I wrote a blog earlier in the year about how I take notes, that was more focused on the ‘software’ i.e. the skills and techniques I use. This blog is more about the materials I use, the ‘hardware’. It might seem a bit vain but if I don’t have the right materials I DO NOT ENJOY taking notes. There might be some of you out there who are similar and are constantly trying new paper and pens to see which ones scratch that stationary itch. So here it goes:
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen
I discovered this pen 5 years ago and honestly, I have never looked back. It is an extremely comfortable pen to use and Lamy offers a good range of colours of pens and ink. They come out with a new colour each year which is exciting! I also have different nib sizes but tend to stick to the extra-fine nib. One downside is this pen is not made for paper that is faint on heart, in my experience paper needs to be at least 70gsm and not porous.
When I have to use paper that is faint in heart. I oftentimes use my Pilot and I love it, not as luxurious feeling as my Lamy and definitely more expensive in the long run, however, I appreciate how fine and precise the nib is.
Muji is a Japanese brand I absolutely adore! I love their 0.38mm nib pens for precision. They are also guaranteed to never bleed through paper and are very smooth to write with.
Yes, I know they are very basic, however, I find them amazing for colouring in and highlighting my notes.
The time you have been waiting for has finally come, paper time! I love pretty much all Rhodia notepads and have used them throughout university. The paper is pretty good with all types of pens and I rarely experience bleeding.
Muji Loose Leaf Paper
I got to a point in university where instead of having books that had a set order of pages, I wanted to be more flexible and able to add things in. This is where loose-leaf paper came in. I absolutely love the Muji Loose Leaf paper and so do a lot of people because it is always out of stock! The paper is extremely smooth and lovely to write on. It works wonderfully with the Muji and the pilot pen.
This notebook is an absolute holy grail! I have been using them for the last 5 years. It is an excellent on the go notebook for meeting, conferences and random stuff. I really like having a multi-purpose book and this does the trick. Did I mention that they come in a wide range of colours and sizes. Additionally, you can get them dotted, rules and plain. They also work with all the pens I have mentioned in this blog!
I hope this has been helpful for someone!