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  1. What would be considered a fair price for this fabled paper in the UK and Europe more generally? It's possible to see prices in the US at the $11-15$ per 100 sheets, but nothing here!
  2. My question is whether the combination of ink and paper have an effect on how the nibs, especially the really wide ones, perform? I am relatively new to the world of Montblanc oblique nibs. My OBBB in the 149 is my newest acquisition. After it returned from the nib swap, I filled it with what I had in the office, which was a single bottle of Organic Studios Join or Die sepia. It performed beautifully. I had absolutely no problems and the pen would write at the drop of a hat. Yes I had to make sure I held it at the right angle but it was not particularly finicky, and would write easily. I use Rhodia for my nice pens, primarily to enjoy the performance of the pen and also a little bit of nice writing. My second fill I tried Iroshizuku inks, both Yamaguri and Fuyugaki. Wow, the pen now has completely transformed. It just refuses to write on Rhodia. It would just glide along the paper, almost like there is little to no resistance. No ink would come out of the nib. I really have to struggle with the right angle to get the pen to write if at all. If it does, the ink appears very watered down, and diluted. Almost like it had sat in the sun for too long. At this point, I thought maybe I somehow damaged the nib during the cleaning process. Except the nib would write at the drop of a hat with more absorbent paper, like Moleskine with the same ink. I had the same problem with my OB nib on my Boheme. I originally thought I did not quite know how to use an oblique nib. Except that now the Boheme is filled with Noodlers Golder Brown, and it writes easily. Any one experience the same situation? Do these wider nibs require a much more saturated ink in order to operate optimally, so that there is resistance on very smooth paper?
  3. Hi, I was wondering if anyone has tried the Word. notebook? I found a mention on the-gadgeteer.com, and took a look. Similar to Field Notes, but with different covers and paper. Designed and made in the USA. The pages are set up for a unique planning system. Take a look. I contacted the company to ask about the FP friendliness of the paper, and they responded immediately saying "Not yet, but coming soon!" So, worth keeping an eye on. http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/05/28/word-notebooks-are-feeling-a-little-blue/ http://www.wordnotebooks.com/ Hey, what do you know? Here's a review. http://www.gourmetpens.com/2013/05/review-word-lined-notebooks-swedish-camo.html
  4. william2001

    Paper Price

    Just a quick and short question: Why is some paper more expensive than others? I heard that the quality of expensive paper is better (obviously), but what are the benefits of writing in a good quality and expensive paper? Is it smoother or something? Thanks.
  5. While living in England I got used to using some very nice Office Depot brand A4 sized blue casebound notebooks for note taking. These ones: http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/a/pb/Office-Depot-A4-Feint-Ruled-Casebound-Manuscript-Book/pr=Q25&id=5313033/ They're unpretentious but attractive, sturdy, and the paper is excellent - thick and very good with fountain pens and just about any ink. Sadly, they're unavailable in the USA, where I've moved. Most notebooks in stationery stores here seem cheap and flimsy, but I thought I'd found a good replacement with a Moleskine Folio Professional Notebook (this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/8862931913). It was expensive, but was the right size and even looked a little smarter. Sadly, it turns out that the paper is awful. It's not nearly as good as those Office Depot notebooks - it's spongy and with my medium nib Lamy 2000 and Diamine ink, the ink feathers like crazy and bleeds right through the page. With a fine nibbed Hero 616, it's almost OK, but any dawdling on a letter causes the ink to bleed through there too. I'm pretty miffed as this notebook was not cheap and Moleskine positions itself as a high end brand. Does anyone have a recommendation for a similar notebook that is fountain pen friendly and can be obtained in the USA? Basically, I'm looking for: * A4 or US Letter size * Feint ruled * Hardcover, with case binding (ie. 'book' style binding) * Not tacky looking * Last but not least, with good quality paper that won't feather Does this exist in the colonies?
  6. I tried writing on the back of a glossy pamphlet I found in my mailbox. The results were surprisingly good. The nib just glides like butter, and the ink shows excellent color and shading. (Whether or not it's smudge proof I haven't determined yet.) There were no starting issues generally attributed to a lack of capillary action, and the ink was absorbed readily into the paper. However, a search on this forum revealed the experience with glossy printer paper tends to be mixed. So what kind of paper is being used for these pamphlets?
  7. Where can I buy a case of Tomoe River paper? I don't mind importing from Japan!
  8. I have used Muji notebooks and stationery and the minimalistic design appeals to me, and the paper is cheap and affordable, while still being great fountain pen paper. It's very easy to personalize the covers with stamps, stickers, etc. and in my experience, the cheapest recycled notebooks tend to have the best paper for fountain pens. The following is a link to the website, provided as a reference for the second poll question. I have no affiliation with Muji, beyond being pretty happy with their products and I am wondering about other people's experiences with them. http://www.muji.us/store/stationery/notebooks.html Edited the poll to allow for mixed feelings on Muji paper.
  9. slipstream13

    Hello From New Mexico, Usa

    Hi, I am new to the "official" world of pen collecting, but have had a fascination with the fountain pen, stationery, and ink since I was about 13. I was living in Japan at the time, and became enamored of the variety of writing paper and pens (particularly fountain pens) available. My best writing pen remains to this day, 30 years later, a pen that probably cost $.50 usd, and is cheap looking and feeling. However, put a cartridge in it, and it will flow every time. I have since been acquiring inexpensive ($15.00 and less) pens that come from China. I have a Dark Green Bulow x450, an Ivory Jinhao x750, and the current prize of the collection, a TWSBI Vac 700 received as a gift from another collector who just didn't like it. I am currently waiting on two Baoer 388 pens, and one Jinhao 250 and x450. I cannot yet afford the more expensive Parkers, Montblancs, and Cross's. But, someday..... Anyway, just dropping in to say Hi, and a little about my collecting.
  10. Can someone compare the dot grid on the Rhodia Dotpad No. 16 vs the dot grid on the Leuchtturm journals. Are the dot grids the same? Are the dots lighter or darker on one of them? Thanks.
  11. For all you Australian readers out there (in case you didn't know this already!), I dropped in on my nearest Office Works store today (Wollongong NSW) and was amazed to discover that they had a reasonable selection of Rhodia and Clairefontaine notepads - at prices comparable to the online stores I've purchased them from before, but obviously minus the delivery costs and the delay in arrival from interstate... The checkout guy told me (in answer to my query) that these were a new entry in the system, but no indication that it's a short-term thing. So long as we make it worth their while to maintain a regular supply, I suppose... Check it out at your local branch, or online at http://www.officeworks.com.au
  12. I don't think I am repeating an old thread (I did a quick search) and I hope this is the right place to post this. Sorry that it might be a little long-winded, but here goes... I was in my local bookstore and saw a shelf full of journals and took a quick look. Normally I ignore things like this as my own 'journalling' is a collection of 'stuff' such as recipes, bits of card, things I want to keep, pictures, tickets - all that sort of 'stuff' rather than any serious writing. The only reason I do it is because if it wasn't in a book it would be scattered around my office like a tornado hit it or I'd been burgled or something (not that it works, it still looks like that). Anyway, most of what I looked at could easily be filed under 'Waste of Money', but two things did catch my eye. The first was a journal called '642 Things To Write About'. It had a fountain pen on the cover, so of course I had to pick it up and look at it. But I got distracted by someone telling me the place was about to close and for some reason set it down. I briefly picked up another one called 'Q & A a Day For Five Years', read the back cover - seemed interesting, and then had to leave. So, I came home had a quick look on Amazon for the Q & A thing and it looked interesting. It asked you to write one line in response to a question every day for five years. In fact, you are answering the same questions for five years to see how they change - if at all. I thought it might be fun, so I'm tempted. I looked up the other 'journal' too. I do a lot of writing for a living (I know it might be hard to believe) and sometimes it can get a little dry and lazy, so this exercise journal might be helpful. It reminded me a little of the 365 project which asked you to take a photograph every day for one year and post it on a site so that you could get comments from professionals and the curious and hopefully improve your ability. It really worked for me; taught me about framing, techniques, filters...a load of stuff I would never have dared mess with otherwise and my pictures did noticeably improve. I thought this might be a little similar and stretch me to write things I wouldn't normally write and, hopefully, improve it a little. So, after that rather long and drawn out intro, has anyone here ever used these 'journal' types, and crucially - and the whole reason I am posting this here - is the paper in them fountain pen friendly?
  13. i was looking for something, when I came upon this article... I found it to be an interesting read... with points of view from someone knowledgeable... hope everyone enjoys it as well article--- paper trail good day Vikram
  14. Hey, folks from Maine and the surrounding area! I am posting about a "new" shop that has opened recently in Portland, Maine's Old Port that is very fountain pen friendly, and getting better all the time. The shop is Sherman's Books & Stationary. It's their fifth shop in Maine's coastal region (local chain), and of the five this one has the strongest focus on the stationary side of the business. So far as pens are concerned their current stock is extremely limited. They have some Pilot Varsities in various colors, some Sheaffer calligraphy pen sets and they have a J. Herbin calligraphy dip-pen set, but beyond that it's ballpoints and Le Pen. However, they're a new store and they genuinely try to order what the customers want, so if they get requests to start carrying pens and inks then Maine could very quickly see the birth of its first such shop! Contact info will be listed at the end so that anyone interested can let the powers that be know you would be interested in shopping for these things at this place at some point in time. So far as non-pens are concerned, this place is an ever-expandning treasure trove of journals and stationary sets! Every time I've been in there's been more to choose from, and it's all good quality! Of course there's the rack of Moleskines, but they also carry some of the smaller Clairefontaine and Rhodia notebooks. They have Paper Blanks. But they also have a variety of leather bound journals, datebooks and address books. They have some Smudge Ink stationary sets that are a constant temptation to me. These are actually printed in Maine, as I understand it. They also carry cards and postcards, many of which were printed in Maine or Mass. They are the only shop in town that I have seen to carry the Clairefontaine Triomphe tablets. They also have a brand of stationary that looks a bit similar to the Crane & Co called CR Gibson. I hadn't seen that brand before, but I like their stuff. It's not as thick as Crane but it's a laid paper, so there are sort of guidelines set into the grain itself. I really liked it and found it did very well with my fountain pens. Anyway, I've been in there bugging them to get some Metropolitans or some Lamy stuff at the very least just to give some folks in this area options and a good local source to get started. But I'm just one voice. I know there's a few others, but the more the merrier. So if you're in the area and would like to see a shop starting to carry fountain pens and inks (especially inks! What I wouldn't give to not have to drive to Boston or order online for my inks!) Email at Portland@Shermans.com http: //facebook.com/shermansbooks or you can send your hand-written-in-founatin-pen letters to: Sherman's Books & Stationary 49 Exchange Street Portland, ME 04101
  15. Hi there, Looking to try some new paper for my fpens and read some great reviews about Tomoe River paper. Almost all reviews mention getting it from JetPens and whereas that would be a good option, I am wondering if there are any shops in New York city that may stock this paper (or generally stock writing paper ?). Have already aclled a few art supply stores like Pearl and also AI Friedman and they do not catrry this paper. Any help would be appreciated !
  16. I am having some trouble now that I have a few pens and ink samples......i need paper! I found some SouthWorth 24lb 100% cotton resume paper that I like although a bit rougher than I care for. I would like some suggestions on hardback journals with a paper that is thick but not overly"textured" if that's the right word. Also would like some suggestions on any parchment papers you may know of. If this isn't the right subforum I do apologize
  17. Hello and this a review of Michaels Recollection Cardstock. http://i.imgur.com/CUaRW28.jpg http://i.imgur.com/fdesW4Y.jpg For upclose scans of the sample page: Obverse: http://i.imgur.com/xnG84g2.jpg Reverse: http://i.imgur.com/DyVt6H6.jpg Paper is very white with a very, very fine tooth. Writing with a TWSBI Diamond 580 Fine and a Lamy Al-Star Extra Fine provided little feedback, less so in the TWSBI. No feathering, absolutely no showthrough. Absorbtion (dry time for ink) is almost instant, inks will show up a little lighter than on ink-resistant papers like Rhodia. For other purposes like alcohol-marker coloring, inking with India Ink, or hell even a Sharpie, it holds up with again no feathering, however, the markers do have showthrough, which is normal for COPIC markers. However, there was no bleeding through. What was even more surprising was the little showthrough of the Sharpie marker, and they bleed through almost any paper! This paper comes in both 65lb and 110lb weights and in various sizes, available at Michaels stores as of April 15, 2014. Hope you've found this review helpful and if you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here and Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Evening and Night!
  18. Hello and welcome to the Quick Review of the Staples Sustainable Earth Sugarcane Paper Notebooks. As you know, Staples Sugarcane (Bagasse) paper is well known amongst fountain-pen users as an economical alternative to more pricier notebooks and papers such as Rhodia. Although by no means superior, it fulfills every criteria for general-purpose writing. Note: These notebooks were purchased from a Staples store as of April 14, 2014. http://i.imgur.com/xkfTHaj.jpg http://i.imgur.com/r45preH.jpg http://i.imgur.com/P9WEWW4.jpg http://i.imgur.com/jajrKyc.jpg http://i.imgur.com/xuCyOZ9.jpg For the up close scans of the sample page: Obverse: http://i.imgur.com/IgV0Pl7.jpg Reverse: http://i.imgur.com/3Z29fsE.jpg Covers are made of heavy weight kraft paper. Paper content is 80% sugarcane fiber, unsure of the remaining percentage. Unsure if acid-free and lignin-free. Paper is as thin as tracing paper, but not nearly as fragile and easily torn. The pages are lined (7 mm apart, College Ruled) and perforated with a 22 mm margin on the top. The big blobs you see on the page is the result of me doing a police siren impression while holding a loaded TWSBI Diamond 580. When writing there is little feedback (in fact with a Pilot Prera it was pretty glassy). Absolutely no feathering and no bleedthrough when writing at a normal speed (don't keep the nib on paper if you're pausing). Writing on the back is feasible if you don't mind the slight show of the other page. For both the 9.5 in. x 6 in. and 11 in. x 8.5 in. notebook, there are 100 sheets (200 pages). Both come with a page of pockets in the front (also kraft paper), one pocket on each side (2 pockets) for inserting torn-out pages or pages from somewhere else. At the time of purchase the 9.5 in. 6 in. notebook costs $3.99 and the 11 in. x 8.5 in. $4.99 excld. tax. That's it for this review, hope you enjoyed and if you have any questions or comments feel free to ask! Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Evening and Night!
  19. I'd like to make my own stationary in hopes that having some decent paper will encourage me to write more correspondence. If it works for journaling it will probably work for correspondence. So I need two key things—paper and a template. I have a decent color ink jet printer. I plan on using a heavier weight printer paper and cutting in in half to make, well whatever the name is for half a sheet of standard 8.5 and 11 paper. I want a simple but elegant design on the stationary itself. I don't have a permanent address right now so the only personalization I want is my name. What kinds of printer paper do you all use for letter writing and has anyone made their own stationary and have any tips? Also as an aside are there any office store level envelopes that are better than others for FPs?
  20. I would like to get a small notebook/sketchbook/journal to carry around with me that is fountain pen friendly. It would just be something to carry where I could jot down a thought or sketch something interesting. I would prefer it to have blank pages, although dots wouldn't be out of the question. Moleskine makes a nice blank pcket-size notebook, but I've read in other forums the paper is not so fountain pen friendly. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.
  21. I personaly like to use clairefontaine paper with montblanc ink. I think the paper absorbs the ink very nicely and smooth. I carry around a Rhodia webnotebook everywhere i go and i must say it's my favorite so far.
  22. I have a friend who is visiting Paris. I was wondering if anyone might have any information on papers that may only normally be available in France. Also, if you are this familiar with France, where are the nice pen shops in Paris? I would like to relay this information to her. If there are any France only papers I may ask her to pick some up to bring back.
  23. I have learned to bind journals and books. Usually I use either copy paper or drawing paper. Now that I've taken an interest in fountain pens, I'd like to create some that will be ideal for writing with fountain pens. I'd like suggestions for paper that can be purchased in quantity (by the ream or roll, not truckload) such that it would be still be more economical to make my own journal than buy manufactured. The main quality I desire is that it wouldn't bleed through. I am familiar with the Rhodia pads and the like. I guess I'm looking for something that approaches that quality but isn't already made into pad. Also, if anyone has found 8.5/11 paper that I can purchase by the ream which performs decently with fountain pens, I'd be interested to know about that too.
  24. I discovered these two sites a few weeks ago when I was looking for templates to print on my own paper for writing practice. I figured some of you might be interested in thiese two sites: http://www.printablepaper.net/ This site has all sorts of line templates available to print on your paper at home. Everything from the basic notebook line rule to college rule,,, 5mm square or dot, French ruled and tons more. All for free. The drawback is they have their website address at the bottom left od the template and you can't remove it unless you do it through some sort of photo editor program. I have printed some of the templates out on some of the nicer laser copy paper I have and was surprised. I have yet to get any expensive paper but will definitely be using this site when I do. http://www.freeprintablestationery.net/ Self explanitory and the designs are somewhat generic but some of you might find some you like. I for one am making some of my own stationary using some of my fine art photography as backgrounds.
  25. After starting my addiction hobby with fountain pens I soon realized that there is far more to this than just the pen itself. 1. Pen - Needs to be comfortable to hold and write with, and perform well. It's very personal choice. 2. Nib - Without a good nib, the pen is useless. It should be one that you enjoy not only writing with, but are pleased with what it produces on paper. 3. Ink - I like a smooth ink, moderately saturated, with great shading. Others seem to like something akin to paint, but that's not my preference. Some nibs and inks are meant for each other. Others clearly are not. 4. Paper - You may have the nicest pair of roller skates/blades, but if you're trying them out at the sand dunes, you'll be sorely disappointed. Similarly, the paper should be fountain pen friendly & one that you enjoy writing on. What is your favorite combination of the three? I have a lot of favorite combinations, but my current favorite: 1. Mabie Todd Swan - 1920s BCHR self-filler 2. Super-flex fine 14k nib - very expressive 3. Waterman Blue-Black (1980s) 4. Zander's Gohrsmühle (great German paper with a really cool watermark)

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