Product Type: Ryman in Homeware
Newest Review: ... a fountain pen or a leaky biro on on it... The paper is 65 gsm and quite thin, and it doesn't absorb fountain pens too well. I'd strongl... more
It's cheap for a good reason.
Ryman Refill Pad A4
Member Name: Seven17
Ryman Refill Pad A4
Advantages: Cheap, good for rough notes, hole punched for folders
Disadvantages: 65 gsm, not absorbable enough so smudges when using fountain pens.
I bought this paper because of it's fantastic price, at £2 for 320 sheets. When i flicked through the pad in the store it felt alright, wasn't falling to pieces and turning pages it wasn't falling apart or ripping so I thought i'd give it a go.
The pad has a shiny front cover but can be written on. The cover can easily be torn out if you don't want it, and the other side can also be used as a plain piece of paper; this side is shiny too so I wouldn't use a fountain pen or a leaky biro on on it...
The paper is 65 gsm and quite thin, and it doesn't absorb fountain pens too well. I'd strongly recommend using a standard biro instead. Due to the thinness of the paper, it isn't of good quality and can easily be bent, torn or ripped. Quite frankly if you're paying just £2 for this size a pad you'd expect it to not be like printer paper, so fair play.
The paper is in no way brilliant white but it isn't like that disgusting recycled paper from the co-op which just light brown with bits of dark brown paper in it. This does at least look white, so I'll award a star there.
The spine holding the pages in place is above what i'd expect from a pad this price. The higher prices ones tear out very easily and while this one doesn't, they aren't super glued in either so when you want to tear them out you can tear them with ease but they're not just gonna fall out off their own accord whenever they feel like it.
The lines are a faint greyish looking colour and the margin has a hint of blue to it. It's not too faint and it does stand out from the other lines like it should. I haven't found a printing error so far in my pad and i'm about 50 pages in. Flicking through the pad i can't see any smudges, marks or pages where the ink has run out or faded.
Overall I'd recommend using this for rough notes and just general home use. I wouldn't write anything important on it incase it gets damaged which is very easy to do, plus at 65 gsm it looks quite faint anyway so writing a letter out on this will look pretty poor. Otherwise great value, especially for keeping by the phone.
Summary: Recommended for rough notes or keeping by the phone.
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