Testing Ink Resist On Different Papers

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Have you ever been writing in a notebook and noticed that your ink doesn’t “stick” to the lines or dots that are printed on the page? If so, you’ve experienced something called ink resist. As the name implies, it is literally where part of the page resists the ink being applied to it. If the term sounds familiar, you may …

Nuuna Flexcover Notebook Review

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Nuuna notebooks remained a bit of a mystery to me until recently. They don’t seem to be very popular in the States, so I’m sorry to say that I’d never even heard of them. Someone commented on a blog post suggesting I try them, which first brought them to my attention. Then I noticed that someone I follow on Instagram …

Tomoe River Paper Replacement Or Alternative

Which Papers Are Good Tomoe River Replacements?

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If you’re connected to the online fountain pen community in any way, you’ve probably heard rumblings about Tomoe River paper lately. If you haven’t heard yet, it seems that Tomoegawa, the company who manufacturers Tomoe River, has plans to shut down the machine that currently makes Tomoe River later this year. A replacement machine for manufacturing has not yet been …

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The Big Paper Retesting and Rerating

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If you’re familiar with this site, you know that I’m a big fan of good paper. So much so, that I came up with my own rating system to test different papers. These tests involve using the exact same pens and inks every time in an effort to get consistent results. I have been using this system for more than …

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New Paper Search Tool Now Available!

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I recently started working on a tool that I hoped would prove to be a comprehensive search experience for anyone looking for specific paper qualities. Initially, these specific qualities were more or less what is already available in my Massive List of Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Ratings post. After coming up with a first draft and getting a bit of …

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What Are Typical Sheen And Ink Color Combinations?

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There is something fascinating about an ink with beautiful sheen. Maybe it’s how a colorful metallic sheen can enhance how handwriting looks, or maybe it’s just that it feels a little magical to write with a blue ink and have it appear red when viewed from a certain angle. Have you ever noticed that certain ink colors tend to have …

Custom Paper Sample Pack Updates

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I’m back with another Shop update. After February’s successful limited edition InCoWriMo Stationery Sample Pack, I wanted to add some new papers I had discovered to the Custom Sample Pack. I’ve also been looking around for other high-quality papers that may be of interest to paper lovers. The New Additions One paper that I’m excited to now offer is Kokuyo …