When Using A Fountain Pen On Any Old Paper Won’t Do


Are you a creature of convenience, grabbing printer paper and used envelopes for notes and such? It is easy to go for whatever is handy, but fountain pens aren’t always agreeable. That well-turned phrase can look like a sloppy mess with feathering and spreading that makes reading at a later date a chore. The smaller the lettering, the worse the offense. Time to find a compromise between cost and quality.

HP Premium Choice Laser 32# has been my standard printer paper for years, and it is good with fountain pens if overkill for casual use. With a backlog of printing and knowing a ream would disappear quickly, recently I opted for Hammermill Inkjet 24# and was not disappointed.

Certainly it’s fine for common printing tasks, but it works well with a variety of inks and pens, too. No feathering or fuzzy outlines with any fountain pen ink. Although there was mild show-through with every pen, the only ones that bled through were the Sharpie Fine Point and the Copic Sketch. Much to my surprise, the brush pens did not bleed through. For general needs, the Hammermill will do just fine.

There is a price difference of note. At Costco, HP Choice sells for $13.99 per ream while the Hammermill Inkjet goes for $5.99. For those who go through paper in quantity, that’s a significant savings.

Hammermill Inkjet 24# Paper


  1. Thanks for the tip. I’ve read alot about the HP paper but never realized it was that pricey. I feed my printer whatever is on sale at Wally World right now but rarely handwrite on it. I’ve been threatening my wallet to go buy one ream of the HP stuff as I don’t write alot so it would last me a really long time. Maybe I’ll try the Hammermill instead.


    • Bob, if you kept the HP for writing rather than printing, a ream would last a very long time. It is a heavier paper and quite good with FP ink. I purchased a ream of it on sale years ago for FP writing and business correspondence, but use the Hammermill for casual printing and handwritten things that are less important or will only get tossed in the recycle bin after using both sides. It is a serious improvement over junk paper. I’ve seen discounts recently that brought the price down to less than a dollar a ream at either Staples or Office Depot. That deal is over, but I’ll watch for another one and share it on my blog now that I know Hammermill is worth buying.


  2. This is a very inexpensive way to find out what fountain pens are all about. If you are not a newby but don’t use FPs any longer, discover improvements made in recent years. Noodlers ink, for example, becomes permanent when it hits the fibers in paper, is water soluable in your pen. So get in there with these great disposable pens!


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