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While there is so much focus on fountain pens - from brand to nib size, ink, colour, and material, without the right paper, your pen’s potential is lost. Just like your choice of pen, your choice of paper is personal and essential to the enjoyment of your fountain pen providing you with a superior writing experience.
Fountain pens will work on any kind of paper, there are a few points to consider when choosing paper and why paper specifically made for fountain pens will give you the best writing experience.
Taking into consideration that different ink formulations have an impact on drying time, the paper’s absorbency is also determined by its smoothness. A rougher paper tends to absorb better while a smoother paper takes longer to dry.
Low-quality paper causes what is known as feathering which is the ink spreading through the fibres of the paper.
Bleed through occurs when the quality of the paper is low and too thin and absorbent causing you to see what you have written on the backside of the paper or even worse, onto the next sheet.
Paper manufacturers take into consideration the above factors when milling paper through the choice of paper fibres, the weight, and the density of the paper once it’s finished. High-quality fountain pen paper is milled with the specific intention of reducing the number of fibres that get stuck in the nib. A good reason why recycled paper doesn’t make for good fountain pen paper.
In addition to the milling of the paper, manufacturers apply a special finish to their paper. The finish can create a more silky paper but also has an impact on bleed through and drying time.
Now we’ve briefly described what to look for in paper, we would also like to recommend our favourite paper. Rhodia!
Made in France, Rhodia is one of the smoothest papers we carry at Paper Papier. In fact, it's so smooth we would call it buttery - we absolutely love to write on it!
Fountain pen ink dries on it in a reasonable amount of time and there are no issues with bleedthrough or feathering.
If you're looking for a luxurious writing experience, Rhodia is it!