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  1. Does anyone own or has anyone owned these hole punchers. I just bought the Staples Arc punch. I have heard that the Levenger Circa punch punches a bigger hole, so it is easier to turn the pages when installed. Is it true that it punches a bigger hole than the Staples brand Arc puncher, or is the hole the same size? Price is not an issue. I will get whichever one functions better. Will the Levenger last a long time, or is it just an expensive piece of junk? With the Levenger Circa Leverage punch, I estimate I can fit about 10 pages to punch at once (I will use 32 lb bond / 120 gsm). With the Staples Arc punch, I can only fit about 7 pages to punch at once, and most of the pages have come out slanted. I may have gotten a defective one. The slanted-ness may have been affecting the ease of page-turning and making it tougher, maybe even more so than the small holes. Should I be exchanging or returning?
  2. This is an ongoing bleed-through comparison test between ten different commercially available notebooks. This test will continue as long as there is interest in it and pages remaining in the current set of test notebooks. Method This is a simple test, and will involve three steps: 1. Every time I fill a pen with ink I will write the names of the pen, nib size, and ink in ten different notebooks. 2. I will assign each entry a score indicating the severity of bleeding based upon predetermined thresholds. Absence of bleed-though is scored with a checkmark. Bonus points will be given for each additional page side where ink is present. A plus sign indicates that the ink has bled onto the subsequent sheet and the number following it indicates the number of sides bled onto. e.g. an ink that bleeds ink onto the next sheet will get a +1, an ink that bleeds through that same second sheet will get a +2. 3. Points will be tallied at the end of each round to a cumulative total, and the leaderboard will be updated. Lower numbers equate to higher bleed-through resistance. Objectives 1. To determine what notebook paper, of those tested, has the best resistance to bleeding. 2. To see how the same ink appears and behaves on different paper. 3. To see what inks do well on otherwise bleed-prone paper. Qualification Notebooks must meet the following qualifications: 1. They must have at least 30 ruled lines to accommodate ten sets of two written lines with one blank space in between each entry. 2. They must have side wire binding with perforated pages. Ten notebooks take up a lot of workspace and wire binding is ideal as it allows notebooks to fold back on themselves into single stacks of paper. Having detachable pages is only important for ease of scanning. Two exceptions were made, as noted below, because these examples were deemed too important to be excluded due to format. 3. The cost of notebooks must not exceed $12.00 CAD including shipping if applicable. This includes instances of sale prices and promotions. In cases where notebooks were obtained free of cost the price would reflect the lowest price found online. The Contenders Scoring Notes 1. I have debated whether to post a scan of the back of each page but have decided against it. We all know what bleed-through looks like. It would be twice the work in scanning and uploading, and in many cases there would be very little or nothing at all to show on the opposite side of the page. Also this is a comparison between notebook paper and not a focused review of one particular product, and so the empirical aspect takes precedence over individual peculiarities. Refer to the scoring examples for an approximation of bleed-through severity. 2. The white sticker at the top of each page is to provide a standard white balance to each example. 3. The Maruman Mnemosyne notebook is the only B5-size notebook, chosen because there are thirty lines per page, and a larger A4 notebook would have many more lines than needed 4. The Clairefontaine and Black n' Red Casebound notebooks are the only ones without perforated pages. Additionally, the Black n' Red Casebound notebook is the only one without wire binding. This is because neither was locally obtainable in a perforated wirebound format. 5. Two Black n' Red notebooks were chosen because, examined side-by-side, it's very obvious that they have different paper. The paper made in Poland is significantly smoother by touch. 6. The show-through on Staples Sustainable Earth is strong enough that what bleed there is may not be noticed without close inspection. However hidden or understated, bleed will still be counted and scored in full. 7. The Polish Black n’ Red notebooks bleed mostly at the printed lines. Line bleeding is not omitted or counted partially in the overall score and no separate score will be given discounting it. ROUND I Scorecard Standings: 1. Clairefontaine - 0.0 2. Cambridge - 0.5 T3. Rhodia 80gsm - 1.0 T3. Staples Sustainable Earth - 1.0 T5. Black n' Red (Germany) - 2.0 T5. Maruman Mnemosyne - 2.0 T7. Five Star Heavyweight - 7.0 T7. Hilroy - 7.0 9. Black n' Red (Poland) - 9.5 10. Staples Notes - 16.0 Cumulative Bleed-Through Score By Sample: Sample 1 - 0.5 Sample 2 - 8.0 Sample 3 - 1.5 Sample 4 - 8.5 Sample 5 - 8.0 Sample 6 - 1.0 Sample 7 - 8.0 Sample 8 - 6.0 Sample 9 - 1.0 Sample 10 - 3.0
  3. The case of Staples Sustainable Earth Copy Paper arrived today, so I thought I'd do a brief review. (Shipment took 3 days, over a weekend.) Weight: 20 lbs. Brightness: 92 Sheet size: 8.5"x11" Fiber: 95% sugarcane -- acid-free (the Staples online product Q&A says the other 5% is FTC certified pine) Package size: 500 sheets Case: contains 10 reams (or 5000 sheets) Origin: Argentina Where to buy: Staples Web-Only (only available by the case. Retails @ $59.99/case; currently on sale @ $36.99 per case) For unlined sugarcane (bagasse) papers, I also have OfficeMax's Sugarmade and CVS's Caliber 100% Tree-Free Multipurpose Paper to compare it to. I find they all behave similarly with fountain pen inks (i.e. excellent) and inkjet cartridges (also excellent), with no feathering or bleed-through. The differences between these papers are tone and texture. The Staples' one is the brightest cool-tone white and is the smoothest of the three. The Sugarmade one has a warm white tone and more tooth to it. The Caliber has a grayish white tone and is the roughest. These differences are only noticable when the three papers are placed side by side. My preference leans towards the Staples paper for its brightness, though I'm apt to go with which ever one is on sale. The Staples paper is produced in Argentina, while the Sugarmade and Caliber papers are made in China. Now, if Staples (and OfficeMax with its Sugarmade) would just make these papers available by the ream in-store! The Caliber one is available by the ream, but seems to only appear during back-to-school sales. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7433/9404100966_6fc81c35bb_b.jpg Back Side of Package: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3822/9401339475_8da2cbae70_b.jpg Writing Samples with Mostly Homemade Iron Gall Inks: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/9401187671_e364cee2fd_b.jpg
  4. Hello and welcome to the Quick Review of the Staples Sustainable Earth Sugarcane Paper Notebooks. As you know, Staples Sugarcane (Bagasse) paper is well known amongst fountain-pen users as an economical alternative to more pricier notebooks and papers such as Rhodia. Although by no means superior, it fulfills every criteria for general-purpose writing. Note: These notebooks were purchased from a Staples store as of April 14, 2014. http://i.imgur.com/xkfTHaj.jpg http://i.imgur.com/r45preH.jpg http://i.imgur.com/P9WEWW4.jpg http://i.imgur.com/jajrKyc.jpg http://i.imgur.com/xuCyOZ9.jpg For the up close scans of the sample page: Obverse: http://i.imgur.com/IgV0Pl7.jpg Reverse: http://i.imgur.com/3Z29fsE.jpg Covers are made of heavy weight kraft paper. Paper content is 80% sugarcane fiber, unsure of the remaining percentage. Unsure if acid-free and lignin-free. Paper is as thin as tracing paper, but not nearly as fragile and easily torn. The pages are lined (7 mm apart, College Ruled) and perforated with a 22 mm margin on the top. The big blobs you see on the page is the result of me doing a police siren impression while holding a loaded TWSBI Diamond 580. When writing there is little feedback (in fact with a Pilot Prera it was pretty glassy). Absolutely no feathering and no bleedthrough when writing at a normal speed (don't keep the nib on paper if you're pausing). Writing on the back is feasible if you don't mind the slight show of the other page. For both the 9.5 in. x 6 in. and 11 in. x 8.5 in. notebook, there are 100 sheets (200 pages). Both come with a page of pockets in the front (also kraft paper), one pocket on each side (2 pockets) for inserting torn-out pages or pages from somewhere else. At the time of purchase the 9.5 in. 6 in. notebook costs $3.99 and the 11 in. x 8.5 in. $4.99 excld. tax. That's it for this review, hope you enjoyed and if you have any questions or comments feel free to ask! Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Evening and Night!
  5. Maybe this is an old deal, but I haven't seen anyone post it yet. Staples has the Cross Bailey fountain pen online for $10.89, in chrome, blue lacquer and black lacquer barrels. All have medium nibs, it seems. Here are links: http://www.staples.com/Cross-Bailey-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Point-0-85mm-Chrome-Barrel-Black-Each/product_1104565 http://www.staples.com/Cross-Stratford-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Point-0-85mm-Blue-Lacquer-Barrel-Black-Each/product_1104553 http://www.staples.com/Cross-Stratford-Fountain-Pen-Medium-Point-0-85mm-Black-Lacquer-Barrel-Black-Each/product_1104554 I've never used a Cross fountain pen (this one or any other) myself. Obviously the price is nice, but anyone have any experience with these pens? Are they any good?
  6. I've recently become very interested in paper and pulp industries. My endless endeavours to finding the best FP paper really has taken me all over the globe. I've come to realise that the qualities that make a paper FP friendly, normally stem from the predominant use of hardwood pulps. When I initially came to learn, that some of the papers I very much preferred, sourced their pulp from Brazil, I became somewhat concerned. I didn't want to support any industry that was destroying the majestic Amazon rainforest. Later I learnt that this pulp was coming mostly from plantation Eucalyptus, which appeared to yield particularly well in Brazil on short 5-7 year cycles. The trouble with eucalyptus is that it isn't particularly frost tolerant, so has had limited use as a plantation crop in the USA. However that is about to change. Genetically engineered eucalyptus is here. A GM Eucalyptus that is frost hardy is about to have a very substantial field trial in the USA, and if successful, Eucalyptus pulp will become the most economical pulp manufactured in North America as well. Any thoughts? FP paper, or genetically engineered trees in general?
  7. trevblum650

    Staples Sale On Cross Baileys

    So today I was walking through my local Staples in an attempt to purchase a Pilot Metropolitan as they received a fantastic review on Goulet Pens. Well, I was unsuccessful, but found the Cross Bailey on sale for $20 (US) After doing some quick research on a friends smartphone I discovered that this pen has few reviews but the few that are available give it fantastic ratings. Upon opening, inking and writing a few lines with it, I found it silky smooth, a perfect weight, and both orange and green converter compatible. Anyone else have any experience with the Cross Bailey? Mine is the matte black finish with nickel accents.
  8. Hurray! Staples has produced their excellent Sustainable Earth sugarcane paper as graph paper now! The pads are 8 1/2 x 11 inches and have 100 sheets. They are filler paper (i.e. they are not a bound pad... the sheets are loose-leaf and without a chipboard backing). The printed lines are light tan and very unobtrusive, especially compared with other graph paper with the blue lines. The paper is fountain pen friendly, with no feathering and little to no show-through on the back side (no bleed-through, either). At least the show-through isn't bothersome enough for me to avoid writing on the backside, but others may not think so (see scans below). The only thing I don't like about it is the fact that it's already been hole-punched. That, and maybe the price, which is a bit high: $10.39 for 100-sheets. You can only buy this online, not in-store. If you have a Staples Reward card, you get free shipping to your house; otherwise, you can get free shipping by ordering it and picking it up at the store. All in all, an excellent paper. Order it at Staples here (Item: 77272). Writing samples: Back side (degree of show-through):
  9. This is just a heads up that Pilot Metropolitan fountain pens are on sale for $10 at Staples (online only). The sale expires July 5th or until supplies run out. They have them in black, silver and gold (medium nib). If you have a Staples Rewards card, shipping is free. If you don't have a Staples card, you can select to have it shipped to the store for free. eta correction: Staples does in fact offer more than just the black, silver and gold. It offers the animal designs, too, including purple and white.
  10. A week or two ago I bought a ream of Staples' sugarcane copy paper (20 lb./75 gsm). I tested it out with some letters to pen pals and it performed excellently. No feathering, no bleed through, and show through was minimal. I was able to write on both sides of the paper using a flex pen with Noodler's Navajo Turquoise (which usually gives me a lot more show through than it did on this paper!). I'm very happy with this purchase. Please let me know if you'd like me to upload any photos. At $8.49 for a ream of 500 sheets, it's the best, most affordable blank paper I've found yet. (Which is good for me, as I am a prolific note taker at work, and go through notebooks rather quickly.) http://www.staples.com/Sustainable-Earth-by-Staples-Copy-Paper-8-1-2-inch-x-11/product_398457
  11. wallylynn

    40% Off Staples Coupon

    Staples has a 40% off coupon for office supplies (online and in-store). Good through 4/19, aka today and tomorrow. http://www.staples.com/coupons/ - Arc hole punch? - iroshizuku ink? - that $715 Delta FP?
  12. I was in my local Staples the other day and I was surprised to see some new Sheaffer No nonsense calligraphy pens in red, yellow and black. They are different from the traditional NN as these have a slanted top, an ink window to show the level of ink left in the cartridge (similar to the Lamy Safari) and a dimpled rubber grip. They come in three nib sizes: 1.1mm, 1.5mm and 1.9mm. They are $6.95. I figured those looking for cheap italic nibs and fans of the NN would be curious to know about these new Sheaffers at their local Staples. Also, they had some Sheaffer 100 ballpoints in stock too including the Friends of Winter version. http://i966.photobucket.com/albums/ae149/thefancyman/f7c5c8c3-1314-49df-9acb-309e409c04c0_zpsef202778.jpg Edit: Sorry, I found out these are not NoNonsense pens, but they still look nice.
  13. N2theBreach

    Staples Adds A Few More Fps

    In recent years, The Staples in our area (in S. Central Pennsylvania) went from a nice glass-enclosed counter display of fine pens down to disposable Pilot Vectors and a rotating stand that had a few Cross FPs. I took a look today and they have added disposable Bics, another Cross or two, and three Parker Sonnets. The better pens are stored upright, nib down and posted, in a fixed stand that holds the pen in place so you can touch and feel, but keeps a buyer from handling it without assistance. Interestingly, the the tines on all the Parker nibs are curled up on the ends, like someone tried to jam them through the rack. The nibs on the Cross pens are not. Does that mean the Cross nibs are really stiff compared to Parker nibs, assuming they all got equal treatment? Or, did someone intentially try to damage only the Parkers? Oh, the questions that occupy our minds.
  14. Just read the circular for the week of September 8 - 14. Staples is offering a 40% on ARC notebooks and (I think) accessories. Not sure if this offer includes the United Kingdom. See image of ad and check the Staples site for coupons or they are probably in the weekly circulars. BTW, please let me send me an PM here on FPN, know if I am violating any copyright issues by posting a copy of this ad and I will delete it if I can do so. No affiliation, just love sharing good discount news. Good luck and enjoy...
  15. I am going to go to Staples sometime this week. I noticed that they had notepads on sale. I have been writing letters to my friends, but have been using the Staples Accel notebooks. I don't want to use three hole punched paper for letters anymore. I find it very tacky and, even though I don't experience bleedthrough or feathering, I still usually only use one side especially when I want to use my Lamy Joy 1.1. Is there any heavy enough stock legal pads and decorative stationery that could be used with my Lamy Safari medium and a Lamy Joy 1.1 nib with Lamy black/blue/blue black/turquoise ink and a Kaweco Ice Sport with Diamine blue black ink? (Yes, I really like blue black ink.) Would I be better off just go ahead and purchase a Rhodia top staplebound/wirebound pad or Clairefontaine Triomphe?
  16. I'm a incoming college student who in between preparing for move in at the end of this month and sorting out the finances of college is trying to find a quality but economical way to continue using the pens I've grown so fond of. Before I would buy Staples Sustainable Earth notebooks by the cartload when on ridiculous sales but recently the quality of their notebooks have been unforgivable, even the Egypt made ones, and I'm looking for a change that would still work within the reem/10ish dollar budget. Digging around the garage I found an old binding machine, the Ibico EB-19, and thats meant a day full of bookbinding research. My needs are a flat lying, 360 folding, folder pocket sporting, and most importantly hardcover notebook that is forgiving of even the wettest writers like my Lamys. The binding system that covers all of those requirements and is compatible with the EB-19 is spiral-o wire binding. Looking on Ebay, I've found a lot of 100+ wire spines for super cheap and now am looking for a paper that would be suitable for the task of making a notebook between 90-100 sheets, writes both sides, and maintains an acceptable weight to carry sacks full of them. Some candidates include: Staples Sustainable Earth copy paper that seem to be the pick of the month, HP Laserjet paper 24lb, Double A 22lb, and any other cheap, no bleedthrough or feathering paper you've had good experiences with. Tips and tricks for self binding and recommendations for alternatives like prebound books are welcome. Just trying to stay afloat and continue using my longtime companions. Also, finding affordable hard covers for 19 hole notebooks is impossible. Looking into diy solutions for that and pocket folders, editable systems like zipbinding seem tempting for a modular notebook. Staples Arc, I find to be just too fragile for throwing into a backpack and the paper punch alone is so steep.
  17. rhodialover

    Just My Luck....

    So today I went to my local Staples and saw something that was simply wonderful. I found on sale for $3 even, Brazilian filler paper! I bought half of the rack that was left. They were $3 for 400 sheets and I ended up buying 7 packages, totaling 2,800 pages! The stack is 8 inches tall and weighs in the neighborhood of 27-34 lbs! I had to have them double bagged. Run and see if yours has them. Mine has no feathering at all.
  18. (fiberdrunk posted that bagass is available at staples so now i'm off my tush to post this review that i drafted in June) Introduction ------------ Wow, this has been a long time coming. After many years of waiting, I finally got some bagasse copy paper. For those unfamiliar with bagasse, it is sugar cane fiber, as opposed to run of the mill tree fiber. Rather than growing trees (yes, most paper is from farmed trees, not natural forest) and pulping them, bagasse is the waste sugar cane stalks from sugar production after the juices are squeezed out. Often it's burned to boil the sugar water/sap. Here it's made into paper. Historical Background --------------------- Several years ago, 2009-2010-ish, Canefields made a splash with their bagasse paper. But it was backlogged, I think FPNers who ordered eventually got it after 6 months or something (and for free to make up for the delay). Even now it's still difficult to get. A ream costs $6-7 which is not bad, but paper is bulky and heavy and shipping is twice the paper itself for a total of $20 easily. I supposed I could have bought a case of 5 reams for $30 from a local office supplier, but I didn't need 5 reams. Around the same time, Staples introduced their Eco-Easy line of products: notebooks, filler paper (for 3-ring binders schoolwork), and various other office items. The paper used being bagasse paper. They got good reviews by FPNers for being smooth and feather and bleed resistant. The Eco-Easy was later rebranded Sustainable Earth. Heh, there was a bit of sadness in the interim when Eco-easy went on clearance and disappeared. This month was the first time I've seen plain bagasse copy paper from staples. Coincidentally, I need to print a lot of stuff. And because I think it's a new product, there was a $25 off coupon. $60-25 = $35 for the case of 10 reams. Sure beats a ream of Canefields. Specs ----- As copied from the packaging Size: Letter (8.5" x 11") Weight: 20lb (75g/m^2) Color: White Brightness: 92 Composition: 95% sugarcane. "tree-free paper is made from sugarcane (bagasse) fibers and bamboo fibers..." Origin: Made in Argentina Review ------ This is the first time I've heard of Bagasse from Argentina. Usually the recommendation is to look for made in Brazil. Bagasse from other places don't seem as FP friendly according to the reviews. To test the paper I loaded my Ahab with BSB (diluted). Not a completely fair test but I like my BSB less saturated. Full strength BSB is too dark and violet for my taste. Dilution lets a bit of the white paper show through and becomes closer to pure blue. It also allows a bit of shading but I don't care about that. The color is odd. From a distance, the color is grey. Maybe because my regular copy paper is 96 bright. But head on, it's hard to tell the difference from the regular Staples copy paper. The feel is fine, no worse than regular copy paper. I can't really tell if it's any smoother or not. The biggest difference is that the bagasse paper is more resistant to bleed-through. I'm able to use my BSB on it with out the little dots on the other side. Conclusion ---------- Glad I got it. Now I can use BSB more often. I won't use it everyday since regular copy paper suffices. But if I want to use a less behaving ink, I now have a supply of paper that can handle them. I'll bind my next journal refill using this and see how well that goes. 32lb paper is quite thick and heavy and I'd like something thinner. If anyone wants, send me a SASE and I'll fit as many sheets as postage will allow.
  19. It looks like Staples finally listened to the fans of their bagasse notebooks. They're finally offering unlined copy paper in their Sustainable Earth line. It's 95% sugarcane. It's only available online, though, and not in-store. They currently have a buy 2 get 1 free sale, plus free shipping. I haven't tried it, as I only just discovered it-- plus I still have a ton of Office Max's Sugarmade paper. I'm assuming this paper performs as well as their notebooks for fountain pen inks. I haven't met a sugarcane paper that didn't. So this is just a heads up and not a review. I know many love their paper, including myself. eta: this paper is only available by the case; and the sale goes through 7/27/13

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