The name of this notebook is the Spanish word for "inspiration," which makes it rather unsuitable for me, or at least to the use I put it to. I used it mainly to keep my timesheets — oh, how I hate tracking my time!—and occasionally for meeting notes. Nothing inspiring there. ("9:06 a.m.: telephone call from client re deposition scheduling." See what I mean?)
Well, if the Kokuyo Inspiración Notebook doesn't provide inspiration, what does it provide? Plenty. And I know, because it took me about three months to fill this thing up and I really got a chance to evaluate it. Usually, I review new products while they're still new — this time, I can tell you how it holds up over the long haul.
|After three months, it's not too beat up|
The twin rings also held up fairly well. By the time I was done with the notebook, the end rings were bent a little, and a gap had started to develop, but the cover material is thick enough that it was never at risk of coming off the rings.
Jet Pens, from which I purchased this notebook, calls this "semi-B5" sized paper. It measures about 7 in. x 9.8 in. It's nice and portable, and very thin. Since I use a briefolio instead of a briefcase, space is at a premium, and this takes up very little space. Personally, I like the size 7 in. x 9.8 in. size, but it's always a little troublesome to put anything but letter-sized paper in a file. (I don't mind, but everyone in the law office has to use the same file, and odd sizes of paper can be tough to find.) I also like that the pages are perforated. Although I removed very few pages from this notebook, it was nice to have a smooth edge when I did. I hate handling non-perforated paper that's been pulled from a spiral or twin-ring notebook.
Inside the front cover is a two-sided document pocket, which I found very handy. In this size notebook, the pockets easily handle letter-sized paper folded in half, unlike the pocket in the back of a typical A5-sized hardcover notebook.
The the 7 mm - ruled paper resembles what I've seen in other Japanese notebooks. It seems a little thin, and very smooth. It handles fountain pen ink wonderfully. I must have used a couple of dozen pen and ink combinations, and not one of them bled or feathered. There is a good deal of show through, so if that bothers you, stick to the less saturated inks.but it is very smooth. And something else that seems common among the Japanese notebooks I've tried: some nibs will actually squeak a little on the paper. Weird.
The notebook is a bit pricey at $14.00. So I picked out a whole bunch of notebooks at Jet Pens and ordered them all at the same time to hit the $75 threshold for the 40% discount. At that price ($7.40), it is much more fairly priced.
Bottom line: this is a very nice notebook, and I like it while using it, especially the document pockets. If you're not bothered by showthrough, or tend to use lighter inks, it's got a lot going for it.