Writing Wednesday: Jet Pens guide to the best paper for fountain pens

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Jet Pens blog recently did an excellent guide to The Best Fountain Pen Paper. I love the first sentence:

Selecting a paper for your fountain pen is like pairing a fine wine with cheese—different combinations bring out the subtleties and unique flavors of both.

I had never thought of it that way, but it’s absolutely true. One combination of paper and ink might work beautifully together, while that same paper or ink paired with something different could give unsatisfactory results.

This guide gives you plenty of paper characteristics to consider: paper color, feathering, bleed/ show through, drying time, sheet style, smoothness, and of course price.

Clairefontaine paper is designed to be used with fountain pens. It is smooth and designed not to feather or bleed inks through the paper. Due to the exceptional smoothness of the paper, you may notice increased drying times for your wetter inks.

The Jet Pens guide recommends the Clairefontaine Triomphe writing pad, and the Clairefontaine Collection 1951 notebooks.

Rhodia notepads also use fountain pen friendly Clairefontaine paper, and all are suitable for use with fountain pens. The Jet Pens guide specifically recommends the DotPads and the Rhodia R Premium notepads.

See the entire guide to The Best Fountain Pen Paper on Jet Pens blog to find the perfect paper match for your inks!


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