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Passepied Cream Hardcover Notebook

Passepied Cream Hardcover Notebook

Regular price $29.00 USD
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Why it's special: 

  • Ultra-smooth fountain pen friendly paper
  • Stitched lay-flat binding for comfort and durability
  • Japanese linen hardcover for a premium feel
  • Simple design for distraction free writing

The Passepied Hardcover notebook features the smoothest paper we have ever tested. Made by the hundred-year-old Hokuetsu-Kishu Paper Company, Passepied Cream was designed as a book paper with an extremely pleasant hand and a high opacity. This is special ultra-smooth paper is a delight to write on and is fantastic with most types of pens including fountain pens. 

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Detailed specs:

• 176 pages of 84.3 gsm Passepied Cream paper

• 7mm light gray rule or blank page styles

• Japanese linen hardcover with a French joint

• Stitched binding with 11 signatures

• Woven blue bookmark

• Pink blotter sheet

• Gray end papers

A5 size: 148 mm x 210 mm, 5.83 x 8.27 in

• Made in Japan

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Customer Reviews

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J.P.
Worth every penny

I ordered one of these a couple of months ago along with a couple of Mitsubishi Bank Paper notebooks. I like the Mitsubishi notebooks more for carrying around because of the rounded corners and flexible covers, but I use the Passepied notebook in my office and keep it at my desk, and I love it. The paper is excellent with my fountain pens, and hard-covered notebooks look better on my bookshelves than the Mitsubishi with its mesh spine. And while I also consider the Mitsubishi notebooks excellent and worth every penny, I do save a few hundred pennies with the Passepied.

I use the different notebooks to meet different needs. The Passepied is an excellent notebook on its own terms. Ink dries a little more slowly on this paper than on the Mitsubishi, but not slowly enough that I care. The Mitsubishi paper is whiter, the Passepied is more ivory. I prefer the Mitsubishi for drawing and for recipes, since I lay it on my kitchen counter and the cover seems more resistant to water and dabs of whatever sauce might drip. Not that I've tried dripping water or salsa verde on my Passapied. The Passapied is more business. Mine is gradually being filled with research notes. I intend to fill more of them.

The Paper Mind packages goods carefully for shipping, far better than other companies I've bought from. I appreciate that enormously. When you pay this much for a notebook (or any book; Amazon has really done me wrong on that score), you don't want it to arrive in a bubble-wrap envelope. My notebooks were well-protected. I'll buy from The Paper Mind again.

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Anibal
Fantastic

Everything, from the packaging to the final product is absolutely fantastic. Excellent paper and sublime construction of the notebook, this was a fantastic purchase. The only problem I have now is deciding which pen to use with it!

C
Carlos Castellanos
Impressive

It reminds me of the old library books, with their fabric covers and traditional construction. The paper is very smooth and still keeps a very nice level of feedback, my writing is kept under control. Ink nuances show very nice, my favorite is Shikiori Souten, under the right light angle looks a little like OS Nitrogen, really nice. It opens flat, easy. The 7 mm ruling is better for wet nibs that make me write larger. Best notebook I have had. Keep it up Blake.

M
Martin P
Fucking Phenomenal

I am very happy with this product. The build quality is excellent. Starting with the binding, I can't say I've seen anything better. I can easily bend the covers backward to write and it hasn't had any issues. Additionally, the papers lay very flat which is wonderful. It can be very annoying to have to fight against your notebook while writing. The linen cover works fine, no complaints.

Moving on to the paper, I have to say this paper is by far my favorite. For reference, I've hundreds of dollars worth of notebooks; Rhodia, Clairefontaine, TomoeRiver, Mnemosyne, etc. The paper is a good thickness which I like coming in at 85gsm. I haven't noticed any bleeding whatsoever. It is a cream and not bright white.

The shading and sheening is phenomenal, I'd say Cosmo Air Light may be slightly better in that regard, but its difficult to say that for sure. The paper is very smooth when writing, not as much as with Clairefontaine or Rhodia. There is some noise feedback that is very pleasant, not at all scratchy. The ink stays put when I write and lines don't have that tendency to get thicker like they do with other papers

As far as things I'm unhappy about, there isn't anything. Its a specialty product and working in a manufacturing environment I'm aware of the costs associated in relatively small volume products. More page options would be nice, something like a seven milimeter grid would be great, but five would be nice too. More sheets would be great, getting 150-200 would be worth an additional premium (at least for myself).

Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and will be purchasing more once I run out. This is clearly a product made by someone who cared about what they were making and it shows.

G
Gary Veirs
New Favorite Notebook

I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this notebook. The covers, the binding, and of course the paper itself are all perfect. I'm so glad I found Blake's YouTube channel and his store. I have spent so much money on inferior notebooks and now the search for my perfect notebook is over.

Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
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J.P.
Worth every penny

I ordered one of these a couple of months ago along with a couple of Mitsubishi Bank Paper notebooks. I like the Mitsubishi notebooks more for carrying around because of the rounded corners and flexible covers, but I use the Passepied notebook in my office and keep it at my desk, and I love it. The paper is excellent with my fountain pens, and hard-covered notebooks look better on my bookshelves than the Mitsubishi with its mesh spine. And while I also consider the Mitsubishi notebooks excellent and worth every penny, I do save a few hundred pennies with the Passepied.

I use the different notebooks to meet different needs. The Passepied is an excellent notebook on its own terms. Ink dries a little more slowly on this paper than on the Mitsubishi, but not slowly enough that I care. The Mitsubishi paper is whiter, the Passepied is more ivory. I prefer the Mitsubishi for drawing and for recipes, since I lay it on my kitchen counter and the cover seems more resistant to water and dabs of whatever sauce might drip. Not that I've tried dripping water or salsa verde on my Passapied. The Passapied is more business. Mine is gradually being filled with research notes. I intend to fill more of them.

The Paper Mind packages goods carefully for shipping, far better than other companies I've bought from. I appreciate that enormously. When you pay this much for a notebook (or any book; Amazon has really done me wrong on that score), you don't want it to arrive in a bubble-wrap envelope. My notebooks were well-protected. I'll buy from The Paper Mind again.

A
Anibal
Fantastic

Everything, from the packaging to the final product is absolutely fantastic. Excellent paper and sublime construction of the notebook, this was a fantastic purchase. The only problem I have now is deciding which pen to use with it!

C
Carlos Castellanos
Impressive

It reminds me of the old library books, with their fabric covers and traditional construction. The paper is very smooth and still keeps a very nice level of feedback, my writing is kept under control. Ink nuances show very nice, my favorite is Shikiori Souten, under the right light angle looks a little like OS Nitrogen, really nice. It opens flat, easy. The 7 mm ruling is better for wet nibs that make me write larger. Best notebook I have had. Keep it up Blake.

M
Martin P
Fucking Phenomenal

I am very happy with this product. The build quality is excellent. Starting with the binding, I can't say I've seen anything better. I can easily bend the covers backward to write and it hasn't had any issues. Additionally, the papers lay very flat which is wonderful. It can be very annoying to have to fight against your notebook while writing. The linen cover works fine, no complaints.

Moving on to the paper, I have to say this paper is by far my favorite. For reference, I've hundreds of dollars worth of notebooks; Rhodia, Clairefontaine, TomoeRiver, Mnemosyne, etc. The paper is a good thickness which I like coming in at 85gsm. I haven't noticed any bleeding whatsoever. It is a cream and not bright white.

The shading and sheening is phenomenal, I'd say Cosmo Air Light may be slightly better in that regard, but its difficult to say that for sure. The paper is very smooth when writing, not as much as with Clairefontaine or Rhodia. There is some noise feedback that is very pleasant, not at all scratchy. The ink stays put when I write and lines don't have that tendency to get thicker like they do with other papers

As far as things I'm unhappy about, there isn't anything. Its a specialty product and working in a manufacturing environment I'm aware of the costs associated in relatively small volume products. More page options would be nice, something like a seven milimeter grid would be great, but five would be nice too. More sheets would be great, getting 150-200 would be worth an additional premium (at least for myself).

Overall I'm very happy with my purchase and will be purchasing more once I run out. This is clearly a product made by someone who cared about what they were making and it shows.

G
Gary Veirs
New Favorite Notebook

I am thoroughly impressed with the quality of this notebook. The covers, the binding, and of course the paper itself are all perfect. I'm so glad I found Blake's YouTube channel and his store. I have spent so much money on inferior notebooks and now the search for my perfect notebook is over.