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Staples Filler Paper – Will It Work For You?

09/07/2012

Ruled filler paper that plays well with fountain pens can be a challenge to find. Bagasse or pineapple paper has been the best inexpensive product on the market for the last few years but it is in short supply. Last night at Staples I could only find the ringed notebooks and the wide-ruled composition books. The filler paper is long gone and not expected to return. So what’s a fountain pen aficionado to do?

A recent discussion at Fountain Pen Network piqued my interest in Staples College Ruled Filler Paper so I bought a packet and put it to the test. The results were a little mixed but for most people it should work well enough. The only less than perfect ink was Diamine Ultra Green but I’ve seen it feather on Apica with the same free-flowing pen. It is a small amount of feathering but to a perfectionist, it might be annoying.

The paper is smooth and light weight. All inks displayed show-through on the reverse but not so much that I couldn’t write legibly. Again Diamine Ultra Green was the exception and bled through too much to write on the back. I love the swathe of green but have concluded this ink is not the best for general purposes. Noodler’s Ottoman Azure and Diamine Mediterranean Blue suit the red margin and blue lines nicely. Other inks had no issues but I like those two blue inks best for this paper.

At 75¢ for 120 sheets, it is easy to put this paper through your own test. Note that the packet I purchased is marked ©2012 to the left of the bar code and was made in Brazil. Product from other regions may not perform similarly.

Don’t take the scan as a good representation of ink color. It is unadjusted, unfiltered, and served without prejudice so you can reach your own conclusions about Staples filler paper.

Staples Ruled Filler Paper

Staples Ruled Filler Paper

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10 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. The Norcom composition notebooks made in Brazil are very friendly to most fountain pen inks as well. I usually by about a dozen of these notebooks each August at back-to-school sales.

    I recently tried several fountain pen inks on some loose-leaf filler paper purchased at Dollar General. The manufacturer is Norcom but the paper is made in the USA and it did extremely well! The Norcom made in the USA composition notebooks that I’ve tried in the past did not fair so well with fp inks.

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    • Thanks for the feedback on other products, Bart. Brazilian paper is acquiring a good reputation. Are you able to write on the back of the paper? In a comp book that would be essential for my use.

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      • Yes, I can quite easily. I go through about 4 each year, using them as prayer journals. Most of the time I use Quink Black or Skrip Black, but I’ve used other inks in them as well (R&K Sepia, Lamy BB, Lamy Blue, Lamy Black, R&K Scabiosa, and others). I’m sure there are some ink/pen combinations that would prevent you from using both sides, but I’ve been very pleased.

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        • That’s a good variety of inks that have worked well for you and an excellent recommendation for the comp books. Thanks for sharing your successes.

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          • You’re very welcome.

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    • Please excuse my misspelling of “buy” in the first paragraph.

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      • Typos happen – kind of like other “stuff” in life.

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  3. [...] Most anything from Clairefontaine and Rhodia will do. Much of what comes from Japan is good and my Staples Brazilian filler paper is working out nicely as well. Note that very smooth paper may slow drying time with some inks. [...]

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