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Writing Mats - Hard Clear

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This is the listing for the crystal-clear HARD mat. It has a very smooth surface.

 A writing mat goes under the paper you are writing on and enhances the pen- or pencil-to-surface connection. Mats, or "underlay mats", are very popular in Japan, where penmanship is still part of their rigorous educational system.

You can also use a writing mat as an extension of the end of a page in a thick notebook so that your palm always has a place to rest.

Mats come in four different surfaces: smooth, matte, smooth-soft and matte-soft. You may have to experiment a bit before your find your preference. You might like one surface in particular, or one for pens and a different one for pencils. You be the judge - there is no right or wrong.

These clear mats come in four sizes *: A6, A5, B5 and A4. If you work with various paper sizes, A4 is largest and will cover all your needs, although larger usually also means it is harder to transport. A6, the smallest, is great for the Hobonichi Techo A6-sized planner.

Made in Japan.


*Actual dimensions differ slightly from ISO dimensions and are as follows:

A5: 147x216

B5: 180x250

A4: 210x300

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  1. Good writing mat 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Oct 2019

    Clear, inflexible hard Mat. It’s good mat to use under thicker paper.

  2. Good Mat 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Sep 2018

    Does the job. No complaints. Except that the mat with the lines I really want seems to always be out of stock, but that's not the clear and hard Mat's fault. It is very clear and very hard and very A5 size.

  3. Better mats, but a little hard 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Aug 2018

    This is the best mats I bought in the past years.
    Although dimension is matched the notebook, the hardness is a liitle hard
    (may be caused by the thickness).

    Note from Dave: We have both hard and soft mats.

  4. Can't seem to find item ever available 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jun 2018

    How come it seems every time I come to your site what I need is always out of stock, it takes me 3 to 4 visits separated in time before items are available and at that it seems they are only a few. Perhaps is time to review your inventory to customer working stock for transparency and efficiency.

  5. Many different uses 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jan 2018

    I have ordered several of these clear hard writing mats. I use 2 of them for my personal and my business planner, however, i also use several for my clear cling stamps storage. WORKS LIKE A CHARM!

  6. Excellent Writing Mat! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Dec 2017

    I got this clear, hard mat along with the soft, green one. They're both great products. Since this hard mat is transparent, it lets you see underneath which is a great feature if you want to trace over something without pressing into (or possibly bleeding through into) the paper that you're tracing over. The soft mat is better for other things (which I'll mention in a separate review).

  7. I'm glad that I got this..... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Sep 2017

    I really like the writing surface this gives me as I write in my Seven Seas Standard Journal with Tomoe River paper. I also tried the softer one, but I definitely prefer this hard plastic mat for writing. Perhaps the softer one will work better for sketching.... I haven't tried that yet.

  8. Decent 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Mar 2017

    Decent product, but not really hard enough to support my wrist at all and doesn't give me as smooth a result in my writing as the soft mats. Probably won't use it for what I bought it for, but it'll certainly come in useful for elsewhere - writing notes on my very scratched up desk, if nothing else!

  9. Great 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Oct 2016

    Great product! I like that it is clear. It allows me to see my paper, which is helpful if I'm using it to draw lines, shapes or anything similar. I did wish it had some type of grid or some lines to help with this but it's great for writing especially when I need some more stability.

  10. Great for Hobonichi in a Cover 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Feb 2016

    I bought this to compare to my Hobonichi pencil board which I've been using. While I like the design of the pencil board better, and the dark shading helps mask ghosting while writing, it also has the problem of being a touch too thin and flexible. Normally this would be fine, but my Hobonichi cover is full of items that make for an uneven writing surface.

    With this hard writing mat, I can feel the difference in writing whether there are only a few pages or a lot between my pen and the mat. Furthermore it allows me to have a more even writing surface which is a huge help.

    The only drawbacks are that it is rather slippery and is slightly more prone to slipping out when I'm moving things around (not when writing though), and that it is a little bit larger than the paper so it sticks out slightly (which is a tiny bit annoying when writing at the end of the page). Other than that I am pleased with it and will be replacing my pencil board with this.

    I only wish that the matte writing mat came in A6...

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