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Does anyone know of currently produced fountain pen friendly legal pads (a4)? I know of Rhodia Yellow Lines, but it is not available online most of time. If it is, then I either have to buy in bulk ($50) for a good price, or cost+shipping make it expensive for one pad.

 

From my googles. I read that a lot of the legal pads , ie., Gold Fibre , were once fountain pen friendly. However, the paper has changed. There seems to be a pattern that many FPF legal pads are not so today.

 

What are your experience with recently purchased Legal Pads?

 

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I use Office Depot's Professional sugar cane pads.

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Can confirm that Gold Fibre is no longer a good option in my experience. I haven't had good luck with TOPS either. I believe Levenger makes a well-regarded legal pad, but they're pricey. I eventually found a solution in a brand called Mintra - reasonably priced, and the "Premium" pads are fp-friendly enough for my uses, although not as nice as Rhodia. M by Staples is another decent option, and I've heard good things about sugarcane but haven't tried it myself.

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Can confirm that Gold Fibre is no longer a good option in my experience. I haven't had good luck with TOPS either. I believe Levenger makes a well-regarded legal pad, but they're pricey. I eventually found a solution in a brand called Mintra - reasonably priced, and the "Premium" pads are fp-friendly enough for my uses, although not as nice as Rhodia. M by Staples is another decent option, and I've heard good things about sugarcane but haven't tried it myself.

 

Thank you. I was able to purchase Rhodia a4 at $5.50 each. I missed out on the Michaels sale. The problem with the Rhodia that I purchased is that it is Dot Grid. Blank was available at $6.50. Shipping was $10, so I ordered 10 pads.

 

I will try Mintra next month. Im tapped out on my monthly stationary budget and will report back.

Did you purchase the White or Canary?

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Can confirm that Gold Fibre is no longer a good option in my experience. I haven't had good luck with TOPS either. I believe Levenger makes a well-regarded legal pad, but they're pricey. I eventually found a solution in a brand called Mintra - reasonably priced, and the "Premium" pads are fp-friendly enough for my uses, although not as nice as Rhodia. M by Staples is another decent option, and I've heard good things about sugarcane but haven't tried it myself.

 

Levenger may have made FP-friendly legal pads once, but that is no longer the case. I, too, had read that they were good, so I bought like twenty of them… and they suck. The paper is very soft and nice, but definitely only appropriate for ballpoint and pencil users.

 

In the end I ended up making my own. I print 60 pages of a document I have made with the lines and page setup that I have come to prefer, print it on good ivory paper, glue the spine and staple the binding for good measure. Oh, and I bought a perforation tool as well, so the pages are detachable. It's all really quite a lot of work, but I gave up on finding a purchaseable alternative.

 

 

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I haven't used them myself, but over on reddit, I frequently see people recommending the "Caliber" notepads / notebooks available at CVS Pharmacy (and some say other pharmacies, but I've never tried to verify).

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I will try Mintra next month. Im tapped out on my monthly stationary budget and will report back.

Did you purchase the White or Canary?

I went with white, purely for personal preference. It's not the nicest feeling paper, but it holds up pretty well even with my wetter nibs.

 

 

Levenger may have made FP-friendly legal pads once, but that is no longer the case. I, too, had read that they were good, so I bought like twenty of them… and they suck. The paper is very soft and nice, but definitely only appropriate for ballpoint and pencil users.

 

In the end I ended up making my own. I print 60 pages of a document I have made with the lines and page setup that I have come to prefer, print it on good ivory paper, glue the spine and staple the binding for good measure. Oh, and I bought a perforation tool as well, so the pages are detachable. It's all really quite a lot of work, but I gave up on finding a purchaseable alternative.

 

 

- P.

Yikes - good to know about Levenger. Making your own sounds time consuming, but a great solution.

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I would like to report that M by Staples Legal Pads (narrow ruled) is fountain pen friendly. I recently purchased a 6pk, and I am very please. No feathering, bleed through, and no show unless held to a light source.Paper is smooth, but not as slick as Rhodia. I have tried ef,f, to m nibs on this paper. With different Sailor Shikiori inks.

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1- what nib size do you use?
2- are you needing to write on both sides?

3- where do you live?

 

sugar cane based paper is no longer made. It does tend to work well if you can find some.

 

let me know some answers and I’ll try to give you some advice.

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Rhodia is great. Staples Signa legal pads are very good. Gold Fibre is not.

Ron

 

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On 6/16/2020 at 2:16 AM, boulderchips said:

 

Can confirm that Gold Fibre is no longer a good option in my experience. I haven't had good luck with TOPS either. I believe Levenger makes a well-regarded legal pad, but they're pricey. I eventually found a solution in a brand called Mintra - reasonably priced, and the "Premium" pads are fp-friendly enough for my uses, although not as nice as Rhodia. M by Staples is another decent option, and I've heard good things about sugarcane but haven't tried it myself.

 

I just wanted to thank boulderchips, and second the endorsement of the Mintra pads.

 

I used the Staples sugarcane ones until they changed the recipe a few years ago and eventually ditched the Sustainable Earth line altogether. I found this post and ordered a 6-pack of the Mintra pads for $15. It may not be exactly as good as Clairefontaine, Rhodia, etc., but it's fairly close....and dollar-for-dollar they're a much better deal. I think I'm going to order another one before they change the formula like all so many paper manufacturers seem to do!

 

Also, the CVS/Caliber brand are decent. They're extremely ink-resistant... the ink sort of sits on top and is slow to dry. But that's better than the other extreme with feathering, bleeding, magic marker-like lines, etc.

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i just use Clairefontaine Triumphe pads... amazing paper and separates from the pad cleanly everytime.  It's the only thing I use.

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Bazic has cheap yellow or white legal pads.

 

https://www.bazicstore.com/

https://www.bazicstore.com/collections/paper-pads/products/5038

https://www.bazicstore.com/collections/paper-pads/products/5039

 

The paper is cheap, in the sense of thin (16lb?), and I'm sure not very archival. If you are looking for Rhodia this ain't it.

However, in my experience they neither feather or bleed at all, even with very wet, flexible vintage nibs.

The paper shows off your expressive thin/thick lines. That also means that a wet line doesn't dry immediately - you can't have everything.

 

The problem is you need to order a bunch or the shipping is a little expensive. Somehow I seem to burn through them more quickly than I expect so I purchased enough one time for free shipping, adding a few other things I couldn't live with out. I found the spiral notebooks, also thin/cheap paper, don't bleed/feather. My guess is that most of their paper is like this.

 

You may find these at other sources (I seem to thing Walmart online may have them. You might also find at Daiso, the Japanese ¥100 ($1.50) store. A little google searching for "bazic 5038" will show some other possibilities.

 

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Found and purchased today at my local (US) Office Max/Office Depot:

 

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This pack of 6 5"x8" pads cost $7.49. The paper is quite lightweight, slightly off-white, has a very slight texture, and I detect no spreading, no feathering, no bleed through. 

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Though perhaps on the expensive side of legal padom, Write Notebooks makes a memo pad that has excellent fountain pen friendly paper, it's $9 a pad for a pack of two, with 100 sheets per pad. Paper is 70# and not ridiculously smooth, like Clairefontaine, a nice medium that absorbs ink, and shows a true line of the nib....

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I'm here to third the recommendation of Mintra legal pads.  I got a 6-pack of them as the cheap Staples notebooks supplied by my office were not FP-friendly at all (bleed-through, ink spreading even with dry pens, scratchy-feeling).

 

The Mintra pads are really nice.  No bleed-through or blurring, even with a fairly wet Nemosine stub and Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki; a hint of shading with that pen/ink combo.  Wonderfully smooth, even with my EF and Pelikan Fount India.

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Not to be too much of a stickler, but can I assume that the question refers instead to "Writing Pads"-top staple-bound pads with perforated sheets? I'm guilty of referring to anything like this that's either US letter size or A4 size(both are similar) as a "Legal Pads" but in the US at least, a "legal pad" is technically 8 1/2"x11 3/4".

 

In any case, for the former-a staple bound perforated A4 sized writing pad, Rhodia 80gsm is my go-to, although they normally are $8-10 in the US. Not only do I use them for note taking, etc, but that is also my reference paper for checking ink performance/color and nib size/behavior because it's quality, easily available, predictable paper.

 

I never mind cheap stuff if it's good, though, and my latest "find" was at Sam's Club. The "Member's Mark" made in India pads are surprisingly good. The paper is a bit rough feeling, but even wet pens don't feather and I see only the faintest traces of ghosting in them. I bought a pack of smaller ones-I forget the size but they ABOUT A5(a handy size for me). They did, however, have letter size pads also. The smaller pads were $6 for a 24 pack, each 50 sheets. The letter size ones are $7 for a pack of 15. It's hard to beat the price on them!

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Not a traditional legal pad, i.e. top stapled, but the Black n Red notebooks, which can be side spiral or bound, have fantastic paper that can even handle dip pens, which are much harder for paper to handle. In the US, they're available at Staples, and a bunch of other places. Walmart even sold them at one point. 

 

 

 

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On 9/21/2021 at 4:23 PM, bunnspecial said:

Not to be too much of a stickler, but can I assume that the question refers instead to "Writing Pads"-top staple-bound pads with perforated sheets? I'm guilty of referring to anything like this that's either US letter size or A4 size(both are similar) as a "Legal Pads" but in the US at least, a "legal pad" is technically 8 1/2"x11 3/4".

Ummm ... in the US "Legal" size paper is 8 1/2" x 14", distinct from "Letter" size.  

 

But "Legal pads" can be Letter, Legal, or other sizes, always with a 1 1/4" ruled left margin.  https://ezop.com/ez-office-resources-guides/how-to-choose-a-legal-pad/ 

 

OK, time for the next stickler to weigh in, I guess ... .

 

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I see that "Legal size" is all over the place.  I am looking for fountain pen friendly 8 1/2" x 14" paper.  So far without success.  Does anyone know if such is available any more?  I have some very old stuff that is at least fountain pen reasonable, unlike the horrid legal pads that seem to predominate, but it is a few decades old and I will be using it up in the next several months as I am no longer going to use it parsimoniously as though it were greater than it is.  It is a size I like and would love to find a quality replacement.  Especially now that I have discovered the existence of fantastic papers, but in smaller sizes.

Thanks for any advice.

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