Notebook

MILIKO A5 Wirebound Dot Grid Notebook

MILIKO

website: https://www.miliko-ny.com

SPECS

  • Paper type: Dotted Grid Paper
  • A5 8.27” x 5.67”
  • Paper quality: 100 GSM
  • 80 Sheets/160 Pages
  • Spiral Notebook
  • High Quality Ivory Paper
  • Made in China
  • Price: 12.99 USD for 2 pack
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I came across the Miliko dotted grid spiral notebook because I was looking for something I could draft and test designs for layouts and icons without feeling guilty about being messy. I usually do drafts before getting a final draft on a higher quality dotted grid notebook. Honestly, I have never heard of this brand of notebooks and they don’t have a lot of reviews (57 as of writing this).

I also check the authenticity of the reviews, since it had a high rating, and it turned out to be a “A” grade. Which was good, so I decided to give it a try since I wasn’t looking for high quality grade dotted grid paper for drafting anyways. So I was okay if the quality didn’t turn out great.

First Impression

Miliko dot grid vs Leuchtturm 1917
Miliko dot grid paper spiral spine

The first thing to note is that every page is a dotted grid paper, that means there are no blank paper pages or table of contents in the notebook. The pages are also not numbered. The second thing I noticed right away was the way that the paper was cut. I didn’t like that the top and bottom spacing were uneven, which makes my writing and drawings look like they are never centered on the page. Compared to a dotted grid notebook like Leuchtturm 1917, you can see the difference. The Leuchtturm notebook on the right has even spacing on all sides before the dot grid begins. The Miliko notebook on the left has the dot grid paper with inconsistent spacing on all sides. Also, since it is a spiral notebook, having the dot grid extending all the way to the spiral spine doesn’t really help because I can’t even use the area (pictured above).

Testing the Paper Quality

Milk Paper Test

(from top to bottom): Mildliner highlighter, Pilot Juice Gel Pen 0.38mm, Zebra Sarasa Gel Pen 0.5mm, Uni Jetstream Standard Ballpoint Pen 0.38mm, Pilot Hi-Tec-C maica Gel Pen 0.4mm, COPIC Multiliner Pigment Ink Pen 0.3mm, Sharpie Permanent Marker Fine Point.

Miliko Testing Paper Quality Back

The paper holds up well for most gel pens, ink pens and markers, except for the Sharpie which bled through to the next page. I did notice that 2+ coats of mildliner highlighters does start to show through to the back of the page a little. Although it doesn’t completely bleed through, it is slightly noticeable on the back of the page. So I would recommend not coloring in this notebook with markers in general and use colored pencils instead for coloring.

Another thing to note is that on one side of the cover there is a embossed clear logo (which I totally missed). And ended up using the notebook upside down, good thing it didn’t really make a difference for me.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Miliko in use

The Miliko notebook is great if you are looking for a dotted grid notebook to sketch drafts. The value is good for the quality and quantity of pages you get compared to other dotted grid notebooks out there. But the quality is not there if you want to use this professionally. I would not recommend using this for bullet journaling, I think the table of contents is really useful with page numbers and this notebook has neither. Of course, you could manually number each page and use a few of the dotted grid pages as a makeshift table of contents.

Personally, the notebook worked great for my purposes, even though I don’t like the uneven and off-centered pages. I think I would have liked it better if the dotted grid paper were cut more thoughtfully so that the sides had the same amount of spacing from edge to the first dot (much like the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted grid notebook).

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