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Kokuyo Field "Sketch" Notebook - 3 pack

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This "Sketch" book from Kokuyo has remained unchanged since it was introduced to government employees in the 1950s. Its hard, thick cover is strong and stiff enough for writing while standing, making it great for use on the shop floor, while birdwatching, or anywhere else you need to jot down some quick notes.


What's more, the paper is excellent quality - the photos show some sample lines drawn with fountain pen B nib using Sailor Jentle blue-black ink. There is minimal feathering and bleed-through. Construction is also robust, featuring a real thread-bound book block, with 40 sheets/80 pages sewn into 5 signatures.


Comes three to a pack. Each book measures 165x95mm and the pages measure 160x90mm with a 3mm grid.


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  1. Much better than staple bound imitations 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jun 2018

    Excellent paper, wirebound inside means pages spread easily. Hardcover allows you to write holding the notebook in your hand.
    Non-standard size (not passport/A6 size) is a slight distraction but not enough to warrant downgrading to a 4 star score

    Note from Dave: These are thread-bound notebooks.

  2. This is the one for me 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jun 2018

    This notebook fits my exact needs. I saw this before but is was priced way to high and then Brad from the Pen Addict podcast brought it back up and within seconds I had ordered them from Nanami. I am a super picky when it comes to stationery and this hits all my needs. Small graph paper for my small handwriting and this paper works well with every pen not just fountain pens but pencils too. The green cover with gold lettering just screams vintage and I love new vintage things. I will buy again and again and would love to try the other books that Kokuyo offers in this style.

  3. Old school simplicity and functionality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th May 2018

    These won't seem as "hip" as your Field Notes or Moleskine's but if you want to use a fountain pen, you probably know that neither of those is a good choice anyway.

    Love that its slim enough to be unnoticed in a jacket but still rigid enough to write on when standing up.

    Grid is tiny so only an EF (or 0.2 Preppy) will allow you to use every line - you may have to skip a row!

  4. Great workman notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2018

    These fit shirt pockets, so easy to carry around. The hard cover makes writing very easy without having to find something solid to write on. The sown binding means the notebook can really stand up to a lot of use.

  5. Sperb quality and even better serice 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Apr 2018

    An excellent web site full of interesting hard to find items. The hard back 'sketch' books are amazing value for money, nice paper, beautifully put together.
    The delivery to England was much faster than I expected.
    I will certainly be back again for more 'goodues'.

  6. So thankful these are still available! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2018

    I love tomeo river paper and its ability to handle fountain pens and water color light washes. These also do the same. I use traveler notebooks for journaling, planning, sketching etc. These notebooks are perfect for use in my personal sized notebooks. When I travel I use these to document my trip. Years ago, my father used these for his note taking. Thank you for continuing to supply these!

  7. Best pocket notebook 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Nov 2017

    After trying so many types of notebooks I find this one to be the best for so many reasons. I will use these from now on. Would like to see them with different cover colors as they have in Japan to use once in a while for a change.

  8. Holy smokes, I love these things 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Sep 2017

    This is my first purchase of these great little notebooks... already love them. Can think of a ton of uses for them, overlapping and/or replacing my normal use of Field Notes. The hard cover and page count make them a good value too. Will definitely be buying more in the future. Hope that Dave keeps them in stock! After reading up on this model, I'd also be interested in trying out some of the related models that Kokuyo makes of the same size/family -- if Dave wants to take a gamble and order some in... but this is the logical model to start with, glad I tried it!

  9. Kokuyo Field Sketch Notebook is worth carrying. 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Feb 2017

    I was surprised when I saw the thinness of the Kokuyo paper but have been consistently pleased with my results when I tried a variety of pens and ink. I've used the Uni-ball Vision, the J. Herbin mini,a Shaeffer pen, and a Preppy .02 nib and all have worked well. There is a very slight show-through with the Shaeffer and the Uni-ball but nothing that can't be ignored. I've also done several sketches, it is a Sketch Book after all, with the Uni-ball Vision micron and added watercolor and the paper handled all applications easily and truthfully without any warping, which would be typical of thin paper. I like the size of the book and the ease of portability. I'm sold on the Kokuyo Sketch Book and urge others to give it a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
    Frank B

  10. Incredible value 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jan 2016

    These notebooks are simply an incredible value compared to Field Notes and other cahiers. The cover is thick but a pleasure to hold, and will never require an add-on cover for page protection. The embossing is gorgeously minimalist, as pictured with an additional small embossing of "Kokuyo" on the back. Cover color is a very vintage-looking pine green, and embossing is gold.

    The Sketch Book page size is approximately 5mm wider and 2cm taller than a Field Notes, very close to a Filofax Personal page. As a poet and daily journal-writer, I get to really write complete thoughts or drafts into a book which I can then pocket as easily as a Field Notes. I write very small when compelled, and the 3mm quadrille definitely compels. Excellent performance with Western XF or Japanese F nibs, with no bleed-through or ghosting for me.

    Overall, the Sketch Book has a timeless, functional (dare I say wabi-sabi?) aesthetic. I can't wait to pick it up, and I don't want to put it down.

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