This week my Midori 10th Anniversary notebooks arrived! In particular, I purchased a couple of the White Grid A5 notebooks. MD paper and A5 sides are well known quantities, the interesting about these (since I didn’t get the set) is the white 5mm grid.
The grid is pretty subtle — it’s fairly hard to see without the black backing sheet (comes with the notebook), but becomes more obvious in bright light, or very direct light since it’s lightly glossy (the lines, not the paper). I really like it — I can’t write in a straight line, but this grid is fairly easy to follow and really easy to ignore.
The big gotcha with this notebook is that the lines show through most ink — so in ink blots or wider nibs, you see white lines cutting through your ink. This doesn’t bother me, but I imagine it may bother some.
To conclude this mini review, I really like this notebook, but if the white lines bug you, you may not love it as much as I do (obviously). But, for my writing style — small and uneven, it’s perfect. I just wish I got one of the 10th Anniversary paper notebook covers.
EDIT: Adding this since I think the zoomed in photos above make the lines way more obvious than they are with normal writing.
OK – sorry to say this but that white grid would annoy me terribly. In that respect, thank you for the review because I know what not to buy in this case.
Very cool, but those grid lines kill it for me. Seeing the same thing with some of my fountain pens lately. Kinda cool but mostly annoying!
Question: In the top photo what is that “mystery ink” used in the last line written with the Pelikan medium nib?
Or is it truly a mystery because the ink bottle lost its label?
I’m looking for a good blue-black, and that ink — whatever it is — appears to be a candidate worth checking into.