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  • Fat Crip
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    My two Leuchtturm1917 notebooks arrived today. They look excellent... all I need is something to write! They're a bit thicker and heavier than I expected, but lovely quality.

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  • Jeff9266
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    I've been using Levenger Circa/Staples Arc notebooks - I like the ability to change the order of pages, but have been finding that the rings get in the way of writing on the back side of the page.

    I have been looking at the Leuchtturm 1917 recently - I have a Quo Vadis Habana (which is great, but they are a bit expensive) and I also like the Leuchtturm index idea.

    For those looking into DIY Midori/Pelle type leather covers with elastic ties, here's a helpful video.

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  • 123veo
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    I learned about the Midori Traveler's notebook from r.p.barnes, here on the forums. So, of course, I had to get one. Oh my, but I love it! I bought the original size (8.5 X 5) in brown. Inside, I have kept things relatively simple: I have a lined note book, a zipper pocket, and a kraft paper folder. I put stuff that I can't afford to lose in the zipper pocket and my receipts go into the kraft paper folder. It is a wonderfully simple, totally customizable system. I bought my notebook from a Japanese shopping site, Rakuten - the price, including shipping, was better than any of the North American sites. Alternatively, check out the Midori Traveler's Notebook site - all of the products, instructions, news... My notebook lives in the back pocket of my SCB.
    Last edited by 123veo; 02-17-2013, 09:57 AM.

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  • Ms. Ferret
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    Originally posted by r.p.barnes View Post
    My main book now is a midori travellers notebook, fountain pen friendly paper is a necessity for me.. I enjoy writing with my Namiki vanishing point Raden pen with what must be one of the best inks (Pilot Irsohizuku Tsuki-Yo).
    Anyway I digress, lol. The other books i own are all good for fountain pen or indeed any other inks.
    Joint 1st place are my Midori TN (above) and the awesome notebooks handmade by Design-Y
    Rhodia web notebooks are very good quality too. I do not like Moleskines as they don't like fountain pen ink like the others do.
    I recently learned of the Midori Traveller system and it looks awesome and beautifully customizable. I hacked out a ghetto DIY version (sized for 3.5" x 5.5" notebooks like Doane paper/Field Notes/Banditapple Carnet Peewee) from some tooling veg-tan I had laying around ("I'm going to make that axe sheath any day now, really I am") + some turquoise glitter elastic I got at Joann, and it fits nicely in the largest inside pocket of my Large Cafe bag (I have to more or less butter my Rhodiarama to get it into a pocket).

    I love that the elastic makes it easy to attach differently-sized notebooks, like the tiny Rhodia 3" x 4.75" graph
    (I have one of these and a 3.5" x 5.5" Doane in my fauxdori right now). May try it again with a better-quality better-finished piece of hide (because I WILL avoid paying money for a notebook cover by spending way more on DIY equipment instead, LOL).

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  • backpack
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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack
    You cannot go wrong with the Safari, lightweight workhorse pen, the Vista (clear version) is even better as it looks like a disposable but write great with the wonderful ballpoint and rollerball refills, the mechanical pencil and the fountain pens are also great.

    Lotuseater
    Uh oh. Must resist looking at other pens. The last thing I need is another obsession.

    I only mentioned them because they are reasonably priced workhorses, even the refills work great. I have the original refills on my 10 years old blue Lamy Safari set (ballpoint, rollerball, pencil and fountain pen) I splurged that time and a year later got another blue Safari fountain pen with a bold nib!

    They are standard color but I love that set so much, it is my Safari stay at home set and I got Vista (clear Safari) fountain pens for EDC. When budget permit I will add the Vista pencil, ballpoint and rollerball.

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  • lotuseater
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    I completely understand sizing down everything, I wish I could, I just got a Travel Dyneema Aeronaute which is lighter than Ballistic but I need the space...
    When I'm not flying for work, my way of decompressing is to go into the backcountry, and get off the grid for a few days. I started weighing all my backpacking equipment and cutting back to the bare essentials. I'm now doing that for work travel too. But I discovered it's possible to go too far. Like forgetting to pack a laptop power supply, or justifying why I'll leave my workout gear behind so I can pack an extra sweater.

    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    You cannot go wrong with the Safari, lightweight workhorse pen, the Vista (clear version) is even better as it looks like a disposable but write great with the wonderful ballpoint and rollerball refills, the mechanical pencil and the fountain pens are also great.
    Uh oh. Must resist looking at other pens. The last thing I need is another obsession.

    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    The part that hold the nib and that one holds when writing with a fountain pen is called the section.
    Thank you, backpack - I learned something today :-)

    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    I am kind of wondering if I should bring my FJN with me on trips, it is Cordura, hence gorgeous, and also heavy, I wish Tom and the Crew made one in Travel Dyneema.
    Slippery is good for some things - like sliding a bag in and out of an overhead bin - but I'm not so sure it'd be a good idea for the FJN. However, if Tom is willing to prototype one, I may reconsider my notebook choice.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by lotuseater View Post
    Having put myself on a bag weightloss program lately, downsizing from a Tri-Star to a Western Flyer, and an Empire Builder to a 15/13 Cadet, the Field Journal would be a step in the wrong direction for my business travel. Certainly the organization of ring binder systems like the Field Journal and Filofax appeal, but I find that the Leuchtturm 1917 a reasonable compromise. Enough space to write comfortably, better quality paper than Moleskine, numbered pages, an index at the front, and no bleed through with fountain pens.

    Speaking of which, the pen I want to like most is the Rotring Initial, however the plastic barrel keeps coming unthreaded from the metal grip (or whatever the oojamaflip is called). Mostly, I take a Lamy Safari on the road with me, as it wouldn't pain me too much to replace a lost one.

    I completely understand sizing down everything, I wish I could, I just got a Travel Dyneema Aeronaute which is lighter than Ballistic but I need the space to house the clothes that cover my big frame.


    You cannot go wrong with the Safari, lightweight workhorse pen, the Vista (clear version) is even better as it looks like a disposable but write great with the wonderful ballpoint and rollerball refills, the mechanical pencil and the fountain pens are also great.

    The part that hold the nib and that one holds when writing with a fountain pen is called the section.


    I am kind of wondering if I should bring my FJN with me on trips, it is Cordura, hence gorgeous, and also heavy, I wish Tom and the Crew made one in Travel Dyneema.

    But says my inner little girl voice: "it is the perfect travel journal, you will regret it if you don't take it!"
    I know says my grown up and reasonable voice.

    Of all the things I am thinking of packing the FJN is really the only tough one, because everything else, I can get elsewhere but not him, I gave it a gender derived from French Le Field Journal Notebook.

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  • lotuseater
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    Having put myself on a bag weightloss program lately, downsizing from a Tri-Star to a Western Flyer, and an Empire Builder to a 15/13 Cadet, the Field Journal would be a step in the wrong direction for my business travel. Certainly the organization of ring binder systems like the Field Journal and Filofax appeal, but I find that the Leuchtturm 1917 a reasonable compromise. Enough space to write comfortably, better quality paper than Moleskine, numbered pages, an index at the front, and no bleed through with fountain pens.

    Speaking of which, the pen I want to like most is the Rotring Initial, however the plastic barrel keeps coming unthreaded from the metal grip (or whatever the oojamaflip is called). Mostly, I take a Lamy Safari on the road with me, as it wouldn't pain me too much to replace a lost one.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by lotuseater View Post
    I used to be a dedicated Filofax user. But the standard size paper was a little narrow, and the A5 binders took too much space in my carryon bag. I switched to Moleskine a few years back, tried Rhodia, and am now firmly in the Leuchtturm 1917 camp, for all the reasons mentioned in an earlier post on this thread. I just wish they had better distribution. The two local retailers who used to offer them now only carry Moleskine.

    Lotuseater, you neeeeeeeed a Field Journal Notebook!

    I also used Filofax but the weight of the leather and the small page sizes were also a too much for me.

    I have to use A5 pages for notes, anything smaller gets one or two words in, not enough for an outline or a reasonably long list.


    My Plum Field Journal Notebook is a dream come true, just like I dreamed of what I wanted in a portable note taking device and somebody with a magic wand made it!

    It is lightweight, yet sturdy, don't ask me how Tom and the Crew did it, I don't know.

    The pure genius of the placement of the straps which allows upright writing, great asset in the field!


    What kind of pens do you use Lotuseater?

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  • lotuseater
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    I used to be a dedicated Filofax user. But the standard size paper was a little narrow, and the A5 binders took too much space in my carryon bag. I switched to Moleskine a few years back, tried Rhodia, and am now firmly in the Leuchtturm 1917 camp, for all the reasons mentioned in an earlier post on this thread. I just wish they had better distribution. The two local retailers who used to offer them now only carry Moleskine.

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  • Ms. Ferret
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    MsFerret, your picture didn't post but I just did an image search and I discovered that Zebra makes fountain pens.

    Tom, yeah the one and only creator of those lovely bags is a Lamy user, you can see pictures of a red Safari and blue Studio in some of the pictures.
    I don't know if they are fountain pens but they could be.

    Did you know that you can go on Rhodiadrive and find local retailers! Yipee!

    I also use fountain pens, the under 100$ kind.

    Besides matching ink, I also match my fountain pens with my Tom Bihn bags!

    I have a Field Journal Notebook in Plum and I looooove it!

    Field Journal Notebook - Notebook ideal for those who watercolor or use fountain pens - TOM BIHN

    I need more paper refills, as they are fountain pen friendly.

    I have also been using a recycled scratch pad (for non fountain pen and cheapstake post it like use) and Ampad recycled notepads.
    The scratch pad fits into the front pocket of the Field Journal Notebook and I D.I.Y something with a thin Plum headband to secure the Junior notepad on the Plastic Leaf.

    I use juicy medium and bold nibs and the Ampad paper is getting on my nerve.
    I only have a couple of the notepad left, I bought them in bulk years ago in fear that recycled paper would be discontinued.
    I gave one to my ballpoint/gel pens using husband.

    So now I am down to two almost new ones, time for Rhodia!


    I also use Letter size/A4 notepads in my Large Pouche(s)


    So exiting to find other fountain pens, stationery, Tom Bihn bags aficionados who completely understand the fascination of those 3 put together for writing, exploring, shopping, daydreaming, outdoor notetaking, journaling, planning while looking good and not having hand, shoulder or knee pain.
    Unrepentant pen/stationery/bag nerds unite! The pen I use most right now is a hot pink Kaweco Sport Ice filled with matching (eye-searingly pink) Noodler's Rachmaninoff. Seriously eyeing up that Field Journal Notebook now.

    Hee, the rainbow zebra I was trying to post is printed on the inside cover of the Rhodiarama. Let me try this again:

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  • kjm3579
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    Originally posted by darbs View Post
    I use the Staples Arc notebook! I have the size kjm listed in red and it is great! I like the you can customize what you put in it. When you first load it up, you'll spend a little more, but it is great. I also like that I can easily pull the pages out. There are 3 of us in my office that use it so I convinced my boss we needed to buy the punch for it as well after somebody here (I think) recommended it.
    I bought a Staples ARC notebook today after work and they had them on an instant instore sale -- $6.00 off on the leather cover notebook!

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by Ms. Ferret View Post
    I use fountain pens, so Moleskines don't work for me. Love the Rhodiarama notebooks for journaling/sketching -- I'm a Clairefontaine/Rhodia girl and won't accept bleedy paper.

    Also, rainbow zebras!
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    MsFerret, your picture didn't post but I just did an image search and I discovered that Zebra makes fountain pens.

    Tom, yeah the one and only creator of those lovely bags is a Lamy user, you can see pictures of a red Safari and blue Studio in some of the pictures.
    I don't know if they are fountain pens but they could be.

    Did you know that you can go on Rhodiadrive and find local retailers! Yipee!

    I also use fountain pens, the under 100$ kind.

    Besides matching ink, I also match my fountain pens with my Tom Bihn bags!

    I have a Field Journal Notebook in Plum and I looooove it!

    Field Journal Notebook - Notebook ideal for those who watercolor or use fountain pens - TOM BIHN

    I need more paper refills, as they are fountain pen friendly.

    I have also been using a recycled scratch pad (for non fountain pen and cheapstake post it like use) and Ampad recycled notepads.
    The scratch pad fits into the front pocket of the Field Journal Notebook and I D.I.Y something with a thin Plum headband to secure the Junior notepad on the Plastic Leaf.

    I use juicy medium and bold nibs and the Ampad paper is getting on my nerve.
    I only have a couple of the notepad left, I bought them in bulk years ago in fear that recycled paper would be discontinued.
    I gave one to my ballpoint/gel pens using husband.

    So now I am down to two almost new ones, time for Rhodia!


    I also use Letter size/A4 notepads in my Large Pouche(s)


    So exiting to find other fountain pens, stationery, Tom Bihn bags aficionados who completely understand the fascination of those 3 put together for writing, exploring, shopping, daydreaming, outdoor notetaking, journaling, planning while looking good and not having hand, shoulder or knee pain.

    Leave a comment:


  • Ms. Ferret
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    I use fountain pens, so Moleskines don't work for me. Love the Rhodiarama notebooks for journaling/sketching -- I'm a Clairefontaine/Rhodia girl and won't accept bleedy paper.

    Also, rainbow zebras!

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