SN^2 Paper Review

A while back, I ordered a few SN^2 pads from Ben Rowley after watching a video review on SBREBrown’s YouTube Channel.

This paper is beautifully smooth – different than Rhodia’s smooth coating – SN² has some tooth to it. It is made for vintage nibs, which are generally sharper – sharper nibs might snag or cut through the coating of other papers.

There are 3 types of ruling: Standard Descender, Dot pad, and Blank. The pads that I ordered were two 5.5″ x 8.5″ in Standard Descender and Dot Pad, and one 4.25″ x 5.5″ Blank note pad. They are well bound with glue at the top and the pages are white. The pages tear out easily.

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This paper works just great with different nibs on dip pens and fountain pens. I did not experience any bleed or super show through with the inks that I tried. (The splatter at the bottom was intentional to see if there would be show through with drops of ink.)

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Other mediums do well, also. It’s a nice writing experience with markers and pencils, since the paper has tooth. Sharpie (show through) and watercolors (buckling of paper) do not perform well, as expected, but all other markers/pens/pencils did great, including the Pilot Parallel 6.0, which lays quite a lot of ink.

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I use this paper for notes, sketches, and especially for letter writing, since I can write on both sides. Here’s a speed paint YouTube video I made with the small blank pad:

To order the SN² paper pads or loose sheets, please email Ben at orderSN2paper@gmail.com and he will provide you with a price list. At the time I ordered, in January, the 5.5″ x 8.5″ were $6 each and the 4.25″ x 5.5″ was $3.50 (100 sheets bound). His shipment was incredibly quick and it’s been a treat using his paper and corresponding with him!

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(Images scanned in with slight level adjustment and photos taken with Canon Eos D60.)

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