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    Default Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    I was digging around in one of two cabinets where I keep stationary and notecards. I stumbled upon several packets of unopened handmade paper sets that I brought home from a D.C. pen show years ago; I cannot recall when. This packet reads "DC Pen Show Exclusive $14" for five Amalfi Angel sheets of "8.75 x 12.5" inches (that's bigger than A4) with five huge envelopes that accommodate a half-folded sheet. I usually don't buy such large sheets, so these may have been given to me as a vendor at the show.

    After all this time, I decided to give my new-found Amalfi Angel a try by writing a reply to a fellow FPGeek. I prefer writing my fountain pen correspondence on smaller paper like A5, so I folded one sheet in half to create four sides. I chose my recently acquired Sheaffer Triumph Vac-Fill desk pen in striated golden-brown, restored by Ron Zorn and filled with Omas Sepia (unobtainium) ink. The nib is a classic upturned conical firm F, which has proven to be a smooth writer on all types of paper used to date.

    Amalfi Angel is a delight to hold and behold, with its all-'round deckled edge and handmade feel of both sheets and envelopes. The sheets have a bold watermark of a winged angel holding a staff and banner emblazoned "L A." The surface is textured. There was no bleed through or feathering of the Omas ink. And yet, I was denied a pleasant writing experience because I struggled with the need to constantly extract paper fibers from between the tips of the tines, which in turn created unwanted line variation with blobs of ink-soaked fibers in every line. I was surprised at this because the Triumph nib is quite firm and I saw no opening of the tines to grab so much paper fiber. Amalfi Angel can be a challenge for the fountain pen, but I'll try again using a modern pen with a broader rounder tipped nib for my next letter on Amalfi Angel.

    If you love the look of paper that looks genuinely handmade and are willing to pay for the privilege, this paper fits the bill. If you yearn for big sheets of paper to write your own declaration of independence, Amalfi Angel will also satisfy. But if you want paper that is friendlier to fountain pens while mimicking the handmade look, I recommend instead Papyrus stationary with unfinished deckled edge and envelope flap.

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    It looks like very nice white paper Fred. Thanks for telling us about it.
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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    The paper looks like it may be from the Italian company Amatruda, based in Amalfi, Italy with roots going back to the 1300's. I picked up a sampler box a few years back (can't recall the vendor) and use it very sparingly. Amatruda paper is weighty and has a fabric-feel that is quite elegant.

    http://www.amatruda.eu

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    Regards, Chrissy | My Blog: inkyfountainpens

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    Never mind about my comment regarding Papyrus as an alternative. I learned their retail business has closed its doors, and I donít know if their product line is available through third parties.

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    Amalfi paper is an amazing handmade paper. I used this to know better the difference between the various types: https://www.lacartadiamalfi.it/en/

    My favourite is the A4 + ďAngeloĒ sheet (120 gsm). It is slightly larger than the classic A4 format. Centrally it has the logo, represented by an angel waving a sheet of paper. It is usually used for printing wedding invitations or invitations for events, to be folded into four parts and combined with the 12x18cm envelope (or folded in two parts and combined with the 16x23cm envelope) and possibly accompanied by the invitation card to choice between 11x9cm and 13x8cm sizes.

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    It's been a while but I loved the feel of Amalfi paper and their gorgeous watermarks but it was not much fun to write on.
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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    That must be one lucky FPgeeker to receive a letter in such paper
    They're a mixture of Cotton and Cellulose....
    I know someone here would really love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    That must be one lucky FPgeeker to receive a letter in such paper
    They're a mixture of Cotton and Cellulose....
    I know someone here would really love it
    One pen pal, an artist in Minnesota, cut up my letter and used the back side for printing with his woodblocks, and sent one back to me. Very cool idea, and he's good!

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    Fred always has the best paper

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    That must be one lucky FPgeeker to receive a letter in such paper
    They're a mixture of Cotton and Cellulose....
    I know someone here would really love it
    One pen pal, an artist in Minnesota, cut up my letter and used the back side for printing with his woodblocks, and sent one back to me. Very cool idea, and he's good!
    That's great. Can you show us his art?

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    Not without his consent. Iíll ask.

    ...And now I cannot find it. :-(
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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Not without his consent. Iíll ask.
    Much appreciated

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    I am very happy to have found others who love paper as much as I do

    These are my notebooks with an ancient manual binding technique made by Lo Scrigno di Santa Chiara in Amalfi paper

    https://www.lacartadiamalfi.it/en/sh...per-notebooks/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Not without his consent. Iíll ask.
    Much appreciated
    Took a while. We communicate by letter! This is what happens when the artist finds good material upon which to work his art. My letter was sacrificed for the Amalfi paper. It's a 2 x 3-inch miniature, and I bet there are more copies with my wisdom hidden on their backs.

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    Thank you so much Fred, to you and your friend. Truly wonderful. Lifted my heart.

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    Default Re: Amalfi Angel, from Paper Arts of Dallas

    It looks very attractive. Honestly, this paper immediately brings to mind stories about Sherlock Holmes - when he picks up an envelope and tells where the letter in question came from

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipDine View Post
    It looks very attractive. Honestly, this paper immediately brings to mind stories about Sherlock Holmes - when he picks up an envelope and tells where the letter in question came from
    Jeremy Brett, no doubt!

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