Maruman Mnemosyne Notebook Overview

We’re pretty picky when it comes to paper around here at GouletPens.com, so when we pick up a new line of notebooks it has to be pretty exciting for us to go for it. Maruman Mnemosyne fits that bill for us. Maruman is a Japanese paper company that has several lines of notebooks, one of which is this Mnemosyne, named after the Greek goddess of memory.

What’s usually the big hangup with notebooks is the paper quality, because if you are primarily a fountain pen user like we are here, you need something fairly ink-resistant so you don’t end up with fat lines of fuzzy-looking writing. This Mnemosyne paper definitely holds up, almost comparable to the ever-popular Rhodia brand.

We shot this rather comprehensive video giving an overview of the Mnemosyne products we’re carrying at GouletPens.com, with some timestamps here to make it easier for your reference:

  • Features Overview – 1:19
  • Inspiration and Imagination – 3:52
  • Side Wirebound – 7:09
  • Memo Notebook – 9:27
  • Top Wirebound Notepad – 10:09
  • Paper Performance with Ink – 12:45

Common features across the Mnemosyne line:

  • 80gsm white paper
  • Perforated pages
  • Grey lines
  • Double-wire black spiral binding
  • Black plastic covers

Creative Style Notepads:

N180, $13.00

  • A4 size (11.69″ x 8.86″)
  • Top wirebound
  • 5mm graph paper (blank on back side of each sheet)
  • Landscape format
  • 70 sheets

N181, $13.00

  • A4 size (11.69″ x 8.86″)
  • Top wirebound
  • Blank paper
  • Landscape format
  • 70 sheets 

N182, $7.40

  • A5 size (8.23″ x 5.94″)
  • Top wirebound
  • 5mm graph paper (blank on back side of each sheet)
  • Landscape format
  • 70 sheets 

N183, $7.40

  • A5 size (8.23″ x 5.94″)
  • Top wirebound
  • Blank paper
  • Landscape format
  • 70 sheets

Basic Style Notepads:

N192, $2.40

  • B7 size (3.03″ x 5″)
  • Top wirebound
  • 5mm lined paper
  • 50 sheets

N193, $2.00

  • A7 size (2.32″ x 4.33″)
  • Top wirebound
  • 5mm lined paper
  • 50 sheets

N196, $4.40

  • B6 size (5.04″ x 7.09″)
  • Top wirebound
  • 7mm lined paper
  • 50 sheets

Basic Style Notebooks:

N194, $6.60

  • B5 size (7.17″ x 9.92″)
  • Side wirebound
  • 7mm lined paper
  • 80 sheets 

N195, $6.00

  • A5 size (5.94″ x 8.23″)
  • Side wirebound
  • 7mm lined paper
  • 80 sheets

N199, $13.00

  • A4 size (8.86″ x 11.69″)
  • Side wirebound
  • 7mm lined paper
  • 70 sheets

N197, $5.00

  • A6 size (4.25″ x 5.83″)
  • Side wirebound
  • 7mm lined paper with vertical line for checkboxes (blank on back side of each sheet)
  • 80 sheets 

The Maruman Mnemosyne Word Cards have been discontinued and are no longer available.

We’re excited to add this new paper brand to our lineup. You can check out more details at GouletPens.com. If you have any questions please ask in the comments below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-06T17:58:17+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Paper Reviews|20 Comments
  • ★ keri ★

    I’m so excited that you’re carrying Mnemosyne now! I had been wanting to get the Word Cards for months, after seeing someone do Ink Drop sampling with them I think? but kept delaying until I could get free shipping… and now I can just get them from you 😀

    As soon as I got the In stock alert today, I ordered one of the Word Card sets with a bunch of new ink samples… but I just realized I have over 120 inks (vast majority are sample phials…), so I probably should have ordered 2! Ah, well, I forgot to actually get bottles of some of my favorite inks, so I suppose I have a reason to make another order in a couple weeks… especially if I end up liking some of the samples I ordered today as much as I expect to do.

    • Madigan

      Hey Keri! It’s such a fun way to keep track of the inks you have tried. You have so many colors!! I think you’ll have a lot of fun with this project. 🙂

  • ★ keri ★

    I'm so excited that you're carrying Mnemosyne now! I had been wanting to get the Word Cards for months, after seeing someone do Ink Drop sampling with them I think? but kept delaying until I could get free shipping… and now I can just get them from you 😀

    As soon as I got the In stock alert today, I ordered one of the Word Card sets with a bunch of new ink samples… but I just realized I have over 120 inks (vast majority are sample phials…), so I probably should have ordered 2! Ah, well, I forgot to actually get bottles of some of my favorite inks, so I suppose I have a reason to make another order in a couple weeks… especially if I end up liking some of the samples I ordered today as much as I expect to do.

  • judy

    Yay! This is excellent news! I have a few of the notebooks and I’ve been using the Word Cards to keep track of my ink samples.

    • Madigan

      Hi Judy! The Word Cards are a lot of fun. How many inks have you sampled at this point? Do you have a favorite?

  • judy

    Yay! This is excellent news! I have a few of the notebooks and I've been using the Word Cards to keep track of my ink samples.

  • Tom Johnson

    What a great selection of notebooks and notepads! Great review. I’m going to have to add the Word Cards to my next order, along with the Vanishing Point stub nib (when can I request an email notification for this?). The options here are more than I ever expected. This will take some study to see which items I will want to add to my paper arsenal. Thanks Brian.

    • Madigan

      Hey Tom! Obviously, I’m catching up after my vacation but did you manage to get the stub nib?? I hope you are enjoying it along with those Word Cards! It’s a great way to keep your samples organized and remember which ones you’ve already tried. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    What a great selection of notebooks and notepads! Great review. I'm going to have to add the Word Cards to my next order, along with the Vanishing Point stub nib (when can I request an email notification for this?). The options here are more than I ever expected. This will take some study to see which items I will want to add to my paper arsenal. Thanks Brian.

  • I'm very excited to buy some word cards for keeping track of my inks. Very convenient that I can buy them in the same place as my samples.

  • PamV

    I love these notebooks! Until now, I’ve only been able to get a very limited selection. Thank you Goulet Pens for carrying this great line!

    • Madigan

      Hi Pam! I’m glad we were able to provide you with additional notebooks. These are pretty great! 🙂

  • PamV

    I love these notebooks! Until now, I've only been able to get a very limited selection. Thank you Goulet Pens for carrying this great line!

  • Calligraphy Nut

    Was able to play with the Word Cards and 181 (A4 – Blank) this weekend. The cards are perfect for ink swatching and the heavier weight responded well to even heavy passes with ink. The 181 is a fantastic paper – I swear it feels a little smoother than Rhodia but perhaps that is just me. It is great for sketching on and the wirebound plastic cover offers great protection over other notebook manufacturers.

    • Madigan

      Glad to hear you are a fan, Calligraphy Nut! The paper quality is fantastic. 🙂

  • Ramalingaswamy

    Mr.Goulet, an Italian brand “Fabriano” has one note pad with graph on one side and blank on the other. It is named ‘ego’. Nice quality.

    • Madigan

      Oooh! That sounds interesting. I’ll have to look it up Thanks for the suggestion! We’re always on the look out for new great brands. 🙂

      • ItwasLuck

        @Madigan have you tried the fabriano?

  • Austin

    What happened to the Word Cards? Are they no longer produced?

  • Adrian

    Mnemosyne is pronounced nee-mos-uh-nee.