When I visited Paperquirks a while ago, I loved being able to see all of their paper products in person. I don't live close to many stationery stores, so it was lovely to visit one in person. I asked the owner what her favorite fountain-pen-friendly stationery was, and Mode de Paris by G. Lalo is the first one she recommended. The box set contains 30 cards and 30 matching envelopes.
The stationery is 3.75 x 6 inches, and 300gsm. This set is available in green, cream or white. I have the cream version.
The paper's edges and the envelope flap have a lovely deckled edge. The envelopes are lined for privacy. This stationery set gives a great first impression. This is absolutely the stationery I would use if I wanted to impress someone.
I tried out a bunch of fountain pens, and there was zero show through or bleeding on the other side of the card. The wetter fountain pens did feather, but other than that it handled most fountain pens just fine. I was surprised that the envelopes handled fountain pens really well.
The cards are laid, so there are ridges in the paper. I prefer to use wet broad nibs on laid paper due to the texture. Fine and extra fine nibs just feel too scratchy on laid paper for me.
I used a Visconti Homo Sapiens Bronze Age with a medium nib and Diamine 1864 Blue Black ink, and the combo was just too much for this paper-there was quite a bit of feathering, but still no show through or bleeding.
I used a Pelikan M400 White Tortoise with a vintage 400N nib, which is a soft stub, paired with Robert Oster Black 'N' Blue ink. The ink/nib combo was a bit too wet for the paper, and caused some feathering. I also had some issues with the nib getting caught on the laid ridges in the paper, which caused the nib to spit some ink across the page.
Overall, if you like medium nibs or dry inks, then this set is probably a great choice for you. The paper struggles to handle broad, wet nibs, but there is no denying that it looks classy and gives a great first impression.
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