Hello, dear readers, I’m turning to you to help make some recommendations to some of the questions I’ve received lately.
I will summarize a lengthy question from Jeff in the UK:
He’s looking for a notebook smaller than a standard A5 that will lay flat and will work well with fountain pens.
This is a real stumper. Smaller notebooks make me think of the array of pocket notebooks available (à la Field Notes) but these are not known to be terribly fountain pen friendly. Maybe the Backpocket Journal or the most recent incarnation of the NockCo Dot Dash pad? Leuchtturm 1917 does offer a pocket-sized edition (A6). Leuchtturm paper works tolerably well with fountain pens that are more fine-to-medium nib but not too wet. Anyone have other recommendations for Jeff?
And Scott asks:
What is your favorite everyday brown ink? I need a change from my beloved blue-blacks! Thanks.
I am also a victim of the blue-black love and have very few recommendations in this category of colors. I am not crazy about J. Herbin’s Lie de The though I know a lot of people are fans of this particular shade of brown. I recently review the Akkerman Hopjesbraun and I liked it better than other browns I’ve tried but I have not committed to a whole bottle of any brown. Can someone with an expertise in brown inks help Scott out?