When you buy these cheapy school notebooks, it’s a little bit of a crapshoot, because you never know if this year’s crop of low-priced paper will be suitable for fountain pens. But this paper turns out to be excellent.
Here’s how the Mead notebook did with the Very Large Array of fountain pens, with nibs ranging from a double broad to an extra-fine.
I had only a bit of feathering, and really only with the wetter inks and the broader nibs.
Here is the worst I saw.
And up close.
That is an amount of feathering I can live with, no problem.
The Mead paper is very thin, nothing like a thick, sturdy piece of Rhodia, but I had no bleedthrough and only minimal showthough. I would definitely write on both sides of this paper.
In the photo below, to the left is the back side of the page I wrote on, and to the right a clean sheet.
So if you are looking for reasonably priced paper, you could do a lot worse than these. The best part? Target had a special promotion, so the four notebooks ended up costing a total of $2.20.