One of my favourite letter writing papers is this ultra thin paper from Life Stationery, the Life Airmail pad.

One of my favourite letter writing papers is this ultra thin paper from Life Stationery, the Life Airmail pad.

This paper is just a delight – air mail paper this is certainly a bit like onion skin paper, thin and lightweight, as originally designed to lessen postage costs while enabling the writer to match more pages into an envelope. I like the idea of stacks of letters, tied together with string, holding the story of months or years apart between a couple. The thin, crinkly texture for this paper is a bit nostalgic, and you realize that’s the secret solution to my heart.

But what makes this paper truly excellent is that along with being very thin, it is also pen that is extremely fountain, despite having broad and wet nibs. The paper is really thin it’s translucent, and yet i could use almost any ink and nib combination I have, with my letters and lines looking neat and crisp.

Alas, as the paper is so see-through, the backside of the paper is not super for writing on, until you’ve used an extra fine nib or maybe not a fountain pen.

This paper isn’t the just like Tomoe River paper – it’s definitely thinner (and has more show through), and in addition has a little more texture. It’s hard to catch a photo from it, but it has a texture sort of like cotton paper while I would still describe this paper as generally smooth. It’s also more crinkly than Tomoe River paper, given that it’s so incredibly thin – the full life Airmail paper is a lot more like true onion skin paper.

The lines are the guidelines included with the pad to place underneath, and on the right is the Airmail paper on the left is the cream Tomoe River Paper.

The paper is B5 sized, that is a great size for letters and notebooks, certainly one of my favourite. I use A5 for thank you notes or just writing to say hello, and A4 when I’ve got a great deal to say, but B5 is an excellent intermediate size.

The most effective sized envelopes with this will be the # 6 air mail envelopes from Life, which can be the size that is best for B5 envelopes generally speaking (why don’t more companies get this to size?). (more…)

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