Shopping for paper online is wonnnnderful. Shopping for paper in a store is like, whoa.
Feeling the creaminess of the paper. Studying the color of the lines. Pondering the lay-out and line width. Comparing sizes, and bindings, and covers, oh my.
I found this Mnemosyne B5 Notebook by Maruman at Maido in Japantown, San Francisco. I love that store. I could move in there. (Especially because there are noodle and mochi shops nearby. Yum.)
This notebook is a B5 size. It measures 176 x 250 mm. That’s 6.9 x 9.8 inches for those of us who don’t speak millimeters. Such a pleasing size. Neither too long nor too wide. It can be laid open on the corner of a desk without being too much in the way. Fold it over on itself and it’s not too big to be held in one hand. I’m digging B5.
This yellow sheet is the first page in the notebook. It looks like instructions, but it’s in Japanese. And it’s a little confusing at first glance because these pages do not have vertical lines, but this example page does. What the heck?
It turns out that there are teeny-tiny very light vertical marks on the paper near the header and then again at the bottom of page to help us create tidy vertical lines on the paper. If you want to, that is.
You can see one of these little marks in the picture below. Such a nice touch – love the easy flexibility.
Each of the 160 pages (80 sheets) has gray dotted lines that are spaced 7mm apart. Every ten lines, there is a heavier solid line. These heavier lines lines divide the writing part of the page into three equal sections. These lines are not so intrusive that you have to use them, but they’re there if you want to. Again, easy flexibility.
But…how does it perform? Check it out . . .
The paper on top of the writing sample is Clairefontaine 90gsm. The Mnemosyne is definitely a softer white. The paper is buttery smooth with an expensive look and feel. I paid $8.95 for the notebook and while that’s a lot when compared to a Mead notebook, it’s about what I’d expect to pay for a premium product.
Bottom Line: I love this notebook and can definitely see using it for work notes or at home for planning or maybe even scribbling down quotes I love.
If you’re not near a store that carries Maruman products, JetPens has it – for around $15. (Making me feel like I got a pretty good deal!)
Tell me which notebooks you love? And do you love B5? I asked on Instagram and A5 seems to be more popular.