I went on an eBay selling craze to get rid of my ringed binders because for me (as a lefty) they weren't comfortable to use or fun to carry. For a while I told myself that if I just took the papers out of the binder when I wrote, then stuck them back in, it would be fine. But, that just became tedious. Any left handed people out there feel the same about ringed binders?
Anyway, I'm very much into traveler's notebooks. I have three, and a fourth one coming. I do love the original Midori brand but also have one from etsy (the light colored tri-fold) that holds my sketchbooks.
Then pen is new and I am beyond excited and satisfied with the quality. I ordered from Goulet Pens (huge fan of their YouTube) and their shipping is so fast. It was well packaged and even came with a tootsie pop.
After much deliberation I went with the TWSBI 580 in black and rose gold plating. It's a piston filler pen, meaning you dip it in the ink and twist to pull ink inside. Very easy to do and minimal mess. I love that you can see the ink sloshing around inside so you know when to refill! As for the ink, I was immediately in love with the Diamine brand. I chose "Ancient Copper" because I love the look of brown inks and felt it would look great in a traveler's notebook. There are so many colors to choose from and I already have my eye on an emerald shade. Color choices are also a big factor for wanting a fountain pen; you just don't get these colors with ballpoints or even gels. And, you're being environmentally friendly by reusing a fountain pen refilling with ink instead of plastic cartridges.
The color is gorgeous. I was afraid that with a fine nib, you wouldn't be able to see shading within my handwritten lines but you totally can! The nib on this pen is flawless and there is no skipping whatsoever. It's a clean line every time.
Thankfully, this pen and ink work great on Midori paper. There is no bleed or shadowing on the opposite side. It also works fantastically on Rhodia paper so I'll have to pick up a notebook from them. Unfortunately, it doesn't work well on Moleskine Cahier paper. It bleeds right through. I'm beginning to realize that Moleskine has just gone down in quality over the years. But, at the same time, I don't want to journal on my cahiers--those are for sketches and quick ideas. When it comes to stationary, you really do get what you pay for.
Are fountain pens something you'd be interested in trying? Why or why not? I'm all about customizing my stationary and fountain pens allow me to do that. Plus, you just feel fancy writing with one. Who doesn't want to feel fancy?