Fountain pen friendly notebooks are highly sought-after at Milligram — when you have a pen you love writing with, you don’t want the experience ruined by unsuitable paper.
Not all paper is created equal
Most regular paper cannot handle fountain pen ink — you’ll find it will bleed through the page if the paper is overly absorbent or too thin; it may smear and/or feather, which occurs when the ink creeps out amongst the paper’s fibres. Find out more about the common problems found with non-fountain pen friendly paper on the blog here.
So the key is to find a quality, fountain pen friendly notebook to accompany your fountain pen, or your favourite writing instrument for an excellent writing experience.
We’ve put together our top ten fountain pen friendly notebooks and brands — in no particular order that you’ll find at Milligram.
Top 10 Fountain pen friendly notebooks
1. Delfonics Rollbahn
Almost all staff members at Milligram HQ are carrying or have carried a Delfonics Rollbahn notebook — it’s a perpetual staff favourite and very hard to find outside of Japan and Australia!
The off white/ivory grid ruled (5mm x 5mm) paper is not only fountain pen friendly but each page is perforated for clean removal. The robust, splash-proof cover and spiral binding makes this a great notebook for the office and taking school notes.
2. Rhodia Heritage
The entire Rhodia range is fountain pen friendly and extremely affordable, a perfect everyday notebook.
The Rhodia Heritage neo-retro notebooks are a tribute to the distinguished heritage of Rhodia. In true Rhodia style, the range boasts many high quality designs with ‘rough feel’ covers that each have their own personality, Clairefontaine fountain pen friendly, 90gsm ivory brushed vellum paper with a brand new orange ruling, numbered pages and the traditional sewn binding in orange making the Heritage range stand out from the rest.
3. Clairefontaine Essentials
The extensive range from French brand, Clairefontaine is all fountain pen friendly.
The Clairefontaine Essentials features their trademark high quality, white 90gsm paper, using wood sourced from self-managed sustainable forests. Their paper mill has its own water treatment plant and is self-sufficient for 80% of its electrical power. Read more about eco-friendly Clairefontaine on the blog.
Hand-assembled at Appointed‘s Washington D.C. headquarters, every design element has been carefully considered in this substantial 150 fountain pen friendly perforated pages notebook. The pages are made of smooth, recycled paper and renewable energy.
It features a beautiful, minimalist aesthetic, water-resistant durable bookcloth cover and is also available in various formats, making this a stylishly refined essential for any creative, designer or professional.
5. Tomoe River
The Tomoe River paper breaks all the rules — it’s highly sought after from fountain pen aficionados for its super-fine weight (52gsm!) and the exquisite and delicate quality of the paper.
Note quite a notebook, this reliable notepad includes 100 easily removable sheets of plain ivory paper that is acid-free and pH neutral coming from FSC-certified forests. It has an unusually high resistance to bleed-through and feathering and a must to add to your notebook collection, adding a special touch to your handwritten correspondence.
6. Life Stationery Margin
Established in Tokyo in 1946, Life Stationery is dedicated to producing a small and handmade range of stationery with superior paper quality and function — all the notebooks we have from Life Stationery at Milligram perform well with fountain pens. Read their story and see their smiling workers on the blog.
The Life Stationery Margin notebook contains 160 ruled white pages that are incredibly smooth and provides an excellent writing experience. It features four sections with a margin printed in faint red ink on the left-hand side of each page to assist you with your note-taking.
7. Fabriano Boutique EcoQua
The Fabriano Boutique EcoQua notebook is made of 100% FSC-certified recycled Bioprima ivory Italian milled paper, with 192 substantial pages that are chlorine- and acid-free. This range is not only environmentally friendly but super affordable too. In a range of colours, sizes and rulings, the EcoQua range is an ideal daily use notebook for fountain pen users.
8. Leuchtturm1917 Limited Edition Metallics
When a brand has been around for 100 years, you know they’re onto something right! Leuchtturm1917 is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year and to celebrate they released a limited collection of metallic notebooks: copper, gold and silver. Read our interview with the family behind the brand.
This A5 size (14.5 x 21cm) notebook has 251 pages of ink proof, acid-free, 80gsm fountain pen friendly ivory paper that is available in various formats.
Leuchtturm1917 are all about the detail and have thoughtfully placed page numbers on each page, as well as a table of contents for easy referencing, making it perfect for bullet journalling. Read more about bullet journalling on the blog.
9. Octaevo Marble Notes
A new brand to Milligram, Octaevo is inspired by the Mediterranean and offers stylish, fun and affordable notebooks that tell a story.
The Octaevo Marble Notes notebook features 80 ruled pages (100gsm) that are carefully assembled and hand-sewn with coloured thread in an artisans workshop in Barcelona. The inside cover reads: “Mediterranean marble holds the secrets of centuries, lines the passage of time. Smooth and still, it waits for new stories and legends to be written on it.”
10. La Petite Papeterie Francaise
The whole design aesthetic from La Petite Papeterie Francaise is centered on beautiful, well-made, high-quality products that are manufactured in an environmentally- and socially-friendly manner.
Designed in collaboration with French designer, Anaïs Génot, this carefully considered Seyes ruled notepad with 40 sheets of 100gsm fountain pen friendly paper is comfortable to use. The 350gsm cover feels great to touch with grid-shaped debossing and is perfect for everyday or special use.