When it comes to writing it should go without saying, but you need paper. For fountain pen users not all paper is the same. In fact paper has tremendously different qualities which are noticeable with fountain pen ink. Fountain pen ink is water based, and is absorbed into the paper. Ballpoint ink is oil based, and tends to reside on top of the paper. A ballpoint will work decently on most any paper. Anyhow, I’m talking fountain pens, so back to fountain pen ink. Since the ink is absorbed into the paper, paper quality will determine a number of factors, including, appearance (color, bleed through, show through, sheen, shading, dry time), price, longevity/durability.
I’ve used and like a number of different papers. Rhodia, Clairefontaine, Leuchtturm1917, Tomoe River, Travelers, G. Lalo, copy paper (20lb, 24 lb, 32 lb). Each on is fountain pen friendly, and each one performs differently. Key word, differently, not bad, not poor, not good. Meaning each one has a different combination of those qualities noted above.
The particular paper I’m talking about is the Hobonichi Techo Planner.
A6 size (H5.8″ W4.1″ T0.6″)
One page per day (inc. monthly page)
Numerous information pages
Tomoe River 52gsm white paper
Lay flat binding
(Numerous cover options available if desired)
Where this planner really shines, is the Tomoe River paper. (Tomoe River also offers 68gsm, and cream color paper). It’s about half the thickness of copy paper, resulting in a thin planner at roughly 450 pages. The paper is highly resistant to bleed through (ink seeping through to other side). It’s also decently resistant to show through (being able to see ink on the other side of the paper) for a thin paper. Show through is simply part of using thinner papers. The paper also offers excellent sheen (the ability to see colors in the ink that are not intended, such as blue inks exhibiting red) with certain fountain pen inks. A high level of shading (light/dark contrast between line/letter due to less/more ink being present) is also characteristic of the papers smoothness.
Located in the back of the planner are the information pages. These include pages for, memos, contacts, ruler, common conversions, holidays, Japanese history, dialing codes, and general notes. So far the only section I have used is the ruler sheet.
I’m now on my second Hobonichi Techo Planner. I’ve used it daily for my fountain pen doodles; it works perfectly for me. I do find the A6 size to be a little small for planning and notes. For planning and notes, I prefer the A5 size, and A4 size for many work purposes.
Hopefully this gives you a little insight on why the Hobonichi Techo Planner is one of my favorites. As with all my reviews, I purchased the planner with my own funds, and this is not associated with anyone else.