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Mitsubishi Bank Paper Pad 45gsm Special Deal

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This is the 45 gsm (about 16lb) version of the venerable Mitsubishi Bank Paper.

Mitsubishi Bank Paper is an amazing letter-writing paper with just a touch of "madness" to make it stand out from other Japanese papers. Having said that:

This is one of those projects that didn't quite turn out the way we expected - but then again, there is nothing really "wrong" with the product itself, and the paper is still of very high quality, so we are offering it here at a substantial discount (in other words, we are losing money on it). This is the 45 gsm version of the excellent "Mitsubishi Bank Paper", and if purchased from Life Co., a similar pad costs about $15 by itself, BEFORE shipping from Japan. So this is indeed a very low price for 190-200 sheets.

 

What happened?

Basically, our printer here in the US didn't pad the paper according to our spec - for example, we requested a very stiff 50-point binder's board for the backing, but instead we got a 50-point notepad board, which is more common, but also not as stiff as binder's board. We also requested glue-top adhesive, which they did, but they also applied a little glue on the sides, to give it extra strength. That move made sense to the printer, but for us, it means that instead of tearing off a sheet from left to right, or right to left, as you would a legal pad, we have to pull straight up so as not to tear the corners (easy to do, but a minor inconvenience that we didn't want to pass on).

As for the matching #9 envelopes, they turned out great - but in the future, we may go to a different size - either larger (#10), or smaller (#6-3/4 or 7).

So, all of these issues add up to us offering this great letter set at a discount so that we can re-think the project.

 

Specifications:

  • Standard US Letter Size, 8.5x11 inches or about 216x279mm
  • Weight 45 gsm (copy paper is about 75 gsm, airmail paper about 30 gsm, Tomoe River is 52 gsm)
  • Plain paper (no lines)
  • 190-200 sheets, glued top
  • Paper is watermarked
  • Optional 25 envelopes, size #9, 66 gsm

 

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  1. perfect 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Oct 2020

    Exquisite paper, slightly transparent but no bleed through, ghosting or feathering. Works wonderfully with my fountain pens.


  2. Very interesting paper 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Oct 2020

    The first time I tried this paper was in a Yamamoto sampler pad. It's very interesting. The surface reminds me of drafting vellum, somewhat similar to Clearprint. It's a nice surface for fountain pen ink - no feathering or bleeding whatsoever. However, it is quite translucent, so probably doesn't lend itself well to writing on front and back. Another peculiar feature of this paper is that it tends to "soften" the appearance of some inks, especially blues. I'm not sure how else to describe it - when dry, the ink tends to lighten and almost fade a bit. This doesn't happen with all inks, and is a quite fascinating effect. As for the "defects" in the manufacture of these pads that caused Dave to sell this at a loss, they are _extremely_ minor, and it's a great opportunity to get a substantial stash of some very interesting paper, if you are a stationery junkie, like I'm turning into....