When Using A Fountain Pen On Any Old Paper Won’t Do10/09/2013
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.