The other morning before I headed out to work there was a blast of a horn at my front gate. As it turns out, it was a delivery of one of the best packages I have received. Boxes marked with 3M opened to reveal their bounty of Post-it notes and Scotch tape, so a big, big thank you to the 3M Stationery Australia team for offering me some of their products to review.
The first thing I decided to review was the old faithful 3″x3″ yellow Post-it note.
If you haven’t heard of Post-it Notes, you have really been missing out on one of the best inventions of the last 30 years. The basic premise is a piece of paper, with a re-stickable line of adhesive on the back. This allows them to be written on, peeled off, stuck somewhere, and moved multiple times.
3M were generous enough to send me a pack of 14+4 pads. 14 of the standard, canary yellow and 4 other neon colours. This stack above should be enough to sustain me for quite some time.
Each pad is 3 inches by 3 inches and has 100 sheets. The paper is relatively thick. It feels about 80gsm, and as you can see in the writing tests below, doesn’t have much show-through.
One thing I did notice was the Sharpies and Pilot Varsity bled a little bit, however the Artline 200 and Sharpie Pen did quite well. So, for our fountain pen loving friends, maybe stick to a more standard pen with your post-it’s?
I wrote out the pen tests, and then decided I would try and test the “re-stick” capabilities. The note stuck to everything I tried it on (including Glass, my fridge, my pantry as pictured and some cloth) however after about 7 repositions (placing the note, pushing down on the sticky section, giving it a minute, and then peeling off again) it was starting to lose it’s tack.
We all know how useful Post-it Notes can be, I would be surprised if anyone who read this had never used one. But if you haven’t, I would suggest getting the Post-it brand ones, as my experience with cheap knock-offs is just that, cheap and unpleasant.
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