The Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection is the newest thing to hit the world of paper. I’m always looking for new, fountain pen friendly paper. So, imagine my excitement when this came through the shop.
Yamamoto paper is based out of Osaka, Sakai. They bring a premium paper to the United States. They’re an older company, founded in 1972. Starting as a paper wholesaler, they took years of experience in the paper industry, and started actually making paper and paper products.
If you also like sampling different types of paper, the Yamamoto Fountain Pen Friendly Paper Collection is perfect. When I first opened the plastic shrink-wrap and looked at the cover, it looked like there were only 18 sheets of what had to be really thick paper. However, I was very wrong. There are 18 different types of paper (including Tomoe River), and you get five sheets of each type.
I think the coolest part is that each type of paper gets a little “introduction”. Yamamoto gives a brief “story” of all 18 types of paper. What company do you know that gives an actual review of its own paper/product?
This sample book of paper is bound by padding compound, so you can tear pages out easily one by one. I always appreciate how easy it is to remove pages from its pad. One tear, and the sheet is unusable for most purposes.
Obviously, using a fountain pen and specialty paper is a very personalized experience. What some people love about each, others may not find enjoyable. The nibs and inks you may use on some paper can feather, bleed, and have different dry times. That’s part of what makes this so great. You get such a wide variety of types of paper that you can find what you enjoy most.