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Poetman

I picked up an old book yesterday that had a draft of an essay inside on legal pad paper, dated 1928. The first thing I noticed was how thick the paper was. It took the fountain pen ink wonderfully. Maybe it was around 28lb? Who knows, I’m just guessing! It also had a longer heading space than standard legal pad. Does anyone know of any current manufacturers who make something close?

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Poetman
2 hours ago, arcfide said:

Are you looking specifically for a legal pad? 

Yes, I had one in mind for this query, as I have found heavyweight blank paper.

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25 minutes ago, Poetman said:

Yes, I had one in mind for this query, as I have found heavyweight blank paper.

 

I don't know if there are any that are sold specifically as legal pads, but there are many fountain pen friendly writing pads that are produced these days of various paper weights. 28lb bond paper corresponds to about 105gsm paper, and 32lb to 120gsm, and you can find a few papers out there in those weights around. G. Lalo makes a number of papers in the 100gsm range that are quite good. Rhodia R premium paper is also a good legal pad with heavier weight paper at 90gsm (24lb). 

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As far as spacing go, I think the Clairefontaine writing pads have a tendency to use a larger line spacing and they often have a reasonable heading space. Some of the writing pads from Japan from Midori or LIFE are a little pricey, but they often have "writing spacing" which means they have generous line spacing and head spacing, but I don't know if people would generally want to use those as legal pads. 

 

 

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IThinkIHaveAProblem

pics with a ruler included for scale would probably help.

 

the paper sounds interesting.

 

Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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11 hours ago, IThinkIHaveAProblem said:

pics with a ruler included for scale would probably help.

 

the paper sounds interesting.

 

On the fronts, the top margin is 2 inches. On the back, it measures just under an inch. The ruling is standard wide ruled and matches my Tops legal pad. However, this old paper took the fountain pen flawlessly! Even my heavier weight Tops Docket is awful with fountain pens—even a Uniball roller bleeds on them! Finally, of note, the vintage paper is not brittle or browned at all. It is still sturdy and quite vibrantly white! Another piece of scrap paper found in the book (presumably from a Big Chief news pad) is brittle and crumbling.

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Do you have just the paper or the actual legal pad that it was attached to? 

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IThinkIHaveAProblem

interesting that it's still in such good shape!

Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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Poetman
On 7/15/2021 at 10:31 AM, arcfide said:

Do you have just the paper or the actual legal pad that it was attached to? 

Just the sheets that were golden inside the book. Unfortunately no pad

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