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The Paper Series: Delfonics Rollbahn Memo Pad Review

I have a real soft spot for spiral notebooks. There’s something so satisfying about watching the notebook get thinner and thinner as I tear pages out to leave notes around or toss a scrap page towards the trash can. Sure, a spiral binding gets bent up if you throw it in a bag, and your hand often ends up doing that weird hover thing as you try to avoid the discomfort of resting on the rings, but that’s part of the fun of it. So when Lisa from…

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The Paper Series: Write Correspondence Pad Review

When a craftsman is proud of what they made, it shows in the product. So when Chris Rothe from Write Notepads showed up at the BWI Pen Show excited to unveil a new product, I knew I would need to take a look. Chris revealed the first of Write’s “Test Kitchen” products: the TK V1.001 Correspondence Notepad. Write’s Test Kitchen products are planned to be a line of products that Write is playing around with, to see if it’s something they want to do long term.…

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The Paper Series - Our Story Begins A4 Notebook

With as much paper as I’ve tried and touched, I can usually have an idea of how a notebook will perform almost as soon as I touch it. When you’re looking for a fountain pen friendly notebook, you’re usually looking for a tightly formulated paper, and the paper should feel smooth. If the texture feels loose or coarse, that usually leads to a more absorbent paper, which means feathering and bleed through. And even if it holds up to the feathering, you tend to lose any shading…

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The Paper Series: Uzumaki Letter Pads

In the United States, we tend to equate cheap price with poor quality. Doubly so when it comes to stationery. Big box stores like Staples and Office Depot are stuffed to the gills with bad paper, crumbly pencils, and gummy pens, all sold at cheap prices. So when I saw that the Uzumaki Letter Pads that my sister picked up for me in Japan sold for just 270JPY each, I didn't expect much. Two letter pads for less than $5? How good could it be? It turns out that the…

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The Paper Series: Midori Polar Bear Notebook

Like I mentioned in the last post, it can be hard to get a hold of good spiral ring notebooks, especially ones that have good paper. The Midori "Polar Bear" Spiral Ring Notebook is one of the exceptions to that rule, but a few things hold it back from being truly great. This is another one of those notebooks that my sister picked up for me from the Ito-ya in Haneda Airport, but unlike some of the other stuff that she brought me, this one was fairly easy…

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