Franklin-Christoph Notepad Review


I have been on a paper kick lately, wanting to try out lots of new ones. I recently ordered this Franklin Christoph Notepad with sugar cane paper, and have been using it for the past week. The paper is 90gsm, pH neutral, and acid free. The pad has 80 sheets and cost $9 (11 cents per sheet).


I got the A5 dot grid version. The paper measures 5 7/8" x 8 1/4" and has cut corners. The dot grid is 5mm. The pages are perforated at the top for easy removal.


Paper color varies greatly from brand to brand, so I thought I'd do a quick comparison. Left to right, Franklin Christoph Sugar Cane paper, Staples Printer Paper, Ivory Tomoe River, Leuchtturm, and Rhodia Goalbook. The F-C paper has a purple tone to it, not as noticeable when on its own, but when next to white paper it looks very purple.

The paper handles fountain pens better than I expected. No bleeding, very little show through, and just a little bit of feathering in broad nibs. I was really impressed with how well it performed. I would feel comfortable using both sides of the page.


There is some shading, but no sheen. The paper does feel toothy, almost like Baron Fig paper, but not quite as toothy as that. 


Overall, it's a little bit toothy for my taste, but I'm still really impressed with how well it handled fountain pen inks. I like it better than Baron Fig paper, but not as well as Tomoe River paper.

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