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Wirebound & feint ruled. Perforated for easy removal of sheets. 200 Pages per pad.

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      28.10.2013 21:39
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      Quality!!

      I brought my A4 Pukka Pad from Wilkinsons. It was on offer for 2 for £3.00.
      For a jotter pad the front cover is very attractive with a metallically green colour covering the majority of the page and other greens accompanying it. The cover also provides information on the pad.

      This pad contains 200 pages of 80 GSM high quality paper. The pad is bound by a spiral stem, the spiral is a plastis coated wire which holds the book together securely while allowing the pages to open freely.
      Each page has perforations a couple of mm from the stem for easy removal of the pages. As this paper is thick (80 GSM) you can write on both sides of the paper without it showing through. On the left hand margin there are 4 ring binder holes which is handy for filing it in ring binder folders.
      I find this pad ideal for the final copy work ie/ work which will be presented or kept on file, as I would find it a little pricey for a pad you just took notes in.

      I would definitely recommend this pad as it is a very high quality writing pad although a little pricey. All things considered I would give this 3 stars.

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        16.09.2013 16:35
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        good value for what you get, check the insides for extras !

        I have a lot of note pads lying around mostly from Ideas and listd I have written down about whatever it is I am doing at the time. I also have creative pads for art/music etc and other ideas, and am always writing. I have note pads from colleges, Open uni, courses and work so there are box loads of old notes, most of it complete rubbish, but useful at the time.


        USAGE

        I have a Pukka pad in front of me now, which I bought a couple of days ago in Tesco for £2, it is am A4 160 page spiral with a multi colour candy stripe front on it.
        I was unsure whether to get this or Tesco's own A4 pad which was bright blue with a hard plastic cover, which is handy for writing in bed or sitting up.

        But this one has printed on the inside cover - 250 commonly misspelt words ( hope I spelled that correctly ). Which I think may encourage me to make an effort to learn how to spell. It is also a really good idea, something I haven't seen in writing pads before, puzzle books, but not blank paper.

        ALTERNATIVE SIZES

        I have had the A5 pukka pads and also an A6 one several years ago which I used to list investments and house details. They were both 80 gsm, the A5 had 200 pages and the A6 had 160 pages. The A5 one had a nice thick cover on it, so was well protected, the A6 has lost some pages as the spiral did not meet all the way around, probably as it was so small, so as it was used pages started to fall out ( on mine ).


        I have looked at some of my other pads and the one that has loads of pages missing and was totally useless is not a Pukka pad after all, I was a bit worried about buying another one as I always though that the pages had come out. But it seems that the rubbish pad was a non brand one, which I used as a diary for a while on holiday I think, then it just fell apart, so I have about 20 pages filled in then a blank pad.


        These pads are invaluable to me, as I can afford them and have ready access to a wide range of information that I have written down over the years; Without having to wonder where on my computer the file has been saved to, or whether Windows 7 has locked me out of my own file !

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        11.09.2013 14:48
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        Pukka Pads

        I am obsessed with writing lists as I find that it makes it much easier to remember everything that I need to do and then when it is facing me it makes it easier for me to get it done. I also just enjoying doodling and jotting down my thoughts so I buy quite a lot of writing pads.

        My favourite ones are Pukka Pads though I absolutely hate the name of them. They are just really good and useful pads for all sorts of things from students for their course work to just housewives looking for a pad to write down their shopping lists.

        They come in different sizes and I currently have both an A5 and an A4 sized pad that I am using at the same time. The thing that makes these pads so great is that the paper is such good quality. It is thick so the ink doesn't smudge or leak through the pages. The pages are lined so that I can write neatly and the lines are well defined so I can use them without realising half a page down that my writing has gone wonky.

        As well as being really good quality paper I like that the pads come with coloured dividers in them which can actually be moved around so that I can have distinctly compartmentalised areas of the notepad. For instance I can have a section devoted just to my doodling and thoughts while in another section I can have recipes or lists. The dividers would be so handy for course work etc.

        You also get quite a lot of paper in the pads. The A4 pad sitting next to me has 250 sheets of paper in it. If you make a mistake with a sheet of paper you don't need to get the tipex out as the paper is easy to tear away from the pad.

        The only slight problem that I could envision with these pads is that they can be quite bulky and a little bit heavy if you are having to carry them around in a school bag. This is the only slight problem with them though as everything else about the pads is great and they are really nice quality.

        They are a little bit more expensive than some other pads but this is because they are such good quality and they will cost about £5 for an A4 one but you can also buy refills for them which are a lot cheaper.

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          03.09.2013 19:08
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          Love Pukka, so forgive the price!

          Right, so I'm a stationery geek - I like nothing better than finding a good pen (which are hard to find!) and writing on the first page of a pristine new pad. And its even better if its a Pukka pad. I am just coming to the end of my university course, and have used Pukka all the way through for my neat notes , and have also found their project books really useful with their removable filing tabs. Other types of pads are available, such as jotters and A5 notebooks, however I've only used the A4 spiral bound pads.

          I like to use the spiral bound pads, as it means you don't have to bend the pages and waste writing space when using the other side! The perforations down the side are good quality, meaning that it doesn't often tear when you go to detach it.

          The quality of the paper is brilliant. The pages are 80gsm which is nice and thick which means that you can write on both sides of the paper without it showing through on the reverse, as quite often happens with cheaper pads. What I find is unique to Pukka and one other brand (Oxford) is the shinyness of the paper too, which means that they are really smooth to write on. Although this seems irrelevant, I actually find that it makes it less hard work to write as with cheaper, rougher paper you need to press harder with the pen. The pages also have two holes punched for filing, a margin and wide ruled lines which are quite faint, as I find that darker lines can be distracting from your writing if they're too dark.

          Pukka pads are more expensive than your standard refill pads, but in my opinion they are worth it. Maybe not for just scribbling stuff, but certainly for stuff you're going to be reading again like notes, or planning for assignments/ work they are great and well worth the extra money.

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            21.07.2013 20:11
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            Grea luxury paper for everyday!

            A couple of years ago during my second year of uni I knew I had loads of work to do and a lot of library hours to put in, as a result I was going to need a lot of paper that's when my boyfriend bought me a couple of these pads. Here are my thoughts.

            The concept
            This is meant to be premium writing paper and as a result their products are a little bit more expensive than other brands. Probably one of he most well known products they do is the project book that comes in both a4 and a5 but their standard paper pads is where they really shine. There is a number of ranges including,writing, jotta and recycled and they also make folders.

            The paper
            The best things about these is that I'm does goes through so both sides can be used. Although I wouldn't describe myself as an environmentalist I would say I don't waste and that has always annoyed me with other paper.

            The paper is also a nice shade of white and the lines are perfectly spaced for my large writing the covers are also god quality and all of the paper has its own distinct cover for instance these ringbound jotta pads set green and silver but the project books are always blue or pink stripes.

            I have a problem with pads that are ringbound and the paper all seems to fall apart and I can't fix it, but this didn't happen here this is just perfect quality.

            These pads have perforated edges, but still have punch holes for putting into files, the pages are easy to take out with no mess left behind making it even more convenient.

            Price
            These can be bought online at a number of stores and also at Tesco and all good stationers, a pack of three 200 pages jottas are now available on Amazon for £6.19, this is a great deal for anyone who is studying.

            Conclusion
            This is great paper well worth the hype and the extra few pennies I would reccommend this in a heartbeat.

            5 dooyoo stars

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            16.02.2013 20:52
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            5 stars

            I am always writing things down whether it be notes, lists, a small diary to remind me of things or letters and I am quite fussy when it comes to what I write in. My husband thinks I'm daft but some notebooks are more pleasing to use than others and these Pukka pads are fantastic.

            One thing I really like about a note book is if it's spiral bound. Spiral bound notebooks are easier to write in as they lie flat and are easy to keep open. I really dislike having to hold a page open whilst I'm trying to write or if I'm reading and the page keeps trying to shut, this is especially annoying when trying to follow instructions. This will fold however you leave it so you can read/write easily.

            As well as being spiral bound it has little perforations so that you can easily remove paper and it will look nice. You can always rip out a page of a spiral note book but it will leave behind little bits and the paper will look scruffy so these perforations help to make your ripped out pages look neat. You do have to rip them out very carefully and slowly to make sure they don't rip.

            The paper is very good quality, it's nice and thick without it being too thick and it is mat so it's easy to write on. When using ink it doesn't bleed into the paper and it's nice and smooth so easy to write on.

            They are slightly more expensive than some brands but I think that that price is worth paying as this notebook is so much more practical and that is important. I paid £5 for two notebooks and that is a price i am quite happy with.

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              14.02.2013 22:29
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              Would recommend.

              As a student I need to use notebooks every day for writing lecture notes and revision. Usually I buy a narrow ruled refill pad from Ryman's, but a Pukka Pad was bought for me as part of a few bits and pieces of stationery so I thought I'd review one!

              The pad which I was bought is very similar to the one in the picture, except that it has a nice bright pink colour. These pads are a little more expensive when compared to other notebooks as they're around the £3/4 mark, but they're certainly not as expensive as a Moleskine notebook! For this price you do get really nice quality paper which is very smooth - I find this a very important factor when deciding a notebook as I don't like the paper to feel scratchy. As the paper is thicker you can write on both sides of the page without it showing through. I've also written on both sides of the pages with one of those fineliner Sharpie pens and the other side of the page was still legible. The paper itself has normal ruling, which personally I don't like, but it's not too much of a problem for me. The paper is also holepunched for you in 4 places which makes it easy to file in any ringbinder! As well as already being holepunched, the paper is perforated along the edge so that you can tear the sheets out of the book without them ripping. This is such a good idea as it keeps your notes looking nice and so many times I've accidentally ripped a chunk out of a sheet whilst trying to remove it! My favourite aspect of this notebook is that the front cover of the pad is nice and thick, and protects your precious notes inside from getting dirtied and creased in your bag.

              My only problem with this product is that the paper is helt together by the metal rings in the middle. As a left handed person I find it very awkward to write on the right hand side of the notebook without my hand getting in the way of the binder. I could just turn the book upside down, but then the margin will be in the wrong place and who wants that?! However, I can make my peace with this as the majority of the population is right-handed and this kind of discrimination is what us Lefties have come to terms with! :)

              This is a really good value for money notebook if you're looking for a notebook you can use everyday!

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              08.02.2013 21:52
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              A good quality notepad

              Every August, in the run up to going back to school (and work in my case!) I look around for a reasonably priced good quality sprial bound notebook that I can write my daily teaching notes in. Yes, there are teacher specific notepads/diaries, which I could order through school, but I think these are over priced and I prefer a plainer pad that I can lay out in the way I need to, rather than having it already laid out a certain way. Last year, although I was off on maternity leave, I bought a pad in preparation for my return to work and it was one of these A4 pukka pad, which I picked up in Tesco. I cannot recall the price I paid at the time, but I notice Amazon currently selling a three pack for just under £8 and I'm pretty sure that would work out much cheaper than I bought my pad.

              Pukka Pads were not a brand that I was familiar with when I purchased my pad, although they do appear to have quite a range of stationary which are designed to appeal to students and young professionals, and I can see the appeal. The quality of the paper is terrific, you have no need of worrying about ink going through a page, unlike some cheap pads you can pick up. So, this is ideal when I'm writing my notes especially if I'm working ahead of myself, I don't have to worry about ink going through the next couple of pages when I write.

              What I also like about these pads is the fact they are spiral bound, meaning I can keep mine folded back and sitting on the edge of my desk so I can keep an eye on it during the day, whereas if it was a hardback book, it takes up too much room on my desk to be convenient.

              The other appealing thing about these pads, which will probably appeal to students, is that each page has a perforated edge, so it can be torn out when required. This is a useful feature and I liked the fact that despite this edging the pages didn;t tend to tear easily, so if like me, you weren't wanting to pull out sheets, they still did stay intact in the book.

              I was very glad that I purchased this book and because I only came back near the end of the school year, I am still using the remainder of this pad this year, although I cam nearly running out of room and when you have 200 pages, it should last you a while.

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              07.01.2013 01:44
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              My first choice for paper

              Studying at university means I am always in need of a decent writing pad to keep all of my ideas and lecture notes together. Over the years through school, college and now university I have tried pretty much every notepad out there. I have to admit I am very fussy and hate really cheap paper that you can't use ink pens on because it tears the paper or shows through. So time and time again, I have gone back to pukka pads in between trying out other brands of paper.

              I bought the A4 version of this pukka pad about a month ago from Rymans. They RRP in Rymans for £4.29 but with my student discount I picked it up for just under £4. The A4 pad is wirebound with 5mm squared paper inside. The pad contains 200 pages, that are of 80gsm quality. The paper is also perforated making it really easy to tear off if necessary.

              The paper has holes punched down the left hand side, perfect for slotting into a lever arch file once torn out of the pad. The front cover of the pad is made out of thick cardboard, whilst the back is made out of black plastic. This keeps the paper safe and prevents it getting damaged whilst being transported in your bag. With cheaper pads that have paper front covers, I find the corners get turned over and damaged whilst in my bag which then ruins the paper underneath. With Pukka Pads this doesn't happen.

              Due to the 80gsm quality of the Pukka paper, when you use ink pens such as felt tips on the paper, it doesn't show through to the other side, meaning you can save paper and write/draw on both sides.

              Overall, Pukka pads are the best notepads out there in my opinion, although they are more expensive than cheaper brands of paper, the paper within Pukka pads does not get ruined, saving you time in the long run as you do not have to re-write lecture notes etc.

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                27.12.2012 21:14
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                Worth paying extra for

                I have recently been doing a course in childcare and needed to get a pad which I could make notes in but which would also be suitable for providing paper which could be slotted into a lever arch file, I chose the A4 version of the Pukka Pad.

                I bought my pad from Asda when I was doing my weekly shop but they are widely available all over, the pads come in a range of sizes A4, A5 and half of A5 size and the prices range too from about £2.50 to £4 depending on the size.

                There are 3 different front covers that I have seen, the original is a turquoise colour with 200 on the front to show how many sheets are inside and a little bit of red along with the name of the pad, there is also a pink and purple striped fronted book and then a green and blue striped fronted book both of which are more attractive than the original book although of course the inside of the pad is no different.

                The spine of the pad is a black plastic spiral meaning that every sheet is held securely in the pad, there are 4 holes in every piece of paper although my file only used the centre 2 holes. When you do wish to remove the pages there is a very fine perforation running down every page which makes it very easy to remove the paper and gives a nice neat edge to your work.

                The paper is great quality and doesn't rip easily, the paper is lined and has plenty of space between the lines, I have found some pads are no good as the lining is too narrow and I have quite big rounded writing but these pads are fine for me. The paper is thick enough that no ink transfers through the page so you are able to write on both sides of the paper without making it unreadable.

                I completed all my childcare coursework in one of these pads and I would recommend them, they cost more than a lot of writing pads but the quality is worth paying for.

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                31.10.2012 22:01
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                Good paper

                Pukka Pads are one of the best known types of file paper. I get through a lot of lined A4 paper because I always use it for my college work, and I buy Pukka pads quite often.

                The one I have at the moment is quite typical. It is an A4 block containing 160 pages of paper. It has a fairly durable cover, mine is blue with stripes and looks okay, and it is ring bound.i find it good that they are ring bound as you can keep all your notes together easily if you wish, and pages don't fall out like they can do with those A4 pads where the pages are just held on with a kind of gum glue type stuff. If you do want to detach the pages (which I do after a while to put them in my folders for each subject) then it is easy to do so without ripping anything or messing up the sheets,as they are perforated at the side. They have 4 holes punched in the side so should fit pretty much any file or folder. I only need the two middle holes usually, but occasionally I do use files with 4 arches so it is good to have the option.

                The paper quality is good as it feels fairly thick and does not have that horrible grainy look which some cheap paper can have. It is quite a good white and not brownish like some cheap pads can be! I appreciate the fact it is quite thick and good quality as I hate it when the pen shows through to the other side of the page, especially when highlighting as well as just writing with a pen. If bits show through I don't want to write on both sides so the cheap and nasty ones are a false economy anyway in my opinion. You can easily write on both sides of the page of a Pukka pad without any ink or highlighter bleeding through to the back of the page.

                The lines on my pad are not too narrow and have good spacing. They are possibly also available in narrow rule for those people with small handwriting but I am not sure as I haven't really looked for it, as normal spacing suits me better.

                I don't have any complaints about this paper and I will carry on buying it and would have no problem recommending it.

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                  28.10.2012 12:19
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                  My favourite notebooks

                  In my University days at the start of each term I loved nothing more than kitting myself out with a new selection of stationary. Sad, I know! On my shopping list each time was a couple of these pukka pads.

                  Pukka pads are a brand of notebook that are available in various sizes - A4, A5 and smaller. They are available in most stores that stock stationary, including supermarkets and also from online retailers. Each size of notebook has the same design and paper inside.

                  These notebooks contain 80gsm paper. The paper is of excellent quality and due to the thickness when you write on one side and then turn the page, the ink is not highly visible through the page. I find that these feel lovely to write on, the paper is smooth and even, the ink glides on and makes my writing seem that little bit neater! The pages are lined and I think the lines are just the right width apart to allow for average size writing.

                  I generally use biro/rollerball pens which work perfectly on pukka pads with no smudging, however once I did use a proper ink fountain pen and found that the ink smudged as the paper has a bit of a shine to it. Therefore I wouldn't recommend using proper ink on these pads.

                  These notebooks are spiral bound. Each page is also perforated so you can rip out the pages and have a lovely straight side. The perforation makes the pages really easy to remove with no ripping like you get with some other cheaper notebooks. The paper is also hole punched meaning it can be easily filed without the bother of holepunching it yourself.

                  Due to the fact that these notebooks are spiral bound you can leave the pages in and easily flick through them, I have used the smaller A5 books as a revision tool when studying for exams in the past. They could be used as a diary or a notebook to keep information in.

                  The pukka pads have a sturdy cardboard front and back. They are available in a few designs, green with coloured spots, or pink/blue stripes. The cardboard front and back protects the pages inside from becoming tatty or dog eared. I have transported a pukka pad in my handbag many times and have found that they stay in tact well.

                  An a4 pukka pad costs somewhere in the region of £3 and contains 200 pages. This is definitely more expensive than other notebooks and for this reason I keep them for "good" work and will keep a cheaper block of paper for scrap or rough work. In this case I definitely feel you get what you pay for and the good quality of these makes them worth every penny.

                  Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review useful.

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                    27.10.2012 20:17
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                    Take out the perforated edges as an when you use them to stop a build up.

                    Every green pukka pad is perforated, no matter what size it is. The notepads are some of the very few that actually are, and that to me is a good and bad thing. Good because its easy to remove them, but bad because after ripping out 150 pages i'm left with stubs of paper ends still bound to the book, which have no become tangled, jammed, and difficult to get out.

                    I have found that the actual quality of the paper is very good, it's 80 GSM which means its not quite cardboard but equally not toilet tissue thin either. Regular laser printer paper is about this quality and it feels just like that. The paper isn't rough but equally it isn't the smoothest i've ever handled. I've had paper before now that was so shiny you could wipe your greasy fingers across and not feel much friction, that's the paper i generally buy and like to use but as notepads, these are very good and not too rough.

                    The covers of these notebooks are thick card and have a smooth, lamination like texture which feels great to handle, but this is true of most notebooks i own so handling it blindfolded, i wouldn't know it's pukka pad. The paper absorbs ink quite well without smudging, and when the ink dries it stays locked in without rubbing off too easily, and while its not water proof, when you drip drops of water on it, the ink does not run immediately, it sort of bubbles out slowly.

                    The lines printed onto these pads are very accurate and i have yet to find a page with badly printed lines or anything like that. There are no printer glitches, or bits where lines are missing due to the printer being low on ink. Some of the cheaper notebooks out there that are absolutely filled with glitches of lines all over the place.

                    The metal spine on these notebooks is not thick and i would compare it more to round paperclips, except that if you bend it out of shape slightly, it wont be permanent. It takes some pushing to get it to permanently bend into an unusable shape. The metal does last long and the black covering does not peel off easily nor does it fade.

                    Overall some high quality notepads here, i would recommend them but also have a look at some Cambridge Everyday notebooks if like me, you prefer shinier and smoother paper.

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                    19.10.2012 09:44
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                    I always have a good set of stationary in the house; I find it useful to have notebooks for my work, and for my husbands. I have used a range of different branded stationary throughout the years particularly in my college years when you weren't provided with stationary. I have found that Pukka pads by far stand out the most! The quality of the paper is superb and when I had to hand in assignments which had to be hand written I wasn't ashamed when I handed in these good quality sheets filled with writing. Some note books the paper is too thin this of course depends on your budget and how much you are willing to spend. I don't like the cheaper pads that are available today as many of them the ink seeps through to the other side so if you want to write on both sides you end up spending half an hour working out what you have wrote as it begins to merge with the writing from the other side of the paper, this is not a problem I have ever faced with Pukka pads, I have found they are able to cope with all types of pens and the ink does not go through.

                    The paper from the pads is 80GSM, this is just under the GSM which would be used for formal correspondence which would be 90GSM and higher. This to me indicates good quality. The paper is also micro-perfed which allows you to easily remove sheets from the pads should you wish to. The paper comes out easily and leaves a nice neat line, whereas some paper pads when you remove paper I find that the line hasn't been cut properly so the paper tears and leaves a scruffy look.

                    The Pukka pads come in a range of sizes (A4 etc.), with different quantities of paper and also different colours. They are easily identifiable on the shelves and are something we always have in our house; I will not use other pads now due to the quality these ones provide. The only downside is the price but I suppose you get what you pay for with a product like this. Pukka pads can be purchased in many supermarkets nationwide and stationary supplies stores. I have found that now and then Tesco's have good offers on Pukka stationary particularly when it is around the school term starting again, this would definitely be worth looking out for. For an A4 pad you are looking at between £2.50 and £3.50 depending on the amount of paper in the pad and the design in which the pad is.

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                      18.10.2012 12:19
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                      My preferred brand of notebook

                      I've always been a hoarder of notebooks, and I love having lovely pads with fabric covers and top quality paper inside. The problem with these is that they're too nice to write in! When it comes to practical use, I favour the Pukka pads as I remember them from my university days as being good quality and practical for daily use. I recently began a dressmaking evening course, and discovered I still had one of these Pukka pads lurking round in my drawers, so I have been using it to make notes as I'm discovering new techniques, and also for doodling my drawings when I have an idea for a project to work on.

                      I've had this pad a while as I think it was leftover from me buying a set of these a while ago, but I have seen them in the supermarkets when I've been doing the food shopping and they now come in all sorts of funky colours such as pink stripes, unfortunately mine is the boring green variety which costs around £3 for a 200 page A4 pad.

                      The pad I am reviewing is A4 in size, but they also come in smaller A5 versions too. It has a green cover and is spiral bound as in the picture. The quality of the pad is one of the reasons I love this brand, the spirals stay in place and don't end up getting stuck into your clothing or snagging on the inside of your bag as you're transporting it. The paper is thick and lined, and is good enough quality to write on both sides without it showing through. The paper has a bit of a shine to it, and is smooth to write on, so your hand just glides across the page.

                      The individual sheets in this pad are perforated, meaning that if you want to remove the sheets you don't have to rip by the spiral binding. This helps to keep the spiral bit intact, but also avoids that horrible unsightly fraying you can get once you've ripped a piece of paper out of a pad. The perforation tears well, without ripping the page, and also provides a little extra margin so that you're not resting your hand on the spiral bit whilst writing.

                      My recent use of this pad has posed no problems, and I like keeping all my notes together in one place so I can refer to them when needed. Although I'm not making any notes on the course itself (it's a bit more practical and "hands on"), I like to make notes when reading some of the books I have bought, and I find this pad incredibly handy for that. It does have four holes pre-punched so you have the option to rip pages out and store them in a ring binder, but personally I prefer to use the notebook and keep all my notes stored in the pad without having to bother with ring binders. The perforated strips are strong enough for the pages to not start becoming detached unless you want them to.

                      The only negative I would say about this pad is that it works best when using rollerball pens, as proper ink can smudge very easily due to the shine on the paper. I usually use rollerballs anyway, unless I'm trying to annotate in different colours and sometimes I've tried using an ink pen which hasn't been quite so successful and has made a mess of my nice neat notes. This is the only negative though, and doesn't annoy me enough to drop a star.

                      Overall, though, I would always pay a bit extra for the Pukka range rather than opting for "value" or non-branded paper. It just makes daily tasks that little more pleasant.

                      (Review may also be posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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