I hope you’re enjoying MPNI Write More Letters Month of September. We’re half way through and I’ve had fun trying to write a letter every day, planning my themed blog posts and getting ready for a motorcycle tour vacation to Vermont.
The past couple of weeks I have pulled out all my stationery and refilled my various holders and boxes I try to keep around every place I sit. It helps me act quickly when an idea comes to mind to spread some written cheer. Most of my stationery is of the blank variety with maybe some occasional preprinted THANK YOU note cards thrown in. Many people prefer the major brands of printed greeting cards and it’s wonderful that one would take the time to go to the store, pick out the perfect printed greeting card and share it with a fellow human being. The paper medium is secondary to the sentiments themselves, even if written on a napkin. I just happen to prefer blank stationery that is fountain pen friendly. I doubt many recipients give it a second thought.
Maybe you have your favorite paper stocked up but if not I’ll share with you what I use in case you want to give blank stationery a try or you want some variety in what you already own.
Probably where I own the most stock is the Crane products. They have a great variety of 96lb note cards and letter sheet sets. I like to get several colors so I can match ink color with my stationery. Some of the Crane products come with a border and a matching envelope interior liner. I think this is a nice combination and adds a bit of security to your words when placed in a lined envelope.
All of Crane’s products take fountain pen ink very well but they are a bit pricy when you include shipping. I have found some good deals on eBay when I’m not too picky on the designs I’m looking for. Crane also has a sale page that I check occasionally.
Great 96lb note cards that are similar to Crane but a bit less expensive. I really like the distinctly colored envelopes they come with. Another good fountain pen partner. Design choices are not quite as broad as you’ll see at Crane. I will be ordering more of these when I run low.
I received a set of Embossed Graphics Stationery as a gift with my initials and address embossed. I loved the look but I was suspect of the fountain pen friendliness. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s a joy to write on even with wet nibs. They look a lot more expensive than they really are.
Pilot Letter Pad
When you need a bit more room than a flat note card this paper is a dream. Right on the front cover is printed Super Quality Paper For Fountain Pens. No Hyperbole there, it’s a joy to write on. Cost per sheet might be a little cost prohibitive if you write a lot of long letters but well worth the price of admission to have a pad on hand for short missives. Matching envelopes are available and are similar quality.
Another favorite of mine that uses Clairfontaine paper stock. I would put this one a tiny fraction below the Pilot Letter pad but more economically priced. A big advantage to the Triomphe pads is they come in A4 (8 x 11) size and the smaller note size. I use them often at work for lists and scratching out project plan drafts as well as letters. Fantastic interaction with the fountain pen.
These are just a few ideas. Please don’t feel like fancy expensive paper is what letter writing is all about. I enjoy the paper and I find it makes the whole experience more enjoyable for me. The recipient could probably not care less. If you don’t have any on hand don’t wait, take a piece of copy paper from your printer and just write someone today!
I would love to hear what’s in your write on inventory that I may not have enjoyed yet.
Remember: Write something nice……
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