Life L. Brand White Writing Paper A5: A Review

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(Susan M. Pigott is a fountain pen collector, pen and paperholic, photographer, and professor. You can find more from Susan on her blog Scribalishess.)

Life Company offers numerous paper products, including notebooks, stationery, index cards (see review here), and envelopes. The L. Brand White Writing paper in A5 size, includes 30 sheets of 84.9gsm lined paper.

Each page is embellished with a border of scroll work in a tasteful grey/sage green color. The lines (in the same color) are 10mm apart and only appear on one side of the paper.


Although you can’t see this with the naked eye, each page is lined with tiny vertical and horizontal lines that form a grid. White horizontal lines appear every 20mm. I’m not sure what purpose the lines serve since you can’t see them in ordinary light. Apparently they are just a characteristic of the paper according to the description on JetPens.

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The paper is smooth and silky. It’s pure pleasure to write on. I wrote my sister a long letter using this paper, and the ink dried fairly quickly and did not bleed or feather.

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I also tested the paper with various nibs and inks. It handled all of them perfectly. Not even the thickest nibs bled through, though there is plenty of show through.

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The paper is glue bound and is easy to remove from the pad without accidental tears.

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My only complaint about this pad is how little you can fit on one page. Because of the border, the lines are only 4.13 inches/105mm across. And with the 10mm spacing there are only sixteen lines per page. The pad seems meant for short notes rather than lengthy letters.

You can purchase Life L. Brand White Writing paper in A5 size from JetPens for $6.25. I highly recommend this paper for anyone who wants a sophisticated but simple stationery that handles fountain pens well.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)

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Posted on May 4, 2018 and filed under Life Notebooks, Notebook Reviews.