In the world of fountain pens, smooth paper is typically considered to be the best option around. Pens move across it better and the writing experience is typically much nicer than with a paper that isn’t smooth. Sometimes, though, it’s more about the experience of the recipient. G. Lalo Vergé de France is very unique paper that will certainly make anyone who handles it take notice.
Since G. Lalo paper is made for writing letters, to the best of my knowledge it is only sold in pads. There are some matching envelopes and gift sets available as well, but today I’ll just be discussing the paper that is found in pads. The Vergé de France is the most popular and widely available line of paper, but there are other types as well (mainly found in France).
This paper comes in a very nice pad. The cardboard backing sheet is very stiff and the cover is a heavy card stock with nice color and debossing. It gives the appearance of a very high-quality and luxurious product.
I mentioned that G. Lalo Vergé de France (from here on out, I’ll just say G. Lalo) is a very unique paper. As soon as you handle it, you’ll understand why. It’s a laid paper! What that means is that it has a very unique texture that is created during the manufacturing process. One side, the writing side, has raised lines running across it. It may be a little hard to understand without seeing it, so here’s an image to help:It probably looks and feels different than any other fountain pen friendly paper you’ve ever used. It truly is. You might be wondering how it feels to write on and how it handles fountain pen ink. We’ll have to put it to the test and see what it’s like.
Let’s look at a pad of G. Lalo Vergé de France and see some of the details
- Sheets: 50
- Paper Weight: 100gsm
- Binding: Glue (notepad)
- Page Style: Blank
- Size: A4, A5
Ink-handling characteristics (A table with the following properties can be found at the bottom of this post)
- Sheen: High
- Shading: Average
- Bleeding: Average
- Ghosting: Average
- Feathering: Very Low
- Dry Time: Average
- Comes in many different color options, including many pastels
- Matching envelopes are available
- Laid surface texture
Since this paper does not come in notebooks, it is only available as a notepad. One small gripe is that the glue that holds the paper to the pad is quite stiff and tearing off sheets can be difficult. There have been many times that some of the glue has come off on my sheet of paper. While it’s not difficult to remove, it can still be annoying. Other than that, there aren’t many features to discuss other than how the paper performs. With that in mind, let’s try it out!
Looking at the ink-handling characteristics above, you may notice that it’s not particularly spectacular paper. It’s got decent sheen and shows some shading, but there are plenty of other papers that perform better. So what’s special about it? The texture, of course! Don’t get me wrong, it is certainly fountain pen friendly paper.The main reason for using this is the quality of the paper itself. First, it weighs in at 100 gsm, so it has a very substantial feel to it. I keep mentioning the texture and that is the main appeal. One thing to know about laid paper is that, while you can write on both sides, the texture is only on one side. That is the side intended for writing. The back side handles ink the exact same as the front side.
I keep mentioning the texture of this paper. It isn’t toothy, like some papers. In fact, it is quite a smooth paper. Because of this combination of smooth paper with a raised texture, writing on it is a unique experience. Your nib will glide across the surface of the paper, but will be hitting little bumps along the way. I personally don’t mind it at all, but I’m sure some people won’t enjoy using it.
This paper also comes in many different colors. While I don’t have examples for this post, with a quick peek at a retailer who sells it, you’ll see pads of green, pink, blue, grey and various other colors. Paired with matching envelopes, this paper is sure to make quite an impression on anyone who receives a letter written on it.
For many of us who use fountain pens on a regular basis, we think a lot about our own writing experience. We use pens, inks and paper that all contribute to our personal enjoyment. Using a paper like G. Lalo puts a little more emphasis on the experience of your recipient. Still, writing on it is not a bad experience at all. It handles fountain pen ink very well, comes in a variety of colors and is very unique. If you’re looking for something different to write on, I would definitely recommend giving some G. Lalo a try!
If you’d like a bit more information about how I test papers and notebooks, I wrote an article about my paper rating system.
G. Lalo Vergé de France
Fountain Pen Love Overall Rating
Pros: Very interesting and unique paper that handles fountain pens quite well, also available in many colors
Cons: The laid texture may not appeal to everyone, somewhat expensive
Value Rating: 3.14 Stars, Cost per A5 sheet: $0.20
Who this paper is for: Anyone looking for something different and luxurious