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.

gampi The gampi tree grows in the Far East. The Japanese make paper from its bast fiber, which produces a smooth and strong sheet.
grain direction This is the direction in which the bulk of fibers lie in a sheet of paper. Folding paper in this direction is the easiest, the fold crisper. The paper is easier to tear along the direction of the grain and the tear will be straighter. See also against the grain, cross direction.
grammage (also grams per square meter) The weight of a single sheet of paper that is one square meter in size, expressed in grams per square meter [g/m2] [grs/m″] [GSM]. This is preferable to basis weight because sheets do not vary in size. See also basis weight.
grams per square meter See grammage.

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