Just a few days ago was National Day in Singapore, and Kinokuniya offered discounts for purchases. I took this chance to acquire a Midori Traveller Notebook, which came with a MD paper refill. I have always mistakenly thought that MD paper was Tomoe River paper, but it is different…
In this review I will test both these Japanese papers out. Vastly different papers, ayyy…
The cult favourite paper of this hobby is Tomoe River. Its fabled properties are many, from creating magical pools of healing water to mysteriously appearing in the toilet as a superior toilet paper substitute when one addict realised that the cubicle was empty of wipes. Well, myths are myths, and this paper is only human.
I kid. (You’re probably think “What did I just read”)
Anyway, this paper is surprising flimsy. Although everybody revers its properties, no one have mentioned to me that it is as thin as bible or dictionary paper.The infamous ghosting is quite visible too, but doesn’t stop me from writing on this holy paper.
It comes in two shades, white and cream. My sample is the light cream colour, which actually amakes my plain Quink Black, Konigsblau and and General of Armies look like Iroshizuku-tier ink. It is as smooth as jazz, textured unlike Clairefontaine but smooth like your spoon cutting into a pudding.
Dry times are a bit longer, lasting a few seconds longer than Clairefontaine if you are just writing, longer if it’s wetter or broader. What you get in exchange is Dat Sheen that everyone’s crazy about. Sexy paper is actually a thing to me now.
It also crinkles from large doses of liquid. Bleedthrough is possible, though fortunately ink will not completely go through.
Since it also came in the disc-bound book, I just wanted to advise people not to disc-bound this paper with other types of paper. It is too thin and bends easily, espacially around the holes punched, and I find that the thicker papers do better in this notebook.
Small amounts of loose sheets/samples are available from Cult Pens (if you are not convince of its awesomeness by this review), at the price of £4. If you want more, loose A4 sheets are the cheapest way to go, followed by the premium-looking writing pad.
Recently, Bureau Direct started stocking Taroko notebooks, which are essentially Traveller Notebook inserts using Tomoe River paper. A Taiwanese brand, I presume. Prices be £4 and £6 for passport and regular size respectively. Very good for on-the-go ink-testing or ink-admiring!
Even Quink sheened like a veteran sun-bather.
Midori MD paper:
This paper comes with the refills No. 003, which is basically blank white paper. The cover is made of brown/recycled paper, and the size is of the regular size of the MTN.
Unlike TR, the paper is thicker, but slightly thinner than Clairefontaine. I’m not sure of the gsm, but it has ghosting. Lightly textured, and no feathering or bleeding whatsoever. Sheening is present but not a lot, and dry times are the same as Clairefontaine. It reminds me of normal printer paper, but the quality of this is much higher.
The notebook has 64 pages and costs £4. I would say MD paper refills are what you should get if you plan on utilising fountain pens with MTN. Others have also said it can be used a seperate single notebook, if you just want the paper.
In other news, I’ve also gotten the Monthly Diary insert (017), cream-coloured paper and gray printing, bound in cream cover. I love using undated calendars since my schudule is neither conventional nor am I always busy. It takes fountain pens well.
Oh, and the camel leather cover smells great.