This set used to come with 7 bands, but we haven't been able to replenish the smallest one, so we are back to 6 bands. Each is a different size, ranging from 120mm to 220mm long. It will cover a wide range of notebook sizes up to A5 on the long side (210mm) and A4 on the short side (also 210mm).
If you want an alternative to the common black elastic bands that come preattached to a notebook and become flabby over time, these may work for you. In addition to being pleasantly stretchy (sorry, could not think of a better description) without being too strong or weak, they have a rich transluscent caramel color, are soft and smooth to the touch, and reminiscent of those rarely-seen-yet-eye-catching-when-they-are gumwall bicycle tires. They are a great example of how much taste Japan puts into even the simplest things.
Band #55 fits the long side of the Writer in its Gfeller cover without bending the edges too much. Bad #45 will fit the short side. The entire range should cover most notebooks on either the long or short sides.
#30 - 120mm x 18mm
#35 - 140mm x 21mm
#40 - 160mm x 21mm
#45 - 180mm x 21mm
#50 - 200mm x 21mm
#55 - 220mm x 21mm
The long dimension is the length of the band when flat.
From Kyowa Corp, maker of elastic products, including rubber bands, tubing, tires, bandages and all sorts of things that need to stretch and flex.
Note that although these bands are made by a Japanese company, they are not actually made in Japan. Most likely they are made in Malaysia or Vietnam, where there are many rubber tree plantations.
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Posted by Pete on 30th Jan 2017
In this single package (6 bands), I've got one horizontally across The Standard, one vertically across The Crossfield, and on both the cafe version of The Writer and on the standard-sized version of the Writer, I've got one vertical AND one horizontal. So I guess I need to order more notebooks, too.
There's enough play in these bands that they comfortably fit over the book OR the sleeve with just the right amount of pressure. These are a very high quality gum with a good deal of translucence and a great deal of stretch. They feel excellent, and I'm really enjoying the way the width of them looks against the Seven Seas notebooks.
Posted by Barb Cowles on 30th Apr 2016
These gum bands are terrificl. They keep my journals and planner closed when I put them in my purse. The various sizes included in the set allow me to use the one that works best with each journal without smooshing them. So glad I bought them.
Posted by KA on 26th Dec 2014
There are a lot of new products out there for "banding" your books together. These are so much better. No fuss, an assortment of sizes, and the perfect stretchy rubbery feel. They also smell like real rubber bands. They snap! I have no worries about them wearing out with use, and I can keep all my notebooks and planners for the year together without fear of them opening up in transit.
Posted by Kate Morrison on 23rd Oct 2014
I bought these on a bit of a whim and I use them all the time. They are really lovely little rubber belts that keep my notebooks from attacking each other in my bag. They have a really great feel to them, kind of 'old timey', kind of 'art school'. Really handy sizes.
Posted by Michael H. on 12th Sep 2014
These are as described: wide, warm, supple, organic. Nothing like the narrow, wire-like strips of synthetic stretchy string that passes for rubber bands today. I use one around my Gfeller Seven Seas Journal cover to keep it secure in my bag - there are no constriction points or permanent marks from use. Very classic, original and old school. An inexpensive indulgence that harkens back to an earlier time. A no-brainier add-on.