Does anyone have any recommendations for a regular low cost paper to use for general use that is decent with fountain pens? I prefer a paper that isn’t too smooth, but that doesn’t feather or bleed with modest pens.
We had a batch of recycled paper from Costco that had a good balance of being a bit absorbent but not too much so. The next box we bought was pretty different and much more bleedy. I’ve also been betrayed by HP premium laser 24lb. For some reason they’ve either changed it, or aren’t very consistent, my new ream is smooth, but way more absorbent and bleedy.
I have Rhodia, and it’s good for special use, but I’m looking for something I can use more waste fully and casually. My ideal paper feels more like textured or wood fibre like rather than glossy. I liked the recycled paper in that way, it felt like it was made of wood rather than plastic. I use drawing paper for calligraphy and am intrigued to try something similar, though it’s too thick for regular use.
I appreciate that this might be a bit ridiculous, but figure some here might have be interested in chatting specifics on paper
Update: we have this totally unbranded loose leaf from the early 2000s that works perfectly. The ink doesn’t spread, feather, bleed, or even show through much. It was probably mega cheap at a back to school sale. The problem is I’ll never be able to find out what brand it was, and even if I did, it was probably so cheap that the company wouldn’t be consistently producing it with the same properties batch to batch. I need an unlimited supply, one stack in lines, and another blank without holes bunch.
Blaargh, but at least I’ll enjoy the pile of it left over from when my wife was in high school.
The Franklin Christoph does look nice. For me that would probably still fall into the special use pricing, it seems similar to Rhodia money if my mental exchange rate conversion etc... is reasonable. I suppose my hesitancy to spend on paper is a bit irrational given the $$$ that flow out to pens.
At home when I don’t have a letter to write I’ll just write gibberish things that come to mind. At work I’ll take unnecessary notes etc... it feels wrong to use nice paper for these kinds of things. For a while I was conducting an inksperiment, where I’d write standard length pages of text until a pen went dry(not in one sitting), basically just filling page after page, to see how many pages my various pens would get on one fill.
Another Update: I bought a few cheap notebooks at Wal-mart and Dollarama. We don't seem to have any Caliber brand paper here. I've been looking, michelleg, I've seen elsewhere on line too that it performs well.
Some insights: Hilroy paper, specifically the made in Canada from domestic and imported ingredients is terrible - bleed, feather to the max! It makes sense though, if you look at it, even the ink they used to make the lines has spread when put down on the paper.
I tried a Pen+Gear composition notebook from Walmart, made in China. Initial tests look pretty good. From Dollarama a coiled notebook made in Indonesia looks pretty good. Also Dollarama, a composition notebook made in India seems excellent. Finally a coil notebook from Dollarama made in Vietnam seems not as nice, with a bit of bleed and feather. The Dollarama notebooks are all Studio brand. I'm not sure if these findings will have any applicability outside Canada, but figured I'd post. Maybe it'll be of use to someone one day.
I'll plan to update more after I've used these longer, my tests so far were just a few sentences at the start of a page.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a regular low cost paper to use for general use that is decent with fountain pens? I prefer a paper that isn’t too smooth, but that doesn’t feather or bleed with modest pens....
I'm trying a new (to me) paper that's doing very well with fountain pen ink. There's no feathering, no bleed through, and minimal, if any, ghosting.
The paper is made by Southworth. It's 24 pound (90 gsm), has a wove finish, is 25% cotton, and is watermarked. I have the natural color, but it's also available in white and ivory. I bought 500 sheets on Amazon for $19.50, with free shipping courtesy of Amazon Prime.
If you'd like to give it a try, send me your address and I'll send you a few sheets to experiment with.
Post by oregonclaire on Sept 26, 2020 20:20:47 GMT
I use Hammermill Premium Laser Print 24lb Copy Paper when I print my own stationery. Fountain pen ink doesn't feather or bleed through, and generally looks pretty good. It doesn't show sheening from sheening-type inks, but all the rest are fine.
I recently found, via Instagram, that Caliber brand loose leaf paper, sold by CVS, is pretty darn fountain pen friendly. I started a second Instagram account, mainly for pen stuff and posted a couple photos there. The account is never_toomanypens
I guess my favorite paper is Tomoe River paper and L!fe bank paper. I think both can be purchased form jetpens.com. Both are very fountain pen friendly. I have also used Clairefontaine and found it to be fountain pen friendly.
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