Hand-Stitched Japanese Lined Notebook (Small & Large)

Japanese lined notebooks. Hand-stitched binding. Acid-free, bleed-proof paper. Two sizes (7" x 10") or (5.8" x 8.3"). Made by hand in Japan since 1936. (more info)

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Hand-Stitched Japanese Lined Notebook (Small & Large) - Kaufmann Mercantile

When you find a company that makes the perfect notebook for your life, it's a bit like finding $20 in the back pocket of your old jeans. And just as you love those old jeans - not just because they occasionally bear money, but because they have held up for ten+ years - you'd prefer a notebook you can keep coming back to.

This notebook demonstrates Japanese craftsmanship and is also an EDC item for human people in gen. The thin, 1/6" book makes it easy to slide in and out of any tote or backpack, and its binding has been hand-sewn, so unlike the stapled jobs, you can crease pages all the way back without fear of pages popping out of the binding.

It has the right amount of pages (60) to collect and categorize each book by use (this for work, this for personal projects, this one for lists, etc). The neutral foolscap paper inside - an acid free, bleed proof paper - is smooth and feels good to write across. Fountain pen ink is particularly well-received.

The inside front cover of this book carries the trademark swallow bird, representing the Japanese company that's been making these books since 1936.

They call it the famous notebook of Japan, the veritable marble notebook of Tokyo, but with a certain indefinable quality and page-flipping fluidity that makes it truly distinct. 

Use & Care

Organize your thoughts easily by subject or category. Start a new notebook for every season, or every month. Use one for work only, another to collect quotes or to write a draft of a story. Each notebook with 60 pages is just the right amount so you'll always be able to fill it. No wasted pages.

Production & Design

Mr. Watanabe began manufacturing these notebooks in Tokyo Japan in 1936, naming his company after his sales representative, whose name meant "Swallow," like the bird. This emblem is now a trademark of the company, as well as the neutral foolscap paper they use for their notebooks, a thick, smooth paper made best for fountain pens because of its high ink absorption and resistance to smudging and bleeding. The term "foolscap" came about because the paper once carried the watermark of a "fool's cap" on it - a drawing of a court jester which was in vogue in the 15th century. The watermark was used, then, to differentiate special paper used only for pastor-sectors. 


Lined neutral foolscap paper 

7 inches wide (17 cm) x 10 inches tall (25 cm)
5.8 inches wide (14.7 cm) x 8.3 inches tall (21 cm)

Tokyo, Japan
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