(Edit: I forgot to mention I purchased my journal for $5 + tax. I need to remember that not everyone is familiar with some of stores I have access to).
I was at my local “Five Below” store and came across this journal/notebook. I was rubbing my hand across the paper (because that is what fountain pen folks do) to get an idea how smooth this paper was. I decided to give this notebook a try with my fountain pens and inks.
Here is the front cover with a cool looking design.
Here is the back of the cover.
This journal is 6.875″ x 10″ and about 3/4″ thick. This notebook contains 240 pages of lined paper. The front and back cover appears to be made of thick cardboard.
Overall, it feels like a chunky journal especially with the double wired spine.
Here is my test page written with some of the Diamine Inkvent calendar inks and my fountain pens with wet nibs. The shading and shimmers definitely appear on this paper.
Upon closer inspection, I can definitely see the shimmer from Vintage Copper and the sheen from Stargazer and Ruby Blues with this paper.
I can also see the shading from Candle Light and Raspberry Rose. Winter Spice is showing off a bit of shimmer.
I like how this paper shows off the ink’s color and characteristics. Hardly any feathering on the paper.
Here’s the backside of my test page. No bleed through at all. I was surprised even writing with my Stub 1.1 nibs. I would have expected to see “dots” where my nib stayed on the paper a bit longer.
I like the wider spiral on this journal. I have no issues flipping pages back and forth. Have you ever had a spiral notebook that was difficult to flip through?
I like the stiff thick cardboard covers that protects the paper in this journal. Also, I like how I can fold the pages back and can write on one side of the page at a time. The stiff cardboard provides a nice sturdy surface to write on.
For the price and the amount of pages in this journal I think this is a great buy.
Pen: Conklin Duragraph Brushed Titanium with Rose Gold trim and Omniflex nib.
Inks: Various inks from Diamine 2021 Inkvent Calendar
Journal: Five Below lined with 240 pages.