The Quest for Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

I’ve always had a bit of an “out-sized enthusiasm” for pens and pencils and paper etc., as long as I can remember. Even in early childhood I was fascinated with the Big Chief writing tablets and those giant pencils with the metallic paint, more than any other part of the learning process. You’d think that would result in decent handwriting and penmanship, but, nope. Still working on that.

Anyway, jumping to today, I find myself in the “hobby” of fountain pens and ink, which means by inference, paper. For the uninitiated, this means the quality and character of the paper influences the writing experience just as much as the pen and ink you choose. It’s not like using a pencil or ballpoint pen, which work well enough on about any paper. Yes, if you are sketching or doing pen art, the paper quality is a factor, but with fountain pens the paper becomes more than a factor, it’s crucial.

In my wandering experimentation with inks and pens, paper has become even more interesting for me to test and evaluate (partly because I now have a nice selection of inks and pens to rotate around and play with, so it’s logical to move to the next part of the equation). Below I will track some particular paper brands and flavors I’ve tested or heard about, with notes, so this is a work-in-progress. As with my other blog entries, I don’t expect anyone to actually read it, so this is created mostly for my own reference and amusement. But like the man who walks around his house nude except for a formal top hat he wears, I write all the above “just in case”.

Paper Evaluations

  • Tomoe River
    • Often used in re-branded notebooks. e.g. Tekukor, GLP, Bond Travel Gear, etc.
  • Rhodia
  • Kokuyo Sarasara
    • “There are multiple grades of kokuyo paper. Mio, todai, sarasara, shikkari. Maybe others. Mio is the highest grade. I’m not sure how to rank the others.”
  • Maruman Mnemosyne

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Published by Mark

Is this the self-aggrandizing section? OK, so in summary I'm an over-experienced writer, engineer, software developer, designer, teacher, and amateur musician. Father, brother, son, I'm just moving through life trying to leave the world a better place than I found it.

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