I started using Clairefontaine notebooks in grade school. The school I went to followed the french curriculum and we were required to use séyès-lined notebooks. Ever since I’ve been fond of them. While buying a replacement Clairefontaine notebook at one of our local store (Nota Bene) I was introduced to the sleek orange pads. I liked the #12 and #16 pads in 5×5 best for notes ever since. Since I drag my hand on the paper, the lack of a gutter with spirals makes it much more comfortable to write in.