In 2020, Mitsubishi Paper Mills and Yamamoto Paper worked together on the joint development of a new paper. On February 4, 2020, a development meeting was held at Mitsubishi Paper Mills' Takasago Mill, where Taizo Yamamoto (Yamamoto Paper) proposed Bank Paper Takasago Premium. On February 4, 2020, a development meeting was held at the Takasago Mill of Mitsubishi Paper Mills, where Taizo Yamamoto (Yamamoto Shigyo) proposed Bank Paper Takasago Premium and presented five challenges for the development of this new paper:
(1) The pursuit of a writing paper compatible with fountain pens, (2) The pursuit of a smooth silk surface, (3) The pursuit of ink shading, (4) The pursuit of ink coloration (brightness), and (5) The pursuit of ink dryness for use in notebooks. When looking at these issues from the perspective of paper-making technology, it is clear that they contradict each other. For example, a paper that absorbs ink more slowly will display better shading, but it is not suitable for use as a notebook. The development team at the Takasago Plant successfully solved the five difficult problems by adjusting the raw materials, the size of materials, and the configuration of the press. After repeated trials, Bank Paper Takasago Premium was finally produced at Takasago Unit 4 on September 8, 2020. It bears the watermark "THREE DIAMONDS" as proof of Mitsubishi Paper Mills' development and quality assurance.
(As of August 2021)
- Size: A5
- Blank Pages
- Paper: Bank Paper Takasago Premium 87.9gsm
- Sheets: 100
- Accessories: 12mm line and 6mm grid underlay sheet
- Made in Japan
Yamamoto Paper’s WRITING PAD series is a collection of writing pads that let you enjoy the textures and writing experiences of various types of paper. The outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought about major changes in the social infrastructure across a wide spectrum of fields. The paper industry has also been greatly affected by this outbreak, with an accelerating trend to digitize traditional paper-based workflows to support remote workers hitting them particularly hard. Up until these times, Japanese paper manufacturers have strived to offer a wide variety of products to meet every customer’s specific needs, tweaking formulations based on regional needs or for very particular usage scenarios. As a result, Japanese paper manufacturers have managed to produce a vast breadth of paper varieties that are unmatched in any other part of the world. Unfortunately though, the pandemic has put these paper manufacturers in a severe financial strain, forcing them to find ways to cut costs for survival. The consolidation of product offerings has been accelerated and less profitable paper varieties are rapidly being phased out. In order to preserve the obscure gems of writing papers that are on the brink of possible extinction, Yamamoto Paper has curated our favorite writing papers and turned them into writing pads your enjoyment. We hope you will enjoy the wonderful feeling of writing on these papers as it may only be a matter of time before they disappear forever!