MD Notebooks by Midori do not have a traditional cover, allowing the pages to lay completely flat.
Midori's quest to find the best form for a notebook has resulted in a design icon. Cheesecloth mesh tape, which is usually hidden under the cover of a book has been left exposed. The delicate pattern of the cheesecloth creates a distinctive appearance.
MD Paper Cotton was developed in 2013, with cotton pulp used for 20% of the materials, giving it a soft, fuzzy texture. Cotton paper is also extremely durable and preservable, and has long enjoyed a reputation as high-quality paper in Europe, where it was used for important paperwork and official documents for centuries. Its fibers are longer and narrower than those of pulp, giving it a smooth, pleasing texture with a softness that feels like it is infused with air.
This cotton-soft white paper is ideal not only for classic fountain pens but for coloured pencils too. This special version of MD Notebook is available only with blank pages, as a specialist art notebook.
This A6 notebook contains 176 pages of MD cotton paper with blank inside pages.
MD Paper is Midori's own writing paper which has been produced since the 1960's. It is designed to give the best writing comfort across all types of writing instruments including fountain pens and pencils.
The pulp used in MD Paper is made from broad-leaved trees. Compared to conifers that result in hard, inflexible paper, broad-leaved trees provide for a finish with a smooth texture.
The process of pulping and making the paper is performed in Midori's factory and each batch is rigorously tested to ensure it meets the high quality required.
Inspection begins by assessing thickness, weight and color. The most time-consuming inspection is the writing properties test. A variety of different writing implements are used to write or draw letters and lines repeatedly.
This test is done to check for quality, including ink smearing, drying speed and to ensure there is no bleed-through. It is also done to confirm the writing feel of how the pen glides or catches on the paper, and to inspect texture, including touch and feel. Only paper that has passed all these inspections is given the name MD Paper.