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Mini-Review: Miquelrius Candy Code Notebook, Grid Rule

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Large grid-ruled Candy Code 4-subject Notebook

Manufacturer: Miquelrius

As an aficionado of grid/graph/squared/quad ruled paper, finding good paper at a price I'm willing to pay is a challenge. The Miquelrius Candy Code 4-subject Notebook in the large size with grid ruling is a current favorite of mine.


The large size in grid rule has 140 A4 sheets of 70 g paper which are spiral bound, and are perforated for easy removal. The sheets have 4 holes on the left margin. This suits my purposes, since I use book rings to keep loose sheets together. If you want to use the sheets with a US three-ring binder, you'll need to punch additional holes (and trim the top margin).

Each page's ruling, heading box, and right margin are printed in one of four colors: orange, green, red, or blue. I would prefer one color per notebook, but Miquelrius' one-subject notebooks have far fewer sheets.

Bleedthrough is non-existent with all of the pens (extra fine, fine, and medium nibs) and inks I've used with this notebook. Feathering with extra fine and fine nibs is non-existent, and with the lone medium nib I tested it is minimal. Showthrough is minor with extra fine and fine nibs, except for my wettest fine which causes moderate showthrough.

Pens and inks used in the photos below:

Pilot Prera fine, KWZ IG Red no. 3

Pilot Prera fine, R & K Solferino

Pilot Prera fine, KWZ IG Turquoise

Waterman Phileas extra fine, Iroshizuku Kon-peki

Waterman Phileas extra fine, Namiki Blue

Pilot Custom 74 fine, Iroshizuku Aji-sai

Pilot Custom Heritage 92 fine, R & K Alt-Goldgrun

Pilot Custom 823 fine, Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun

Bexley Jitterbug fine, Iroshizuku Yama-budo

Aurora Ipsilon fine, KWZ IG Green no. 4

Pilot Varsity medium, turquoise ink


While there are higher quality notebooks, they also cost more per sheet. I paid US $12.99 for my notebook, which is more than I would like to pay, but is (obviously) not more than I am willing to pay.

I've been on a quest to see if I could commit all Seven Deadly Sins in a single day. Finally, it dawned on me I shouldn't try for the One Day Wonder Prize for all seven in one day. It's simply out of any question as you can't commit decent sloth while busily ticking the other six off your crowded "to do" list. -- ViolinWriter

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