Using a fountain pen can be a wonderful experience. Fountain pens naturally require little to no pressure to write with, and can literally glide across pages of the right paper. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as fountain-pen-compatible paper.
Among the many notebooks and journals available at JetPens, I’ve listed a few of my personal favorites that perform beautifully with fountain pen ink.
Note: You can click on all photos to view a larger, more detailed shot.
Maruman Mnemosyne Notebooks
My everyday go-to notebooks are found in the Maruman Mnemosyne line (named after the Greek goddess for memory). Available in a wide variety of versatile sizes and formats, the Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks contain a thick, creamy paper that has a smooth surface. Blank, lined, and graph pages are offered, and this paper provides a wonderful writing experience for fountain pens, as well as other pen types.
Maruman Boston Notebooks
Another paper gem from Maruman is the Boston Notebook. The Maruman Boston notebooks were designed specifically with fountain pen use in mind, and contain high-quality lined paper that has a good weight and smooth surface. Out of all the notebooks tested the Boston has the best results against bleed-through, not showing even the slightest shadow of the writing on the other side of the page!
Kokuyo Campus High Grade CYO-BO Notebooks
The Kokuyo Campus notebook line has always been immensely popular here at JetPens, and the High Grade CYO-BO paper is one of the best I’ve used. This is the thickest Kokuyo paper we stock, and is perfect for all types of pens.
The Clairefontaine paper found in Rhodia notebooks has an excellent quality reputation. This French paper has a smooth surface, and the Dot Grid Webnotebook tested had no bleed-through whatsoever. The ink barely even shows through on the other side of the page.
Maruman Eco Notebooks
For the environmentally-conscious writer, the Maruman Eco Spiral notebooks are a great choice. These notebooks are FSC-certified, ensuring that the forest products used are from responsibly-harvested, verified sources. The ruling on each page is printed with eco-friendly ink, and the material used for coating the spiral binding wire is biodegradable! Although the paper is not as thick as the other Maruman items listed, it does not cause any feathering and bleed-through is minimal.
Feathering and Bleed-through
The papers described above help prevent two problems that often occur when using fountain pens on low quality paper: feathering and bleed-through.
As shown above, the term “feathering” means that the ink spreads beyond the areas of application, usually along the paper’s fibers. This can give your lettering a spiky or fuzzy look, preventing crisp clean lines.
“Bleed-through” is a frequent occurrence with thin papers, where you can see your writing clearly on the other side of a page as demonstrated in the above photos.
Asking a fountain pen user to name her favorite paper is akin to asking a fashionista about her favorite outfit. Answers will vary, and there are other factors that contribute to varying fountain pen performance: ink formula, nib size, writing style etc. This list only covers our top choices, but most of the journals and notebooks offered at JetPens work well with fountain pens. What is YOUR favorite paper to use with fountain pens?
Note: I’ve used the fine nib Platinum Preppy pen with its included black ink, and the broad nib Kaweco Special AL filled with a J. Herbin Violette Pensee ink cartridge for every writing test pictured above.
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