As someone who loves fountain pens, loves writing with them on a daily basis and generally doesn’t use any other type of pen. The notebook I use, is as important as the pen. I am constantly writing things down, making lists, scribbling reminders and bullet journaling. So I need a notebook that can keep up with me and look good while doing it.
I picked up the Stalogy Editor’s Series 365 notebook at a small store called Wonderpens, in Toronto Canada around Christmas time, but I’ve only just gotten around to using it recently.
The notebook itself is very simplistic and that works for it, because what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in quantity and quality. I chose the 365 day B5 journal, and it’s a nice handful, with 368 pages. What makes this journal so great, are the many different ways it can be used.
At the top right corner of each page, are some options which allow you to use it not only as a plain old notebook, but as a planner and a bullet journal as well.
Although I am generally not a fan of graph paper, Stalogy made the lines so light gray that I can very easily ignore them as I write, or draw, or list things. The paper itself is soft and smooth and somewhat thin.
Knowing all this, and feeling the paper and how thin it was, I figured there would be a good amount of shadowing and bleed through with any fountain pen that had a medium or broad nib. And I was right about the shadowing, but not so much about the bleed through.
This has made using the back page a bit of an issue, and I will sometimes skip the back page altogether if the shadowing is really severe. I do make an effort to use more medium and fine nibs with this notebook than broad nibs. But I will still use a broad nib regardless when the need takes hold. This notebook has not completely limited my nib options, and it has such nice white smooth paper that I’ve overlooked the shadowing altogether and learned to love this notebook anyway.
It does lay flat like a dream.
As you can see below, there is a tiny amount of feathering with a medium nib, but it’s so small as to be negligible. Depending on the broad nib, that feathering might become more severe. But unless you’re using the Trilogy nib, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
I will say, that if you’re looking for Tomoe River like paper, this is not it and you would be better off not buying this notebook if that’s the paper you are specifically looking for.
But even so, this notebook is at least worth a try. At $30 on Amazon, it is a little bit pricey, but still less expensive than a Hobonishi techno A5.
I’ve taken my Stalogy notebook to work with me, and I’m happy that I did, because it’s the type of notebook that makes your want to write in it.
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