Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Piccadilly Journal Review

Finally! The review I have been wanting to do but putting off for so long. Piccadilly Journal/paper review. I have been writing for a couple weeks now in this journal (with various inks) and have finally decided to showcase it off.

I used quiet a few inks and pens that were already loaded and ready to go. Here is what was used in this test:

  • Diamine Oxblood - Lamy Safari 'F' Nib
  • Noodler's Blue Nose Bear - Ohto Dude (Fine to Medium Nib?)
  • De Atramentis WIlliam Shakespeare - Lamy Al-Star 'F' Nib
  • Noodler's Burma Road Brown - Lamy Safari 'F' Nib
  • Noodler's Black Swan in English Roses - Lamy Al-Star 'F' Nib
  • "Supposed to be" Diamine Rustic Brown (Got mixed accidentally with another ink) - Baoer   Fountain Pen (Fine-Medium Nib)
  • Pelikan Black Ink - Lamy Vista 'EF' Nib
  • Pilot G-2  0.7 Black ink
  • Staples Optiflow Pen Black ink
  • Aluminum metal barrel Pentel Energel 
  • Metallic Sharpie Pen
Here are the results...

Front View
 I am extremely impressed with this journal. However, I think this may be one of their higher quality journals. When I purchased it, I remember it saying on the back something like "high quality 90gsm paper" or something along those lines. Don't quote me 100% though.

Rear View
The only thing that showed through was the Metallic Sharpie. There was some very, very light ghosting from the Noodler's Blue Nose Bear in the Ohto Dude. It came out pretty wet, and I believe that to be the pen, since I have done reviews on this ink in other pens. It never came out as dark or wet as it did in the other pens I used.

The Journal is a nice soft faux leather with beautiful stitching on the edges. It holds together nicely. However, it will not lie flat when writing. You would have to add some pressure and bend it a little to get it to lie flat. Very flexible journal though. It appears you can pick this up at Barnes and Noble (as I did on clearance) fairly reasonable. I got mine cheaper than any Moleskine and the paper quality is much better than Moleskine.

I would highly suggest these journals for anyone who is an avid writer or just needs a place to jot down those notes or favorite songs that you hear on the radio. The paper quality is great. The line spacing is medium (not too large, not too thin). However, I will pre-warn you...This is one of their "higher quality" type of journals. If you pick up their pack of pocket journals (like 3 in a package) the line spacing is a bit smaller and narrower. Just an FYI.


  1. Wow! I am impressed!! I will have to peek at Barnes & Noble up here for sure. Great review and testing. Thanks. :)

  2. Thanks Ashley for the review. I haven't tried this brand yet. I'm a real stickler for the lie flat claims and most of the brands really don't lie flat like a spiral notebook. I suspect I expect too much.

    1. Thank you for reading!
      Since I have been using this notebook, I did notice that it can lie flat after it has been bent, pressed on, or messed with a bit. However, it will be short lived. True, spiral notebooks lie flatter. I think the reason I do not go with spirals (for my journals) is because I like the look of a good, traditional journal. I do use spirals for my note taking journals, to-do lists, and for ink/pen journals. Have you give some thought to Paperblanks? I know that some of them (maybe all?) tend to lay pretty flat. I had one I just finished up with and I loved it.

  3. Your welcome :) Thank you. Yes, I have a new "cheap" journal that I can buy that stands up to fountain pens! I wish you luck and hope you find one :)