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Which is your preferred Paper?
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Author:  Hideki Arichi [ Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Which is your preferred Paper?

I was wondering what kind of paper UK readers have been using and from where.

With such a bewildering choice of paper ranging in price, do any readers have a favourite or ones to avoid?


Author:  Hideki Arichi [ Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Which is your preferred Paper?

Just bumping this.

Author:  Dale Stavroff [ Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Which is your preferred Paper?

Why are questions about paper going unanswered ? I too have questions about " the most expensive part of block printing " !

If you engage in any othe rkind of printing, the " experts " will give you the exact name of one or two resonably priced, easily accessible papers to print on !

Ask this question in block printing...and you begin to feel you are dealing with " used car salesmen ".

One quickly begins to feel used and ripped off. I have found what I believe is an honest supplier who offers a small choice of papers.... which still leaves questions unanswered.

Something is wrong here.... The " importers " are probably ripping us off... since I doubt the papermakers are rich men. On top of that , the retailers are probably adding to the higher than honest prices.

Why do the " knowledable printers " insist on " playing dumb " about papers, prices and access to good printing paper ?

We should all be asking questions here.... I hope someone can add to this ..or help out with finding access to good printing paper.

Author:  David Bull [ Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Which is your preferred Paper?

Dale Stavroff wrote:
Why are questions about paper going unanswered?

Dale, 'What paper to use? and "Where to get it?" are quite simply very very difficult questions. For someone like me - working at the top professional level - neither issue is a problem. I use the best paper on the planet, and I order it directly from the man who makes it. Case closed.

But this 'ease' of supply comes at a price. I have already spent more than 800,000 yen on paper this year, and it's still only June. That's something over $8,000 in your currency, I think. For you, the situation is more confusing. I guess you would like to be using Iwano-san's wonderful paper, but because you aren't ready to place orders for 300 sheets at a time, you are going to have to get it from a retailer who gets it from a distributor who gets it from an importer who gets it from a Japanese exporter who gets it from Iwano-san.

I think you get the picture. None of these people are 'ripping you off'. They are just trying to make a living in a very difficult environment, namely a business with very low turn-over, very high costs, and very picky customers.

Anyway, for the present - if you haven't yet had much experience making prints (have you done one yet?) please don't fret so much about the issue of 'which paper'. Find a student-grade type from one of the specialist shops (McClain's for example), and give it a try. Until you get the experience of actually producing prints, you won't know what questions you should be asking, or what type of paper will be best for your work. Just get started with something basic ...

And it might also be interesting for you to take a look at a page showing how 'my' paper is made. Does that help you understand why it is so expensive?

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