Posts Tagged ‘fountain pen paper’

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The Stamford Notebook

09/21/2014

The Stamford Notebook Company offered me the opportunity to test the paper used in their handsome notebooks. How could I refuse?

Paul Sloggett, one of the partners, had this to say about their choice of paper:

It is what we use in all our main range featuring around 70 colours and textures of notebook cover, in four different sizes. The paper is a 100 gsm off-white wove. It is so smooth because it is calendered during manufacture.

We also personalise notebooks with an individual’s initials using original letterpress type and bind many different special editions for retailers and visitor attractions.

Despite the blue slant of my photos, the paper has a slight warmth to it that is easy on the eyes and quite neutral under fountain pen ink. The lines are faint and offer a guide, but not a distraction. The surface is smooth posing no obstacle to the flow of ink and nib. Even the finest Japanese nib should glide across it. In my test the paper accommodated a variety of pen widths from extra-fine to medium with aplomb. However, my flex nibs laid down too much ink showing mild feathering and bleed-through. The ink dried well enough with finer nibs, but was slow with the wide and free-flowing ones.  Still it handily puts Moleskine to shame.

So if you like fine or dry-writing nibs, this paper should work well. The notebooks come in a variety of colors with good attention to detail based on images from the website. Free shipping if you live in the U.K. Lucky you!

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Sailor Peach Pink Ink And A Maruman Croquis Notebook

04/13/2014

Jet Pens sent a bottle of Sailor Peach Pink ink and a Maruman Croquis notebook in the same box. Naturally they got paired for product tests, following a quick go on a Staples pad, and became fast friends immediately.

Sailor inks have a deservedly good reputation and an expanding catalog of lovely colors. The characteristics are well-matched to smooth Sailor nibs. Not that other inks don’t work well in Sailor fountain pens, but the flow and degree of lubrication seem especially well-suited at least to the Sapporo and the 1911 in my collection.

 

The photos don’t reflect the color well, but Peach Pink is a slightly warm pink that goes well with aqua and turquoise. It is pretty on cream paper and suits the Maruman Croquis very well.

It’s a good ink for a wide nib and showed some shading with a cursive italic nib, a dry-writing straight-cut affair. The ink isn’t very lubricating and would be a good match for a free-flowing pen that could use a bit of taming.

The Maruman Croquis S163, 4.2″ X 6″, notebook makes a useful sketchbook, but since it works beautifully with all of the pens I tested, it would make a good journal, too.

Of course Sharpies bled through, but they do that on most paper.

Watercolor sketching with a typical amount of water did cause the 45# paper to buckle. Using a dry brush lessened that effect.

Paint straight from the tube did not buckle at all.

The cardboard cover is strong enough to make the Croquis suitable for use in the field though the size is at my limit for a width I can hold without strain.

Colored pencils would be a very good match for the paper as would graphite. Ink produced some show-through, but it is at a tolerable level for a writing journal. For artistic purposes, one-sided use would be better so that nothing interferes with the appearance of the drawing or painting.

A pale painting could be a good backdrop for a haiku poem or an inspirational quote.

The performance was good enough to make the Maruman Croquis a multi-purpose journal in a very convenient size and Sailor Peach Pink makes a very good mate for the pale cream paper.  Neither will go to waste around here. Not at all.

Want a bottle of Sailor ink, but can’t decide which one? Let me make it harder for you.

Oh, and a big thanks to Jet Pens for the ink and paper. I am always a sucker for both.

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Where Do Inkophiles Go For Kicks?

01/29/2014

So this is where you go.

Sites clicked most often from Inkophile

The list covers the past year, but looking at just the past three months, Paper For Fountain Pens has risen to number six while Levenger has disappeared. Otherwise, the list has remained fairly consistent. You guys are definitely pen people, but some art supplies sites like Daniel Smith and Jackson’s Art are coming on strong. Diversification is imminent.

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The Ink Whisperer – Tomoe River Paper

01/24/2014

“Love” is the best way to describe my initial response to Tomoe River paper. For correspondence, general writing, or musing in a journal, this line brought joy to every fountain pen and ink duo tested. This is a writer’s paper.

The word-of-mouth is consistently outstanding, a rarity in the fountain pen community. There is no substitute for first-hand experience, so I solicited a sample from Jay at Paper For Fountain Pens. I was hoping for a few sheets, but he generously sent a journal, a pad and a packet of single sheets. He included a three-page letter that immediately got passed around to family members who were impressed with the texture and the thinness of the paper. We all use fountain pens and the amazing performance as evidenced by Jay’s letter wowed us all. Rest assured we are not easily impressed.

There is something unusually satisfying about the combination of weight and texture. It is not unlike airmail paper or even the paper in some Bibles. For people who are fascinated with paper, Tomoe River will delight the senses.

Tomoe River is smooth but not glassy and for fountain pens, that is a very good thing. It is smooth enough to tame even a scratchy nib and that earns it the highest marks. Given the weight of the paper, there is surprisingly mild show-through and only the occasional dot of bleed-through. The thin sheets pack a lot of writing into a very small profile.

The only caveat is that the paper needs somewhat gentle handling and the support of a solid writing surface. The journal format meets both criteria, but the pad and single sheets could use a protective binder and a desk or clip board for best performance. In fact the pad would benefit from a cover that could easily be constructed from a heavier paper measuring 9.5 – 10″ x 6 1/10″. This would allow enough extra paper to wrap around the top edge and glue to the back of the pad. It won’t interfere with detaching pages, but it will protect the top page and the edge where the pages are glued together.

Ink whisperer is fitting as the writing samples above show, but Noodler’s Blue Nose Bear is in a class unto itself. It’s a lovely color, but feathers on many brands and grades of paper as the samples below demonstrate. However, Tomoe River tames the beast and that is no mean feat.

This is one of the few papers that enhances shading. Yes, you read that right. The writing sample shows how well it does the job with inks that are so inclined.

Peruse the Paper for Fountain Pens website for more information, but suffice to say, this is one paper that won’t disappoint. I would never say you need to own anything, but Tomoe River might be the exception.

More at PenPaperInkLetter including a gazillion photos.

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A Few Links Plus A Short Story

01/12/2014

I’m on my second used Volvo and would take that wagon in a heartbeat…

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A Few Entertaining Links

11/24/2013

It was a week filled with distractions, but a few entertaining items filtered through despite it all…

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Mixed Results With A Mead Comp Book

05/12/2013

The test scan tells the tale of the fountain pen ink and the Mead Composition Book. The smooth paper ought to behave better but the performance is about what you would expect from a low-end product.

Mead Composition Book

At 100 sheets/200 pages, the show-through and bleed-through limit use to one side so it isn’t exactly a bargain. Still the low amount of feathering with some inks means this comp book has its uses.

Mead Composition Book with Fountain Pen Ink

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The designs for the cardboard covers are simple if youthful and the college ruling will work well for most writers. The dimensions are 9.75 x 7.5 inches and will lay flat after a little use. The notebook comes with a stitched binding concealed by a cloth strip which is typical for any composition book.

My comp book was made in Vietnam in 2012 so another run might have different properties. For $1.50 at Target stores, you just might find a slot for it in your paper arsenal.

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