With many writers and artists among our team, we at Paperblanks understand that the need for high-quality paper within a journal is just as important as the beautiful cover that holds it. We last talked about our commitment to paper quality in 2011, speaking of our motivation to create a pleasant writing experience while maintaining our environmental standards, and now is the ideal time to provide an update to that posting.
Since 2011 we have continued to research the best possible paper sources, conducting fountain pen tests ourselves and following up on each and every piece of feedback we receive. One thing we have noticed is is a desire to know more about the gsm (grams per square meter, also known as paper density) of our journals. Because every batch of paper has slight variance due to the nature of paper production, the smoothness and amount of feathering that results can fluctuate a bit. The nib of the fountain pen you are using can also have an effect, so if your pen has a harder nib you may find it scratching the paper, leading to feathering.
The basis weight and grammage of our paper remains fairly consistent, and the guidelines below should help you determine whether or not a particular journal has the opacity you are seeking.
Paperblanks Average gsm, by Format
Our paper weights usually vary depending on the size of book or type of cover. In general, the larger books use a heavier paper and smaller books use a lighter paper. However, this is not a firm rule as it also depends on the page count and other considerations. We work hard to maximise the opacity of the paper we use (a higher gsm means a higher-opacity paper with less possibility of see-through from one side to the other).
Here are our approximate typical paper weights:
Mini and Slim Journals: 85 gsm
Midi Journals: 85 gsm (journals with 176 pages) or 120 gsm (journals with either less or more than 176 pages)
Address Books and Micro, Maxi, Ultra and Grande Journals: 120 gsm
Handstitched journals: 127 gsm
Week-at-a-Time Dayplanners: 100 gsm
Day-at-a-Time Dayplanners: 80 gsm
Guest Books: 120–127 gsm
Our Environmental Commitments
We manage all aspects of our business to ensure we are environmentally responsible global citizens. With respect to the production of our journals, all of our paper is derived from sustainable forest pulp, and our binder boards are made with 100% recycled materials. At Paperblanks we are committed to our mission of environmental responsibility and will continue to find ways to ensure we’re doing our best to achieve that commitment.
Beyond the gsm of every book, the texture, colour and longevity of the paper we use is also highly important to us.
We use custom-designed laid paper in all of our journals. The exceptions are the Handstitched Collection and Dayplanners which have smooth, non-patterned writing surfaces. The paper used in all of our bookblocks has been selected to create a smooth writing experience that takes ink well.
Our paper is an ivory colour that is gentle on the eyes in any lighting conditions. In books with lined and grid interiors, the thin, dark grey lines have been arranged for optimal space usage.
Our bookblocks are made from acid-free paper, meaning that they will maintain their colouring and durability for centuries.
For more information or feedback regarding our products, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Paperblanks: At Paperblanks, we believe that art should have a place in all aspects of life. That’s why we follow the artist’s way in everything we do – creating, crafting and releasing designs we believe have the power to touch people. For more about Paperblanks, go to our website at paperblanks.com.