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    I am so regretting all the times Iíve come across high end stationary in boutique-type stores, and thought ďI should buy thisĒ and then, ďNah, I donít write letters to anyone, whatís the use?Ē

    What I do see, in local card shops and such, is cheap, boring stationary sets. I donít have to have something with matching envelopes, but I do like decorative envelopes. My current favorite papers for fountain pens are Tomoe River, and Munken, the latter being a slightly toothy non-coated Swedish paper that comes in Nuuna journals. I do not like really smooth papers, like Rhodia, though Iím not totally against Clairefontaine, which although smooth, seems a touch more absorbent than Rhodia.

    Does anyone know of any online shops that sell nice stationary, or can anyone recommend a brand or type that they use for their own letter writing? I prefer A5 size or larger. Cost isnít an issue, I want something nice and will pay for quality. I prefer not to have to wait half a year for shipping. As it stands right now, my only choices are either a Tomoe River or Clairefontaine pad.

    Thanks for any advice!

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    You should include your location in your profile, which will help with replies.

    If in the USA, I recommend this vendor who brings a lot of fine stationaries to the pen shows, and then discounts it. Like us, Alan is a pen collector and treats us well.

    Alan Cohen
    Office Supplies & More - Crazy Alan's Emporium
    1129 Weaver Dairy Rd Ste Q
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    https://www.facebook.com/officesuppliesndmore
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    You should include your location in your profile, which will help with replies.

    If in the USA, I recommend this vendor who brings a lot of fine stationaries to the pen shows, and then discounts it. Like us, Alan is a pen collector and treats us well.

    Alan Cohen
    Office Supplies & More - Crazy Alan's Emporium
    1129 Weaver Dairy Rd Ste Q
    Chapel Hill NC 27514
    https://www.facebook.com/officesuppliesndmore
    Sorry, didnít even think of that. Iím in the US. Thanks for your reply, I will check him out. Hopefully itís not Facebook only, as I donít use Facebook.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    ...Hopefully itís not Facebook only, as I donít use Facebook.
    I don't either, but you can see enough through your browser for email and phone contact info.

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    I seems that's not a public page.

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    Default Re: Looking for stationary

    Info on Book of Faces:

    Crazy Alan's Emporium
    1129 Weaver Dairy Rd,
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    (919) 929-8595

    https://twitter.com/OSuppliesndmore

    I've never done business with them but I'd trust Fred for any advice. Well...
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    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    If you speak with Alan, you might mention your fountain pen interests and that you look forward to seeing him (i.e., buying more) at the next pen show. I have a habit of loading up at pen shows.

    Oh, if you want exquisite paper and are willing to pay for it, see comments about Amalfi: https://fpgeeks.com/forum/showthread...Arts-of-Dallas

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    Stationary bike?
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

    My eBooks. Because why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    If you speak with Alan, you might mention your fountain pen interests and that you look forward to seeing him (i.e., buying more) at the next pen show. I have a habit of loading up at pen shows.

    Oh, if you want exquisite paper and are willing to pay for it, see comments about Amalfi: https://fpgeeks.com/forum/showthread...Arts-of-Dallas
    I saw that thread, and love the looks of that paper...but being an artist, I have some experience trying to actually write on paper like that.
    I prefer something smoother. I didnít know Papyrus made stationary, I buy their pricey cards all the time. Will look into that brand today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    ...I didnít know Papyrus made stationary, I buy their pricey cards all the time. Will look into that brand today.
    Papyrus used to have brick and mortar stores. They're gone, now, and I haven't yet seen the impact on their stationary line. My favorite is(was?) their plain deckled edge sheets and envelopes.

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    You can check Fred's post or get the papers/ or envelope here:

    If you're looking for toothy paper, I had the chance to get some handmade paper from Germany...The paper is toothy and spectacular... But the shipping wouldn't make it worthwhile and I'm sure there are better alternative in US...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    ...papers/ or envelope here
    Thank you for that link, for it appears Vickerey has other stationaries worth exploring, too: https://www.vickerey.com/paperie-sho...tationery.html. Alan (above) carries G. Lalo, and I'll have to ask him about the others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    ...I didnít know Papyrus made stationary, I buy their pricey cards all the time. Will look into that brand today.
    Papyrus used to have brick and mortar stores. They're gone, now, and I haven't yet seen the impact on their stationary line. My favorite is(was?) their plain deckled edge sheets and envelopes.
    Yes, there was a store in the town next to mine. I never paid much attention there to anything but the cards, but I do remember they had a table set up for people ordering invitations. Not much to be seen on the Papyrus website right now.

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    No clue where to buy stationary...

    But for stationery, there are tons of choices... I look for my favorite brands at the best prices I can find. I have little loyalty to vendors. G Lalo, Crane, Smythson are a few traditionalists. Too many new entries in the space to count, some of them are probably very good.


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    Thanks so much, everyone. I am looking into all these options. I also need to find out how to get my hands on Munken loose paper, the kind that is used in Nuuna journals. The company has a website (Arctic Paper) but I havenít figured it out yet. To me, their paper is perfection. Thick, sturdy, not slick feeling, no bleed through so back of the paper is pristine, and so pleasing to write on.

    I was thinking about something last night....with gold being a soft material, could frequent writing on papers that are more toothy have an eventual negative effect on a gold nib?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    I was thinking about something last night....with gold being a soft material, could frequent writing on papers that are more toothy have an eventual negative effect on a gold nib?
    For one, gold nibs are not "gold" as such, they're an alloy, usually about half copper in 14K nibs. But in addition to that, you're not writing on the "gold", you're writing on the tipping. Irindium, osmium, etc., are extremely hard metals.

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    My current favorite stationary is paper from the Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly paper collection which I purchased at Jet Pens. I just fold the sheets in half and put fountain pen ink art on them. (See Nick Stewart Quink and Bleach for ideas). Currently I am teaching a six week class on pens and inks at lifelong.utah.edu. My next class is Gothic- may 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    I was thinking about something last night....with gold being a soft material, could frequent writing on papers that are more toothy have an eventual negative effect on a gold nib?
    For one, gold nibs are not "gold" as such, they're an alloy, usually about half copper in 14K nibs. But in addition to that, you're not writing on the "gold", you're writing on the tipping. Irindium, osmium, etc., are extremely hard metals.
    Ahh, thank you! I had no idea. I thought gold nibs were all gold. Good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janinutah View Post
    My current favorite stationary is paper from the Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly paper collection which I purchased at Jet Pens. I just fold the sheets in half and put fountain pen ink art on them. (See Nick Stewart Quink and Bleach for ideas). Currently I am teaching a six week class on pens and inks at lifelong.utah.edu. My next class is Gothic- may 19.
    I have a Yamamoto notebook, which I like. Whenever Iíve looked at the sampler collection on Jetpens, itís sold out. Will have to keep trying.

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    The British Company that make Basildon Bond and Three Candlesticks are first class. Available in several sizes, colors, and the best selling stationary sets in UK. Readily available on this side of the pond!

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