In its August/September issue, Stylus magazine interviews Detlef Bittner, owner of a store in downtown Carmel, California called The Pleasure of Writing.
The name of the store expresses Bittner’s worldview and also alludes to the offerings available at the small but exquisitely appointed store. As a retailer and a true pen lover with a flair for writing, he is knowledgeable about all things related to making the writing experience pleasurable — pens, papers, inks and personal creativity.
Bittner: I love handmade cotton rag paper like Velke Losiny (Czech) and Fabriano XIII (Italian) paper. Amalfi, which is Italian, and Crown Mill, which is Belgian, are also good papers. For everyday and for testing pens, you can’t beat Rhodia pads from France.
Nibs work differently on different papers. Fine and sharply cut nibs need smoother paper without a lot of tooth. Also, good papers won’t bleed when a fountain pen puts down a lot of ink.
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