LIFE Bank Paper Stationery Review

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

Life Bank Paper is a smooth woven paper that I really like for its high quality and simplicity.  They are sold in pad of 100 sheets and packages of 20 envelopes in A4 and A5 sizes.  I purchased the A5.

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

I do not know the weight of this paper but my guess is that it is somewhere between 90 and 100 gsm based on comparisons with other papers.  The paper is thin enough that I can use a guide sheet to keep my sentences straight (something I really need help with).

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

The pad has a nice pink blotter page.  The paper handles fountain pen ink with flawless performance.

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

No bleed-through no feathering.  The paper is thin so you do get some ghosting but it’s not enough to bother me.

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

The envelopes paper lined and have a very faint unusual embossing (?)

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

Maybe it’s a watermark but it seems pressed into the paper and holding it up to the light makes it harder to see. The other strange thing is that it appears to be printed backwards as if you are to read it from the inside of the envelope but you can’t because they have a paper lining.  As a sanity check I looked at the other envelopes and they are all done this same way.

LIFE Bank Paper Stationery

The embossing or whatever it is reads “THREE DIAMONDS”; I don’t know what it refers to.  I also am not sure why they call it bank paper.  It’s a simple woven paper not something that you would use for bank notes.

…anyways I paid about $7 for the pad and $6 for the envelopes when I was in Japan.  I really wish I had bought a lot more of the pads because they cost approximately the same as an A5 Rhodia pad.  In the United States the prices I have seen are a lot higher, $20-$22 for the pad only and that price I wouldn’t bother.

UPDATE: Mystery Solved!  Thanks to Mr. Bruno Taut of Crónicas Estilográficas

I have been informed that this paper is actually manufactured by Mitsubishi, hence the watermark “THREE DIAMONDS”.  According to Mr. Taut this paper’s originates from the Mitsubishi Group’s banking activities, the most visible of these being Japan’s largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

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LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery Review

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

The LIFE Airmail letter set (LIFE L1096 + E26) offers both retro styling and an affordable price.  I paid approximately $7 USD for the set which contains 10 “VIA AIR MAIL” envelopes and 50 sheets of onion skin paper.  Purchased individually the pad is $5 and the envelope is $2.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

For those not familiar with onion skin paper, it is a durable but thin transparent paper that resembles, you guessed it, the skin of an onion.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

I wouldn’t dare use a fountain pen on a standard tracing paper but this LIFE onion skin paper is of excellent quality.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

 

There is some very minor feathering with all of the fountain pens and the Pilot Hi-Tec Point gel pen but it is not enough to bother me.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

I experienced no bleed through as evidenced by this perfectly clean template I used for the writing sample.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

The guide sheet is double sided to accommodate different writing styles.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

Because this paper is transparent you aren’t likely going to want to write on both sides.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

 

The envelopes are my favorite part of the set.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

 

They look great.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

The envelopes feature self adhesive and have a security pattern on the inside which reads “TOKYO LIFE”.

LIFE Airmail Letter Set Stationery

Like all other LIFE products I have come across, the Airmail letter set is well executed and of a high quality.   I would have liked to see a blotter page in the pad but that is a small gripe.