I’m become a paper snob and pretty darn picky about my paper. There has been a lot of popularity around Tomoe River paper in the last year, and I think it’s well deserved. It’s great for fountain pens and even some mixed-media. A recent addition to Tomoe River products is the Elia Note Journal. I have the dot grid version, but it’s also available in lined and blank versions. The journal was made in Japan and comes in a very sturdy slipcase.
The A5 notebook measures 8.25 x 5.75 inches and includes 496 pages of 52gsm Tomoe River paper. The ruling is a 5mm grey dot grid. The binding is Smyth-sewn and secures the soft cover.
I love that the notebook lays completely flat, no matter where you are in the notebook.
I tested out the pens I have currently inked and the paper handled all of them well.
There was plenty of show through, but no bleeding or feathering.
Gel Pens and Pencils
Highlighters, pens and pencils worked without problems, but I do prefer to use softer pencils on the slightly slick paper.
Overall, it’s a great journal. I love the paper, the high page count and the lay flat binding It’s a wonderful option if you fell in love with the Nanami Crossfield that’s not available anymore.
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