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    Default Maruman Mnemosyne Review

    Time for my first review. It is a semi handwritten one, so excuse the little smudges. They are not a fault of the paper but of me being a lefty m(_ _)m

    Maruman Mnemosyne ring notebook, 5mm ruling

    The writing/ruled part is 13x21 cm. I bought the notebook with 5mm ruling but there is also a blank version. The grid is only printed on one side of the sheets and the pages have a perforated line for ripping out the pages -> as the name suggests its main purpose is for writing little notes.
    The paper is a little beige with a dash of greyish green and I would say it is about 80g/mē. There is some showthrough, no bleedthrough, and almost no feathering - I have the feeling that there is less feathering than with my 90g/mē Clairefontain paper! The paper is as smooth but not as smooth as Clairefontaine.

    The have a pretty strong cardboard back so you use it even when there is no table available.
    Did I mention that it looks pretty nice ^_^

    Price of admission: 525 yen for 70 sheets, so it is on the expensive side.
    Would I buy it again: Nice for business meetings, but too expensive for everyday writing.

    Text written with a Kaweco Sport Classic with an 90's M nib (wetness: 5-6/10)

    The front:


    Ruled on only one side:


    Mainly written with a wet Kaweco Sport, 90's M nib):


    Comparison with a Clairefontaine 90g/mē school notebook:


    Two close-ups



    Backside: showthrough, but no bleedthrough:
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    Thanks for the review Pinkys.Brain.
    The grid colour is nice an unobtrusive and probably a good idea they did bother to print on both sides.
    Could be easily used in either portrait or landscape too.

    I might see if the Sydney Kinokuniya has some, although they often double the price of Japanese stationary.
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    I forgot to mention that there are also versions with the ring binding on the left side. But since I am left-handed I opted for the top-binding version.

    They can also be found at Jetpens.com, but they don't come cheap.

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    Looks interesting. I still need to go through one more Rhodia #16 Dotpad and I will be hunting for a new work task list notebook. Maybe.
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    Just found out that Brad Dowdy reviewed the Mnemosyne, too:
    http://penaddict.com/blog/2009/5/13/...-notebook.html

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    Default Re: Maruman Mnemosyne Review

    I just got a few notebooks with this paper.

    To the touch, it may be the smoothest paper I've ever felt. Writing feels like walking in a few inches of freshly fallen, powdery snow -- unlike anything I've experienced before with a fountain pen.

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    Default Re: Maruman Mnemosyne Review

    I picked up one of their little jot pads for my to-do list, and I like it very much. The only problem is that the paper is ruled on only one side. I guess that gives the writer some flexibility in the way the pad is used, but I would have preferred a pad that is ruled the same on both sides. Considering how expensive it was at $10, I would expect it would be more if it was ruled on both sides.

    http://www.jetpens.com/Maruman-Mnemo...Sheets/pd/4788

    I see that Jetpens no longer carries it--maybe this factor plus the expense is why.
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    Default Re: Maruman Mnemosyne Review

    The Mnemosyne are by far my favorite notebooks

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