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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.


Why settle for one of those marketing-driven staple-bound faux-cool pocket notebooks when you can have the real thing, with 60% more paper for your dollar to boot!


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


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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Great size, sturdy cover, great paper, and classic look 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 11th Nov 2015

    I was looking for a good option for a pocket carry notebook, and this one is looking like it may well be a contender for my default option. Though I personally wish the color of the grid were grey rather than blue, or at least a little fainter, I've been enjoying putting nib to paper. I have small enough handwriting that I can even use every line on the 3mm grid when inclined, but enjoy the space that going every other line offers (6mm). The paper in these little books is really remarkable, especially given the price. I've experienced no feathering, no bleedthrough, and while there is some faint show through with dark ink I am perfectly happy with it—once you start using the next page I hardly notice it. All in all, this is quite the value.

  7. Amazingly Convenient! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Oct 2015

    An amazingly convenient little notebook, thin, perfectly sized for actually getting some writing onto the page but still pocket-sized, no bleedthrough at all with a pretty wet Sailor B nib, and hard covers that make sense when you're writing in it and keep everything tidy and neat. Somebody put some intelligent thought into this litte gem!

  8. it's nice 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Oct 2015

    The size is great
    perfect to throw in a bag and hed out

    I would recommend this book to anyone

  9. I may throw away my moleskine cahiers. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Dec 2014

    I gasped. Perfect little notebook. It has a pristine stiff cover with perfect sharp corners, just the right thickness, endpapers, and precisely cut heavenly 3mm graph paper. The paper is also a nice weight, not to thin. I shared one of these, but I not sure I will be so generous in the future. Then again, they are so affordable, I can buy them for friends.

  10. Super Value 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2014

    Great paper and a super value. Highly recommended