Update to my review of the Seven Seas “Writer’s” Notebook:
1. First, put some Fray-Check on the ends of those ribbons first thing when you get it out of the box. Mine frayed pretty badly before I caught it.
2. Most of the reviews I see advocate only writing on one side of Tomoe River paper. But I’ve found that the heavy ghosting becomes a complete non-issue, at least for me, when I write over it.
3. This paper can handle a lot of ink. Below is an image of some text I did with a dip-pen calligraphy nib that was giving me problems with flow. The ink (De Atramentis’ Myrrh, fyi) flowed so much that it pooled and dried with a darker ring around the edges of each stroke, almost so that it resembled sheen — but it didn’t bleed through. Heavy ghosting, yes, but no bleed. And, miraculously, it dried fast. These lines were written just four or five from the bottom of the page; by the time I used my blotter sheet, it had already dried.
I don’t know what devil’s deal those Tomoe River people took, but this paper is the golden fiddle of stationery.