I write my first drafts by hand. My preferred writing instrument is the fountain pen. I'm always looking for good, quality notebooks with paper that will take the ink. I like the Leuchtturm1917 notebook quite a bit. Just wonderful for writing. For a cheaper alternative, Caliber makes a top-bound spiral notebook that has heavy paper. It takes the ink well, but there is some see-through. What do the rest of you who write by hand like to use?