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Review: Tomoe River Paper

I have read a lot about Tomoe River paper (by Tomoegawa) and tried to get hold of it for quite some time. Unfortunately, this great Japanese paper is rather difficult to get hold of here in the UK for a reasonable price so for quite some time I could only speculate what it is like to use this unique paper. Luckily, Jet Pens recently started to offer Tomoe River paper for an acceptable price ($25-30 for 100 A4 sheets including postage to UK) so once I learned about that, I simply had to order it. The package finally arrived a couple of days ago. This is my review of Tomoe River paper.

Physical characteristics

The first thing everyone immediately notices about this paper is how thin it is. And when I say thin, I mean very thin. In terms of texture, it is smooth, in fact very smooth and is available in two colours — white and ivory/cream. For some reason, the cream variant appears to be more readily available than the white version. Jet Pens had white in stock so that’s what I ordered.  I would describe the ”hue” of the white colour (if there is such a thing) as normal — not too bright, but not off-white either. Just a nice, simple, elegant natural white.

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Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Chateau Chillon

Chateau Chillon

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva

Chateau Chillon

Chateau Chillon

Lac de Montsalvens dam

Lac de Montsalvens dam

Iconic Essay Book v.2 Review

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After recently reviewing Midori World Meister Vol. 3 notepad I got my hands on another new and attractive-looking notebook from Asia — Iconic Essay Book v.2. Iconic is a new brand now available here in the UK and Essay Book v.2 is a member of a whole family of related products from this Korean brand. I got my sample from The Journal Shop and decided to go for the “Retro Orange” variant as I generally like a retro looking notebooks. And this one, at least on the outside, certainly looked retro.

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