No joke, we just got in our first order of Original Crown Mill cotton and laid paper not an hour before the release of the Noodler’s Ahab pens! We’re running around like crazy people to get these listed in time so that you can get them at the same time as your Ahabs, so check out the OCM paper here.

Original Crown Mill is Belgian paper that has a great reputation with fountain pen ink. There has been a bit of a gap in its availability since Swisher went out of the picture, and we’ve had a lot of people asking us for it. We just got in our first shipment and haven’t even had the chance to really play with it to a great extent, but I did grab a few pens I had inked up and write on the Pure Cotton, which is what I’ve heard a lot about:

I tested it out with three different pens and inks. The paper feels great, it’s most certainly all cotton, and does have a much more textured feel than the Rhodia and Clairefontaine that I’ve been using regularly for the last two years. The paper is more absorbent than clay-coated, pulp-based paper. As such, your lines will appear a little broader than on Rhodia/CF, and the color will also be a little more flat. The shading and color variation will not be as dramatic on this particular paper.

I did noticed a little bit of bleedthrough on the back with the flex pen and Purple Heart (lubricated) ink, as well as a tiny bit with my Pelikan italic:

I would fully expect these pen/ink combos to bleed on most papers, though, since these are realllly wet pens and inks. The Pilot with Noodler’s Blue did great, though. This is cotton paper, after all, and will be more absorbent than Rhodia and Clairefontaine. For those of you that like the more textured (also called ‘toothy’) and absorbent feel of cotton paper, this may be what you’re looking for.

We just started carrying a limited offering of the Original Crown Mill line, and we’re always open for suggestions of what else we could carry (see our line-up here). I also plan to do a lot more playing around and reviewing. Just post here in the comments if there’s something you’d like us to get that we don’t already have, or if you have any experience with OCM that you’d like to share.