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ecosystem Journal Ruled: Medium Grape Hardcover (ecosystem Series) Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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I was looking for a new journal and wanted something with a little more "responsiblity" to it --recycled paper product, made in the USA-- and found this company. I am always leery of ordering journals online since I can't touch the book, check out the paper weight and quality and feel it in my hands. But I gave this a shot and am SO GLAD I did.
I ordered both the flexcover and hardcover to check them out and compare. I love the hardcover much more. It has more strength, obviously, and makes it easier for someone like me who tends to carry my journal everywhere and write in it whenever the mood strikes (in the car, at the park, in the breakroom at work). The paper is of good quality and the ink hasn't bled through yet.
The only gripe I have is that the lines could be a little wider, they are "college rule" and narrow --I'm one of those people with larger, loopy-er handwriting and could use a little bit more space. But most days I can get past that and just adjust my handwriting to fit within the lines. It would be nice, is all I'm saying.
I like that you can register and track where the material that makes up your journal came from and the fact that it's made right here in the USA and not outsourced somewhere is a BIG plus to me.
I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a hardcover journal. I will continue to order and use this product as I make my way through the colour selection they offer a few times over.
Also, I dislike how close the lines are. If you have large handwriting, this is not the book for you. I have to write much smaller than is natural for me in this book.
Another negative--the perforated pages. I don't believe the listing mentions that the pages are perforated. Perforated pages are NOT OKAY in a journal, but if you are using this as a class composition notebook, that may be okay.
As a positive, I will say that the paper hasn't had any feathering or smudging with my gel ink pens (Pilot G2 or Dr. Grip Gel).
HOWEVER. The quality is inconsistent. Some pages won't tear at all in the right place leaving a complete mess. Others simply come away from the binding. A shame, because it is a great idea but the quality and execution is poor. Significantly worse than a few years ago. They really need to sort out their quality control.