Sunday, November 30, 2008
While I might currently own a plethora of journals, I didn't really own any "good" writing paper. With a fountain pen almost constantly at my fingertips, I wanted to find a paper that would be smooth writing and friendly towards fountain pen ink.
G. Lalo Verge paper is made at the 400-year-old Papierfabriek Schut in the Netherlands.
From the Exaclair Website (US Importer of G. Lalo Products)
"Once upon a time, the paper Verge was made by hand in huge vats. Today, we make the same paper according to traditional methods but with modern techniques.
Verge paper has the look and feel of handmade paper. It even has the grid of parallel translucent lines (“vergeures”) made as the paper was laid to dry. These grids are very helpful as guides for handwriting."
This 27lb tablet bound laid paper from G. Lalo comes in 11 colors: Apricot, Blue, Ivory, Lavender, Pistachio, Rose, Champagne, Turquoise, Grey, Yellow, and White.
50 sheets per pad and is available in 2 sizes: 4 3/4 x 8 5/8 and 8 1/4 x 11 3/4. (The larger size is shown here) Matching envelopes are available for both paper sizes.
The paper is very smooth, and all of my different fountain pens wrote true to size. As the paper has a laid finish, writing on the back of the paper feels slightly different than the front, but it's still a smooth writing experience.
There was no feathering or bleeding with any of the tested fountain pen inks.
Prices online at The Vickery are as follows:
Medium Tablets 50 sheets $7.00
Medium Envelopes 25 lined envelopes $6.00
Large Tablets 50 sheets $12.00
Large Envelopes 20 lined envelopes $8.00
Really good paper that seems to be reasonably priced for my needs.