Happy Sunday Everyone!
Lately (okay, always) I’ve been trying out notebook and pen brands to see which fit my taste the most. Not only taste, of course, but also practicality, portability, and availability since I do kind of fall under the “starving artist” category regarding bank. (Haha, tiny sob.) Therefore, on my most recent visit to San Francisco, I picked up a cheap Platinum Preppy pen to see why it was so popular, and a Pilot Frixion Highlighter. I also purchased a pack of Field Notes and a Black n’ Red notebook a few days before on Amazon. Here are my thoughts on these products:
I always carry a pocket notebook wherever I go, jotting down random thoughts and ideas and later transferring them to larger, designated (according to topi) notebooks. However, I never had the chance to try out Field Notes until now, when I ran across these on Amazon. The covers are real, flexible, wood (almost like balsa wood but much thinner) adhered to craft paper, and the gold staples on the spines are a nice tough. (Though I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the stitched spine regularly.) The paper, a paler off-white compared Moleskine’s cahiers, isn’t anything special in my opinion. Fountain pen bleeds through, just like it does on regular paper. But I like the grid pattern that came in these. Overall, they’re a nice, inexpensive, on-the-go notebooks and I plan to get a few more once these are up. I did see the Ambition line on GouletPens.com and am really considering getting a set. They’re just that pretty.
At Mido in San Francisco’s Japan Town, I purchased this blue Platinum Preppy and Blue Pilot Highlighter, the Frixion kind. (Erasable via friction type, in case you’re not familiar.) The highlighter is pretty cool, but what I was really looking for was a red highlighter. A while ago, I tried out Sharpie’s highlighters and fell in love with the red one to the point where I finished it out fast. However, a pack costs over ten dollars in most places, and I don’t feel like paying that much for a single highlighter. (The other colors are nice too, but I don’t use them as much.) One day, I hope Sharpie makes a bulk pack of reds just like they have with the other colors. Anyway, the Platinum Preppy is made of sturdy plastic, and thicker than I originally thought. (Not a bad thing though.) One thing to note, however, is that though the nib says it’s a 03, this doesn’t mean it’s a .3 nib. It’s bold, laying down medium lines. I emptied out the cartridge that came with it and loaded it with Noodler’s Ottoman Azure (which, FYI, is a pretty dry ink.) and it write’s pretty well. Mine does skip now and then, but that’s to be expected for a three dollar pen.
This Black n’ Red notebook remained on my Amazon Wishlist for the longest time, thanks to their add-on program. It’s both a blessing and a curse if you ask me, because, sure, the items in it are cheaply priced but the kick in the pants comes when you hit the checkout button and learn that you can’t get it unless you buy $25 worth of other merchandise. Otherwise, it remains in the warehouse until you’ve made such purchase even if you’ve already paid for the darn things! So, when my sister treated herself to a boogie board this month, I added this notebook onto her checkout list. Don’t ask me why she’d get a BB, I see no reason to get one when one already has a phone or tablet, but hey, like the Spanish saying goes “cada loco con su tema.” (Every crazy with their own theme. More specifically, everyone’s got their own hangup, or every crazy has a thing.) I really like the look of this notebook, especially the color scheme. However, it’s note really cloth-bound on the side, and though the paper is a smooth thick white, and treated specifically to withstand many kinds of inks, it makes it so fountain pen inks and gel inks take a while to dry on it. This makes note taking (my intention for this notebook) a bit of a slow process as I have to wait for the ink laid down to fully dry before flipping the page.
In all, I like these products. I would probably buy them again (except for the Platinum Preppy, I like Pilot’s cheaper pens better). Thanks for hanging in there with me, and if you use these products yourself or have any other questions, please comment below. I’d love to know wha you think or what you use them for!
Have a good week all!