Thursday, May 31, 2018


My favorite printer paper went extinct several years ago. It was marketed by the venerable Big Bird paper company as a specialty thesis paper, elegantly thin at 20# in cream-colored 100% rag. It's one heck of a paper, but the application is probably obsolete. Big Bird's papers age beautifully, so I know that what's left of a ream will only improve over thirty years.

I tried something with 25% rag and found it too costly for the quality and too cheap for meaningful correspondence. Then I stumbled across Digital Pioneer's multi-purpose 20# acid free copy paper. It's ideal for ordinary applications. The surface is as smooth and responsive as the duplicator bond I used to use for ordinary writing.

This is the second time I've written about the multi-purpose paper in recent months. It's worth the extra comments, because it's slick to print on, compact to store, and a small hoot for written record-keeping. In the late Seventies, economist Paul Hawken (of gardening fame) extolled the value of products with what he called a greater degree of intelligence built into them. A ream of the 20# multi-use paper replaces several more specialized  papers that are usually heavier in weight. For my home office purposes, 20# is fine and durable enough. I can skip intermediate weights and print on card stock if I want something more substantial  -30-

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