On my many trips to Staples for office supplies, Ive always seen the Black n’ Red notebook brand. I never really thought much of them so I always passed them up for something else. On my last trip to Staples I finally broke down and decided to pick up a Black n Red notebook, so I went with the polypropylene version that was $4.99.
The Black n’ Red notebook have a great look to them with their contrasting black cover and red double coil binding. The sturdy plastic cover will ensure that over time the notebook will not become ragged looking. There is also a nice sturdy elastic strap that acts as a bookmark or closure, that incorporates the black and red color scheme with a checkered pattern. The elastic closure is bound through the back cover with metal rivets which gives it a very sturdy feel.
Once you take in the great looks of the outside of this Black n Red notebook and crack it open you are met by a very practical “Personal Information” page to help you organize your notes. In addition to having spots for basic contact information it also has a nice table of contents area where you can keep track of where things are in your notebook.
In addition to the personal information and table of contents page, the Black n’ Red notebook also has a handy conversions and time zone page. This page covers things like US and European paper sizes and basic metric system conversion charts. This is one of those things that I think is always good to have on hand. Inside the Black n Red notebook, which is 8 1/4″ by 5 7/8″ you will find 70 sheets of ruled paper.
Now for the really good stuff about this Black n Red notebook. Putting lots of different pens and inks to use on this paper turned out to be a great experience. Not only was the writing surface of the paper incredibly smooth and easy to write on but there was little to almost no feathering with any of the inks on this paper. I tried every imaginable pen in this Black n Red notebook and had no issues whether it be bleeding, feathering, or scratchy writing. The only pen that showed slight issues was the Uniball Vision Elite. Surprisingly the Uniball Vision Elite only had minimal feathering though.
I wanted to post a picture of the back side of the writing sample just to show how well the paper holds up. You really don’t get any bleed through on this Black n Red notebook paper which is quite impressive. Normally I’m kind of picky about bleed through on paper, but I can say with confidence that you should not have any issues with most pens on this paper. One other aspect of this paper is very nice, which is how well the perforated edges rip off. With a simple fold back and forth it rips right off vlean and neat. Overall you really cant beat this notebook in my eyes. Between the clean and professional look, the sturdy cover and binding, and the high quality paper, you can rest assured that your $5 is money well spent with this notebook. If you don’t have a local Staples to pick up your office supplies from you can also find a great Black n Red notebook on Amazon.com here as well as the larger size here too.