G. Lalo – Vergé de France
Writing Pad Review
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- 100gsm Blank (with subtle lined texture) paper
- A5 or A4 in 50 sheet tablets, glued top edge
- Available in a variety of colours as well
Franklin Christoph Model 66 – Medium S.I.G
What is it?
A tablet of finely lined paper in the traditional laid paper style. Available in a number of sizes and colours. This is a wonderful paper to add some tactility to your letters with a nice gram weight, and a nice subtle texture.
As I started getting in to letter writing I wanted to find an A5 sized paper that was fountain pen friendly, and different than the usual papers I was using and receiving. Poking around online I came across G. Lalo. They are a French stationery brand founded in 1920, who have a range of stationery products in their current line.
One product in particular caught my attention. Their Verge de France style of paper has horizontal rows of textured lines that provide a tactile experience for both the writer and the reader. The paper is 100gsm and comes in a tablet of 50 sheets in a range of colours from white to cream as well as blue, green, and yellow. Wonder Pens, where I purchased mine only carries the white and ivory options. Personally I elected for the white option, which is not a bright white, and actually I had to check to make sure it wasn’t the ivory or cream before writing this review.
This is a paper that will grab the readers’ attention. I’ve received multiple responses from people who I have sent letters on this paper who were very much intrigued by both the nice weight of the page and of course, the texture.
I was slightly concerned when I got it that my nibs would be catching on the paper, especially since my preferred nib is an extra-fine. I was very happy to find out that even my extra-fine vanishing point performs quite well, and I’ve had very few instances of the nib catching one of the ridges and disrupting my writing. There’s a few points where the ink doesn’t go down completely smooth as the nib rides over the texture but I think it’d adds to the look and feel of your writing.
The other thing that impressed me with this paper is how well it can handle sheening inks. I was not expecting much as the paper feels uncoated and fairly absorbent but Krishna Moonview (which is my crazy sheen ink) does display a nice amount of it’s sheening on the page. Of course it is not as evident as something like Tomoé River or Rhodia, but it does sheen.
Being a 100gsm paper there is not see through and no bleed through. Like I mentioned the paper doesn’t feel coated so I wouldn’t have been surprised with some feathering with some inks as well but it has held up very well so far to everything I’ve thrown at it.
If you’re looking for a paper to add some interest to your letters or notes and are not tied to a glassy writing experience you should definitely consider the G. Lalo Vergé de France for your next stationery purchase. I’ve loved writing letter on it and even thought I may have to buy another tablet for this review so I wasn’t shooting the last few sheets!