Seems like the only place to get the Blue A5 squared notebooks. Ordered online and received them in the US within a week. The team was awesome.
The quintessential notebook in a smart blue shade. The paper is lovely and I enjoy taking notes with my fountain pen.
The paper performance is among the best -- an argument could be made for Stálogy or Midori, but those do not offer hard cover options, so they are out.
Writing with fountain pen (fine - extrafine nibs with non-aggressive inks such as blue Watermans) it beats Moleskine, Leuchtturn and Rhodia out of the park in the balance of ghosting / leaking / dry time.
My only peeve, and the reason I am not giving it a 4-star review is the sloppy finishing of the back pocket: some of the glue used to attach the pocket to the inner cover leaked, gluing inner cover and pocket. I was able to remove it, but with some very minor damage.
Excellent product let down by puzzlingly poor choice of UPS as courier. Failed to arrive as promised with no communication for big birthday for brother / Uncle who is a long term client. Children & I upset will not buy again solely for that reason. Fobbed off by UPS & yourselves. Have switched to rival stationers better customer care & choice of couriers. Shame as genuinely loved the actual item.
The paper is very nice with no ghosting and good support for sheen. But it is a thirsty paper. With the same pen and ink combination (sailor and krishna moonview 2) the lines on this paper are much thicker than on the Tomoe river paper. The texture of the paper also has more bite which some may prefer. Now I need to get a finer nib to write on this book.