Exacompta Refillable Pocket Journal Review

Exacompta Pocket Journals are adorable yet sophisticated notebooks for your purse, pocket, briefcase or backpack. They are the perfect size for journaling on the go or while traveling.

The gold-colored page edges of the pocket journal add a touch of class to the high quality paper it contains. The paper is made in France by Clairefontaine and has the exceptionally smooth finish that is the hallmark of their writing paper. Even though the journal is only 1/2″ thick, it contains 192 sheets of lined ivory paper. The lines are light grey, are spaced 7 mm apart and do not go all the way to the edge of the page. To fit so many pages into such a compact size, Exacompta has used a light-weight yet strong 55 g paper.

The journal insert is covered in a flexible, textured. light brown colored cardboard. The sewn binding enables you to open it without fear of the pages coming loose and falling out. Each page is perforated in the lower right corner so if you tear off the corners as you go, you can easily open to the current unused page. The ribbon bookmark is glued to the outside of the top of the spine which is okay because even though you can use the insert on its own, the journal is usually paired with a stylish refillable cover. Without the cover, the insert is about 3.5″ x 5″, with the cover it is about 4″ x 5.5″ in size.

Three styles of refillable covers are available for the Exacompta Pocket Journal: Club, Soho and Mignon full calf leather. All of them are stitched around the edges and when taken care of can last for many years. The refillable covers have pockets on the inside that the cardboard cover of the journal refill slides into. The Club and Soho covers are both made of a sturdy leatherette, the difference being that the Club cover is textured/grained and the Soho cover is smooth.

From my own personal experience, if you want to use both sides of each page, I would recommend writing with fine tip gel pens, ballpoint pens or pencil. Fountain pen ink tends to bleed through this light-weight paper. Medium and broad tip gel pens tended to bleed through the paper as well. Check out the scan of the writing test below and see what you think.

Do you carry a journal with you when you travel? What are your favorite pocket-size journals?

Exacompta Pocket Journal Writing Test - Front

Exacompta Pocket Journal Writing Test – Front

Exacompta Pocket Journal Writing Test - Back

Exacompta Pocket Journal Writing Test – Back


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10 Fountain Pens to Buy For Your Boyfriend

Fountain pens make great gifts! They are sophisticated and retro, reduce writing fatigue, can be refilled over and over again and when taken care of can become a family heirloom. So what fountain pen will you buy for the man in your life? In general, when considering what nib size to buy for someone who has never used a fountain pen, If he has small handwriting buy a fine nib, medium or large handwriting buy a medium nib. If he already collects fountain pens it’s up to you to find out what kind of nib size he wants next. Here are 10 of our favorite fountain pens (in no particular order) that would make great gifts:

1. Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen. The smart design of the Kaweco Sport allows the pen to be a compact pocket-size when capped and when uncapped it posts at the perfect length for writing. The AL Sport is made of metal so it is as durable and rugged as your man needs it to be.

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen - Gun Metal Gray, Black Matte Accents

Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Gun Metal Gray, Black Matte Accents

2. Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen, Gun Metal Gray with Black Matte Accents. The Pilot Vanishing Point capless retractable fountain pen is well-known for its clever design that allows you to extend or retract the nib with just one click. When clipped to a shirt pocket the nib points up to reduce the chance of any leaks. Available in several colors and nib sizes.

LAMY Dialog Palladium Fountain Pen

LAMY Dialog Palladium Fountain Pen

3. LAMY Dialog 3 Fountain Pen has a revolutionary twist mechanism that allows the nib to advance and retract smoothly into the barrel. When the nib is advanced the clip recesses slightly into the body, creating an ergonomic writing experience. Once retracted a protective ball valve closes over the nib and the clip can be lifted and secured to a bag or pocket. Its modern Bauhaus appearance and intelligent design would make this the perfect pen for an engineer. Nibs tend to run one size large on this pen, so choose one nib size down. It’s also available in matte black.

4. Delta Vintage Stylus Fountain Pen – Lava Stone. For your techie guy who likes to use a stylus with his tablet or smart phone; one end of this fountain pen has a premium capacitive rubber stylus specifically designed for modern touch screen devices, the other end has a traditional platinum-masked fountain pen nib.

5. Pelikan Souveran M800 Fountain Pen in Black. For the traditionalist, the elegant, classic Pelikan M800 fountain pen is produced by one of the most renowned pen manufacturers in the world. This large pen has a piston filling system and a masterfully handcrafted two-tone 18k gold nib.

6. Platinum 3776 Series Music Nib Fountain Pen – Koi. Perfect for an artist or calligrapher, this beautiful red celluloid “Koi” fountain pen is reminiscent of the glistening multi-color scales of a koi fish and is popular with those who pursue unusual antique designs. The most extraordinary feature of Platinum’s 14K gold music nib is that is has two slits, making it a three tined nib which allows for a good ink flow. “Smooth as silk” is how the writing experience with this nib has been described. Also available in black/rhodium or black/gold.

Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen - Brown Tortoiseshell

Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen – Brown Tortoiseshell

7. Stipula Tuscany Dreams Peposo Fountain Pen.  This is a very large “man-size” ornate Italian-made fountain pen. According to Stipula, this eye-catching pen is “adorned with a magnificent bronze clip in which there are two masterpieces of Florence: the dome of Florence’s Cathedral and Michelangelo’s David. The band on the cap in the foreground depicts the coat of arms of the Medici. Adorning the rest of the ring the portraits of three genes born in Tuscany: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Dante Alighieri.”

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Dots, Medium Nib

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen – Dots, Medium Nib

8. Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen. The Metropolitan provides everything you need for an economical price – it even includes a gift box and an ink converter for bottled ink. It’s a durable daily writer that you’re not afraid to take to work.

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen - Gunmetal

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen – Gunmetal

9. Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen. The Plaisir is the perfect fountain pen for a no-fuss low- maintenance kind of guy since it has a specially designed cap that allows it to write smoothly even after it hasn’t been used for up to a year. This makes it suitable both for writing every day or for only occasional use. The cap also reduces ink loss due to evaporation. The durable anodized aluminum body has a beautiful pearlized finish.

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen - Black

LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen – Black

10. LAMY AL-Star Fountain Pen – Black. If Darth Vader used fountain pens, this stealthy all-black Al-Star might just be the one he would use. Are any of your boyfriends going to see the new Star Wars movie next month? I thought so.

What fountain pens would you recommend as gift for your boyfriend?

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