Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Tuesday Talk Back: What is your preferred ruling width?


R Ruling

Over the years, we’ve received a number of requests for ruling in a wide range of widths, (anywhere from 4mm, to 9mm) and I’m guessing that a preference for a specific size of ruling is primarily related to the size of one’s handwriting.

While I prefer blank paper, (so I can write as big or as small as I want) I have no problems working with 7-8mm lined ruling. 9mm makes me feel like I’m back in grade school, and 4mm makes my eyes go buggy because all I see are lines.

Do you have a preference for a particular line width? Do you need this width for reasons other than the size of your handwriting?

Read about Ruled Paper on Wikipedia

Read about ruling in Materials and Techniques of Manuscript Production

Google Answers a Question on The History of Ruled Paper 

A Brief History of Lined Paper 

8 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk Back: What is your preferred ruling width?

  1. I write small, and my to do lists are always long so 5mm line width is perfect… an when Im journaling, I can fit a lot more on each page. The smaller I write, the neater I am… PLEASE tell me you have 5mm notebooks, I’ve been searching everywhere to replace the BREPOLS notebook I have (love it, but would like more size options).

  2. I find my writing changes based on the line spacing (and my writing instrument), I prefer small/narrow grid or line. I also agree with Iris et al that the colour of the line (or dot or grid) is very important too, as is the weight of the line! I don’t like pure black or very dark lines and like them as thin as possible.

  3. As one of those small-writinged people, 5mm grid or dot-grid all the way! Though like others, I prefer the lines not to be too dark. Then again, I also use small notebooks (“pocket size” to A6 is my preferred size), and wider ruling in those is a little silly…

  4. For a pocket notebook I prefer 5 mm so I can cram a lot of short notes on a page. In an A5 or larger journal where I am writing more than a page at a time, I prefer 7 or 8 mm. I like graph or dot for a pocket notebook.

  5. College ruled is my favorite but I’m with Iris about line darkness being a major factor. Too dark is far worse than too narrow or wide.

  6. I rather agree with you on the line spacing, but rather than the spacing issue, I’d rather consider the color of the lines. I find that if the lines are too dark, they are a distraction, never mind the spacing. If you’re just using the page for making lists, it is less of an issue than if you’re doing journaling, where you are writing edge-to-edge and on each line.

    I actually like gridded paper, but again, I don’t want in-your-face dark lines. I’m finding that I now prefer dot-grid, or the form where instead of dots they are actually little plus signs.

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