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.
Posted by Unknown 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!
Posted by Unknown 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.
Posted by Bryan B 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...
Posted by John Corwin on 18th Mar 2015
as a psychiatrist i sit in my office taking notes all day long with a flexible nibbed fountain pen on a pile of paper on a clipboard. this clear plastic sheet provides a nice firm surface to write on. additionally, using this wonderful thin unlined Tomoe River paper its clarity allows me to utilize Nanami's useful "grid templates" underneath it.
Posted by Angela Booth on 22nd Nov 2014
I got the largest writing mat, and I love it. It's perfect. I use it in my planner, in notebooks, and even for loose leaf paper. I can write to the very bottom of the page even in my thickest notebooks.
I'm just the tiniest bit disgruntled that I hadn't heard of writing mats before; now I won't be without one. I'll be ordering several more, at least one more for me, and others to give to friends.
Posted by Lance G. on 10th Aug 2014
This mat works exactly how it is supposed to. It is not anything spectacular, but it works great. It is worth the purchase, and I suggest getting the larger version if you use all paper sizes, from small to large, because it will work for all of them.
Posted by Denise on 18th Feb 2014
I thought this would be a good thing to have, considering I usually write at the kitchen table. It does give the writer a nice surface to write on. I found that it gave my pen a bit of a grip on the paper. I most certainly would recommend having one. It's a nice tool to have.
Posted by Paul P on 3rd Feb 2014
Simple and effective. Gives you a nice smooth or slightly textured surface to write on ad easy to just take along with you.
If you like to stick a sheet of paper underneath the page you're writing on, give this a try instead.
Posted by Carlos B. on 1st Dec 2013
This is something you might not have thought of to use but once you have one you wonder how you did without it. Eventually I ordered one in every size. One of my favorite items from Nanami Paper.