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Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP To Do List Sticky Notes Review

Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP To Do List Sticky Notes Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

If there's one thing I always wish there were more of, it's high-quality sticky notes. The brand that made sticky notes famous doesn't use the highest quality paper, which is a bummer. There are a few other companies that strive to make sticky notes that work with more than just standard ballpoints and gel pens, but they are few and far between.

I recently discovered the Kyokuto F.O.B. COOP To Do List Sticky Notes (what a name, right? I'll refer to them as Kyokuto sticky notes from now on.), which has renewed my interest in this category. The Kyokuto sticky notes come in three variations: To Do List, Daily, and Weekly. Each sticky pad has 30 one-sided sheets and measures in at 2 x 5.5 inches. This is a perfect size for attaching these small notes to the margin of another notebook, planner, or calendar.

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The to do list variant has 15 lines with check boxes included. The Daily version has hourly markers starting at 9 and ending at 22. Finally, the weekly version includes all seven days of the week along with three small check boxes for each day next to the date section.

Each sticky note pad has a translucent protective cover that looks really cool. Yeah, it has some branding and example scribbles on the cover, but I like the frosty translucent look.

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In use, I've found it easier to remove a sticky note and apply it to another surface before I start jotting down notes, but it works fine while still in the pad. Your mileage may vary.

On the surface, these sticky pads seem to do a great job of filling their utilitarian purpose. In practice, I think it will come down to personal preference and how small you can write. In every variation, I don't have a comfortable amount of room to write out my tasks, agenda, or events. I don't enjoy writing small, but I also don't think I write that large in the first place. 2x5.5" is a convenient size, but I'd love to see a 2.5x7" or something similar so I have a little extra room to breathe.

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The quality of these little pads is top notch. The printing is sharp, the shading on different rows in the daily planner is great, and the idea is fantastic. The paper quality is great, but not resilient against certain fountain pen/ink combinations. In my practice, fine nibs with inks that have anti-bleed tendencies are best with these sticky pads. That said, these pads are only meant to be written on the top side, which makes bleed-through irrelevant as long as the bleed doesn't soak into the next page. I haven't had that happen, but I'm sure some inks are up to the challenge.

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Gel pens, rollerballs, and ballpoints work great with this paper. It's a smooth, glossy texture that's pleasant to use. The top inch of the paper has an adhesive backing, so sticking these notes onto other surfaces is easy and secure. I haven't had any issues with corners pulling up or notes falling out of notebooks, so that's a good sign that Kyokuto have used a good adhesive in these pads. That said, the notes are still easy to remove or move around without any degraded adhesive performance.

I think my favorite of the three is the generic to do list variant. It's the most versatile of the bunch, but I like all three. They're a perfect companion to your favorite notebook, planner, or paper calendar.

Kyokuto Sticky Notes Review

The Kyokuto F.O.B COOP to do list sticky notes are $5.50 a piece, which means you'll spent over $15 for all three. At 30 sheets, this seems like a premium price, but they are well made. If these were closer to the three-dollar mark, it would be an easier sell, but the price still feels fair if you plan on using these every now and then instead of one or two per day.

You'll probably know from looking at the pictures here or on JetPens whether or not these will be something that you splurge on. If you pick some up, you certainly won't be disappointed by the quality! These cute planner assistants are a lot of fun and do the job well.


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Posted on August 8, 2018 and filed under Kyokuto, Sticky Notes, Notebook Reviews.

MD Sticky Memo Pad: Sticky Notes that Write Great and Help You Stay Organized

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(Original Mai-Bun article, posted on 2016/05/16. Written by Saori. Translated by Bruce Eimon.)

When you think of sticky notes, you probably think of those that come in bright yellow and pink colors, or those with cute decorations on them. That’s what comes to my mind too. One day at a stationery store, though, I came across a stack of plain looking cream colored sticky notes, sitting there alongside the colorful ones I was accustomed to seeing.

The MD Sticky Memo Pad is part of the MD PAPER PRODUCTS family by Midori, known for its high quality MD Notebooks, and also a sister company to the makers of the much loved TRAVELER’S notebooks. Just like the MD Notebook, the MD Sticky Memo Pad employs a simple design without any decorations.

They are offered in the same page formats as the MD Notebooks, with blank, 7mm lines, and a 5mm grid. For a person like myself who likes using my 5mm grid notebook, I can’t be happier for my favorite format to be available as a sticky-note.

  From top to bottom: mechanical pencil, ball point pen, rollerball pen, magic marker.

From top to bottom: mechanical pencil, ball point pen, rollerball pen, magic marker.

Even as a sticky-note, it has the same smooth writing experience as the well known MD Notebooks. It handles all writing instruments exceedingly well, giving you a pleasurable writing no matter what you use.

Take it everywhere as your pocket notebook MD Sticky Memo Pads come with both a front and a rear cover, unlike regular sticky-notes which are fully exposed. This makes it easy to throw one into your purse or backpack, just like any other notebook.

There are two sizes: an A7 size (H102mm×W76mm) that peels up, and a larger A6 size (H150mm×W102mm) that peels sideways. Both are perfect sizes for taking quick notes “on the go” and are compact enough to fit in any bag or purse.

The one drawback of the pages being sticky is that you cannot flip them over to keep writing on the next page. To get around this, I suggest you peel off the notes after each use and stick them behind the front cover. Since the cover is slightly longer than the sticky notes themselves, they fit in just nicely without sticking out.

  Very easy to move your jottings to your notebook, planner, or diary.

Very easy to move your jottings to your notebook, planner, or diary.

When you write something in a pocket notebook, it is quite tedious to copy that information to your other notebooks. With the MD Sticky Memo Pad, however, it is super easy to move your notes to your other notebooks. No extra tools, no extra time.

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For a person like myself who uses my planner strictly to keep track of my schedule, I am thankful that I have the MD sticky-notes to take my notes on. And to be able to do this on high quality paper?! Why not pick the format of your choice and give this writing-pleasure a try?

Recommended for:

  • People who already know and like the superior writing quality of MD Notebooks
  • People who like the simple aesthetic
  • People who like to quickly transfer their notes to other notebooks

Information: MD Sticky Memo Pad

You can purchase the MD Sticky Memo Pad in several sizes and formats in the US from JetPens.

Posted on November 14, 2017 and filed under Midori, Sticky Notes.

Active Bunko Book Sticky Notes Review

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(Sarah Read is an author, editor, yarn artist, and pen/paper/ink addict. You can find more about her at her website and on Twitter.)

Sticky notes can be harbingers of doom--symbols of anxiety. They're left in strategic locations, like nagging ninjas, to remind you of things you'd probably rather not do. Things you would normally forget in an act of self-preservation. So it's important, for your sanity, to keep cute sticky notes around. Something that will take the sting out of that unwanted task. And they don't come much cuter than these ones.

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Active Bunko Book Sticky Notes are inspired by the Japanese Bunko Books--small, inexpensive paperbacks for light reading. The cover is firm, textured cardstock with colorful stamped designs. There's a fine elastic closure band to keep it all tidy. The book contains 60 sticky notes--this set has an adorable panda clutching some flowers on ivory paper with a light floral pattern. The book design makes it easy to carry in a bag or pocket, so they're always handy.

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The adhesive isn't super powerful. It will stick to a clean surface like a computer, book, white board, etc. But it isn't sticky enough for many removal-and-resticks, and some surfaces don't work well with it at all. The trade-off for that is that the paper itself doesn't become tacky with glue residue, so it's actually very nice to write on. It even works with fountain pens--from fine to double broad. I was expecting the smearing and beading I usually get writing on post-it notes, so this was an awesome surprise. Pencils, gel pens, rollerball, ballpoint, liquid inks--all worked great on this paper, with no bleed-through or feathering.

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In addition to pandas, there are cats, birds, and bows in this style of note. They're pricey at $5.25. You can get tons of plain, boring sticky notes for that price--and perhaps you should--but if you need a nice note, these are a good choice. Next time you need to leave yourself a reminder for something dreadful (make that dentist appointment!), or ask a loved one to do an unpleasant chore (please pull the weeds!), say it with a cute panda in your favorite ink. Or just use them to leave happy notes everywhere. Either way, these are a real pleasure to use, and very practical.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Posted on October 26, 2017 and filed under Active, Sticky Notes.