I went to Flax Art looking for some paper that would work nicely with pens. Ideally it would work nicely with the Sakura Pigma Micron pens. But, like always I couldn’t find what I was looking for: nice smooth, pen friendly paper in a wire-bound pad. Sure, there are plenty of expensive papers made specifically for pens and markers. This paper is great, but it never comes wire-bound. And, like I just said, it’s also on the pricey side.
On my way out I passed the pens section and what did I find? A cheap pad of wire-bound paper for pens. And not just any pens, it says on the cover that it’s recommended for use with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens! And it’s only $5.25 for 50 sheets of 8.5 x 11! Oh Bee Paper Company, you read my mind.
I brought it home to test and, sure enough, it works great with the Microns, both fine tip (01) and broad tip (08). There is some visible feathering with the UniBall Vision Exact pens that I love, but it doesn’t bleed through at all. And for $5.25, I’m really happy with this.
The other thing I should point out is that there is some obvious watermarking on the sheets of paper. It’s lightly embossed with “HAMMERMILL PAPER.” I didn’t notice this in the store, but it was pretty obvious once I got home. But, considering the price and how well it works with the pens I want it to work with, I’m fine with that. Beggars can’t be choosers.