The Comp Book Gets An Upgrade


Ana at The Well-Appointed Desk has the details about a Kickstarter campaign for a fountain pen-friendly composition book called comp. Interested? Who doesn’t have a fondness for that reminder of the good old days at school. Filling one was such an accomplishment. The paper quality was good enough for my Sheaffer school pens, but my efforts to find something comparable in recent years have resulted in a paper pile that is good only for collecting dust. comp promises to change all that.

In addition to high quality paper, the form is superior to the junk on office supply shelves. Good paper – good form. Then there is the tote, but you’ll have to click through to see what that’s about.


  1. The Comp notebook is such a pretentious thing. The classic composition notebook is supposed to be cheap and used for real, spontaneous work.


    • Apparently we attended different schools.

      Comp books currently on the market have poor quality paper and are indeed cheap. For a user of fountain pens, they are a waste of money. Fifteen years ago, I used comp books as a daily journal with a Parker ’51’ and black ink, hardly “real, spontaneous work” though my kids might be amused to read them some day. Whatever they were “supposed to be”, those of us no longer in school use comp books for all sorts of things.

      High quality has its value and for it we pay a price. To quote an old commercial, “I’m worth it.”


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