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Try this paper just...
, November 30, 2013
Try this paper just once if you want to understand why it has a cult following.
It's lightweight (akin to airmail, bank, or layout paper if you want a
comparison) so it might not be to your personal taste, but it's especially good
with fountain pens and shows off FP inks to their best advantage, and with no
feathering or bleed. (In my experience, anyway, and I use some very saturated
inks.) I've bought a lot of Tomoe River over the last couple of years in both
white and cream from various sources, both loose and bound into books, and it's
never disappointed me. Despite being lightweight, it's robust enough to
withstand hole-punches and daily use in ring binders; my bog-standard HP printer
handles it with ease; it accepts inkjet printing well; I can make it into
stitched notebook refills or glued pads; and it's a wonderful tactile experience
to write on. Yes, it's delicate, so it rumples more easily than regular paper if
you're not careful, and if you can't tolerate any show-through then it's not for
you, but if that doesn't put you off, then you'll probably love this paper with
a passion. I bought it originally because I needed a high page count without
thickness, and everything else from bank and bible paper to airmail paper in the
right size and colour was proving too hard to source, but now I buy it as much
for the sheer pleasure of using it as its practical advantages. Treat yourself
to a pack!
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This review addresses...
, March 16, 2014
This review addresses some characteristics not expanded in the excellent and
comprehensive posting here ("Try this paper just ..."). Writing applications
are very well covered there. This is for those who need more information for
their paper projects other than correspondence.
This medium is surprisingly brawny for such a thin paper. It stands up well to
wet media (transparent watercolors, brushed inks), paper mechanics (origami,
pop-up pagination, envelopes, Japanese fans and lanterns), and one-off prints
(linoleum block, rubber stamp) for tipping-in by custom book makers. Wet media
pucker occurs but relaxes when the medium dries, returning to a flat and
dimensionally stable condition.
The paper does not dilute black into a gray by absorption resulting in an
extremely pleasing contrast ratio. There is a high fidelity of wet and dry
colors on this white. The high contrast between black and white makes this a
perfect vehicle for any reproducible need. Very thin for intricate pin-point
accuracy with swivel cutters. Minimum amounts of feathering and bleed through
makes this paper wonderfully receptive to extreme detail in printing and manual
artwork (specifically pen and ink).
The surface can be reworked after ink-jet printing and heat does not seem to
change the texture or media acceptance.
Extremely resilient under repeated back-and-forth creasing (does not tear but
Archival characteristics are unknown but this paper is impressively versatile
for everyday use by artisans.