Clairefontaine Paper Variations

Clairefontaine is well-known for making high quality paper in a large variety of sizes, styles and purposes. How do you go about deciding which kind of Clairefontaine paper is best to fit your needs? Here’s some handy information from the Exaclair website that can really help:

Clairefontaine Paper Chart

Product Weight Description
Notebooks 90 g Extra white paper, except for spiral multi-subject which is a light pastel color. Ruled, ruled with margin, French ruled, graph, blank, staves (music notebook), staple bound, spiral, clothbound, hardcover
Pads 90 g Extra white paper, staple bound, spiral
Triomphe Tablets 90 g Extra white, blank, ruled
DCP Paper 100 g Bright white, blank
Graf it Sketch Pads 90 g White
Spiral Drawing Pads 120 g White, medium tooth surface
Spiral Sketch Pads 90 g White, medium tooth surface
Spiral Watercolor Pads 300 g White, cold pressed
Calligraphy Pad 130 g Ivory, simili Japon paper
“Fontaine” Watercolor 300 g 100% cotton rag, natural white, cold pressed
“Ingres” Pastel Pad 130 g White – slight ivory tinge
Color – assorted, sand, almond, ochre, sooty black
Laid finish
Oil Pad 240 g White – linen texture
Acrylic 360 g White, hot pressed
Pollen Stationery 210 g
120 g
22 colors
All sheets and cards
All envelopes

In addition to the difference in types of Clairefontaine paper, many people wonder how Rhodia paper compares to Clairefontaine paper. If you’d like to know the answer, the Rhodia Drive blog explains the difference between Rhodia and Clairefontaine Paper.

Cole at The Orchard gives us her take on the differences between Clairefontaine Digital Color Printing Paper, Ingres Pastel Pad, Graf it Sketchpad and the Kalligraphie Pad, as well as giving us a nice comparison of the Rhodia Webnotebook and the Quo Vadis Habana Journal.

What’s your favorite Clairefontaine paper?

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What is 90 g Paper?

When paper has a weight of 90 g (or gm/m2, gsm, g/m2), this means that one sheet of this paper that is one square meter in size weighs 90 grams. Paper that is 80 g would most often be lighter and thinner than 90 g paper, paper that is 100 g would be thicker and heavier. This European measurement is approximately equal to the English measurement of 24 lb. bond/writing or 60 lb. text paper. I’m not even going to attempt to explain the complicated English method of measuring paper density, but you can read about it on Wikipedia if you wish.

Clairefontaine 90 g paper is well-known and loved by fountain pen users the world over. The weight of this paper combined with Clairefontaine’s super smooth finish performs very well with fountain pen nibs and ink. There is very minimal, if any, problems with fountain pen ink on this paper such as bleeding through the paper, feathering or showing through to the other side. If you haven’t already tried Clairefontaine’s famous paper why not add some to your collection. Your fountain pen and your hand will thank you!

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