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I ordered this journal. I LOVE IT. You absolutely need to bring it back, Massdrop, because their website is impossible to order off of and you are my only hope of acquiring more. This is BABY soft. I ditched the journal inside. But it fits A5 journals of all kinds especially my Leuchtturm 1917s. Please bring it back. I'm absolutely IN LOVE... and need more of these.
Is this notebook refill a proprietary brand? Or is it something I can pick up elsewhere later on when I finish the one that is provided if I like it well enough. Paper is such a subjective and finicky thing that I am hesitant to buy a bunch of notebooks sight unseen only to have them sit unused when they don't perform well. I'd like to do a little research on reviews etc of the notebooks, but the Massdrop is pretty cryptic about them.
Adagna
I got mine in the mail. It does appear that the notebooks are proprietary. The have the Manufactus branding and say made in Italy. And there is a fair amount of ghosting with a semi-wet fountain pen.
Adagna
It fits basically any A5. I've used it with Seven Seas, Clairefontaine, Northbooks, Apica -- you name it.

With that said though : thicker journals work better. The 80-90 sheet ones feel a bit 'lost' inside all that leather wrapping.

If I had to pick just one : the Seven Seas A5 is probably the best fit that I ever had in this cover.
Dear Massdrop,

I can never purchase notebooks and journals via Massdrop without first understanding what sort of feathering, ghosting, and bleed-thru I can expect when using fountain pens. I'm sure others would like to know how well their markers will stand up as well. Of course pens, nibs, and inks all play a role, but without showing the other side of the writing 'sample' (see image #5), ghosting and bleed-thru characteristics aren't available - in which case my money stays in my wallet.
..aaaand bought it ! :)

Grey, lined, with refill....
When is this going to run again?
phinix
Right now.
sacredhonour
Thanks, I saw it yesterday, I think of buying one:)
Anyone: will the Circa Junior fit this ?
Can I just purchase a pack of A5 refills? I have another Manufactus journal, and love the thick paper..
How much is shipping? Why has Massdrop stopped putting shipping costs on drops?
imwilsonw
Shipping is show when you click on "Join Drop", prior to committing.
Looks good, I'm excited for the drop!
It looks like the leather cover is closed by metal studs going through the leather belt, from the photos.

How do those studs affect the writing experience on the backside pages of the notebook? Does it impact the lay-flat aspect as well?

Thanks!
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Sorry, I didn't see your reply till now. I'm still going through the stock journal it comes with. It might be a little tight but I was able to fit Rhodia webnotebooks (the colored ones in A5) into the cover.

The Rhodia webnotebooks have a hardcover so this journal cover isn't entirely necessary for it and definitely would not have any issues with the metal rivets.

If you're a pen enthusiast and sport a fountain pen of some sort, I'd recommend replacing the stock journal as soon as you get the journal anyway, as I have read from other fellow droppers that the quality is sub-par.
The studs cannot help but form two modest but distinct mounds under the left-hand pages, which inevitably smooth out as you proceed through the notebook and add to the pages between the pen and the studs. Aren't you saying that you don't mind writing over the mounds? The studs seem less than well-considered for the underside of a writing surface, and are the reason I've shied from buying it. I'll look forward to hearing from users about this specifically, with an eye to the next 'drop.'
Anyone know the cost of the 3 pack refills?
Soul6
I've updated the note on the description page, so the cost is visible.
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