I have been writing quite a few letters lately, so I'm always on the lookout for new fountain pen friendly stationery. I purchased a Estranger di Costarica Pastel Letter set from Jetpens recently, so let's test it out.
I purchased the A5 blue version, but it also comes in green, pink and yellow. The paper measures 8.3 x 5.8 inches, and has a 9mm ruling. I don't know what weight the paper is.
The set comes with 40 sheets of paper and 20 envelopes, and cost $7.50.
Like my previous stationery reviews, usually the first pen I test on new paper is my Waterman 52 1/2. It's the wettest, broadest pen I own, and it's one I use everyday, so any paper I keep needs to be able to handle its wet ink flow. The broad and flex fountain pens showed just a tiny bit of feathering, and there were only a couple spots where the ink bled through in the flex nib.
The envelope performed really well, no bleeding and just a tiny bit of feathering in a few spots.
I used a broad Pelikan M600 Turquoise with Diamine Moon Dust and the paper handled it like a champ. No feathering or bleeding at all, and even showed a little bit of shading.
I used a broad Pelikan M805 Vibrant Blue with Colorverse #30 Anti-Matter and the paper handled it really well. No feathering or bleeding at all, and even showed a little bit of shading, similar to Diamine Moon Dust.
Overall, I was pretty happy with how the paper handled fountain pens. It's not perfect, but most inks perform well. I didn't have any issues with nibs smaller than medium, and just a little bit of feathering with some of the broad and flex nibs. The envelopes were also pretty fountain pen friendly, which is a great bonus. I love that this set is pretty affordable, and comes with its own envelopes.
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