Wednesday, July 11, 2012


So when I picked up my mail from the post office when were returned from vacation, there was a package in the pile from Tom Oddo.  I kept going...Tom Oddo...Tom Oddo.... I know that name, then it hit me... Goldspot Pens.  That Tom Oddo.
If you have no clue what I'm talking about Tom Oddo is the Fine Writing Specialist over at Goldpot Pens, he was also Geek of the Week back in late January at, in addition to running his own graphic and website design company, So as if he's not already busy enough, he's also a husband, father and marathon runner, he now has a new company

[You can click on any of the photos to enlarge for more detail]

So, exactly what is an InkJournal?

From the InkJournal website: 

Any pen enthusiast that loves to explore a variety of inks for their pen will appreciate the simplicity and organization of the InkJournal. Prior to the InkJournal,
inks were recorded on the backs of notebooks, on index cards and loose
sheets of copier paper. Everyone would have their own method of
documenting. With the
InkJournal, pen aficionados can now keep
their ink reviews all in one convenient, pocket-sized notebook and can
easily compare samples with fellow collectors.
Suggested Uses for the InkJournal
  • Dedicate a notebook to your favorite ink colors.

  • Dedicate a notebook to your favorite ink brand.

  • Dedicate a notebook to your favorite color (i.e. blues, oranges, reds, greens, etc)

  • Dedicate a notebook to using only one pen for all entries.

  • Take an InkJournal (or two) with you to pen shows or pen collectors' meetings.

Each 3-pack of InkJournals comes with a nifty little card which has instructions on how to use your InkJournal on one side and a Quick Reference of Pen & Ink Terms on the other.  Additionally, this card can be used to page the page that you are currently writing on to prevent any bleed-through to other pages.

The first page of the InkJournal is a table of contents, front and back, you can use this to list the name of the ink that you use on the corresponding page in the book for quick reference.

There is room for 15 inks in each book.

Made using 100% recycled paper, I did have some showthrough, a little bleedthrough and some feathering, but only with certain inks and certain nibs. In my opinion, that is the optimal result for testing how inks handle.  Each one performs differently.  Hmmm, you could even devote one to a specific ink and how it performs with different pens and nibs.  Everyone has at least 15 fountain pens don't they?

I highly recommend these pocket-sized notebooks and look forward to using them in the future.


Sandra Strait said...

Wow! This is a fantastic idea. Something like this would be good other mediums than pen & ink too!

Biffybeans said...

I'm somewhat surprised that they would choose a paper that wasn't fountain pen friendly.

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