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Hello,

 

I was wondering if anyone out there has any recommendations for diaries with fountain pen friendly paper. I am currently using an 18 month Moleskine, but I get pretty bad feathering and bleed-through with it.

I am returning to work in the new year so would ideally have something with times in it, but will consider other options.

 

Cheers

 

Chloe

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We've been using the A5 Leuchtturm Weekly planner for a few years (week to a page + page for notes opposite) and been very happy with it.. I know some people have had not so good FP experiences with Leuchtturm, but it might be worth a look. They do have other diary formats. Be interesting to hear what you finally decide on!

 

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Sorry, perhaps should have said that we're in the UK - there seem to be a good few suppliers here nowadays (the Paperie, Bureau Direct - even Rymans!)

 

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This is a bit unusual, but I like it a lot. http://scription.typepad.com/blog/

 

Patrick Ng generally puts a formatted next 6 months up a week or so before the beginning. So, between Dec 15 and the end of the year for the first 6 months and mid June for the 2nd.

 

You print it yourself so the paper is as FP friendly as you want it to be. I print on HP Premium 32 # paper.

To hold a pen is to be at war. - Voltaire
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I don't use printed diaries as such but have had no problems with Leuchtturm notebooks at all.

The Good Captain

"Meddler's 'Salamander' - almost as good as the real thing!"

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Wow. Some excellent recommendations there! I might give Chronodex a try for a couple of weeks to see how I get on before buying a diary: I am very tempted by quite a few of the ideas you guys showed me.

 

Thanks everyone

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You might want to check out PaperForFountainPens.com both on his site as well as here on this site in general.

 

It's a large book that is very FP friendly and may last a while before it's full.

 

Just my .02 cents worth.

“Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today, because if you do it today and like it, you can do again tomorrow!”

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I haven't found anything that can beat Paperblanks journals (http://paperblanks.com/uk/en). The paper is smooth, ink dries quickly, there's never any bleed through (with M tips) and to see showthrough you have to look for it. I happily use both sides of the page. Also, they're gorgeous. :D

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FranklinCovey's planner system has pretty good paper, but not anything I would call great. (long time user - since 1986) I use the Monticello design. I was using today with a fine nib and Diamine Blue Black and Diamine Sherwood Green. Yesterday I used a Lamy 1.1 mm nib and Akkerman Shocking Blue without issues.

Brad

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling
"None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

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Hiya Chloe

 

I was very pleased with a Castelli notebook that I used about three years ago. It was very fountain-pen friendly, and the only reason I didn't buy more of them was because I prefer to use cheaper notebooks that don't hinder my using them in a ubiqutous way, without regard for their cost.

 

Nonetheless, as notebooks go, Castellis are not at all prohibitive in price, and your post rather reminded me about them.

 

They're more well-known, I believe, for their diaries, and they're readily available in Britain.

 

Here's a link to one diary page. hope it helps.

 

http://www.castelli.co.uk/2014-diary/2014-small-pocket-diary-buy-online.html

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I haven't found anything that can beat Paperblanks journals (http://paperblanks.com/uk/en). The paper is smooth, ink dries quickly, there's never any bleed through (with M tips) and to see showthrough you have to look for it. I happily use both sides of the page. Also, they're gorgeous. :D

 

For me, PaperBlanks is the best of an imperfect array of choices. It has the best paper and the best build quality of the planners I've tried. And the sheets are ivory. I abhor stark whiteness on paper, which was always a huge strike against my Quo Vadis/Rhodia planners. Also, I have never liked its overlarge "pocket" size nor its pre-printed time schedules for each date, and I prefer lines to grids for notes. My PaperBlanks planner doesn't have the recto page for diary notes each week, but I was willing to sacrifice it to get FP-friendly ivory paper.

 

If I could design a pocket planner it would have Moleskine's weekly page format (the entire week on the verso with "open" days; ruled lines for diary notes on the recto), but have PaperBlanks (or even Apica Premium CD, which technically is white but is off-white enough for my taste) and PaperBlanks bindings.

I love the smell of fountain pen ink in the morning.

 

 

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