99 Circa Dot Grid Refills
Fountain Pen Friendly Paper
Good paper. Fountain pen ink friendly. Absolutely no bleed through or ghosting to the reverse side of the page under normal writing conditions.
March 21, 2014
Great new paper!
I have used the grid paper for many years and recently tried this new dot grid. It's better for me because the grid is less visible, but just enough to keep me going straight. And the paper itself is much better, easier to write on, smoother, and firmer. And did I mention the perforation to eliminate the punched left edge? Fantastic. Thank you for continuing to come up with better Circa products. I couldn't do what I do without Circa!
March 1, 2014
I like this. The dot pattern is wonderful for my thought flow. The paper is good quality, my fountain pen works smooth with no bleed through.
Perforations were a good idea... EXCEPT the perfs are too hard to tear. Really. This is a Circa paper. Pops off the discs before the perforation tears. Really annoying.
Either get rid of the perforations altogether, or make them easier to tear.
January 4, 2014
Top Grade Paper
The paper allows for smooth writing with no bleed-through.
November 10, 2013
Love, love, love
I have always preferred gridded paper - must be the engineering mind - but now I have a new favorite. The gridded dots are less intrusive but still have the same sense of order.
November 3, 2013
Love this grid paper
The quality is excellent, as usual. And I love the dot grid, even better than the original circa style. Gives me more real estate for writing and the size of the grid is very nice for my handwriting, which is small. Great paper for the fountain pen too.
October 27, 2013
Best paper ever
I like the dot grid, but the best thing about this paper is the quality of the paper itself. It's heavier and smoother than the regular Circa paper. I use rollerball pens, and don't experience any bleedthrough at ALL with this paper. Even though it's a little pricey, it's worth it.
July 23, 2013
my favorite paper!
I could not love this paper more. The paper itself is of excellent quality, and the dot grid perfectly suits my haphazard manner of note-taking. It allows me to organize my notes without the limitations of ruled paper or the distraction of grid lines.
July 7, 2013
Dot-grid When You Don't Want Distracting Lines
Dot-grid ruling appeals to me because it provides eye guidance for writing in a straight line without the distraction, and sometimes detraction, of printed lines, and it also accommodates my quasi-scale drawings that I frequently want to include in my text. I have used dot-grid journals precisely for this reason.
I was delighted to see that Levenger added dot-grid ruled paper to its collection of paper styles, and ordered a refill supply in the Junior size. I had expected that the dot-grid itself would be identical to the dot-grid used in Behance products such as the "Action Journal." The Circa dot-grid refill is, in fact, the same Behance dot-grid, except printed on Levenger paper.
My only reservation is the intensity in the color of the dots themselves. Although the color intensity is only slightly less than in the original Behance notebooks, that small difference is enough to make the Circa dot-grid paper not quite as desirable to me. Still, I will continue to use the Circa dot-grid, because the advantages of using it outweigh my preference for more intensity of color.
June 23, 2013
Comparison: Behance Dot Grid vs. Rhodia dotPad
FYI, this review ended up being more of a comparison to Rhodia's dotPad paper. And while this paper compares very favorably, there are two points which I find a little disappointing.
The quality of the paper is very much what I've come to expect from Levenger: quite good with a variety of different inks laid down by a variety of different fountain pens, no feathering, no bleed-through. The weight of the paper (its thickness) is also excellent, better than my Rhodia 90 gsm (grams per square meter) dotPad paper. Point for Levenger.
In terms of the "ruling", I'm a very enthusiastic fan of dot-grid "ruling" of paper. In this I understand that I'm in agreement with a very large number of fountain pen fanatics. In comparison to the dotPad, the dots are the same distance apart, but quite a bit larger in diameter. I also rather prefer the dark grey colour of the Rhodia dots over the tan/khaki used on this paper. In this, I'm afraid I'd say Rhodia had the advantage.
Perforation... in this criterion, I'm afraid Rhodia blows the doors off the Levenger/Behance paper. The perforation of the Rhodia pads is micro-perf and tears much more cleanly than the large, "standard" perforation used in the Levenger paper. Again, point for Rhodia.
I'm unsure whether to give this paper another point for being "punched" for Circa or not. While I could go through the effort of punching a good quantity of Rhodia paper to fill my ancient Master Zip Folio, I find it much more convenient to just use this paper instead.
Right now, my greatest disappointment is the lack of micro-perforation. The size and colour of the dots is a little disappointing, but not nearly as great a concern. Honestly, I'd actually rather have UNperforated sheets rather than the perforations currently on the paper I received.
All that said, I'm not at all unhappy with my purchase. I use the paper on a daily basis for both work and personal reasons.
February 21, 2013