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  1. This is a review of the 6x9-inch UCreate Sketchbook available at U.S. Dollar Tree stores and elsewhere. I did not have a battalion of different fountain pens inked up with different inks; only one fountain pen participated in the test. I did use, however, a variety of felt-tip markers and rollerball pens I had on hand to give an idea of this paper's bleed-through and show-through performance. As you can see, bleed-through was only a problem with the Ultrafine Sharpie Permanent Marker. While the other inks showed through to varying degrees (most notably the Papermate Flair and Uniball Roller), even the Parker Medium Fountain Pen with Quink Ink exhibited minimal show-through. This paper is made in India, although the sketchpad's manufacturer is the U.S.-based Carolina Pad. The paper has a smooth finish. I began using this as a substitute for a more expensive blank Moleskine notebook, and liked the results of my first foray into blank paper.
  2. Hi all, today I want to share with you a review of HP Inkjet Paper 24lb (HPB1124). I bought them last year from Staples when they were on sale ($8.99 USD). http://i.imgur.com/vcMp9n8.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mtgzAnm.jpg http://i.imgur.com/mRcKmpP.jpg Advantages: -You can print lines, grid, dot grid, or leave the paper blank. -There are no any visible feathering that I see. Disadvantages: -It is blank, but again, you can print your preferred format on the paper. -The paper gives you little to no shading. (I used Diamine Syrah, Noodler's Kiowa Pecan, and Diamine Sherwood Green.) -There are some slight bleedthrough/heavy show-through with the flex writing and wetter ink. Things to be aware of: -Ink generally dries in less than 20 seconds using a fine nib. -It is US letter sized. -I am pretty sure they come in reams (500 sheets). However, the pens that I have used mostly have fine nibs, so I would suggest using heavier paper if you use wetter or broader nibs, since I am not sure if they will perform equally well on this 24lb paper. You can find them on Amazon. They are currently $9.94 USD for 500 sheets. https://www.amazon.com/HP-Inkjet-Brightness-Letter-HPB1124/dp/B001B091J4 Thanks for reading, Sofia
  3. FountainpenBibliophile put me on the track of BomoArt sketchbooks, and I am absolutely in love with the design of these. However, I have not been able to find any reviews of them, and therefore hope that the paper paraphernalia (p)oracles in here can help me. There seem to be reviews of their notebooks and address books etc. on here, but I have not been able to find any on the sketchbook, with heavier paper. If you have one of these lovely sketchbooks, would you mind sharing your thoughts and experiences with it? What media do you use in the books (pencil, watercolour, ink)? Is it easy to get to lie flat? Does the paper remind you of any other brands? Thank you for reading, and I am grateful for any input on this.
  4. I got lost in the reviews . . . I need a new journal and I would like to be pointed in the right direction. What I use: A5UNlinedsmooth-finish paper (like Rhodia)ivory or creamNO show-through, NO bleedthrough. I use flexible nibs and need a paper that can handle itlies flatcover is not as important but would like a nice cover . . . Where should I look, please advise! It takes me about a year to get through 180 pages both sides, so I can afford better quality. I use Rhodia pads to jot ephemera down, my journals are keepers.
  5. I have a couple of Sheaffer Legacy (both I and II) sterling "blanks", no engraving or design of any kind. They have the same "sterling" markings as any of the Legacy FPs with engraving/patterns, such as the Sheaffer Legacy sterling barleycorn models. I acquired these blanks many years ago from an office supply store, the owner of which insisted that they were some sort of "factory mistake" (perhaps they weren't scheduled for retail sale by Sheaffer, but obviously, artisans like Classic Pens started out with blanks to create their CP4, Washington and Richmond, Civil War pens, and Sheaffer has done the same with its various Legacy sterling models. I've never seen any Legacy sterling blanks for sale. I assume that if utilized as a writer, one would need to exercise great caution, and even then, it might be difficult to avoid scratching the smooth sterling surface. Did Sheaffer ever sell Legacy sterling blanks to retail customers? If "yes" what years, which models (Legacy I, II, Heritage), how were they priced, etc. Any information or opinions on the value of these blanks (less, more, or about the same as the standard Sheaffer factory Legacy I or II sterling fountain pens, such as the barleycorn pattern) would be greatly appreciated. This is my first post here and I'd like to point out that for someone like me who is not an expert, I appreciate the fact that those who are knowledgeable/experts are willing to provide answers when they can.
  6. I picked up a small pocket notebook at a yard sale earlier this month. On the cover is: IMPERIAL NOTE BOOK Efficiency Line No. 655 I have searched and searched, and cannot find anything on this type of notebook or brand. It is 6 3/4″ x 3 3/4″, sturdy, flexible cover, 57 sheets (114 pages) with one or two pages in the front ripped off. The edges of the notebook are rounded–an elegant touch in a utilitarian notebook. The paper is ruled w/margin on top, faint blue lines and pretty heavy. It was a cream or white originally, and has a yellowish-ivory tinge now. The binding is stitched, not stapled. The paper feels good to the touch–I don’t know how old the notebook is but it is certainly ready for use.

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