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Le Kraft Refillable Notebook (Medium) - Kaufmann Mercantile


Medium-sized notebook (6 x 8.3 inches) with 90 detachable sheets of striped pure virgin fiber kraft paper. Saint-Etienne rayon elastic strap. Lightweight screws hold the binding together. Handmade in Paris. Comes in six colors.

This notebook is still made by hand in Paris, and is not part of a tradition of cheap imports. In fact, the manufacturer, Le Compagnie du Kraft, warns they are "the least productive notebook makers in the whole Western world."

Unbleached kraft paper is not commonly found inside the plethora of notebooks offered on supermarket and office supply store shelves. But it is uncommonly perfect for writing - especially because of the lightly glazed surface of the pages, which invite the pen to show off its best work.

Kraft paper is a 100% biodegradable natural product. The pulp is made from long virgin fibers of maritime pine (“virgin” meaning it comes from fresh sources instead of recycled waste paper) and is not bleached, to ensure minimal chemical processing and to retain the wood’s natural color.

The natural brown paper inside this medium-sized notebook is machine-glazed on one side, which produces a lined effect within the fiber of the paper. The other side of the page, unglazed, is very fibrous and matte and a little rougher on the pen, but still useful. It would be interesting to try writing in this book the way Isaac Newton did, starting from the beginning (writing on the glazed sides only), then starting from the back, writing only on the unfinished pages.

Le Compagnie du Kraft provides this caveat in their catalogue: their notebooks haven’t been made to fit some category of practicality or handiness. Instead, they’re tough tools that almost nobody has or uses. The notebooks like being outdoors, they smell good, they adapt, they listen to your moods, and they get better with age. Also, they’re made for bruisers.

This urbanproof log book is as indestructible as the toughest city slicker. Perfect for sketching, daily jottings, or writing letters, since the pages rip out. Use it outdoors or in, adapted to the urban professional or forest ranger.

"The production line at the factory is like a theme park: the smell of oil tickles your nostrils, the motions of the machinery hypnotize you and the sounds create an atmosphere like in a Fritz Lang film. Yet the notebooks exude modernity. They are a memory of your visit to the old school park." -Sylvain Fustier, digital designer in Paris

Since 1930, Le Kraft Du Compagnie has produced notebooks they claim are not meant to be practical or handy. They're made for guys with the hands of a lumberjack. They're made for bruisers.

Kraft paper is 100% biodegradable, and can be fully assimilated into its original natural environment once broken down, since the pulp is made from the long virgin fibres of maritime pine and is not bleached.

When Le Kraft does sell bleached paper (which we will sell as a refill), it's been ozone bleached, a process that uses the natural substance ozone, requiring no chemicals for the scouring and bleaching process. Ozone bleaching also cuts CO2 emissions in half compared to conventional bleaching.
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