Paper weight is often one of the most crucial variables to affect your writing experience. At Bookbinders Stationery Store when we describe paper we use the measurement gsm which stands for grams per square metre which is simply how much a square metre of that paper would weigh.
Often a higher gsm will equal a thicker paper. 80gsm is the standard weight of paper you would generally use for your home printer. Specialty papers like Tomoe River weigh in at just 52gsm and this lightweight paper has some special qualities making it great for use with fountain pens.
When deciding on your next notebook or writing paper take a quick look at the gsm and consider these common factors:
- 52 to 70gsm - Lightweight paper that allows you to have many pages for writing while keeping the overall weight of your notebook down but it will result in some show through (how much you can see your writing on the other side).
- 80 to 110gsm - A good weight that strikes a balance between being light, opening flat and reduces show through.
- 120 to 240gsm - A heavier weight paper that won't crease easily and allows you to write on both sides without much show through, but will be bulkier and may not open as flat if used in a notebook. Sketch paper will generally fall between 160 and 250 gsm.
- 240gsm + - You will often find these heavier stocks used as sketching, artists papers or used when making business cards and these are less suitable for writing.
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