For some reason, these Maruman notepad holders really caught my eye. I was never a fan of those thick, soft legal pad folios (too bulky), but this one is so sleek and well made.... and it won a "Good Design" award in Japan.
If you've ever hesitated to carry around an expensive LIFE or Tomoe River pad for fear of damaging it, have no worries with this holder. It is made of a very sturdy frosted plastic and has a black band to keep it closed. It will absolutely do a good job of protecting your pad from drops and jostling around inside a bag (but it is not waterproof!). It also has a handy pocket for carrying envelopes, a writing mat, stamps, or other flat items.
I also really like how the pad shows through...it's a nice effect. The pictures show both a LIFE L. Writing pad as well as a red-cover Seven Seas Tomoe River pad, but it comes with a Maruman loose-leaf pad (which is a notepad of loose leaf paper). You may not need the loose leaf paper, since it has holes, but it is actually really nice, smooth paper as you would expect from Maruman.
The holder comes in sizes A5, B5 and A4, and will work with any standard pads of those sizes that are BOUND ON THE SHORT EDGE - in other words, "portrait orientation" pads. This includes the A4, B5 and A5 Seven Seas (Tomoe River) pads, the LIFE L.Writing and In Tradition pads, the LIFE Noble pads, the A5 Bank Paper pads, etc.
However, it will NOT work with pads like LIFE Cream Writing and White Writing, because those are A5 pads bound on the "long" side (landscape orientation).
It will also NOT work with notebooks, since those are bound on the long edge as well.
If you have any questions about whether this holder will work with your pad, please don't hesitate to ask.
Posted by Brad on 24th Nov 2016
Another piece of good well designed piece of functionality from Japan - I need more of these and so do the kids for school
Posted by Sherwood Hughes on 16th Jun 2015
No loosing sheets in a pad here. This folder with elastic keeps it all together and includes a pocket to store anything you need. This is a great ideas.
Posted by Cathy on 7th Dec 2014
Of course, having read the description before ordering, I expected a nice folder. However, upon opening the package, I was impressed with the high quality of it. I use it for the Tomoe River Pad when writing letters and like the sturdy quality, as well, as the elastic to keep the pad closed securely.
Posted by KJM on 15th Sep 2013
This is a simple, but great item. I particularly like the elastic band that that keeps the penholder closed. I highly recommend this item for purchase.