Friday, January 20th, 2012

Fountain Pen Friendly?

Stephanie

Several years ago when I first started writing with a fountain pen, I quickly discovered that many brands of paper did not play well with the water based fountain pen inks that I had grown to love. This lead to my somewhat obsessive testing & publicly reviewing various paper, pen & ink products on my personal blog biffybeans.com. While some brands like our Rhodia & Clairefontaine products are known to be fountain pen ink friendly, (no bleedthrough, seethrough or feathering) this recent post on the Writer’s Bloc blog says it best:

“Each fountain pen nib, each brand of ink, each color of ink and the paper in each notebook or journal will interact differently when used with each other. The equation pen + paper + ink = good/bad results changes each time you change a component of the equation.”

I’ve also found that humidity can sometimes be a factor in how quickly the ink dries (or fails to dry) on the page.

Have you found a specific combination of paper/pen/ink that you are happy with?


10 thoughts on “Fountain Pen Friendly?

  1. Rhoda and Clairfontian are excellent, FP friendly papers but my favorite is/was Exacompta Black Block which is no longer available.

  2. Rhoda and Clairfontian are excellent, FP friendly papers but my favorite is/was Exacompta Black Block which is no longer available.

  3. Any of my fountain pens/inks (herbin, edelstein, iroshizuku, parker) write beautifully with my Rhodia & Clairefontaine so that paper has become my standard.

    I have used Poppin’s pads which stand up very well to fine point/parker ink.

  4. Any of my fountain pens/inks (herbin, edelstein, iroshizuku, parker) write beautifully with my Rhodia & Clairefontaine so that paper has become my standard.

    I have used Poppin’s pads which stand up very well to fine point/parker ink.

  5. Rhodia paper will stand everything up to my 0BBB nibs. Some of the super saturated inks will ghost through a little, but considering they would bleed like Sharpie markers on any other paper, I’m happy!

  6. Rhodia paper will stand everything up to my 0BBB nibs. Some of the super saturated inks will ghost through a little, but considering they would bleed like Sharpie markers on any other paper, I’m happy!

  7. I stopped fretting about it and learned to enjoy each combination for what it delivers. Rhodia webbies are my all-time favorite paper with all of my Sheaffer pens and Sheaffer and Herbin inks. But I’ll use Leuchtturm, Ecosystem, Whitelines, Piccies and Molies, too. I prefer bright white paper for, as you note elsewhere, the brilliance of the fountain pen inks. So, gimme webbies with white paper and I’ll stop using all those other brands!

  8. I stopped fretting about it and learned to enjoy each combination for what it delivers. Rhodia webbies are my all-time favorite paper with all of my Sheaffer pens and Sheaffer and Herbin inks. But I’ll use Leuchtturm, Ecosystem, Whitelines, Piccies and Molies, too. I prefer bright white paper for, as you note elsewhere, the brilliance of the fountain pen inks. So, gimme webbies with white paper and I’ll stop using all those other brands!

  9. As stated, any pen with any ink behaves well on Rhodia & Clairefontaine paper. I searched hard to find a fountain pen & ink combo that would behave well on other paper. My Hero 329 filled with J. Herbin Cafe des Iles seems to work nicely on almost all other papers….except cheap copy paper. I’ve read that J. Herbin inks tend not to be as saturated, which helps them behave well. I don’t know, but it works for me.

  10. As stated, any pen with any ink behaves well on Rhodia & Clairefontaine paper. I searched hard to find a fountain pen & ink combo that would behave well on other paper. My Hero 329 filled with J. Herbin Cafe des Iles seems to work nicely on almost all other papers….except cheap copy paper. I’ve read that J. Herbin inks tend not to be as saturated, which helps them behave well. I don’t know, but it works for me.

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