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#1 sombrueil

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 15:39

Check out this new offering at Paperblanks: Grolier Ornamentali

I want the Grande (8.5 x 11 inches), 250 pages. But nobody carries the Grolier at all online except one Aussie co.

I'm still searching. Hoping that my local stationer (yes, I have one), might be able to order it for me.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 15:55

That's a nice one.

They have an "800" number under contact us--give them a call--maybe you can order one OR tell them you will review it here and get one for free???!!??--it does not hurt to ask.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 17:02

I've often seen Paperblanks journals an I've wondered how fountain pen friendly the paper was. As they are not cheap, I didn't want to het one to find it prone to bleedthrough or line spreading. So how does this paper compare, fro example to Rhodia?

Sometimes, I've found some of the Paperblanks covers to be a bit girly, but I think this is down th the selection thay stock in our local branch of WHSmiths. I've oten dreamt of finding a journal called the in jet black leather called the Thomas Aquinas. It would be sealed with a lead cross and would close with a resounding medaeval boom. But seriously, if the paper's ok I'm likely to paer with some cash for one of these, one of the Book of Kells, Lindau Gospels or one of the old leather series.

So any advice on how the paper performs?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 17:15

I saw these at my local BJ's Wholesale Club in the book section about a week or two ago. I will have to stop in again and take a look. The paper did not feel like it would be to FP Ink friendly... but I could be wrong.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 17:17

I've often seen Paperblanks journals an I've wondered how fountain pen friendly the paper was. As they are not cheap, I didn't want to het one to find it prone to bleedthrough or line spreading. So how does this paper compare, fro example to Rhodia?


I have one paperblanks hardcover journal that I like very much aesthetically. As far as fountain pen friendliness I generally have horrifying feathering and some strong bleedthrough. It only seems to work well with my smallest nibs and even then it can be hit or miss depending on the ink. I use it mostly with the non-fountain pens that I can tolerate. My 03 Preppy with Kung Te-cheng works well, as does the Noodler's rollerball with Noodler's Black and a couple of the finer Esterbrook nibs. Otherwise it is usually a mess, so I use it sparingly. I find Rhodia and Clairefontaine paper to be miles better.
I keep it more for the sentiment, it belonged to a friend who is no longer with us - but I wouldn't purchase one on my own. YMMV.
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 18:00

Someone said somewhere that the larger ones are good for fountain pens, but the smaller ones not. I have two Paperblanks, a small one that can only take iron-gall ink (anything else feathers but no bleedthrough), and one in ca. A5 that's still waiting to be used.

ETA: I've had trouble finding unlined versions locally. I didn't even know they existed until some months ago!

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#7 sombrueil

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 18:07

Previous discussions here have indicated that Paperblanks changed the paper, at least for their larger size blank books, in 2007 -- prior to that, and smaller, results have been mixed. Some truly awful, apparently.

My current 'grande' size journal has truly lovely paper -- ivory, no bleedthrough, less tooth than g.lalo, more than rhodia.

The many different covers, and the workmanship, are A+ in my opinion.

I wouldn't get a small one though.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 19:40

In my experience, the smaller ones have horrendous paper but the larger ones have fairly decent paper. I still prefer the G.Lalo paper (despite not loving the toothy texture), but the larger Paperblanks books have adequate paper for fountain pens - very low feathering (often none at all) and low bleedthrough.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 21:24

Previous discussions here have indicated that Paperblanks changed the paper, at least for their larger size blank books, in 2007 -- prior to that, and smaller, results have been mixed. Some truly awful, apparently.

My current 'grande' size journal has truly lovely paper -- ivory, no bleedthrough, less tooth than g.lalo, more than rhodia.

The many different covers, and the workmanship, are A+ in my opinion.

I wouldn't get a small one though.


This is what I have heard as well. I have one of the slim journals that is OK with fountain pen ink. It was made in 2008 I believe.
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 02:29

That's a nice one.

They have an "800" number under contact us--give them a call--maybe you can order one OR tell them you will review it here and get one for free???!!??--it does not hurt to ask.


I'm so doing this.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:58

Check out this new offering at Paperblanks: Grolier Ornamentali

I want the Grande (8.5 x 11 inches), 250 pages. But nobody carries the Grolier at all online except one Aussie co.

I'm still searching. Hoping that my local stationer (yes, I have one), might be able to order it for me.



http://www.jennibick...nal-grande.html
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Posted 18 December 2010 - 06:13

For the multitudes following this thread with bated breath: turns out it is kinda complicated.

I asked Paperblanks about a review and got a polite "we'll think about it."
I followed up all leads,including my local stationer and Jenni Bick; it is 'out of stock'everywhere, and Paperblanks apparently does not have a great reputation for filling special orders or out of stock items.

I picked out my four next favorite models in the Grande size and told my husband I'd be happy with any of them for Christmas. Or flannel pajamas would be good too.

We'll see what transpires . . .

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 13:02

My only experience with Paperblanks was a couple of years ago and the paper was terrible. I can only assume it is still the same but can't be sure. As always just buy one to sample before you stock up.
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 03:49

Be careful before spending a lot for a Paperblanks journal. I have one of theirs, a "book of Kells" (the small one), and it is fountain pen UNFRIENDLY. The paper is coated with something that repels water based ink. Oily ballpoint ink works OK.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:33

I'm quite fond of Paperblanks. I tend to find that the newer titles can sometimes take a while to trickle into local stock. These ones look pretty much brand new this month so I'd look around next year sometime. I really like the new collection, very pretty! Reminds me of a French collection they had years ago which has been discontinued. You can see the one I'm thinking of here. Of course, I ended up with this one.

I've used several Paperblanks and agree that the larger ones have no trouble with FP ink. The only one that ever seemed to not deal so well was a smaller one. I have noticed that the more recent titles have got better paper and are more FP friendly, too.
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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:53

I eMailed them on 13 December to ask for more information about the paper but they have not responded.
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