Midori World Meister’s Note Vol. 4 “Katagami” Notebook Review

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

The World Meister’s Note is a collection from Midori that fuses Japanese craft with the craft of other countries.  Volume 4 is called “Katagami” and features a collaboration with Swedish design brand Brita.  The notebook features handmade Ise Stencil Paper.

Midori World Meister Vol. 4

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

I love everything about this notebook except the look of cover.  It’s a bit too feminine for my tastes but I love the elastic and the slim A6 size which measures 3.9″ wide by  5.8″ high.

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

The cover has a smooth waxy feel but does not feel special like all previous volumes of the World Meister’s Note series that I have reviewed.

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

Inside the book you will find 160 pages (80 sheets) of high quality Japanese Ise Katagami paper.  The paper is awesome and definitely my favorite part of this edition.

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

You will notice that the lines on the Ise Katagami paper are not perfectly straight.  This is because the print is hand carved by a master craftsman.

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

The paper performs beautifully; no bleed and no real ghosting.  The paper is smooth but has a bit more feedback than Rhodia paper.  I found the dry times to be slightly better than Rhodia.

Midori World Meister Vol. 4 Katagami

Like all Midori products the Katagami Notebook is very well made.  It has a stitched binding and tiny little signatures.  If they made a bit more attractive cover this one would definitely be my favorite of the series.  I paid $16 for this notebook at a local Japanese stationery shop and thats a lot of money for a little notebook but I do believe you get what you pay for.

Check out my reviews of previous World Meister’s Note Volumes:

Midori World Meister’s Note Vol. 1 “Dainel”

Midori World Meister’s Note Vol. 2 “Santina” (coming soon)

Midori World Meister's Vol. 2 "Santina" Notebook Review

Midori World Meister’s Note Vol. 3 “Grain” Memo Book

Midori World Meister’s Note Vol. 1 “Dainel” Notebook Review

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

The Midori World Meister’s Note series features collaborations between Japan and other countries.  The Dainel is the first in the series which Midori describes as ” A marriage of French leather paper and Japan’s MD paper, developed for the best writing comfort”.

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

The color of the cover is a bit more brown and less grey than the picture shows.
The color of the cover is a bit more brown and less grey than the picture shows.

Let’s start with the cover and then make our way inside.  The cover is made in France out of “French leather paper” and according to the packaging:

“[Dainel] stands for ‘suede’ in France.  In a town some 200 km east of the capital, Paris, 30 years of experience with suede work have created a one-of-a-kind technology unique in the whole world.  This unique technology has crystallized in this gorgeous leather paper.”

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

To me the cover looks a bit like suede but I was disappointed when I touched it; it feels like a mediocre felt.  The more I use the notebook the more I like the cover; it is a lot nicer than a paper cover but it certainly isn’t leather.  The cover has “Dainel” pressed into the front of the cover and “The World Meister’s Note” pressed into the spine.  This cover is the light brown color and I believe they come in four or five other colors.

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

This notebook is extremely well made and dare I say, better than anything else I have seen in its price range. The notebook is nicely stitched this notebook lays flat.

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

The inside of the notebook features 91 A5 pages of Midori’s exceptional cream colored MD paper which holds fountain pen ink beautifully.  There is no bleed through even with juicy pens and almost no feathering.

It's a 91 page notebook because the first page has this logo printed on it.
It’s a 91 page notebook because the first page has this logo printed on it.

Midori World Meister's Note Vol. 1 "Dainel"

No bleed through and minor ghosting.
No bleed through and minor ghosting.

At around $13 this notebook is not cheap but the combination of the quality and the branding make it a winner.  I look forward to getting my hands on the other notebooks in this series; I believe they are up to volume 3.