Compendium is a Seattle-based company that has a line of inspiring, fresh and design-rich products including notebooks. I recently got my hands on the Hmm… Reporter Style Notebook and wondered how practical this notebook style would be and how suitable it would be for fountain pen use.
This notebook is 3.75” W x 5.5” H which is a nice size to fit in your purse and pocket. The elastic is snappy enough to keep the notebook securely closed and it is orange which is one of my favorite colors! The textured hard cover is a nice firm surface that allows me to write easily even when there is no desk or table nearby. The binding is sewn so the pages do not fall out and the pages open easily. As a left-handed writer I also appreciate that there are no spirals or rings or bulky binding to get in the way of my writing!
The paper is smooth and heavy weight, and in the Hmm… Notebook it is a nice ivory color with subtle pink dotted lines that are a nice guide, but aren’t overpowering. On the bottom of random pages there are some inspiring and some humorous quotes such as "You’re only given a spark of madness. You musn’t lose it." by Robin Williams and "Ideas come from everywhere. Be open to them." by Alfred Hitchcock. For those of you that prefer blank pages, other designs of the Compendium Reporter Style Notebook are available with blank paper.
Compendium’s heavy weight paper performed pretty well with fountain pens. There was no feathering and no see-through with my fountain pens, however, there was some bleed-through when I used a medium LAMY nib along with a very wet LAMY ink flow. The other fine or medium fountain pens I used with Noodlers, Platinum Preppy or Pelikan ink had no bleed-through and I could easily write smoothly on both sides of the paper.
Being left-handed I am rather particular about my pens and paper am often underwhelmed at their performance. For a long time I had no urge to try anything new since I wouldn’t like it anyway. Since I’ve been working at Writer’s Bloc I’ve realized there are pens and paper out there that I can actually enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed using fine tip gel pens with this notebook. The fine tips did not poke through the paper, the gel pens wrote smoothly and did not skip. I think the Pentel Slicci was my favorite pen to use in combination with Compendium’s Reporter Style Notebook. Would I buy this notebook again? Yes!by