Deals and Drops: Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

I'm often asked to recommend "fountain pen friendly" paper. Though what constitutes "fountain pen friendly" is highly subjective, since certain people ignore/tolerate things like bleed-through and feathering more than others, I thought I'd do a Deals & Drops where I focused on good paper, at all price points. (As always, there are a few other things thrown in, and general Amazon recommendations can be found here.) 

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  1. Story Supply Co Pocket Staple - Edition 407 (via Pen Chalet). Though I'm not using as many pocket notebooks as I used to, SSC makes great paper that handles fountain pen ink relatively well. 
  2. Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Notebook (via Pen Chalet). A go-to if you're looking for a Moleskine-esque black notebook with upgraded paper. 
  3. Rhodia Webnotebook (via Pen Chalet). The Rhodia "Webbie" is a classic hardbound notebook popular among fountain pen enthusiasts. Rhodia paper is a step above Leuchtturm, though it's also a bit pricier.
  4. Baron Fig Paper (via Baron Fig). The Confidant is my go-to for hardbound notebooks, and I burn through their Mastermind Desk Pads on a weekly basis. 
  5. Maruman Mnemosyne (via Anderson Pens). Fans of spiral-bound notebooks swear by Maruman.  
  6. Midori MD Notebook (via Amazon). Midori paper is another high quality Japanese paper option, slightly less slick than Rhodia/Clairefontaine, and thicker than Tomoe River. The MD notebooks come in a range of sizes.
  7. Midori Cotton (via Anderson Pens). Another quality offering from Midori. Cotton paper is more absorbent and softer than Midori's standard paper.  
  8. LIfe Stationery (via Vanness Pens). Life Stationery is another Japanese brand popular among fountain pen fans. Their paper can be harder to find in the U.S., but Vanness carries a good selection if they can keep it in stock. 
  9. Inky Fingers Notebooks (via Vanness Pens). The creation of Matt Armstrong of Pen Habit fame, the Inky Fingers notebooks feature environmentally friendly and sustainable wheat-straw paper, which has some nice texture.
  10. Clairefontaine Clothbound French-Ruled (via Goldspot). I've always had a soft spot for Clairefontaine paper, since it was the first really nice paper I ever used. The French-ruled side bound 6*8 size makes for a great journal. 
  11. Montegrappa Fortuna Blue Blazer (via Goldspot). Montegrappa has released its latest pen in the Fortuna series, and it's a "fireblue"-style stainless steel version. I need to see one of these at a show.
  12. Montegrappa Fortuna Camouflage (via Pen Chalet). These earth-tone "camouflage" materials always turn out well.  
  13. Pilot Vanishing Point Yellow/Satin Black "Bumblebee" (via Paul's Paper & Pens). I picked one of these up a while back, and it's amazing! Another great color you can currently only grab from non-U.S. retailers.
  14. Sailor 1911 Royal Tangerine Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). While we're on the subject of bold colors, check out Sailor's latest North American exclusive. 1911 Large version is also available. 
  15. Nanami "Seven Seas" Notebooks (via Nanami Paper). The "Seven Seas" notebooks contains hundreds of sheets of super thin, yet fountain-pen-friendly, Tomoe River paper. My personal favorites are the Crossfield grid notebook and the Cafe Note B6
  16. Taroko Design Notebooks (via Etsy / Taroko Design). More great Tomoe River paper options, a very reasonable price points. 
  17. Cross Star Wars Sale (via Cross). Cross is continuing their sale on Star Wars-themed pens, including their journals, Click gel pens, and Townshend Fountain Pens. The "Stormtrooper" fountain pen that I've previously reviewed is on outlet pricing. 
  18. Nock Co. Spiral Pad (via Nock Co.). Fans of steno pads will appreciate this Nock Co. version, featuring their dot-dash paper. 
  19. Studio Neat Panobook (via Amazon). Though the Panobook may not be the most fountain-pen friendly paper out there, I like that the pages are perforated, and it's unique shape allows it to fit just beneath the keyboard.
  20. Fisher Space Pen Astronaut Pen Black Titanium Nitride (via Amazon). Fisher Space Pen has released a black titanium nitride version of their classic "astronaut" pen.  It looks great!