buke bullet journal specifications
- A5 size
- 5 x 5mm dot grids
- 160 pages
- 180gsm bamboo paper
They also have 160gsm notebooks, but I went with the 180gsm as I might want to try using paint in my bullet journal set-ups this year. Due to the thickness of the paper, the journal feels slightly heavy and bulky, but that is usually the case for most bullet journal notebooks.
As for the dots, I like how they are faint yet visible!
It comes with two ribbon bookmarks in gold and beige, as well as a paper pocket at the end of the notebook.
BUKE bullet journal pen test
The pen test I did was not super extensive as I only tested the four pens I use most frequently for bullet journaling. These are the pens I tested:
- Sakura pigma micron pen 05
- Zebra sarasa clip blue pen 0.5
- Muji gel pen 0.38
- Muji ballpoint pen
All the pens show up nicely on the paper without bleeding or feathering. The Muji gel pen take a while to dry on some other notebooks I have used but it seemed to dry sooner on this BUKE notebook, yay!
ink pad test
I love using stamps in my bullet journal spreads. Hence, I decided to test out a few ink pads. None of them bled through the pages. The blue ink usually takes a while to dry on my older notebook but it dried pretty quickly on the BUKE bullet journal. Fantastic!
brush pen test
I took out one brush pen from each brand in my pen collection to test on the 180gsm BUKE notebook paper. I am happy to report that all of them glided on smoothly without feathering or bleeding!
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen
- Ecoline Brush Pen
- Sharpie Stained Fabric Marker
- Crayola Supertips
- Zig Fudebiyori Metallic Brush Pen
- Zebra Mildliner Brush Pen
- Artline Stix Brush Marker
- Sakura Pigma Brush
- Koi Brush Pen
- Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
- Pentel Brush Sign Pen
watercolour paint test
The 180gsm BUKE bullet journal paper held up against the watercolour quite nicely, as none of the colours showed up on the other side. The paper did warp slightly, and I imagine that paint that is not so watery should perform better.
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