Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tomoe River 52gsm Review

To start off, if you are looking for the thinnest FP Friendly paper you can find you may not stop your search. This paper is essentially rice paper, thin and transparent. It is actually so thin that if you hold it up to light you can see the writing on the other side in full color. This may result in a bad first impression for some, but this paper preforms quite well. To start off it is extremely smooth, I would say it is not as smooth as Clairfontaine, but it is more pleasurable to write on. I think on the coolest things about this paper is that it makes inks super sheeny, to the point where it is almost impossible to not get some blues to not show a red sheen. Also, I did not get any feathering with any of the writing, next to no bleed through ( the only time I got it was on the ink blob and on the wettest of the ink swabs), but quite a bit of ghosting. Do to it being so thin, everything you write with will ghost on this paper. Although there is ghosting, in most places it isn't so bad to where you cannot write on both sides. I am guessing in order to make this FP friendly some sort of water resistant chemical had to have been added, and because of that the ink does a very good job of pooling on the surface and not absorbing into the paper. But with that there are going to be longer dry times and a high chance of smudging. I have also found that for some reason the pen did not take well to my fine TWSBI Mini with Yu-Yake in it, nor did it like it when I wrote on it with a ball point (but who really cares about the ballpoint anyway)The paper has some issues, but it is super cool to write on and gives of a vintage feel to me. I personally love it, and I would suggest it.

For the writing samples the pen and inks are the following in order
Kaweco Sport Classic (M) - Private Reserve Electric DC Blue
Hero 616 - Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine
Sheaffer Javelin (M) - Sheaffer Skrip Black
Pilot Metropolitan (M) - De Atramentis Charles Dickens
Jinhao x-750 (M) - Noodlers Blue Steel
TWSBI Mini (F) - Pilot Iroshizuku Yu-Yake
Parker 17 Lady (Stub) - Diamine Red Dragon
Pilot G2 (.07) - Pilot Refill
Fisher Space Pen - Fisher Refill

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