Leather Notebook - Tomoe River Paper - A5 - Carmine Red

$39.00 USD

Introducing our new leather-bound blank notebook in A5 size, made of Pueblo Carmine red leather. It features the stunning fountain pen-friendly Tomoe River Paper. This blank journal is perfect as a standalone travel notebook for recording all your special memories and ideas, or as a refill for our best-selling Leather Notebook Covers.

Our specially crafted A5 size Tomoe River Paper Notebooks are made of Tomoe River 52 gsm white paper, known as the best fountain pen-friendly paper. Each notebook contains 400 pages and is hand-bound with traditional bookbinding techniques. It's available in a variety of colors including this very stylish Crazy Horse Forest Green.

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  • Completely flat-lay
  • Comes in a magnetic closure cardboard box.
  • Vegetable-tanned cow leather cover
  • Hand-bound from Tomoe River 52 gsm white paper
  • Blank paper
  • 200 sheets (400 pages)
  • Includes grid and lined guides
  • Includes blotter (also can be used as a writing mat for comfortable writing)
  • 145 x 210 x 20mm (5.70 x 8.26 x 0.8 inches)

Tomoe River Paper

Many would agree that there are few papers than can even come close to competing with the quality of Tomoe River Paper when it comes to fountain pen-friendly paper. This high quality 52 gsm paper is incredibly thin and shows off the natural sheen and shimmer in fountain pen inks.

Our Tomoe River paper is the same Tomoe River paper that's used in the Hobonichi Techo notebooks.

Fountain pen enthusiasts who favor shading ink (that is, those that create subtle color gradations as ink is laid on the paper), will appreciate how the paper shows off these subtle color variations. Sheening inks also perform well as pools of color will sit on the surface of the paper and when they fully dry, will create the reflective look so many fountain pen users love. It’s important to be patient and let the paper fully dry to prevent smudging, especially when using sheening or metallic inks. Click here to read our blog post about Tomoe River Paper.

Tomoe River Paper Writing Samples

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For the guide sheets, thanks are given to the Well-Appointed Desk. For the images, we give thanks to @writetomeoften


Pueblo Carmine Red

Pueblo is a kind of full-grain veg-tan leather. Leather starts as a smooth classic veg-tan cowhide and then further finished with a buffing process giving it a lightly suede surface.

A5 size

At half the size of A4, A5 size notebooks are very popular as journals or daily, weekly or monthly diaries. The size makes them easy to carry while still allowing lots of space to write.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Thomas M. (Annapolis, US)
Premium paper for fine fountain pens

High quality paper that’s great for fountain pens!

CRK (New York, US)
Lovely paper in lovely cover!

Such a pleasure to draw and sketch in!

Kiki (Athens, GR)

beautiful leather (I like the feel of it) and lovely color. as of the paper, you can't go wrong with tomoe: many pages but still lightweight. I would love to see it with dot lining though

Herb H. (Miami, US)
Tomoe River Paper

Tomoe River paper is wonderful and to put it in a beautiful Carmine red is just icing on the cake! Carmine red and crazy horse orange are my two new favorite colors!

Shan (Grindstone, US)
Great Notebook

This is my first notebook from GL and it won’t be my last. A lot of pages but still feels lightweight. Great company to deal with.

Steph (Vancouver, CA)
Lovely colour and feels beautiful!

I love the colour of this notebook and bought it after a friend's recommendation. I love it and feels great and fits neatly into my leather cover from an earlier purchase. There a lot of pages so this can last a good while!

Jenn B. (Medicine Hat, CA)
Beautiful book

I love this notebook so much! The cover is so nice and as always, the paper is perfection. It matches so nicely with my new Kaweco and Carmine ink :)

McClean (Sydney, AU)
Always worth adding to the order!

These are great notebooks and any excuse to get another works for me. The quality of the paper, the binding, and the cover is of the highest order. Love them!

Most of the items are handmade to order and usually take a minimum of 1-2 weeks to dispatch. Out of stock items mean, not in the production cycle and generally re-stocking in a few weeks. You can subscribe to the in-stock notification on the product page. Good things take time. We appreciate your patience!


  • We ship worldwide. All items are sent via our shipping partners UPS/Fedex. Your items may need to be signed for upon receipt.

  • Due to security reasons, we cannot ship to PO boxes.

  • Some items are ready for shipment in our workshop, located in Istanbul. In stock items dispatch within 6-7 working days after payment has cleared using our shipping partners, UPS & FedEx. If the item is not in stock, then we will need to make your order.

  • Deliveries to USA addresses will take 3-4 days. For the UK and Europe, 2-3 days. To Australia, 6-7 days. For the rest of the world, expect a maximum of 7 working days. Plus production times.

  • Buyers are responsible for customs duties. There are no additional taxes for goods being delivered to the USA.
  • European Union : New rules after 1 July 2021; we charged VAT for orders up to 150€. It means no hidden or extra customs  fees during the delivery. Orders more than 150€ subject to customs same as before. 
  • UK : Orders are subject to VAT. Around %20 percent. + courier fees.
  • Brazil: Due to high taxes, we suggest to use a redirecting service like Regarding redirecting services, I've been using fishisfast.com
  • Most countries, except the USA, are subject to VAT (value added tax) and customs duties. These are the responsibility of the recipient. Since rates vary by country and by what was ordered.
  • Shipping fees are automatically calculated during the checkout process. See your checkout for shipping options. As an example, a small journal's shipping fee starts at US$9.80.
  • HS Tariff Code for Leather Goods 420221 (You can check your country import regulations with this code)

Returns - Cancellations

  • Items (except personalized items) can be returned for a full refund within 7 days of receipt. Buyer is responsible for the Shipping costs. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have before placing an order.
  • Due to all items are made to order, after receiving your order, we immideatly start to make your items. We don't accept cancellations/changes after orders placed.

Embossed Monogram

  • Products suitable for personalization, are shown on the product pages.It is and additional option.
  • Currently, we can't customize the wooden items.
  • If you want a monogram option on your item please select it from choose box at the right side of the page.
  • The Monogram default position will be on the front right bottom corner. Up to 3 characters. 
  • Up to 3 characters you can personalize your item with ; A....Z Capital letters    0....9 numbers    . , & ! # - _ @ / : * punctuation.
  • Font and height, the default for this listing is Times New Roman, 1 cm high, same as the lead picture.