I am always game for a new notebook, and these were a sampler that I received from Ebay Seller taylorintherockies. (No affiliation, just a happy customer)
Made in Japan, the paper in Apica notebooks are much more fountain pen friendly than my dear Moleskine. All of the books have off-white pages that are silky smooth. Each book is lines, with the lines being most pronounced in book #3. (I prefer the more subdued lines in book #'s 1, 2 & 4.)
Book #'s 1 & 3 each have a space at the top right of the page for a page or reference number as well as a line for the date, book 4 has a single unmarked line at the top right of the page and book 2 has no additional lines in the page header.
The thing I like best about all of these? The spiral binding lets them all lay flat.
Book 4 is nice. Slightly smaller than a large Moleskine Cahier, would make for a nice "project" book as I like to call them. Flexible cardboard covers and a light green index page in front.
Book 3 is my least favorite. 60 sheets, with the darker ruling than the others. The ruling on this one is also golden vs the gray of the others. I'm not crazy about the covers, cardboard is not as stiff as I would like for a book this size. All personal preference of course, it's a nice book, just not for me.
Book 2 is very nice...... Super stiff cardboard cover, with the light gray rulings, and black spiral, this one might give my Mole a run for the money.
Book 1 is also pretty sweet. It's a really interesting size that I'm not used to seeing in the USA. Hard covers, tight double spirals, seems excellent for schoolwork.
Sizes are approximate.
Book 1: 7 1/2" x 9 3/4".
Book 2 & 3: 5 3/4" x 8 1/4" (A5)
Book 4: 5" x 7 1/4 "
Monday, July 28, 2008