Do you use an ink blotter?

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Sometimes, when a piece of paper doesn’t absorb all the ink you try to lay down, that doesn’t mean it’s not fountain pen friendly. The paper in our Journal 21, for example, is modeled after old ledger paper. The goal is to be thin and strong, with no feathering or bleed through. Frustrated by how long it takes your ink to dry? The solution is simple: blotting paper.

I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t tried this old technique — I usually just wait till things dry — but I’ve always been curious about it. I love the looks of those antique ink blotters, and have been thinking about getting one… even if it does threaten to add to the clutter on my desk!

Do you use an ink blotter?

8 thoughts on “Do you use an ink blotter?

  1. I used to use another piece of paper to soak up slow drying ink, but then someone gave me a rocking blotter. Now I have to find paper for it, but it’s nice. However, if the ink is really slow and thick, it will sometimes transfer when you don’t want it to, as will paper. Black Swan in an italic nib needs several sheets of paper.

  2. I use blotting paper but I’ve been toying with the idea of a rocker for some time now. Herbin make a nice one and I look out for ones in antique markets, but they turn up very rarely.

  3. I have a rocking blotter at home and keep blotting paper in my desk drawer at work, but I’ve rarely had to use them. I tend to prefer finer nibs that don’t put down as much ink.

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