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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eggshell finish This is when the surface of the paper resembles an eggshell, the paper being bulky and having a slight rough surface. Eggshell finish is accomplished by omitting the calender process in papermaking.
elephant A size of British writing paper 23"×28".
embossed finish This is when a design has been impressed into the paper by metal rolls engraved with a design. Some embossed finishes will create obstacles for the nib of a fountain pen, but not all.
emperor A size of British writing paper 48"×72".
esparto This is a grass that grows in North Africa and Southern Spain. It has been used for manufacturing cordage, carts, and shoes (espadrilles), and was used by the papermakers of Scotland and England. The fibers are short and not especially strong, but provided a good writing surface.
executive See monarch.

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