Would you buy a Clairefontaine composition book?

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The marbled black-and-white composition book is a classic, and has served as inspiration for a number of interesting ventures (the so-called decomposition book among them).

We recently got an email asking if we could develop our own composition book in the classic 9.75″ x 7.5″ size, with 80- or 90-gram Clairefontaine paper and thick cardboard covers.

Our notebooks tend to follow metric sizes, but as a composition book fan myself, I’m intrigued. Of course, a version with Clairefontaine paper would cost substantially more than the $1-$3 versions that are currently on the market.

Would you be interested in a Clairefontaine composition book?

19 thoughts on “Would you buy a Clairefontaine composition book?

  1. I realize it’s been a while since this topic was started and last commented upon, but I would buy classic composition notebooks with Clairefontaine paper in a heartbeat. Especially if they came in college rule. I’ve got a stash of composition notebooks made by an American company in Brazil. The covers are sturdy and the paper is wonderful, smooth, like thin Clairefontaine paper. But due to price pressure from Wal-Mart, they cut down on the quality of the cover and the paper 9and it’s not like they were ever expensive to begin with. So when my stash is used up, that’s it. Go for it.

  2. Yes! I’m tired of all these poor-quality composition notebooks. My elementary school kids are required to have five each, and they are supposed to last all semester, if not all year. Invariably, though, they fall apart way before then, presenting a bit of a problem; also, the pages are always so thin. Please, please, make one!! Happy to pay a much higher price. It would be worth it.

  3. In thinking more about composition notebooks with excellent paper, I’m moving toward “maybe” with the price point to determine the purchase.

    BTW While a wirebound notebook as described might be nice, it is not a composition notebook.

  4. I’d buy such a book without hesitation if the pages are narrow-ruled.

    I’d prefer the pine-green marbled covers of Royal Vernon Line notebooks: they were the top-of-the-line notebooks when I was a boy in school. They seem to have disappeared from the face of the earth, or at least from the face of the Internet.

  5. I would buy a hard backed wirebound composition book. I frequently write in meetings without benefit of a table. The hard back wirebound is essential for me for that reason. I can fold it back and hold it with one hand while I wrtie with the other.

    These are, oddly, hard to find. Many, many wirebound notebooks out there. Very few have hard backs. And by hard back, I mean 60 pt chipboard type covers or more.

    I’d give anything to have Clairefontaine paper in that notebook form factor.

  6. I’m not working against anyone or anything. The original question was would I, personally, be interested in such a project, and my honest answer is no. It would be like buying those ceramic versions of NYC cardboard coffee cups–a “retro” falsification of an authentic object. Or like most things in the absurdly over-priced Levenger catalogue. I love Clairefontaine paper, and I love simple rough-and-tumble comp books, but both for their own unique functions and character. If it works for you, though, and if it works for a majority of people, then by all means, Exaclair should pursue it.

  7. Absolutely! I see nothing wrong with marrying the practical (and elegantly simple) form of the comp book with the wonderful quality of Clairefontaine. I’ve long appreciated the construction and size of composition books (and classically marbled stiff covers), but anyone who writes with fountain pens well knows the shortcomings of the paper therein.

    If you can keep it under $15 (what Levenger’s Notabilia notebooks go for at the moment), I’m sure fans will come thick and fast, me among them!

    I am totally mystified by the reverse snobbism of the previous poster. If you’re happy with cheap, scratchy paper, fine… buy cheap paper. Why work against the rest of us to whom this sounds like a marriage made in scribers’ heaven?

    Very excited at the possibility! 🙂

  8. Well, I know that the paper would be terrific, but the end product kind of inauthentic, a European take on a fundamental American object. Or worse: a pretentious “upgrade” of a thing that is perfect already in its own humble way, scratchy paper and all. (I find those Decomposition notebooks quite pretentious, by the way!) Leave the marbled comp book just the way it is, in drug stores and back-to-school sales at 10 for $1.00.

  9. The staple bounds fill that need for me and have more cheerful colors. I prefer their sizes. Nostalgia is no reason to pay more for a need already being met by your lovely staple bound notebooks.


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