Bullet journal review: Clairefontaine Age Bag A5 notebook

[Ad review – I was sent a notebook for review purposes and all thoughts are my own]

We all know that, when it comes to journaling, paper matters. Stationery addicts expect to be able to get more from their notebooks these days (fountain pen and water colour friendly), so a thorough pen test is essential. Fortunately, some brands are so reputable that you know you’re getting quality before you even put pen to paper.

Clairefontaine has been making paper since 1858 and stationery products since 1890. They produced their first school notebook in 1950 and the rest is history. They recently jumped on the dot grid bandwagon, so I thought I’d give their Age Bag A5 notebook a whirl.

The notebook comes with a page ribbon, elastic closure and pockets at the front and back.

It also features eight built-in contents pages, page numbers and eight perforated pages at the back.

There are 184 90gsm pages with a 5mm dot grid.

Clairefontaine’s strapline boasts ‘the world’s best paper’ and it’s hard to argue. I put my favourite pens to the test and there was no bleed through and minimal ghosting – just what I’ve come to expect from the heavier inks and darker colours.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the quality. My must-haves when it comes to a new bujo are:

  • dot grid
  • minimum 90gsm paper
  • page ribbon
  • built-in page numbers
  • built-in index preferable
  • the more pages the better

so this definitely meets my minimum requirements. I’ve reviewed ten others here and will be adding this review to the list to help you find the right one for you.

You can get this notebook in a range of colours from Amazon. I’m not entirely sure why the price varies depending on the colour but I’ve linked them up below (affiliate links):

Blue, £9.02
Grey, £9.68
Green, £14.99
Brown, £14.99
Black, £14.99
Red, £16.19

What are your minimum requirements?

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