03-12-2014, 06:06 AM
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  • Lutebro
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I'm searching for a tall order. Lined, budget friendly, A5, notebook that can go into a nice leather or pleather cover. The whole kit, notebook and cover. Anyone have any suggestions? I use all sorts of fountain pens from vintage (Parker 51 and Sheaffer) to Modern (Pilot 78G and Lamy Saffari). Needs to have good quality paper that won't bleed through. Any suggestions?

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 03-12-2014, 06:10 AM
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  • Deuce
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West Coast Shaving has some notebooks in this size-I saw them when I popped into their stor near Chino Hills. Check out their website.

The other one I've used for work is Lands' End

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 03-12-2014, 08:21 AM
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What do you consider "budget friendly"?

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 03-12-2014, 08:22 AM
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(03-12-2014, 08:21 AM)freddy Wrote: What do you consider "budget friendly"?

Less than $50 for the notebook and cover.

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 03-12-2014, 08:54 AM
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  • freddy
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Rhodia is superb paper and truly made for fountain pens. Look at places like Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Single-Pen-Quiver-...B00DMPTRXQ) and the Goulet Pen Company (http://www.gouletpens.com/Rhodia_No_16_P...162012.htm) for the notebooks and some covers. The notebooks should be within your price range but the covers may be more costly depending on what they are made of and who makes them.

My suggestions are really just jumping off points so good luck. Smile

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 03-12-2014, 10:14 AM
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you can make you own in a snap. these sturdy cardboard covers have a heavy duty clam feather along the spine. just fill it with your favorite paper and you are done. they are like us$10-15 each. i have had one for 20 years and it's still going strong.

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 03-12-2014, 03:31 PM
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I've used Field Notes, Moleskine, and currently carrying around a Clairfontaine. The Moleskin and the Clairfontaine are a lot more durable than the Field Notes was. The Paper in the Clairfontaine is much more FP friendly then the Moleskine was.

You can look on Etsy and find lots of Leather Covers available. I've found one for that I like for 35, and plan to order. With that and the 2 pack of Clairfontaine Notebooks from Goulet, I'm coming in under 50 easily.

For clarity purposes I use the Moleskine Cahsiers, and the Clairfontaine Life Unplugged Notebooks. I also carry the 3.5x5 size notebooks. But the Notebooks are available in the larger size, they just don't fit in my back pocket very easily...

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 03-12-2014, 05:11 PM
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i usually make my own. this one is made from a single sheet of high quality manmade nepalese cotton paper and sewn with an unbleached flax string.

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 03-12-2014, 05:14 PM
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Wow, Marius, that is really great! Smile

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 03-12-2014, 05:22 PM
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thank you freddy. i came up with the idea when i was a teenager aeons ago - i was broke but had lots of great paper. the cost is only for a (large) sheet of paper of ones own liking - and they will never fall apart Smile

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 03-13-2014, 04:58 AM
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(03-12-2014, 05:14 PM)freddy Wrote: Wow, Marius, that is really great! Smile

+1. It's one thing to hold a stack of index cards together with a binder clip and call it a notebook. It's another thing entirely to personally hand sew a notebook out of unique paper and have it look great in the process. That's great work, Marius.

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 03-13-2014, 01:13 PM
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Franklin-Christoph has PAPER and FOLIOS. But the A5 folio is twice your price point. Still maybe worth a look.

I have never used either. I own some of their pen cases and the leather work is impeccable.

Phil

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 03-13-2014, 01:25 PM
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(03-12-2014, 05:11 PM)tonsorius Wrote: i usually make my own. this one is made from a single sheet of high quality manmade nepalese cotton paper and sewn with an unbleached flax string.

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Would love to be able to do this. Maybe I'll look into making one. Might be out of my league though.

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 03-13-2014, 03:45 PM
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it's not much hocus pocus to it Smile basically a bunch of sheets held together with a string. have a look in an arts supply store/webstore. they usually have nice notebooks far below 50 bux.

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