Updated: Jan 7, 2018
paper and pen test #1: Inkwell Press hardcover notebooks
I like fountain pens... what do I say, I LOVE them! I have various ones, with different nib sizes, all inked with different inks in various colors.
My favorites right now are the TWSBI fountain pens, the Eco clear version. These are demonstrator pens where you can see the ink in the body of the pen. So you see at one glance which pen is inked with which color :-)
Pens and inks on the one hand, but can they be used with every paper?
Very often the ink bleeds through or is feathering, so the end result does not look the best.
The same with other writing instruments, like ballpoint pens or fineliners, they often work better on any paper, but these can bleed through as well.
First I did some random tests on some paper and notebooks, and very often did not like what I saw and sometimes there were big surprises when the ink and paper worked better together than previously thought. Then I thought to do this a little bit more organized!
So I would like to share my findings with you, I will do a sequence of posts to show you the different behaviours of writing instruments on paper. This cannot be a complete list of everything, but maybe it helps you to decide which notebook you would like to use for your bullet journal. Sometimes a little bit of information triggers the "yes" or "no" decision to use a special notebook or to not use it.
I have used the same fountain pens/inks and other pens for my tests, just the paper is always another one. I have added the information about the pens and inks at the bottom of this post. The pictures show you the front side of a page and the back side so that you can see the ghosting/bleeding of each line.
Today let`s start with the following paper:
front page/back page with fountain pens:
front page/back page with other pens:
what a great paper!! no bleeding, no ghosting, no feathering of inks, no whatsoever to be seen! Very smooth paper, very thick (140gsm) and lovely to write on. Sturdy hardcover, lovely colors and with 100 pages not the thinnest one
...and this is ranting on a very high level ;-)...
for me the lines of the grids are just too thick and prominent on each page. They kind of "clash" with my writing. On the top of every left side page there is a small box where you can insert a date or subject. For me this is not very useful.
==>very good to be used with about any pen and ink!
In my next posts I will show you the results with Moleskine notebooks, with Leuchtturm 1917, with Filofax paper, BaronFig notebooks and other ones.
Fountain pens, inks and other pens used:
- TWSBI fountain pens with F and M nibs
- Rotring Artpens with B nib
- Pelikan Edelstein inks in Topaz, Sapphire, Mandarin and Ruby
- Rohrer and Klingner inks in Königsblau (blue), Magenta and Solferino (violett)
- Levenger ink in grey
- Stabilo pens 68
- Stabilo point pens 88
- Staedtler triplus fineliners
- Staedtler non permanent lumocolor
- Faber Castell Broadpens 1554
- Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens B
- Tombows- Frixion Pens and Frixion Colors
- Uniball Pigment Ink Roller Ball
- Schneider slider edge ballpoint pen
- Pigma Micron 0.5 fineliner
- Pilot V Sign Pen with liquid ink
- Sharpie pen fine
(All the notebooks, inks and pens are bought on my own expenses, I have absolutely no connections with all of these companies and I`m stating my own opinions, I do not get paid to write about this.)
Thanks a lot for reading and (planner) peace to everyone!