Cane Fields Sugarcane Copy Paper Review

Hey everyone! I’m back with another paper review. I picked up some Cane Fields Sugarcane Copy Paper today at my university’s Barnes and Noble bookstore because I needed blank paper to do homework on and write on for class. I had seen this paper mentioned/recommended a couple times on, so I thought I’d pick it up at $8.98 for 500 pages and give it a go.

I didn’t quite know what to expect with this paper, but I was very surprised by how nice it felt. The paper is very smooth feels great. It’s a little flimsier compared to the normal 20lb copy paper – I don’t know if that is because of the sugarcane fiber or not.




Overall, I very much enjoy using this paper. I think it would be great to use to make your own journal, sketch on, do your homework, or anything else you can think of. The paper is relatively cheap and very friendly to us fountain pen users.

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Private Reserve Tanzanite Ink Review

Hello there! This will be the first of many ink reviews and I will be doing all of my ink reviews on Cane Fields Sugarcane Copy Paper. It’s a cheap, fountain-pen friendly paper that I really like and recommend.

I thought I’d start with my current go to purple – Private Reserve Tanzanite. The color is more of an indigo shade, leaning towards the blue side of the purple-blue spectrum.


Dry Time: The ink had a pretty decent dry time, and was completely dry somewhere around 10 seconds.

Saturation: I consider this medium-high saturation. You can see that each layer of ink that is put on does get a good bit darker.

Water Resistance: This ink would do fairly well in case of a spill. It would not be perfect, but it would still be legible if it were to get wet.

Shading: Not much – it is pretty monotone throughout the line.

Flow: Fairly wet; comes out easy and makes a nice line.

Ghosting: None – very little.

Bleedthrough: None.


I very much like this ink – it is a nice vibrant indigo, dries fairly quickly, and it has been a joy to have as a purple. It behaves well and I adore the color.

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Bombay Ochre Leather Wrap Journal with Tie Review

I am a journal-er. I write all the time, every day. Before I started to use fountain pens my daily journal was just a lined Moleskine journal, but once I started writing with fountain pens I realized I wanted something a little more fountain pen friendly. Leather journals have always appealed to me so I thought I would try one out. I wanted to find one that was decently affordable – in the past I had only seen them for around $50 in my local Barnes and Noble. I ventured into the store again about a month ago in search for a Moleskine Dotted Notebook and came across the Bombay Ochre Leather Wrap Journal with Tie. For $19.95 I had to try it.

The Look.


The color is actually more of a tan versus the orange-y color shown on the Barnes and Noble website – I personally prefer the tan color over the orange-y one anyway. The cover is a soft, suede-like leather material and is very appealing. The tie is nice but is a little on the loose side. I through my journal around a LOT and the tie tends to loosen up a lot. The journal is broken up into 4 64-paged sections for a total of 256 pages – this is nice if you need a notebook with different sections. It has a nice 6″ x 8.5″ size, which is a pretty standard size for any journal.  Overall, I like the look; it has a nice old-timey feel to it and that is something that appeals to me.

The Paper.


The paper in this journal is a heavy, thick, textured paper. It’s absorbent and dries fairly well. I have had some issues with smearing, but it doesn’t happen too often. I have been very happy with the paper. It doesn’t bleed through, nor does it show through. Those are both very good qualities in a journal I use everyday.



Because the paper is a little more on the absorbent side, there was a little bit of feathering with the 2 Jinhao pens. I mostly saw it in the Jinhao x450 which was filled with the Lamy Turquoise. It is very minimal, but I understand the people who prefer a smoother paper. I have had a good experience so far with the journal (I’ve written about 70 pages in the past 3 weeks) and I am happy with the purchase.


Southpaw note: The first section is a little tricky to write on. I had some issues where I couldn’t go all the way to the inside of the page when writing on the right side of the notebook because the binding is a little looser and each section has its own binding. Because of this I had to shift over my starting point on those pages until I got to the end of the section. It just made starting each line a little awkward.


Overall, I have really enjoyed this journal. For $20, it was definitely worth checking out. I know I’ll get another one of these once I have filled all of the pages in the current one.

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Norcom 80-Page Poly Composition Notebook Review

School is starting on Monday! That means I need to get some notebooks for class. I picked up these composition notebooks about 8 months ago when they were on sale at Wal-Mart for $0.25 (bargain!) as opposed to the regularly priced $0.75. I bought quite a few boxes of them because I couldn’t pass up the value.

Now that I am getting into the fountain pen world, I thought I would see if these notebooks are fountain pen friendly for my upcoming semester.

When I wanted to test the paper, I used a couple different pens and the inks I have in bottles to see how it would fair since I am using those pens and inks for school. I used a couple different pens to see if it had any bleeding, show through, or feathering.

As you can see, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this paper behaved. It was a very smooth paper and the pens just glided across it easily.

It’s hard to tell from the pictures  but I’d like to mention that I saw no feathering from any of the pens I used, including the Jinhao x750. I honestly expected that pen to show some feathering, but the paper was very smooth. As you can see, it smeared a little bit when I was writing with the Jinhao – something to be expected when being left handed.

Southpaw note: I’ve noticed a downside with this notebook – it doesn’t like to stay open. Since it doesn’t want to stay open, you have to use something (I use my cell phone) to keep it open while you are writing on the right page in the notebook. If you don’t, it kind of just folds on top of your hand and pen when you’re writing and it’s kind of annoying. That may be a turn off for some people.


I am super excited to have these notebooks for school this upcoming semester. I definitely recommend them to all students who are using fountain pens to take notes for their class.

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The Southpaw Behind the Pen.

Hi! I’m Lexie, aka /u/BayleefBay on, and I am the author of The Southpaw Pen. I am currently a senior Chemical Engineering student that is obsessed with color-coding my notes for class. I am new to the fountain pen hobby, but I love everything about the pens and writing. And, as you can probably tell by the title of the blog, I am left-handed.

This blog is basically me writing about different fountain pen related things and reviews. I will do general reviews, left-handed focused reviews, and other things along those lines. I really have fallen in love with the fountain pen industry and can’t wait to get all sorts of new pens, inks, and papers in my collection.

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