Anyone who uses fountain pens knows that paper varies widely in quality. These days the most important quality of any paper bought by an average office is cost. Writeability, feel, and durability just don’t matter. The result is paper that works just well enough to get the job done, but there’s not much pleasure there.
I’ve tried quite a few different papers, and there are a lot of papers that excel at one purpose or another, but fall short in another area. There is one paper I’ve found that is excellent regardless what I’m writing with, and is available in reams. Strathmore Writing can be had in a few different colors, weights and finishes.
While I bounce back and forth between paper and software for organizing my work, I tend to to use paper for ideation, taking notes, and the like, so I have a pile of paper in my desk at home, also at work. I also use it for stationery, as they sell matching envelopes.
It’s not as smooth as Clairfontaine, or Tomoe River, but I like a little texture. In the heavier weights it will easily take fountain pen ink without bleed and not much show through. The 20lb I’ve started buying never bleeds, but it’s about as transparent as regular office paper. What I like is how the surface takes ink, and the feel.
If you’re looking for some decent, reasonably priced desk paper, give Strathmore Writing a try. If you’d like a sample, write to me using the address in the About page, and I’ll send a few sheets.
You can get it at http://www.papermillstore.com, amazon.com, and other places I’m sure.