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Cafe Note B6 Slim - Ruled

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Nanami's Cafe Note in "B6 Slim" has arrived! This is the 7mm Rule version.

Sometimes it is available on Amazon Prime.

Many fans of the A5-size SSW (Seven Seas Writer) have found it a bit too large for everyday carry - indeed, lugging it in a briefcase, purse or tote can be tiresome over the length of a long walk or commute on the subway, and it seems to make sense to use it mainly in an office or studio setting.

But what if relaxing, people-watching, doodling, or creating your latest masterpiece in the warm, convenient atmosphere of your favorite cafe is daily necessity?

To that end, we've created this "Cafe" -sized version of the Seven Seas Writer, with the standard "shinsho"*  book dimensions of 110x176mm (about 4x7 inches) and 384 pages.

The result is a much slimmer format that's half the weight of the A5 SSW (216 grams vs 426 grams) and 3mm thinner (12mm vs. 15mm). The impression is that it's much more portable, far less bulky, and easier to carry. And, compared to the larger A5-series books, the cover is a bit thinner, more flexible and thus easier to fan through the pages.

But wait, there's more! Since the shipping weight is 360 grams or 12.9 ounces, a single book can be shipped via USPS First Class mail (under 15oz), which can be nearly half the cost (depending on where you want it delivered) than Priority Mail!



  • 110x176mm
  • 384 pages (192 leaves)
  • Coated-paper cover
  • White Tomoe  River 52gsm paper
  • 7mm light gray rule
  • Comes with pink blotter sheet


* "Shinsho" is the 2nd most popular** book size in Japan, also known as "Slim B6". Shinsho books are primarily non-fiction.

** "Bunko", or A6, is the most popular size - mainly used for fiction. The Hobonichi Techo is A6-size.

The Shinsho and Bunko sizes were created for rail commuters that spend a lot of time standing in trains and hanging out in cafes between trains or after work.



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  1. excellent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Sep 2020

    Lovely, minimalist design with supple spine, making it easy to lay flat when open. The paper is exquisite. It can take any ink. I will be ordering more of these. Thanks, Nanami!

  2. A very, very good notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Sep 2020

    For its size, there's so much room to write in this notebook. I enjoy the subtle, but present, lines, and the width works really well for my handwriting size (your mileage will vary on this point). The paper is excellent and takes well to pretty much any pen/ink combination you'd like to throw at it. The cover and subtle shape to the corners should allow it to hold up to months and months of use. I think this notebook will serve its purpose (commonplace book) quite well.

  3. Tremendous 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Aug 2020

    The Cafe B6 Slim is fantastic!!! Tomoe River paper never...ever disappoints!!! The note book is well constructed and absolutely perfect for my everyday needs. My go to inks are Noodler's 54th Mass and Baystate Blue. If you know fountain pens you know these are very saturated sometimes poorly behaved inks. Tomoe River paper and these notebooks handle them both flawlessly. Using my extra fine nibs I do experience a bit of ghosting but nothing that prohibits me from using both sides of the page. Again, can't recommend this paper/notebook enough. Ordering is always easy and the only time I am not happy is when the product is out of stock. Will most definitely be back and you should too!!!!!

  4. Great paper! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2020

    I Love all of your cafe notes! This lovely paper,and this size, is great for journaling. Thank you for providing so many choices in your notebooks. We appreciate it.

  5. perfect sized and excellent quality paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2020

    In love with this note book. Just bought 2 more!

  6. Perfect size, perfect paper 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jul 2020

    This notebook is everything I needed. It is definitely fountain pen friendly; it makes my inks literally shine. The compact size is also a bonus. I wish it was more available though, but it is okay. It is worth the wait.

  7. Amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2020

    I knew that Tomoe River Paper is, quite honestly, the best. However, I have yet to find a notebook that actually did the paper justice...until now. The Nanami lined B6 slim is simply beautiful. The cover is sturdy and clean, the binding is simply wonderful, and carrying it is like carrying a cloud. I love it. I am not one to really like lined paper, but i took a chance and it paid off.I love this notebook.

  8. Cafe Notes B6 Slim - grid 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Jul 2020

    1) Very good ‘one book’ option. I used it for over 2 months as a planner and journal — a personal record.
    2) Easy to see grid on light colored paper. Cafe Notes paper is a lighter shade than Hobo Weeks paper;
    3) Quality of paper, it’s easy to write on and it’s a workhorse. (I use a ballpoint pen with Uni JetStream ink [SXR-600-05].)

    1) Small grid scale. One can feel the effort of writing on a small scale after long entries. I’m looking forward to trying the ‘lined’ Cafe Notes edition.
    2) Dark colored cover can transfer to light colored notebook covers.

  9. Cafe Note B6 Slim Ruled 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jun 2020

    So pleased with this ruled notebook! It lies flat when open for writing on its so smooth paper. My fountain pens and inks love this paper. The size is so handy for my bookbag, the lighter weight is appreciated. The line spacing is great for my scribbling and jotting down notes that are not cramped. What would be cool is if the lines were blue, but that is a personal preference. These B6 Slim Ruled notebooks are wonderful!

  10. Perfecty executed B6 slim size 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Jun 2020

    Nanami paper has been the gold standard for notebooks for years, and this B6 slim size is no let down. It's the perfect size for a small bag or a solo carry, and it's the exact same quality we've all come to expect from the A5 size books.

    This is the lined version, which is nice because it is double-ruled 3.5mm, which is common in grid rulings. It is a comfortable size for a lined notebook.

    On the notebook itself - it's the best money can buy. Don't be fooled by and of the other 52 gsm Tomoe River notebooks, as I have tried them all. The stitched binding is the real deal. You can crease it and fold it to your heart's content along the spine, and the notebook lies flat from the very first page. The notebook is incredibly durable as a result, and with a cheap cover, it won't sustain any wear whatsoever while you fill it up. Show through/ ghosting is overstated by the people who take issue with it. Bleedthrough is nonexistent. Simply the best!

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