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Topo Designs + Doane Paper Mountain Briefcase Winner

Doane Paper goods continue to be some of the most popular giveaway items on this blog. I recall the Idea Journal cracking 400 entrants, and this one for the amazing Topo Designs + Doane Paper Mountain Briefcase hit right at 500. Amazing!

The winner of the Mountain Briefcase is:


Congrats Simon! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine. Get in touch via the Contact Page so that I can arrange shipping.

Huge thanks to everyone who entered and an especially huge thanks to Chad Doane for offering up an amazing product.

Don't forget, you can still get 15% off the entire store at Doane Paper by using the code "PENADDICT". The code expires 11/5 so get cracking!

Posted on November 3, 2013 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.

Topo Designs + Doane Paper Mountain Briefcase Giveaway

Mountain Briefcase

You are reading that correctly. Chad Doane has graciously offered to give away one of his amazing new bag collaborations here on The Pen Addict.

I bought the Topo Designs + Doane Paper Mountain Briefcase on launch day and have been using it for work ever since. It offers the perfect combination of size and functionality to carry the things I need on a daily basis. On top of that, the three carry options - briefcase, backpack, messenger - prove to be very useful. I carry it briefcase-style the majority of the time, but keep the backpack straps available for when my hands are full and I need them. They tuck away safely and easily if not needed.

Check out the drool-worthy hi-res photo set on Flickr.

I have been extremely happy with my purchase am I am beyond thrilled that Chad has offered to give one away. He is even opening it up to INTERNATIONAL READERS!

The goodness doesn't stop there. While there is only one Topo Designs + Doane Paper Mountain Briefcase to giveaway, everyone can benefit by using the code "PENADDICT" for 15% off the ENTIRE STORE at Doane Paper!

This code is only valid through Tuesday, 11/5. Christmas is right around the corner. Handle your business.

Here is how to enter the giveaway:

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Saturday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers.

  2. For this contest, I will pick one winner at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winners will be posted on Sunday, November 3rd. The winner will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page to claim their prize.

Thanks and good luck!

Mountain Briefcase

Mountain Briefcase

Posted on October 29, 2013 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.

Field Notes and Doane Paper Fountain Pen Ink Testing

I finally got around to doing a little testing with my fountain pens in Field Notes and Doane Paper notebooks like I've been swearing to do for months. I can't say there were any real surprises, but here are a few takeaways:

Field Notes America The Beautiful Edition


The Spring 2013 COLORS subscription release from Field Notes is what got me interested in doing this test due to the thicker 70# Finch “Soft White” paper. As expected, it handled the sampling of inks I threw at it very well. There was little feathering, and virtually no bleed through the back of the page. This is a nice upgrade to the standard Field Notes paper.


Field Notes Red Blooded


Speaking of the standard Field Notes paper, the stock Red Blooded Edition uses Finch Paper Opaque Smooth 50# Bright White. I have good luck with my ultra fine nibs on this paper, but as the nib gets wider the feathering becomes more noticeable. There is also more bleed through to the back of the page, rendering it useless if you like to write on both sides. Others report using wide nibs with success but I'm not seeing the same results.


Doane Paper Utilty Journal


Being the genius that I am, I cleaned some of the fountain pens I had inked before testing them in the Doane Paper Utility Journal. I think the 80# Text Stock 100% recycled pages handled my pens wonderfully. Writing felt smooth and clean with no feathering and only slight bleed through to the back.



With the rare exception, notebook manufacturers don't put fountain pen friendly paper high on their spec list for pocket sized notebooks. Which is the best notebook for fountain pens? This test is far from exhaustive, but from these three popular models I prefer the Doane Utility Journal. I thought it had the cleanest overall writing performance. America The Beautiful is right there performance-wise if you prefer lines over grid + lines, with the Red Blooded (and other stock Field Notes) further down the list.

As manufacturers keep making them, I'll keep testing them. Stay tuned!

Posted on May 24, 2013 and filed under Doane Paper, Field Notes, Notebook Reviews.

Doane Paper Flap Jotter Winners - Round 2

Second time is a charm right? Well, at least for the two winners of this go-round of the Doane Paper Flap Jotter giveaway. Congratulations to the two winners below:



Here is what I need from both of you:

1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. Email me your shipping address using the address on the sidebar.

You have one week to claim your prize. Make it happen!

Posted on April 12, 2012 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.

Doane Paper New Flap Jotter Winners

It has been one of those weeks gang! Thank you to everyone for being patient while I got the chance to run the numbers and giveaway these awesome new Flap Jotters from Doane Paper. Shaun, BillyD, and ttmnky take home the loot:




Congrats to all three of you! Here is what I need you to do:

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Email me your shipping address using the address on the sidebar.

Thanks to Chad Doane for offering these great goods to readers of The Pen Addict. Regularly scheduled programming returns next week!

Posted on March 16, 2012 and filed under Doane Paper, Giveaways.