This is going to be a handwritten review of the 90g Clairefontaine Graf It Pad. This is one of my favorite papers for writing down quick notes, lists, etc. As you can tell by the cover and the name, this pad is intended for sketching, but I find it works very well as paper for fountain pens. I am not an artist, so you won’t see any sketches here, but I hope you find this review useful nonetheless.
- Pad is staple bound at the top.
- Cover is made of card stock. Front is flexible and the back is stiffened by a piece of backer board.
- Sheets are perforated for ease of tearing.
- Pad opens flat, but it can be difficult to write on the back of the sheet.
- Graf It paper is 90g and slightly off white.
- Unlike other CF papers this has a light texture to it.
- Takes fountain pen ink well with no feathering or bleeding.
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I apologize for the ink color in these scans. I could not get the colors to show up any more accurately than this. The Levenger True Teal was a vibrancy to it that the scan has completely flattened.
I won this notepad in a Goulet Pens giveaway many months ago. I am not affiliated with them or Clairefontaine.
I LOVE PINKLY. It is truly a shame that Levenger discontinued the color. It is just pure unapologetic eye searing pink (something that is hard to capture in a photo). It is not an ink you’d find yourself writing a monograph with. I use it for marking papers and editing.
Now some of the important points:
The ink is pretty well behaved. There is little feathering or bleed through unless it is used on poor paper. Even still, it does well on xerox copy paper.
It flows quite readily and provides good lubrication.
I have only observed minimal shading, but with the right pen/ink/paper combo, I think there is some potential.
It is VERY saturated.
It dries fairly quickly at around 5 seconds.
I have checked this picture on two monitors and it shows true to color (with perhaps a touch more blue than it actually has in it)
I just filled my Estie with this ink and thought I might as well post a review of it. I know that there have been some disparaging remarks about this ink on the forums, but I happen to like it quite a bit. It’s a nice rich dark blue. It’s hue is true to its name; it reminds me most of cobalt colored glass. It does have a couple drawback: it feathers on poorer quality paper and will smear on coated papers like some of the laser jet papers.
I will say that it stained one of my pens, but I’m inclined to blame the pen rather than the ink. It is one of those Chinese squeeze filler pens. The clear sac is now blue tinted, but this is the only staining I have seen. I have put this ink through every pen I own and it has not stained any other pens or converters and it is not terribly difficult to wash out of a pen.
Will feather on poorer quality papers
Will bleed through a little bit on poorer papers and a lot on thinner papers, but is just fine on good quality papers like Rhodia etc.
It flows readily and lubricates well.
It has a measure of water resistance, but not much.
Heavily saturated; may stain clear sacs
I happen to like the way this ink looks on ivory paper: