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    Default Re: Which papers to try out

    I enjoy using Life Writing Paper that I purchased at Jetpens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarish View Post
    I thought my favorite was tomoe (with Stalogy being extremely similar) but to my surprise I have also very much enjoyed MD Cotton (available in a unique pad with 2 sides gummed and one corner cut away). I did not like basildon bond. You might like to get the pad of paper samples for fountain pens assembled by Yamamoto which includes the cosmo air light paper that is the latest fad after tomoe. Fountainpenlove.com also sells packs of paper samples which might be of interest.
    Midori cotton is not fp friendly in my experience. But great for sketching...though expensive for what it is...
    I wasn't so sure of Stalogy... But it grew on me....

    Yoseka stationary has also interesting notebooks, though their often sold out....

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    If it is for correspondence you might want to look into Amalfi paper.
    Oh, that's nice. I click on the link and there's a "flash sale" of wonderful Amalfi stationary. 25% off. I...must...resist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
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    If it is for correspondence you might want to look into Amalfi paper.
    Oh, that's nice. I click on the link and there's a "flash sale" of wonderful Amalfi stationary. 25% off. I...must...resist!
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    I have also been recommended something like this: https://fountainpenlove.com/shop/

    This looks amazing. For $15-30 you can try pretty much every paper that has been recommended here. The problem is, shipping is $25, which is as much as two of the large packs + 30% import fees + 23% VAT. And that's closing in on 100Ä for a few pages of paper. Dang. Sucks to be European.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarish View Post
    I thought my favorite was tomoe (with Stalogy being extremely similar) but to my surprise I have also very much enjoyed MD Cotton (available in a unique pad with 2 sides gummed and one corner cut away). I did not like basildon bond. You might like to get the pad of paper samples for fountain pens assembled by Yamamoto which includes the cosmo air light paper that is the latest fad after tomoe. Fountainpenlove.com also sells packs of paper samples which might be of interest.
    MD cotton? I find that so hard to write on, itís so textured. Doesnít give me the smooth feeling I like. The other Mindori paper, the diary one, is the one I prefer.

    My current favorite is the TR 68gsm that Iíve so far only found in Endless Recorder notebooks. I have a little Yamamoto notebook, not sure which of their papers is in it, but I like it with very fine nibs...a little too absorbent with broader nibs. I just ordered Cosmo Light - canít wait to try that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarish View Post
    I thought my favorite was tomoe (with Stalogy being extremely similar) but to my surprise I have also very much enjoyed MD Cotton (available in a unique pad with 2 sides gummed and one corner cut away). I did not like basildon bond. You might like to get the pad of paper samples for fountain pens assembled by Yamamoto which includes the cosmo air light paper that is the latest fad after tomoe. Fountainpenlove.com also sells packs of paper samples which might be of interest.


    MD cotton? I find that so hard to write on, itís so textured. Doesnít give me the smooth feeling I like. The other Mindori paper, the diary one, is the one I prefer.

    My current favorite is the TR 68gsm that Iíve so far only found in Endless Recorder notebooks. I have a little Yamamoto notebook, not sure which of their papers is in it, but I like it with very fine nibs...a little too absorbent with broader nibs. I just ordered Cosmo Light - canít wait to try that one!
    You can find a lot of notebooks with 68gsm TR paper on etsy.

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    So, I can't remember where I got this link but this takes you to a page where you can buy a sample pack of Japanese fountain pen-friendly paper by Yamamoto Paper. https://yamamotopaper.com/cn7/cn8/pg60.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarish View Post
    I thought my favorite was tomoe (with Stalogy being extremely similar) but to my surprise I have also very much enjoyed MD Cotton (available in a unique pad with 2 sides gummed and one corner cut away). I did not like basildon bond. You might like to get the pad of paper samples for fountain pens assembled by Yamamoto which includes the cosmo air light paper that is the latest fad after tomoe. Fountainpenlove.com also sells packs of paper samples which might be of interest.
    MD cotton? I find that so hard to write on, itís so textured. Doesnít give me the smooth feeling I like. The other Mindori paper, the diary one, is the one I prefer.

    My current favorite is the TR 68gsm that Iíve so far only found in Endless Recorder notebooks. I have a little Yamamoto notebook, not sure which of their papers is in it, but I like it with very fine nibs...a little too absorbent with broader nibs. I just ordered Cosmo Light - canít wait to try that one!
    Look for Taroko Design - Enigma notebooks. 384 pages....

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    Quote Originally Posted by KrazyIvan View Post
    So, I can't remember where I got this link but this takes you to a page where you can buy a sample pack of Japanese fountain pen-friendly paper by Yamamoto Paper. https://yamamotopaper.com/cn7/cn8/pg60.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
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    So, I can't remember where I got this link but this takes you to a page where you can buy a sample pack of Japanese fountain pen-friendly paper by Yamamoto Paper. https://yamamotopaper.com/cn7/cn8/pg60.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    My current favorite is the TR 68gsm that Iíve so far only found in Endless Recorder notebooks. I have a little Yamamoto notebook, not sure which of their papers is in it, but I like it with very fine nibs...a little too absorbent with broader nibs. I just ordered Cosmo Light - canít wait to try that one!
    If you want loose sheets I looked for Tomoe River paper on Amazon yesterday and packs of 52gsm and 68gsm are available. You start off on the 52gsm page but there is also an option box to check for the 68gsm.
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    I found in EU store that sales paper sample from Yamamoto;

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/8216105..._click=1&cns=1

    I also ordered some RŲssler paper - seemingly some high quality German paper with 100 g/m^2. Anyone has any experience with this paper? I'll see how it is.

    https://www.roessler.eu/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post
    My current favorite is the TR 68gsm that Iíve so far only found in Endless Recorder notebooks. I have a little Yamamoto notebook, not sure which of their papers is in it, but I like it with very fine nibs...a little too absorbent with broader nibs. I just ordered Cosmo Light - canít wait to try that one!
    If you want loose sheets I looked for Tomoe River paper on Amazon yesterday and packs of 52gsm and 68gsm are available. You start off on the 52gsm page but there is also an option box to check for the 68gsm.
    Thanks, I will check that out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguarish View Post
    I thought my favorite was tomoe (with Stalogy being extremely similar) but to my surprise I have also very much enjoyed MD Cotton (available in a unique pad with 2 sides gummed and one corner cut away). I did not like basildon bond. You might like to get the pad of paper samples for fountain pens assembled by Yamamoto which includes the cosmo air light paper that is the latest fad after tomoe. Fountainpenlove.com also sells packs of paper samples which might be of interest.
    MD cotton? I find that so hard to write on, itís so textured. Doesnít give me the smooth feeling I like. The other Mindori paper, the diary one, is the one I prefer.

    My current favorite is the TR 68gsm that Iíve so far only found in Endless Recorder notebooks. I have a little Yamamoto notebook, not sure which of their papers is in it, but I like it with very fine nibs...a little too absorbent with broader nibs. I just ordered Cosmo Light - canít wait to try that one!
    Look for Taroko Design - Enigma notebooks. 384 pages....
    Ohh, this was on one of my wishlists at one point, then I forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me.

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    Tomoe River has to be tried out if youíre in the fountain pen hobby. That being said, itís a niche product, useful IMO primarily for journaling. Why? Itís flimsy (at least the 52 gsm Iíve tried) and while it doesnít bleed or feather greatly, it exhibits plenty of show through. The pressure from writing also etches the reverse side of the sheet youíre writing on. I would hesitate to write even informal correspondence on it. I read on another forum someone asked for stationery recommendations and sure enough Tomoe River and washi tape popped up. Those are fine choices if you like the DIY/crafting school of stationery, but for many people itís far outside of the mainstream compared to Crane, Southworth, Smythson, and other heavyweight papers. Has anyone ever sold engraved or even thermographed stationery on TR? I rest my case. Will I continue using it? Sure, just in appropriate situations.
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    I used to buy vintage onion skin paper a lot too. It is very fountain pen friendly but while you could write on both sides, it's best to use just one side. The show-through turns a lot of people off but I enjoy using it. In some respects, it reminds me of Tomoe River but it feels slightly thicker but slightly less opaque.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inkflow View Post
    Tomoe River has to be tried out if youíre in the fountain pen hobby. That being said, itís a niche product, useful IMO primarily for journaling. Why? Itís flimsy (at least the 52 gsm Iíve tried) continue using it? Sure, just in appropriate situations.
    Tomoe 68gr is very different. Quite an enjoyable paper actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yazeh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Inkflow View Post
    Tomoe River has to be tried out if youíre in the fountain pen hobby. That being said, itís a niche product, useful IMO primarily for journaling. Why? Itís flimsy (at least the 52 gsm Iíve tried) continue using it? Sure, just in appropriate situations.
    Tomoe 68gr is very different. Quite an enjoyable paper actually.
    Iíd like to try the 68gsm and itís currently offered in a journal format some people have liked.

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    This is a bit off the wall I suppose, but if you have a paper company not too far away (postal cost wise) you can often get some interesting samples to try out. I've done this on occasion. You don't get much more than a few sheets, but if you like it prices for more are usually quite reasonable.

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