A sheet of Tamoe River paper with test writing on it and an uncapped fountain pen resting just below the writing

Figure 1: The Test

I’ve never kept my love of Tamoe River Paper (link) a secret. I’d have posted about it specifically but I’ve never really had anything to say beyond an ultra mini review of ‘This stuff is AMAZING, BUY NOW’. It’s the perfect loose leaf paper: cheap, thin, easy to work with and translucent.

It doesn’t do great with wet inks or pens, but I’m ok with that. I use dry inks or dry pens or both. Despite it not doing great with ‘wet ink’ it’s cheap and easy to obtain.

I like this stuff so much I buy it a few hundred sheets at a time. And never think twice about ‘going through a lot’

I’ve been buying Tamoe River for years. Imagine my surprise when I saw ‘Artist Grade’ Tamoe River paper at 68gsm instead of 52gsm. For the past few years I’ve never seen anything other than the usual 52gsm weight. The 68gsm version was about 3x as expensive which is a little bit of a bummer but I can be OK with that considering Rhodia pads are similarly priced and you get less paper per pad.

I bought a 100 sheet pack of 68gsm as part of my usual order.

Totally worth it.

Silky smooth, less translucent than the 52gsm and same general ink/pen profile. If you don’t like the super thin nature of Tamoe River the 68gsm might be a better option. However, if you like Tamoe River in general you should try the 68gsm version as well, even if it’s just for shits and giggles.

They continue to do great work and I’m not upset by this purchase. Who knows, maybe when I go through the 300 sheets I have on-hand I’ll switch over to the 68gsm.

Only time will tell.

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