Exacompta Refillable Pocket Journal Review

Exacompta Refillable Pocket Journal with Club Covers
Exacompta Refillable Pocket Journal with Club Covers

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.

Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Lilac Club Cover
Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Lilac Club Cover

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.

Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Turquoise Club Cover
Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Turquoise Club Cover

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.

Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Rose Grenadine Club Cover
Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Rose Grenadine Club Cover

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.

Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Blue Club Cover
Exacompta Pocket Journal with a Blue Club Cover

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
Exacompta Basics Pocket Journal Refill
Exacompta Basics Pocket Journal Refill

 

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LAMY Pico – An Innovative Ballpoint Pen for Your Pocket

LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pen Imperial Blue
LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pen Imperial Blue

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen is the ultimate handy travel companion if you like to carry a pocket-size pen. With one push on the top end of the pen, the sophisticated press mechanism smoothly extends the pen to a comfortable writing size. When closed the writing tip retracts neatly into the metal pen body. The small chrome LAMY logo on the side of the pen protrudes to keep the pen from rolling off your desk. The bottom end can be screwed off to easily refill it with LAMY M22 compact ballpoint refills. Designed by Franco Clivio, we’re not surprised that it won a Red Dot award for product design.

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen is a compact pocket size when closed.
The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen is a compact pocket size when closed.

The LAMY Pico is approximately a compact 3.75″ when closed…

The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen opens to a comfortable full size for writing.
The LAMY Pico ballpoint pen opens to a comfortable full size for writing.

…and a comfortable 5″ when opened for writing.

LAMY Pico closed and pocket size compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen
LAMY Pico closed compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen

Here’s the LAMY Pico side-by-side with a few other well-known pocket-size Kaweco pens, from top to bottom: Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen, ICE Sport ink roller, Liliput fountain pen and the LAMY Pico ballpoint pen.

LAMY Pico open and ready for writing compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen
LAMY Pico open and ready for writing compared to the Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen, Kaweco ICE Sport Ink Roller and Kaweco Liliput Fountain Pen

The metal body of the LAMY Pico pen is available in the following finishes:

Do you travel with a pen? What’s your favorite pocket-size ballpoint or fountain pen?

A Variety of LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pens
A Variety of LAMY Pico Ballpoint Pens
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