feel of these notebooks, they're pretty well-made and they have a clean, no-nonsense appearance. The Rhodia logo is embossed on the front of the leatherette cover, no other branding is to be found in or on the notebook. The only thing I dislike about the design of the webbie is the material they used for the cover, there's kind of a love-hate relationship going on with it. It's very soft and pleasant to hold, but that's about as positive as it gets. For a start, it's supposed to be an Italian leatherette material, but no matter how hard I try, I can't see how this could ever resemble leather! It's more of a soft, rubbery coating, not anywhere near leather-look. To make things worse, this rubber-like material isn't the most durable, it can handle a substantial amount of abuse, but it seems to be vulnerable to pressure, even the elastic band that closes the cover leaves a permanent mark in the material. Also, as you might be able to see in the very first picture, there's something weird going on in the top left corner of the cover, it looks like the material has ripped or cracked? I have no clue how this happened, for all I know it was already there when I bought it, which is quite unfortunate on a higher-end notebook. Another slight disadvantage is the fact that it won't lay flat, I had to almost rip it apart (seriously, don't bend the spine 360 degrees like I did!) so that I could take proper pictures of it. When in use, I didn't really bother the fact that you have to hold it open. It doesn't really matter on a pocket notebook like this, as you'll probably only use it to write quick notes. I'm a huge fan of Rhodia paper, I especially love the lined A4 pads I use to write reviews on. For some reason, Rhodia paper is always a tad bit smoother, and I'm glad to say that the paper in this notebook is little or no different! In fact, it is almost too smooth, to a point where some fountain pens, mostly stubs, can have some trouble to get started. Besides the occasional hard start, the 90gsm ivory-colored paper is a joy to write on, it's really smooth with little or no feathering. Unfortunately though, it suffers from a small amount of showthrough on the other side, and in some cases (with wet nibs or markers) even some bleedthrough. I really have no clue why this heavy paper can't handle wet nibs, even the lighter 80gsm paper of the Rhodia notepad outperforms it when it comes to bleedthrough. So is it worth the retail price of around 16 USDollars (The larger sized models are obiously more expensive)? I think so, yes! There are a few downsides about it, but if you compare them to Moleskine books -which are a bit cheaper - you'll immediately notice the difference in paper quality. The Rhodia is much smoother, and despite having some showthrough/bleedthrough issues, it is still a lot more fountain pen friendly than your average Moleskine! Dries ThePencilCaseBlog http://www.pencilcaseblog.com
  22. I don't think anyone has ever said anything about this before on this forum, but I thought I should post something just in case anyone is tempted to buy. I bought the Markiaro scratch pad in orange leather by mistake. I bought it online for very little money (so feel I shouldn't really complain, but the info is worth knowing) and then the supplier promptly went out of business so I couldn't return it. It was incorrectly labelled and described. Anyway, I thought I could make use of it. I love the Markiaro range; their pens and pen cases are very nice and this scratch pad is nice leather too. It feels like it's good quality and it is well made....except for the paper. There are a lot of these doing the rounds on ebay at present (has Markiaro gone out of production?) and in case anyone is tempted to buy, I thought I should point out the flaw. I thought this was a flip top notebook and when I bought it, it was labelled as such. What it actually is, is a tear off scratch pad for a desk top. The quality of the paper is not great. It has a very strange scratchy feel and it feathers slightly with certain pens. It's not dreadful, but neither is it good. One thing in its favour is that there is no bleed through to the other side, even with very wet inks and heavy flow. As a basic scratch pad it is fine though, and I guess the paper can always be replaced if you can find a pad that will fit it. Just thought folk might like to know.
  23. I'd like to test some of my inks for water resistance. However, I've noticed that people test differently, and when I test, I get different results on different papers. Can we discuss an appropriately rigorous determination of resistance? I'd like to standardize my approach. For example: What paper should be used? Are there any papers known to shed inks better than others? How much water? For how long? Dropped, swabbed, scrubbed, soaked, run over the paper, or licked? Do you blot off the water? Wipe it? Let it evaporate? How should ink be laid down? Grids? Words? Solid lines? Is there any benefit to adding things to the testing water (like soap), or to testing other substances (ethanol/bleach)? Length of time? Temperature? Size of swatch?
  24. Okay, so I'm trying to figure out if others are as obsessed as I am with their fountain pens. My dad only owns one fountain pen, but he's had it for years...it's a Montblanc of some sort and his "new" son will probably inherit it when my dad passes, but that's another '(bleep)' for another time. Please answer the poll and let's see how obsessive we REALLY are. Actually, I am secretly collecting data for blackmail and the results will be reported back to your shrink!
  25. Okay, I’ve been away from the boards lately because I have been struck senseless by a rather pernicious virus and was for a time desperately ill. This week I am recovering, slowly but surely, and have the strength to get out of bed and sit at my desk. Hopefully the worst is past. Right. As it is my stamp of weirdness to ask seemingly absurd questions or posit bizarre hypotheses… There have been a few threads were people have argued for and against the use of word processors over the traditional pen and paper approach. By themselves I think both are valid tools, but there are some rather entertaining claims around – particularly from the typists – and something that I think many people overlook. One of the big claims by the typists is speed of execution and the need to get those words down. I get that, makes sense. Another claim, again by the typists, is that they can type more accurately than they write. Fair enough. And another claim, also by the typists (surprise!), is that it saves on resources (paper, trees, fluffy bunnies etc.). All well and good. However, I believe that these kinds of claims spring from the well of superficiality. Let me explain by looking at these three. Speed: Yes it is true, the young people of today can all type at world record speeds, but what is really achieved? More words in less time. What about the quality of those words? How about the structure of the writing, the pacing, the development?I don’t believe I have ever met anyone who can write a perfect first draft – in general if people say they can it is usually a delusion. I would posit that those who type at breakneck speed find they require more editing and redrafting than those who use pen and paper. There, I’ve said it (and it is borne out by my experience in research over the last 6 years). Accuracy: really? What does that mean? Do these typists believe that when they type – as opposed to write – they find the bon mot more often? I don’t believe this is even remotely likely.Personally I take anyone who states that they can write well off the top of their head with sacksful of salt. In my experience I have never met anyone who could do that for more than a single sentence or short paragraph. Resources: fair point. The typists will use less paper and ink. Do they think that their word processor is resource free? Does an hour’s worth of electricity running through the computer – with its associated carbon footprint in production (among other costs) – really equate to less than a few sheets of cheap paper? Is the difference significant enough to make this a meaningful choice and rationale? I don’t think it is. And besides which, if they feel that way why are they using fountain pens at all? Just a thought. And there is an insidious side to using a computer to draft a document. Often ideas that lack polish in their first expression get lost in the redraft, unless the writer wishes to save each iteration and make changes on a new document each time. Even tracked changes can get terribly confusing at times. I have personally seen experienced researchers change a document so many times that they can no longer remember what was originally written and, rather amusingly to me, end up changing the last draft to something resembling the original without realising it! With writing I find that this does not happen quite as much. A crossed out word is still there. I can see the directions that my thoughts go through each redraft. It is a mental as well as visual record of refinement. Also, by going slower using a pen and paper I find that the overall quality of my content is consistently higher, richer and yet more succinct. Yet here I am writing this on a computer – sometimes there is little choice I guess, but that is by the by. Overall, when I hear someone say that as a journalist they just type up an article and it’s ready to go, I get all fascinated that there are people out there so consistently willing to settle for third best. As part of my work is as editor/proof reader/formatter for research articles I can confidently state that I have yet to find somebody that can actually write well first time and every time. Some are better than others but none are that good. So yes, a word processor can be a useful tool, but I believe that it dulls the writer’s edge, whereas the pen and paper serve to sharpen and focus the intent. I did say it was provocative! Have at it... Disclaimer: this post was written entirely on a computer and in a single sweep. The only editing was the removal of a word or two. That is why I believe that the quality of this post – in terms of language skill – is low. Happy to admit to it too.

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