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I'm one of those people...
February 26, 2015
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I'm one of those people who lives online, but has to run away from the screen when I sit down to write. I can't get my thoughts straight on a screen. There's too much amazing weirdness out there for me to stop looking at it. And so, I go to quiet places with my notebooks and pens, and sort everything out in that way. It is wonderfully antiquated, it is slow, and I never get anything more organized than when I am jotting down ideas in a nice notebook.

All that being said, these notebooks are fantastic. No doubt the best I have used in a really long time. It's not just the quality, which is truly superior even to the other notebooks made by Kokuyo, but also the mystical A5 size that attracts me to these things.

When Filofax was still making their lovely A5 Flex system, I was completely devoted to their ecosystem. No, the Flex paper wasn't the best on the planet, but it was low feathering on my fountain pens, and it held a wide variety of inks very nicely. Then, they discontinued it, and I switched back to Rhodia notebooks. I still dig Rhodia, of course, but fellow A5 junkies will understand what I mean here... nothing else feels the same as a real A5 notebook. I like a nice A5 notebook with relatively tight lines, and if the paper is good, well, that's just fantastic.

I am happy to report that this Kokuyo paper is in every way superior to the Filofax paper, and gives Rhodia a run for its money. I mean, its definitely high tech stuff. It feels soft and almost thin, but there is very little bleed through. Low feathering, hangs on to fountain pen ink solidly (tried it with Noodler's bulletproof black, Aurora black, and Lamy black and blue inks). These are extremely well engineered. And, not only that, the lines are nice and small, so you will not be scurrying through your notebooks at 80 words a page (this happens with some notebooks and certain handwriting styles, and it is so very upsetting).

I have purchased all sorts of paper from Europe and Japan. I own Midori products, LIFE products, Rhodia, Clairfontaine, and even the notebooks that Muji makes for one of the Japanese konbini chains. I use pens from about ten different companies. I have been to Delphonics and the Itoya store in Tokyo in search of the best paper. Although I found some nice stuff in my quest for good, reasonably priced (oh yeah forgot that it should be reasonably priced) paper, this is really my favorite thus far. I'll keep ordering (and filling) these notebooks for as long as Jet Pens carries them.

If you're looking at these, consider getting one of Kokuyo's cover's in A5 as well. It really does complete the experience. The cover is extremely well made, and are a worthwhile way to carry around your excellent notebook.
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jaredsilvia
Outstanding, love how...
July 8, 2011
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Outstanding, love how well it writes with lamy safari EF, which that pen doesn't even feather on cheap notebook paper in the first place.

nice, concise, organized, durable, great for what i'm doing
A) Caligraphy
B) Japanese


and the cover, whatever it is made out of, the corners do resist bending very well

recommendable! certainly a good miniature notebook as long as you don't intend to use it on a day for 100's of quick notes lol
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Watercycle
These are outstanding,...
February 18, 2011
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These are outstanding, the paper quality is superb. My Lamy F. pen writes with perfect feedback from this paper, pulls the right amount of ink. And with the 40% off what a DEAL!!
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williwill30
An absolute dream to...
January 26, 2011
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An absolute dream to write on. I love everything about this notebook - the texture of the paper, the thickness, lines, dots, the scent! The weight of the book as well as how easily it is opened and will stay open when you bend the binding slightly. I have not yet attempted to remove a page, and I have heard that this is a difficult process, however for its use I have not yet needed to remove a page. I would buy dozens of these at a time if I had the sense to put that much money towards such a thing!
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mosaique_city
simply the best. terrific...
May 6, 2015
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simply the best. terrific notebook. handy size. lines are light and unobtrusive.
thegreathorsecigar
good.....
February 2, 2015
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good..
yilan.liu
Nice feel, and nice paper,...
January 26, 2015
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Nice feel, and nice paper, but not quite as friendly as the Mnemosyne Special.
tiggercat69
Nice texture paper. ...
October 20, 2014
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Nice texture paper. Handy notebook style and compact.
Binding seems a bit cheap...
April 17, 2015
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Binding seems a bit cheap & the pages are bit cramped as far as extensive writing is concerned--however, my husband works in a techie field & this was "just right" for him. Very sturdy, no bleed-through.
missgaeta
I am a fountain pen user....
August 25, 2014
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I am a fountain pen user. I am disappointed.
Considering the price, the paper quality is inferior to the typical Clairefontaine notebook.
When I use my M-nib Pilot Kakuno (w/ Nakimi Blue Black), I can only use one side of the paper because the paper is so thin, and every thing I write shows through.
The paper texture is inconsistent, slippery on one page and rough on the next.

Bottom-line: definitely NOT fountain pen friendly, you should go for Clairefontaine instead.
tuvo.sonny
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