In August 2019 Lamy announced that the company would start to sell paper. This was the first such release in the company’s history. One of the offerings is a 3-pack of softcover notebooks that Lamy calls their Booklets.
Booklets sell in packs of three, for about $15. They are old in A5 and A6 sizes. They have a silvery cover that is made of paper but appears metallic in person. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it cover which seems a bit flashy at first, but you get used to it with time. It’s actually more muted than it appears initially. There is a slight texture to it, giving the cardstock a woven feel.
The notebooks have 64 pages of 90 g/m2 paper. The paper is smooth but not super smooth (a Rhodia being super smooth). The paper is acid-free. The paper is fountain pen friendly thanks to the smoothness and weights.
The Booklets have limited extras on them, but each does have neon green stitching along the spine to add a little bit of flavor to them. There is a small Lamy logo embossed on the back.
The Booklets, and all Lamy notebooks, use what Lamy calls “Lamy rule” which is a combination of a grid and line system.
Booklets are sold in two sizes:
- DIN A5 (145 x 210 mm): 8.50euros retail
- DIN A6 (102 x 144 mm): 6.90 euros retail
Lamy Booklets Review
Lamy is new to the paper market but that doesn’t mean the company came unprepared. The Booklet is a very solid competitor to the Moleskine Cahier and Baron Fig Vanguard, all of which are high-end softcover notebooks.
What Lamy does that’s different is add a custom rule on the page (a grid and line hybrid), use nice paper that isn’t too smooth or too coarse, and add a custom cardstock cover. Honestly, not on these are huge, but they are enough to give the Booklet some character.
Unfortunately what stands out more to me about the Booklet is what it’s missing. Lamy didn’t bother to add any perks that you might expect from a newcomer to the market. For instance, there is no rear pocket, no organizational stickers are included, there is no option notebook jacket sold, and the pages aren’t perforated. Additionally Lamy isn’t selling the Booklet in an A4 size, which is disappointing.
In summary, the Booklet is a very nice notebook with good paper inside. It’s fun to write on. The problem with it is that it lacks anything that really differentiates it or makes it a must-buy product.
Lamy Booklets Information
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|Number of Pages||64|
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