Size: A4 | 8.00" x 11.50"
Paper Weight: 52 gsm
Color: White | Cream
Sheet Count: 100
Price: $21.95 USD (current sale)
Where to buy: Goulet Pens
Each notepad arrived in a plastic sleeve, which is likely necessary with such delicate, crinkly paper. It keeps it all in good shape. A reusable sleeve would be neat, instead of plastic - such as the cotton bag The Paper Cuts Notebooks are shipped in. These are just pads though, and not notebooks, but if the pads were available as refills, that might be nifty.
These are simple pads, lightly glue bound at the top, with a semi firm backing, and a purple linen-like flip over front cover. The cover is printed with: Tomoe River, Paper Pad, A4, 100 sheets, and Paper Color: WHITE / CREAM. Inside, there is an A4-sized blotting sheet included, as well as a semi firm guide sheet. Both pads look almost the same, except the cream says CREAM and has gold foil in the name, and the white says WHITE and has white foil in the name.
Nibs glide on this paper - it almost feel like the paper itself is lubricated. It is a delectable, sensual writing experience. Since the paper is so tolerant to fountain pen inks (and other media), drying times are pretty long, especially for wet writers. You can expect to wait for some of your words to dry! You can also blot your ink with the included blotting sheet, but I think it's worth the wait. Why? Inks pop on this paper - more so on the white paper but still a significant amount of on the cream pages. There is no feathering, there is a lot of shading to be seen, and a heck of a lot of sheen. Because the paper is so thin, show through can be quite high. Placing a dark sheet behind the page when you use the back makes it easier to see. Bleed through is minimal and it takes serious ink pooling to bleed.
- Simple paper pads that are quite light and portable.
- Pages tear off clean and easy.
- Comes with a blotting sheet and a guide sheet, both of which you can reuse elsewhere and after the paper is all used up.
- Available in cream or white paper.
- Super fountain pen friendly
- Great for ink shimmer, shading, sheen, and POP!
- No feathering.
- Rarely bleeds through.
- Also works with other writing utensils and media.
- Offers a wonderful writing experience.
- Great for writing letters to pen pals!
- Great for art work!
- Light and crinkly - for those who like the ASMR of paper.
- So light and delicate that it can bend, wrinkle, and dog ear easily.
- Long drying times.
- High sheen inks can stay smudgy and take extra long to dry.
- High show through.
Tomoe River paper is a no brainer. It's such a pleasure to use and if you enjoy fountain pens or are artistic, you best try some out. Is paper important? Give this stuff a shot and you'll see. If I had to pick one paper to keep forever, this would be it. Of course, I'm running out.
I received this item/these items free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.