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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offset printing A printing process in which ink is applied to the surface of a cylindrical plate bearing an image of the type to be printed. The plate transfers the ink to a roller that in turn applies it to paper. See also letterpress printing.
onionskin A very thin and translucent paper used during the age of typewriters for correspondence and carbon copies.
opacity The degree to which light will show through a paper.

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