Europa now also has glossy card variants, providing a vibrant addition to any home or office with its trusted 90gsm Clairefontaine paper. Even in the digital era, endless screens do not appear to curb our fascination. For example a diary organises our everyday life and can become precious as we keep it over the years. How many scrawled scrap papers, small notes were left on the table, sticky notes on the fridge that we keep affectionately as memories of our feelings, of our movements and of our story?
Noble: Whether white, neutral or bright, the pure surface offers itself to us with reassuring impartiality. It also exists by itself and is a work of art. It witnesses our evolution and it grows with us, assists us and helps us progress. It follows our development from school to the office, from an exercise book to a notepad. Its rulings guide us in developing our handwriting then the rulings disappear as we gain independence. The second paper which leaps to mind is one that Nero doesn't currently stock, sadly, but might do one day if the manufacturer comes up with the right sort of product made from it.
I refer, of course, to Britain's own contribution, the amazing Optik paper. This is found even in supermarkets as spiral bound notebooks and 'Oxford' A4 refill pads, but also features in the better-known Black'n'Red notebooks. I've been using one of the latter to write a diary for a couple of decades, and it's handled every sort of nib and ink I can throw at it.
It's smooth, it behaves, and when you can obtain it in the format you actually want, it's great value too. The owner of the brand recently flirted with making a 'proper' pocket notebook, but didn't commit and the product has since been withdrawn, which is a pity - but hey, maybe one day. As my favourite paper, Optik vies for first place with the magnificent French stuff known as Clairefontaine or Rhodia.
Yes, I said or. It really is the same thing, from the same mill, and the twin brands are just aimed at slightly different markets.
Rhodia is trying to tempt a younger customer base and those enthused about design, while Clairefontaine is aimed at the connoisseur. Rhodia sometimes flirts with lower weights like 85gsm, and Clairefontaine sometimes leans towards gsm, but for the most part its 90gsm all the way these days.
Some of the Rhodia Heritage books prepared I suspect for the US market even declare on the back that they're made from Clairefontaine paper! Life Stationery Margin Established in Tokyo in , Life Stationery is dedicated to producing a small and handmade range of stationery with superior paper quality and function — all the notebooks we have from Life Stationery at Milligram perform well with fountain pens.
Read their story and see their smiling workers on the blog. The Life Stationery Margin notebook contains ruled white pages that are incredibly smooth and provides an excellent writing experience.
It features four sections with a margin printed in faint red ink on the left-hand side of each page to assist you with your note-taking.
This range is not only environmentally friendly but super affordable too. In a range of colours, sizes and rulings, the EcoQua range is an ideal daily use notebook for fountain pen users. Leuchtturm is celebrating their th anniversary this year and to celebrate they released a limited collection of metallic notebooks: copper, gold and silver. Read our interview with the family behind the brand.
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Edited by garyc, 04 May - As my favourite paper, Optik vies for first place with the magnificent French stuff known as Clairefontaine or Rhodia. The main caveat is that it comes in a couple of weights, and they behave quite differently. I refer, of course, to Britain's own contribution, the amazing Optik paper. The Octaevo Marble Notes notebook features 80 ruled pages gsm that are carefully assembled and hand-sewn with coloured thread in an artisans workshop in Barcelona.
Rhodia is trying to tempt a younger customer base and those enthused about design, while Clairefontaine is aimed at the connoisseur. If you want to write on it with a pencil, then the trick is to go for paper with a bit of texture, as the graphite depends upon abrasion to get onto the page, and funnily enough a lot of paper which isn't famously brilliant for fountain pens turns out to be really quite marvellous for use with a pencil - take Field Notes or My Paper Brains, for instance.
You want ink absorption not to be too enthusiastic, so that bleeding through to the other side of the paper or feathering lateral spidery smudging are minimal. Actually, best not mention cats to Nero, but I refer, of course, to Britain's own contribution, the amazing Optik paper. Paper has guided civilization since A. It follows our development from school to the office, from an exercise book to a notepad. The founder of the company, a French doctor named F.
Over the centuries it has always been the melting pot of political commitments, financial transactions, social relationships and cultural exchanges.
This invention revolutionalized the use of the paper diary and helped millions of people throughout the world to organize their lives. You want a surface which is fairly smooth, but not like glass, so that it's pleasant to run the nib over but offers just enough traction to draw some ink onto the page.
Unlike other recycled paper, Equology paper is crisp, very white, and good to write on.
I refer, of course, to Britain's own contribution, the amazing Optik paper.