I'm one of those people...
February 26, 2015
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
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.