June 4, 2021

The End of Tomoe River Paper

The finest writing experience in the world is no more. Long live Tomoe River paper.

The End of Tomoe River Paper

Talk about paper with fountain pen enthusiasts and you'll inevitably hear two words, followed by a look of wistful longing: Tomoe River.

It was manufactured by the Japanese Tomoegawa Paper Company and was beloved for its impossible thinness without bleed-through or feathering of the ink. Notice how I said, "was."

The Well-Appointed Desk has more:

According to Tomoegawa, they have been making Tomoe River paper for the last year at a loss due to increases in the price of wood pulp. At first the loss was small but increased steadily. Once the machines needed repair, the decision was made to discontinue the paper production.
I am sad to say that yes, the rumor is true. Tomoe River paper has come to an end as of December 2020 and the paper that now exists is the last.

Grab whatever you can find while it's still available. The good news is there are plenty of alternatives recommended in the interview linked above. Nothing will ever be Tomoe River paper, but it seems like there's something out there for everyone if you look hard enough.