Jibun Techo Regular vs. Biz Paper Comparison // Eunice Roe

Jibun Techo Regular vs. Biz Paper Comparison // Eunice Roe

As the planner season thickens, we are receiving a lot of questions reg. the differences between Jibun Techo Regular vs. Jibun Techo Biz paper quality. We asked Eunice to break down what makes each of them unique in their writing qualities as well as rubber stamp application. I hope you enjoy reading her thorough analysis!


As we edge closer to the end of this year, many of us in the analogue community are already dreaming of our system(s) for the approaching 2019 year! One planner known as the Jibun Techo, in particular, is making its way into the hearts of many planner enthusiasts. Believe it or not, one of the top criteria users think about when selecting a planner is the paper quality and the way it behaves with their beloved analogue tools. We often see our BK customers running their hands along the pages envisioning what it might feel like as their pen glides along the smooth surface of the different paper textures. Others who find joy in adding visual inspiration such as stamps wonder if rubber stamp ink will hold as well as they imagined.
There are two variations of the Jibun Techo systems available in A5 Slim and B6 Slim:

1.  The Jibun Techo REGULAR consists of a fun color palette composed of lightweight Tomoe river paper enclosed in a frosted clear cover with a white background. Tomoe river paper is lightweight, highly resistant to feathering and bleed through, and the overall weight and slim construction appeal to many. 

2. The Jibun Techo BIZ features a professional monochromatic Kokuyo Mio paper which is also feather and bleed through resistant but in addition; is archival safe and PH neutral. This is an added bonus for those who want to ensure their documentation will be long lasting. The Biz comes enclosed with a sleek black cover perfect for any professional environment. 

Shown (L-R) Jibun Techo b6 slim Regular, Jibun Techo BIZ a5 slim
Jibun Techo Regular / Tomoe River Paper
Jibun Techo BIZ / Kokuyo Mio Paper
For something a bit more personal and fun, you can swap out the plastic covers for the following: 

1. Baum-Kuchen x TSL Jibun Cover :  available in both A5 Slim or B6 Slim with canvas or all leather options. 

2. Roterfaden cover : available in A5 slim (light brown or dark brown). 

Users can expect a pleasurable writing experience from both planners but we will discuss and compare visually how one could expect the most commonly used pens, inks, and stamps to behave between the two paper options that are available.

1. Fountain Pen Ink
Many gravitate towards fountain pens for the way the nib seems to glide onto paper in such an effortless manner expelling beautiful wet ink. Both the Regular Jibun and the Jibun Biz had no issues taking the Lamy Fountain Pen ink paired with the Lamy safari. There was no feathering, bleed through, or ghosting with zero to minimal (seconds) drying time. With wetter ink brands such as J. Herbin, you can anticipate a slightly longer drying time with the same benefits. Fountain pen lovers rejoice! Both paper versions work amazingly well paired with your favorite fountain pen! 

2. Gel Pen
Gel Pens or hybrid variations of gel pens are the most commonly used for those who love a reliable and smooth writing tool for everyday use. We gathered some common favorites (Zebra Sarasa, Hi-tec-c, Uni-Ball Signo) and to no surprise, it was a match made in planner heaven. All of the inks wrote beautifully on the papers with quick drying time. Both versions displayed exceptional pen behavior with no feathering, bleed through, and very little to no ghosting. 

3. Pencil 
For those who love to "pencil it in" due to their ever changing schedules can expect both versions to take pencil magically. There aren't many papers that don't work well with pencil, however, some papers can leave pencil residue or unsightly marks when erasing. Both versions when paired with a standard pencil in HB lead erased with no residue or leftover pencil markings. If you have a change of plans you can rest assured that you can always erase it with a clean page and pencil it in again! 

4. Pigment / Permanent Ink Pen
While not a common tool among planner users, some artists, illustrators, and calligraphers really love pigment ink pens for their acid-free and archival qualities. We tested a Copic Multiliner which has the same properties as the fan favorite Sakura Pigma Micron Pen and it proved to be no feat for both paper versions! You can draw, write, or doodle away with your favorite pigment ink pen and expect a reliable outcome each time with no feathering, bleeding, and little to no ghosting! 

One pen you can expect bad pen behavior with both papers is a permanent alcohol based pen such as a Sharpie. There was feathering and bleed through on both versions and we do not recommend this type of pen be used in the pages of your Jibun Tehco. 

5. Highlighters
We really adore the "weather" and "mood" icons inside both versions of the Jibun Techo that can be filled in with a highlighter. Another favorite in the analogue community: The Zebra Mildliner highlighters were a perfect fit to fill in the weather, mood, or mark in stretches of time to perfectly plan your day with no bleeding and little to no ghosting. 

6. Ballpoint Pen
Ballpoint pens tend to be of little to no issue for most as they require zero drying time. However, due to the mechanism of the way the ball rolls across the page, paper can be very important when a ballpoint pen is your tool of choice. Toothy papers that have ample fibers or texture can be a ballpoint pen's worst nightmare and can feel like you're writing on concrete. We used an acro ball pen which is comparable to the Uniball Jetstream and it glided effortlessly on both versions of the smooth papers. 

7. Rubber Stamp Ink 
For those who love to add in visual inspiration such as rubber stamps can expect slightly different results between each version of the Jibun. Both versions showed ghosting when using oil based inks such as Shachihata (pre-inked stamps), Versafine, and Stazon. 
However, the BIZ took to rubber stamp ink slightly better than the Regular version. The regular version when using a highly saturated stamp produced bleed through whereas the BIZ did not with the same ink pads.

To ensure a pleasant and fun stamping experience each time in either version of your Jibun Techo, we recommend using water based ink pads such as Soramame or Versa Color with a gentle tapping motion to coat your stamp instead of saturating your stamp with too much ink!

Whichever version of the Jibun you choose, it is our hope that it will be an inspiring and helpful companion that will bring you joy as you hold it in your hands guiding you through your everyday adventures!

Photographs and texts from Eunice Roe



  • Tammi: September 01, 2020
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    Thank you for including Copic Multiliner in your tests. As a doodler I was very happy to see it not bleed through on the Tomoe River Paper. Now my art pens are my journal pens for the Baum Kutchen JIYU planner.

  • Gopiballava: December 30, 2019
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    Thanks for including the rubber stamp tests – that’s exactly what I wanted to know about. I have a Silhouette Mint stamp system which only works with their stamp inks – the stamp is like a sponge that soaks up ink. It’s probably very similar to pre inked stamps. It bleeds through Tomoe River, and I was wondering if it would bleed less on MIO. Looks likely to be slightly better.

  • Judi: October 23, 2018
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    Thank you, Eunice, for such a comprehensive review! You did all the testing work for us!

    Hope to see you soon!

  • Frauke: October 23, 2018
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    Hi Eunice,

    thanks for the detailed ‘report’ about the Jibun Techo Regular and Biz. As a lover of fountain pens (LAMY & KAWECO) this review war really helpful. I’m really looking forward to receiving my Jibun Techo Biz.

    Greetings from Germany


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