I recently received some new notebooks to review from Daycraft. All the new designs I’ve received are beautiful, but I’m going to review them separately – so more on the other notebooks at a later date! Today, I’m reviewing the Signature Gutenberg notebook.
Now, do not panic if you’ve noticed that the above notebook is part of the Signature range, and therefore probably does not like fountain pens. This notebook is designed for writing rather than sketching, and the paper is happy with most fountain pens. YEY!
The cover is the soft fake leather. It’s made with polyurethane, as many of these covers are nowadays. It’s flexible and lovely to touch, with an embossed alphabet on the front and back covers in a gothic script.
On the inside front cover of the notebook there is some blurb about Gutenberg Bible and why it’s historically important. This doesn’t annoy me as much as I thought it would. Generally I don’t like things like that in my notebooks, but I don’t really notice it, and the rest of the notebook doesn’t have such intrusions (although there is a copyright statement on the back page of the notebook).
The notebook has a white ribbon, no elastic closure and no back pocket for storage. The binding is stitched and the notebook lay flat from the outset, which I love. (Ignore the mark on the cover in the photo above – I did that, it wasn’t supplied like that.) I did notice, however, that the pages were marked where the ribbon was tucked in the book at the packaging stage. It’s not a major issue, but they should be more careful!
The notebook has 176 pages. The paper is cream, and the pages are lined with a grey, unobtrusive line. The lines are spaced 6.5mm apart, and do not run right to the edge of the page. There’s a narrow margin left blank all around the edges, which is quite nice.
What you’re really here for though is the ink test, admit it! I’m using this notebook as a research notebook for my thesis, so it’s had a more rigorous fountain pen test than I usually submit my notebooks to for reviews. However, you’ll be pleased to hear it has mostly passed.
Here’s a writing sample with a fine nib Lamy (the ink is J. Herbin Bleu Nuit - I love this ink!). There’s very little feathering of the ink, and no show through or bleed through.
Next up, a writing sample of a medium nib Lamy, with J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier. This nib is slightly wetter, as you’d expect for a medium nib, but again there’s only a tiny bit of feathering, and no show through or bleed through.
Then – just to be mean – I tested my medium nib Montblanc in the notebook (with Montblanc black ink). Long-term readers of this blog will know that this pen pretty much condemns any notebook. I’m very much of the opinion that this pen is far too wet and that Montblanc ink is a bit rubbish (the pen cannot fit a converter though). As expected, therefore, the writing sample for this pen is rubbish.
Check out the feathering! In fact, I don’t think you get the full effect in the photo below. At some places in my writing, it looks like a dying spider has staggered across the page after falling into some ink. Having said that though, there’s very little show through for this pen, and only a small bit of bleed through starting to show.
I hardly ever use my Montblanc for that reason, so I’m not going to criticise the notebook for its performance with that pen. It handles the Lamy/J. Herbin combinations well and that’s good enough for me.
This notebook would be a good journal for someone, or just a project notebook as I’m using it. The cover is an interesting variation on the standard black notebook, and the flexibility of the notebook is a definite plus!