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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. Perfect Portable Notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Dec 2018

    I’m completely in love with this notebook. It is the perfect size to take with you for writing on the go. I wouldn’t change a single thing! The lovely white Tomoe River paper is perfect as always, and the barely-there lines are just enough to keep my penmanship nice and even. I will absolutely purchase more of these in the future.

  2. Excellent, but I wish it were 6mm ruling instead of 7mm 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Dec 2018

    I can't really fault the product since I knew what I was getting into, but I really wish it had a 6mm ruling instead of 7mm. OR, I'd also be very happy if they got rid of those annoying boxes in the B6 slim grid version (like they did on the new Cafe Note A6 and Studio Note A5)!

    Both of these B6 slim notebooks are so good, but just not quite perfect in terms of ruling or grid for me. I would buy many, many more if those two changes were made. BTW, Dave: initially those boxes in the grid version did not bother me too much and I gave the grid version a stellar review... but I don't know how to edit my review over on the grid version because I would change my review a bit... Over time, those boxes have become increasingly annoying. So that's why I'm leaving a note about the grid version here too. Hope you consider some changes for v2!

    But again, it's not like I was surprised by the 7mm ruling or the annoying grid boxes -- that's clearly shown in the specs and photos. So besides those personal issues, I will still give both notebooks 5 stars. Dave/Nanami has produced an excellent balance of page size and page count with the B6 slim, and you can't go wrong with the paper and build quality of these notebooks. I like the overall format so much I even bought the Gfeller cover, and had a custom wallet made by another leather craftsman.

    Just great. (Except for the 7mm and grid boxes!) :-)

  3. Great little book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Dec 2018

    This book is the perfect size with the perfect paper. It is perfectly put together. This is my second B6 slim book from this company, and they have both been great. Thank you to Nanami for also adding in a blotter page. I really appreciate the focus on detail from this company.

  4. Almost perfect notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Nov 2018

    This is a brilliant brilliant notebook. I am a fan of the seven seas A5 - but they are a bit too much to carry around sometimes. The cafe B6 is a perfect 'on the move' notebook to cart around work and meetings etc.

    (PS - if you read these comments, my dream notebooks are an A5 sepia writer but at half thickness and/or a cafe crossfield / dot-grid)

  5. white paper, blue ruling, old school goodness 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Oct 2018

    I wasn't sure I would like the blue ruling but in fact I really love it. I would love it with a subtle gray ruling too but the blue here (which reminds me of a washed-out Diamine China Blue) is pencil boxes, weird school paste, rain slickers, and everything wonderfully nostalgic. Such a pleasure to write in this.

    And so happy it comes in white TR! A B6 slim in white 52 TR. The search is over. Thank you.

  6. B6 Slim Note Book insert 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Aug 2018

    This is an awesome product and works perfectly with my leather binder.

  7. Great quality notebook. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jul 2018

    Many have imitated your product but nothing compares to the quality of the binding that you present. 6 - 8 months of everyday use and it doesn’t fall apart. Even the cover which doesn’t appear to be durable is a winner, with only minor scratches showing up near the top and bottom of the spine. Keep doing what you are doing.

  8. perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2018

    This is the perfect size to fit into my B6 traveler's notebook . I use it for journaling on the go. Tomoe river paper will always be my favorite.

  9. A more portable Writer 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th May 2018

    I love my Seven Seas Writer, but sometimes it's too much to carry around.

    The B6 is a great balance between size and writing space, and the paper quantity optimizes the available usage while retaining a light weight and slimness for even easier portability. This little notebook has 384 pages!! Unreal.

    The Tomoe River Paper provides the highest quality writing experience for fountain pens and anything else I use in the notebook (I love using Gelly Rolls 08's and my Parker.Jotter-Easyflow9000 with this as well). Nothing I've used comes close.

    The Cafe has been a wonderful companion with me to seminars, on the go writing, cafe's (lol, no joke), and anywhere else I need to go.

    It is simply made with the highest standards, is very durable, and more than I could have ever expected, as the Writer is as well.

    Along with my Writer it is simply a must have with a back up for when I'm finished.

  10. The best 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th May 2018

    No really, the best notebook. The perfect size, that great binding, there isn't anything wrong about this notebook. I have written in one of these every day for two years now. The old one is a wonderful crinkled, scratched bulging mess and this new one looks so pristine that I may have to scribble on the front page just to" ruin" it so that I can bear to write on it.

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