Fountain Pens: A Place to Start


I use two types of paper most of the time. First, I seem to have at
least one Moleskine in every bag I carry. The paper is lovely, smooth,
and takes most inks very well. However, a very wet pen can be a
problem, since it’s a smooth and dense paper, and the ink won’t dry
immediately. Swisher Pens has some inks that are designed for just that
purpose, though. Second, for notes, letters, and general
correspondence, I’ve found that Crane’s papers are simply great. They
take ink well, without feathering, and dry in a reasonable amount of
time. Not the most affordable stuff, but it’s often the most

There are a great many varieties of fine paper on the market now,
bound in books, loose sheets, or bundled into notepads. Some paper
notepads, such as the affordable Ampad Evidence Recycled, do very well
with fountain pens, while some others don’t. Greeting cards may or may
not handle the line of a fountain pen well, depending on the humidity
and the type of paper. Very rough, handmade, or glossy papers all can
present difficulty with fountain pens, so be wary but willing to

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5 thoughts on “Fountain Pens: A Place to Start

  1. I personally find Moleskines to be horrible with FP’s. So much so that I stopped using them. Horrible, I know. I’ve since moved to Miquelrius. Clarifontaine makes absolutely wonderful paper, their Triomphe being akin to a skating rink for your nib. Clairfontane makes Exacompa as well as Rhodia, a venerable old French paper-maker.

    There are many others, and Crane is an excellent manufacturer, especially for 3×5’s (I believe Levenger uses them as a paper-mill).

    But, in my experience, Moleskines lack paper quality feather horrendously, and vary from book to book. Now, if only I could get Moleskine to purchase Clairfontaine paper. That would be a match made in heaven.

    [For those of you who can’t get rid of their ‘skines- I admit it’s hard to do- try a fine nib, similar to a Parker “51” which is much dryer than most, and Noodler’s Bullet-proof Black. The low-ink nib will do better, and Noodler’s Black is well known to write on almost any paper with decent results.]

    I tip my hat to another FP user, thanks for this post!!!
    [I don’t want to incite riots, so please only see the above as my limited experience. With Legal Lapis and an M nib in my m400 Pelikan, the Moleskines just can’t be used without serious feathering and serious bleedthrough.]

  2. I’ve found that some combinations don’t work for me, like my Falcon and Noodler’s Luxury Blue, but the same blue in the Libelle works very nicely, as does Private Reserve Sherwood Green or Tanzanite. Swisher’s Cocoa ink (made by Noodler’s) works well in all pens tried so far.

    Granted, I haven’t gone through tens of the Moleskine journals, but it tends to work for me. Humidity? Different paper batches? Don’t know.

    Thanks to Armand & Company for picking this up!

  3. Very true, Danny. There are combinations that seem to work well. Thanks for mentioning that Luxury blue seems to work in the right pen. I love how Moleskines are designed, but I have a love-hate relationship with it’s insides. Sad, really, as I’d love to use them more.


  4. The “Liquidly” pens work fine, and they are cheap at the drugstore. I had a Lamy fountain pen, I personally think that any inexpensive fountain pen is a dream long dead here.

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