Pens write dry, surface resists ink, long drying times.

Pens write normally, ink dries normally.

For me, the differences were most certainly a nasty discovery. (My M nibs were back to writing like M nibs!)

I have no idea why the paper switched, but it certainly did. For most people, the switch in Unspoiled Cotton paper was very likely superb – because the glazed / sized surface of the sheet paper will cause many pens to writer too-fine lines and feel very dry. The pad paper is far more user-friendly and appealing.

So, putting my individual frustration aside, what goes after is a discussion of both papers – I very recommend either, as they are excellent for FP use.

(Because the papers behave so differently however, I may get a bit wordy as I attempt to explain said differences.)

  • Weight The sheet paper is approximately 110 g/mІ (29lb). The pad paper is 100 g/mІ (27lb).
  • Paper Color Unspoiled Cotton is only available in White – which is actually more of a pallid, creamy off-white color. As noted above, the pad paper is slightly lighter. Because of the neutral color, inks retain their vibrancy and true tone very well on either paper.
  • Surface Finish
    Both papers have an eggshell finish, with the Unspoiled Cotton pad paper having a slight edge in smoothness. There is no difference in the side of the page – both sides feel the same, look the same, and behave the same.
  • Opacity(Printed Opacity) The sheet paper has a high printed opacity – the paper has been specially covered / sized, creating some ink resistance. The upside is very fine lines, but the downside is that this means a very long drying time for certain inks. This is because the ink sits on the surface and dries by evaporation and oxidation, rather than submerging in and drying by absorption. The pad paper has a medium printed opacity which ensures no feathering or bleeding. Most of the papers we consider to be FP friendly have a medium printed opacity. (Visual Opacity) The sheet paper has a high visual opacity, meaning both sides of the paper can be used as there is no show-through of ink. (The high visual opacity does not affect the use of a ruled guide sheet underneath the page.) The pad paper has a medium visual opacity, but both sides can still be used at a pinch.
  • Archival Qualities None noted.


Nib & Ink Behavior

  • Nib Behavior: Extra Fine nibs and dry Fine nibs may haul on this cotton rag paper.
  • Ink Behavior: On the sheet paper, inks showcase fairly beautiful variation and shading. Variation on the pad paper is noticeable, but less incredible. No feathering – EVER!
  • Comparisons
    Some brief notes about the differences and similarities inbetween the Unspoiled Cotton A5 Pad Paper, and Crane & Co. Ecruwhite 6 Trio/8 x 8 1/Two Sheets:
    – Some ink and pen combinations showcase very slight feathering on the Ecruwhite, but not on Unspoiled Cotton.
    – Ecruwhite is stronger paper at 120 g/mІ (32lb).
    – Both papers have a slightly textured “eggshell” surface finish which upsets some nibs. Overall, I feel the Unspoiled Cotton provides a smoother writing practice.
    – Ecruwhite is a little too yellow for my liking. Inks display their colors better on the Unspoiled Cotton.
    – Ecruwhite envelopes are unlined.

    Cost
    Unspoiled Cotton envelopes are lined with white silk tissue and have a traditional pointed flap. They are available in packs of 25, C6 size and retail for

    $10US. Unspoiled Cotton A5 50-sheet Pads retail for

    $10US. The “Pure Cotton Luxury Box Set” consists of 100 A5 sheets, 50 C6 envelopes and retails for

    $50US. In comparison, you can buy three Crane Ecruwhite sets of 40 sheets and 20 envelopes for

    $45 retail. That would give you 120 sheets and 60 envelopes – making the OCM a little pricier in the fancy “Box Set” configuration.

    AU folk can purchase this paper online from The Source or Monograms. The A5 Pads are

    Conclusion
    Overall, I truly like the Unspoiled Cotton range from Original Crown Mill. It is a little expensive, and the surface will not be for everyone, but this is generally the case with 100% cotton papers anyway.

    I am not spoilt for choice when it comes to paper (I can’t purchase papers like Rhodia or Clairefontaine locally), so I was indeed blessed to find *any* 100% cotton paper in Australia. So for me, Original Crown Mill has met my individual stationery needs very nicely.
    Edited by Phthalo, 21 July 2008 – 11:38.

    Jen 04 Dec 2007

    Thank you for the awesome review Laura! I have not attempted the 100% cotton OCM paper but was nosey about it. I am glad you wrote such a nice, detailed review. When (if) I run out of letter sheets I will undoubtedly attempt the cotton line out.

    CharlieB 04 Dec 2007

    Wow. that was the most informative review of a paper product I have ever seen here on FPN. Thanks so much for taking the time to write it. I have seen Crown Mill paper at Bertram's in White Flint, and have wondered what it was like. Now I know. I may buy one of the pads if they have it in stock.

    Nikolaos 04 Dec 2007

    I have to agree with Charlie on this one even tho’ i am not too fuzzy about paper! It is an amazing review, and having seen and felt the paper myself i have to agree with you Laura, nibs seem to love it

    Thanks for taking the time to post such a nice review
    Nikolaos

    LDF 04 Dec 2007

    Nice review!
    Having both textured papers like this and
    sleek ones like Clairefontaine, which do you find
    more pleasurable to write on?

    Phthalo 05 Dec 2007

    I love the slick feeling of Clairefontaine, as it truly is gorgeous – but I do choose to feel feedback from my paper and nibs.

    Also, a bit of surface texture slows my writing down a little. which always improves the appearance of it.

    Titivillus 05 Dec 2007

    QUOTE(Phthalo @ Dec Five 2007, Ten:53 AM)

    I got a few boxes from Katie's paperie when they were clearancing it and you have to love the way that a textured paper makes a fountian pen line look like a line written by a fountain pen you just can't get the same thing from a ballpoint or rollerball. It is not feathering but that the line has character.

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