Il Papiro is an Italian company that has been producing hand decorated paper products since the 1970s. While in Rome earlier this month I spotted their shop and the street and ventured inside. The small shop was filled with beautiful books, stationery and rubber stamps.
The marbleized books immediately caught my eye.
I picked one off of the shelf and the friendly saleswoman proceeded to show me the same book in a couple of sizes and in many different colors.
Because the books are marbleized by hand no two books are exactly the same.
I selected a green book with 10cm x 15cm pages.
The blank pages are of an excellent stationery-grade paper. The paper is watermarked with “Il Papiro Firenze” and their logo.
The paper holds fountain pen ink very well and you should have no problems writing on both sides of this paper.
The paper provides pleasant feedback while still feeling smooth.
The book has a stitched binding and small signatures, though not as small as those seen in high-end Japanese notebooks.
The cover has a nice texture that is pleasant to the touch. I really am enamored with this notebook.
So what are the drawbacks? As I am sure you can guess, it’s the price. My little notebook cost me 27€ (or about $30 USD at the time of this writing). I will buy more of these in the future but as a fountain pen user these notebooks are a luxury and not a necessity.