Our notebooks feature the wonderful Hobonichi Diary Paper. This high performance, fountain pen friendly paper can withstand the wettest of pens without any feathering or bleed-through. What makes this paper even more amazing is that it is extremely thin and lightweight. The notebooks have 352 pages of 52gsm paper and are just 13mm thick. All while weighing less than 40 grams.
We designed our notebooks with comfort in mind. The paper’s light cream color is warm and inviting to write on. The notebooks are sewn bound, which means they can easily open completely flat on the table. Combine the plain paper notebook with our included writing mat (7mm lines and 5mm grid) and you have limitless ways to use this notebook.
Weight: ~ 40 g
Thickness: 13 mm
Ruling: Blank, supplied with guideline (grid/line)
Page Count: 352
Paper Weight: 52 gsm
Where to buy: Contact The-Paper-Cuts
I was surprised to receive this notebook in a slim, black, box, wrapped in black tissue paper. It was mysterious, romantic, and appealing. I was able to reuse both the box and the tissue paper. Lovely presentation.
It's a very plain design, which I really like. Inside, the end sheets are purple, so that's awesome and fun.
First of all, this notebook feels awesome. I love the size - it feels perfect in hand and is perfectly usable and convenient. The covers are just firm enough to give the notebook some structure, because otherwise, Tomoe River paper is really thin and floppy (because it's so thin). I also like that it is also really clean cut and well-made. The binding is snug, the notebook opens without any effort - not that it stays open, but if you want to get to a random page in the middle, it'll open easily without having to crack the spine, and it will lie flat. The great thing about the way the notebook opens completely and lies flat is you can use all of the paper, on both sides.
The paper? MAGIC. I have a thing for Tomoe River, as does everyone else who loves Tomoe River. There are people who don't like it, for various reasons - it's too thin, it crinkles too much, it's floppy. I do not have these issues. In fact, those are some of the reasons I love it.
Palomino Blackwing Classic was the only pencil I really enjoyed using on here!
- Tidy, clean binding.
- Notebook is convenient, portable size. Not too thick.
- Comes with a dust jacket that is rather useful.
- Excellent ink shading, sheens, particle visibility.
- Smooth paper offers a wonderful, pleasant writing experience.
- Guide is included in both grid and lined ruling.
- After awhile, and depending how you have bent it, the front cover can stay open a little. An elastic closure could fix this, and might be useful if you have filled your notebook with watercolor and the pages have warped.
- Currently, these can only be purchased by contacting The Paper Cuts directly.
- A blotting sheet could be included.
YES. YES YES. I wish this notebook was easier to buy online, but it's perfect for me. Although Nanami Paper offers the Seven Seas notebook, it may not be the most practical purchase for overseas buyers, so perhaps this is an alternative.
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.