|Image courtesy of Ben Rowley.|
If you order a pad of this paper, you will also receive a free handmade dip pen out of reclaimed urban woods and three vintage dip nibs (an italic, a medium, and the Esterbrook Falcon 048) with your order. Offer will be available to the first five customers. The next five customers will receive the three dip nibs.
1. English Walnut (not Black Walnut) shaft and Cherry sapwood (from my grandfathers cherry tree).
2. Figured Cottonwood shaft and black walnut.
3. The shaft of this pen is straight grained cottonwood but the tree died of a fungus which caused some streaking in the wood it is very unique. The grip section is sycamore.
4. Figured Apple and black walnut.
5. Unknown pallet wood from tiles shipped from Europe. The wood is straight grained, greenish brown and hard. The section is Black Walnut.
Size: 8.5" x 11"
Ruling: Pads are handmade, so if you want a different ruling, you can always talk to Ben about that.
Sheet Count: 100 per notepad
Where to buy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shipping via lowest USPS flat rate (starts at $5.00USD per order)
Pricing as follows:
|Size||Ruling||Sheet Count||Price USD|
|8.5” x 11”||Standard Descender||100||$9.50|
|5.5” x 8.5”||Standard Descender||100||$6.00|
|4.25” x 5.5”||Standard Descender||100||$3.50|
|8.5” x 11”||Blank||100||$9.50|
|5.5” x 8.5”||Blank||100||$6.00|
|4.25” x 5.5”||Blank||100||$3.50|
|Size||Ruling||Sheet Count||Price USD|
|8.5” x 11”||Standard Descender||100||$9.00|
|5.5” x 8.5”||Standard Descender||100||$5.50|
|4.25” x 5.5”||Standard Descender||100||$3.00|
|8.5” x 11”||Blank||100||$9.00|
|5.5” x 8.5”||Blank||100||$5.50|
|4.25” x 5.5”||Blank||100||$3.00|
PERFORMANCE & FEEL
Immediately upon touching the paper, the tooth is noticeable. If the paper is tilted in light, the texture is visible. It's isn't a significant amount of tooth, but it is a fair amount, and enough that you can feel it when writing, even with very smooth nibs. I tried writing on this paper with a straight dip pen first and found the nib got caught in the tooth a few times and splattered. While it looks cool, it's not necessarily the most desirable thing. When I switched to an oblique nib holder, the incidence of this dropped. The more I wrote on the paper, the more I got the hang of it. I also think this means I learned how to hold my nib holders properly!
I think by the end of running through the Rohrer & Klingner Drawing and Calligraphy Inks I have, I wasn't doing too bad with the straight holder. My writing with the oblique holder could use some work, but that's considerably harder for me just because I'm less familiar with it. Despite my inability to write properly, what I did NOT experience was the nib cutting into the paper and subsequent feathering.
|Writting with oblique nib holder and Falcon 048 sharp vintage nib.|
- Tolerates many inks very well - no feathering (to the naked eye, at least!), minimal show through, and very, very little bleed through (and only where I scribbled way too much ink).
- Quick drying times.
- Has a touch of tooth; a pleasant writing experience. If you prefer less tooth, you can always flip the paper over as the other side is a little smoother. Each sheet in the pad should be oriented in the right direction so they all have tooth up, smooth down.
- Works well with fountain pens and dip nibs - nibs don't cut into the paper.
- Despite the wonderful ink pooling, there is no sheen.
- Some inks spread on the printed ruling (many do not). This is likely because an inkjet printer is used to print the ruling - this can be resolved with commercial printing (or having blank paper, which suits my fancy).
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance of this paper, and by the way it felt. Sometimes paper with a little bit of tooth is nice, particularly with dip nibs (which I'm not so good with). I would never have had the opportunity to try this paper without Ben's generosity (and curiosity and relentless search for the right paper). Ben has a great and generous offer going on right now, for the first ten people to pick up some of this paper from him, so do check it out. I really think it's worth a shot.
I received this paper and nib as a gift for review purposes. I was not compensated monetarily for this review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.