Glossary of Paper Terms for Fountain Pen Users

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This glossary by B. H. Bentzman is included here with the author’s kind permission.

I have attempted to collect words concerning paper that might be of use to fountain pen users; and, in an attempt to emulate other scholars, I have as often as not plagiarized from other glossaries. This is a living glossary and I will consider any new inclusions, or for that matter deletions.


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dandy roll In papermaking, when paper is made by machine, this is an open cylinder of a wire mesh which smooths the wet pulp and leaves a watermark and laid finished.
daphne A plant native to Nepal and the Himalayas from which the fibers are derived for hand papermaking. The plant, in a former life, was a nymph trying to avoid Apollo's hot pursuit.
deckle A wooden frame that is fitted over a tray providing a raised edge to prevent the watery paper pulp from running off. It governs sheet size and leaves a deckled edge.
deckle edge These are beautiful feathery edges that appear on all four sides of handmade paper, but on only two sides of mould-made paper. It results from a small amount of pulp becoming trapped between the edges of the deckle and the mould during papermaking. It is possible to simulate a deckled edge in machine-made papers by a special device which cuts the sheets with a stream of water while still the paper is still wet. Deckle edge must not be confused with scalloped edge. See also scalloped edge.
demy A size of writing paper 15"×20" or 1512"×20" in Britain, 16"×21" in the U. S.
diploma This is a fine paper specifically intended for the printing of — you guessed it — diplomas.
DL envelope The standard international business envelope, 110 mm×220 mm. See also No. 10 envelope.
downcycling When cellulose fibers are recycled, they deteriorate and become contaminated. Progressive deterioration lowers the quality of newly formed products. See also recycled paper.
Dutch Any deckle edged paper produced in the Netherlands.

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