Choosing the right kind of paper for your fountain pen is like pairing the right champagne with caviar. The different qualities of paper influence the pen’s performance and the way you write. The right paper allows your fountain pen to reach its full potential and adds an element of finesse to your writing. There are many things to consider while choosing the right paper for your pen:
Clean, white paper is always the standard for fountain pen writing, though cream-coloured paper is easier on the eyes. The brightness of the paper may vary according to brands and white paper is ideal for coloured inks to reflect their vibrancy. In case you feel like adding more colour to your writing, for romantic reasons or otherwise, you can also try various types of coloured paper that are fountain pen friendly.
The unwelcome effect of feathering occurs due to a paper’s fibres. Low quality paper is especially prone to it, compared to high quality paper that is specifically designed to prevent the same. Apart from the paper itself, nib size and the type of ink also play a role in the degree of feathering.
Bleed-Through and Show-Through
Usually, thin paper or excessively wet ink from the pen causes a bleed-through or show-through. Fountain pen paper is woven so that the fibers resist the occurrence of ink bleeding or showing through on the other side. Therefore, it is always better to choose paper that is slightly thicker.
Depending on the ink, the dry time varies according to a paper's absorbency—the greater the absorbency, the shorter the dry time. However, a paper that is more absorbent will tend to also be rougher to write on. Therefore, select paper that is smooth yet has a short dry time.
To fully utilize a fountain pen's smooth flowing ink, an equally smooth paper is a necessity. Usually, the coating on the paper affects its smoothness level. A fully coated paper tends to be slippery while uncoated paper is rough; hence a half coated paper makes for a smooth writing experience.
Fountain pen paper comes in many sheet styles, from lined to blank to grid patterns, providing a nice guideline to writing without being infringing on your writing space. And for those who prefer blank sheets, some brands include a tracing template that you can layer behind the paper and help you write in a straight line.
Browse through the varied range of paper and notebooks available at William Penn stores and choose the one best suited to your pen and yourself. Nothing compares to the smooth feel of your favourite pen gliding on a perfect sheet of paper, making your writing effortlessly beautiful.
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