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Tomoe River Paper Review – 52gsm Variety

John BosleyReviews 8 Comments

If you’ve used fountain pens for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard of Tomoe River paper. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is widely regarded as one of the best and most fountain pen friendly papers around. People love it for many different reasons. One reason is that it is very thin, which means notebooks or letters …

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Introducing A Rating System For Paper And Notebooks

John BosleyReviews 11 Comments

Recently, I have found myself really gravitating towards paper. While a great fountain pen experience requires a good pen, ink and paper, I’ve been focusing on trying out as many different types of paper as possible lately. I feel like many people don’t appreciate just how good (or bad) different papers can be. Because of this, I’m going to try …

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Leuchtturm1917 Softcover Notebook Review

John BosleyReviews 4 Comments

Disclaimer: I have left the following post as it was originally written since it does apply to this particular notebook, but for a more complete review of Leuchtturm notebooks, please read my blog post A Tale Of Two Notebooks: Differences In Leuchtturm Paper Quality. I do not recommend you purchase a Leuchtturm notebook based solely on the following review without …

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Clairefontaine Basic Clothbound Notebook Review

John BosleyReviews 2 Comments

Is there such a thing as paper that is too smooth? Most fountain pen users want paper that is smooth to write on, but I’ve regularly heard people say that Clairefontaine paper is too smooth for them. I have used Clairefontaine Triomphe in the past and thought it was extremely smooth, but wondered how a basic notebook would compare. So, …

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Can Different Papers Change The Way An Ink Looks?

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The other day I was testing out some different papers and was surprised to find that the ink looked significantly different on one type of paper versus another. This was not something that I had ever experienced before, and it made me wonder, can different papers really change the way an ink looks? I had experienced inks looking less saturated …

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Comparing Fountain Pen Friendly Papers

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I’ve always wondered what makes writing on some papers feel different than others. I’m sure you’ve noticed that some paper feels incredibly smooth when you write on it and other paper has some feedback or “tooth” to it. Furthermore, the way a paper feels doesn’t seem to have any correlation to how it performs with fountain pens. To try and …

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Choosing The Right Fountain Pen Paper

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It might surprise you to hear that there are more types of paper available on the market today than there ever have been in the past. Paper is no longer just something to write on, an afterthought after pen and ink have been decided upon. Choosing the right fountain pen paper is a balance of many different things, including how …