What makes our paper so smooth?

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The Clairefontaine paper we use in our planners and notebooks is noted for its smoothness, and we recently fielded a comment from Tom about what, exactly, makes it that way.

I’d heard about the “velin velouté” finish, but I didn’t know much about how it was actually produced. Fortunately, Karen soon clued me in: calcium carbonate. This mineral is found in chalk, limestone, marble, and travertine, and according to the Exaclair website, it “gives Clairefontaine notebook paper its trademark qualities of extra white and ultra smooth.”

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