L!FE products are hand-made in Shitamachi - quality writing paper.
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- Very interesting post. I will search later, but do you know offhand whether Life is available online, through Amazon, or by local distributors in Australia?
I use a variety of fountain pens to keep handwritten journals along my electronic variants, and the battle to find a decent notebook that doesn't 'dissolve' under real ink is an ongoing disappointment as dirt cheap papers become the norm because dirt cheap pens are already the norm.Apr 21, 2013
- Hi, yes, there are a couple links at the bottom of the post to start.Apr 21, 2013
- I noticed you are in Australia, and I think one of the web shops I linked was there, too. I've found that Moleskines are not good for fountain pen use (ink bleeds through to the back of the page), but Rhodia, Leuchtturm and of course these LIFE ones, are fine (ink does not bleed through, at least mostly).Apr 21, 2013
- The Leuchtturm is a fine notebook, though the ruled lines are a little too narrow for my longhand (scrawled at the end of a wrist held together with various pieces of titanium).
I have never used Moleskins, but I am corresponding with in the US about experiences with notebooks suitable for journalling.
At $16AUD per A5 100-page notebook, the Life Noble Report seems worth an experiment, but with a need of between six and 12 of them a year, and a limited discretionary budget, that seems a trifle more expensive than is ideal. Good tip anyway, though, and a reinforcement of Sinclair Stevens' point that I ought to look more carefully at Japanese artisanship and reverence for hand-crafted writing/calligraphy.Apr 22, 2013
- Titanium, ouch.
The moleskines are fine if you're using rollerballs, but, they are good only single page if you use a FP and ink, at least in my experience so far. That fact halves their value for me.
The LIFEs are definitely worth it here in Japan, at 1/2 the cost of Rhodia, but, in other countries I'm not sure.
You have to ask, is poor quality worth it, if you get extra hassle and wasted time because of it.
For me, I just wasted 30 on a Moleskine that I need to find someone to use, because the first page of notes I took on it, bled through. Yikes!
Live and learn, eh?Apr 22, 2013
- Indeed. Living and learning is a reward in itself.Apr 22, 2013
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