I happened upon an interesting notebook at Nagasawa Bungu in Kobe. The notebook uses a type of paper called
Graphilo. The paper was designed (possibly by the Nagasawa people) specifically to work well with fountain pen inks and show off the properties of inks. The first time I was able to see the different sheen properties of the "very much like Bung Box Sweet Potato Purple" ink that I had made for me at Sailor Ink Kobo was when writing on this Graphilo Paper.
Shumi no Bungu Bako 35 has a special article on different papers, going into excruciating detail on their different properties and with examples of how different inks work with them. It has highly magnified views of the fibers for about fifteen different ones, and in one of the later pages, even a table with reviews of several different papers (notebooks) all used with the same different inks. This is beyond the scope of my post, but just for reference, the "winner" of the ink and paper matching contest is Platinum Black with Tomoe River. This may not come as a surprise to some, but I have never used either of those, so it was lost on me.
Back to Graphilo... In the Shumi no Bungu Bako article, there is a description of something called "Kobe Ha Keikaku Graphilo," [神戸派計画グラフィロ] which I assume to be same thing as the Graphilo notebook I got at Nagasawa. The blurb with the picture says that the paper is painted with an organic filler that dramatically reduces pores in the paper, and provides a uniform surface that prevents feathering and slows drying times. And viola, you get the kind of effects you will seen in my pictures.
In the order I am going to post them:
A look at the back cover of the notebook
A shot of my test page taken from directly above.
Close up views of the more interesting ink effects for "very much like" Sweet Potato Purple," Emerald De Chivor, Sailor Jentle Tokiwamatsu (which, holy mackelor, has some sheen properties I had not idea it had!), Private Reserve Ebony Blue, Noodler's Apache Sunset (of course), and perhaps the second biggest surprise, Sailor Jentle Yamadori.
I tried to find the Kobehakeikaku on Amazon.co.jp but it was all sold out.
Anyone out there have any recommendations for papers with similar properties?