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.


V
vatman In papermaking, this is the person who shakes the pulp on to the wire.
vellum Traditionally this was a writing surface made from the skin of a lamb, calf, or kid. Its characteristic is to be very white and finely textural. Today, papers which simulate these qualities are called vellum. The paper is often translucent and generally used for drafting. See also parchment.

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