Clairefontaine GraF it 90g sketchbook review7 August 2014
The Clairefontaine GraF it 90g is an A5 sketchbook that can also be used as good quality letter writing paper. It’s available in other sizes (A4, A6 and A7) and also with a dot grid. There are 80 sheets in each pad.
I’m not a fan of the name. It’s silly. Is it trying to appeal to young people? I am an old person so I wouldn’t know.
The paper is excellent. Nice and smooth but just enough of a texture to pick up pencil and help pencil shading. It also takes drawing ink well. The name gives a clue to the thickness: 90gsm or 41lbs. It’s a good bright white and tears easily from the pad. Last Friday’s sketch of the Matina was drawn on this paper.
Fountain pen ink looks great on this paper and there was no feathering or bleeding with any of the inks I tested. Only the Sharpie showed through.
I’m enjoying using this paper for sketching on and I like to write the occasional letter on it too. I bought this in a Parisian stationery shop which gives me a certain amount of bragging rights but it is actually available are various places online for not a lot of money. It’s well worth checking out.