Nice thing about a nonprofit test institute is that we ourselves to not buy and sell paper. We can, however, search the world for the best papers for the particular jobat hand.

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For the connoisseur, we recommend Bindakote, produced in Italy just a few miles from the border with Switzerland. Too bad I never visited here the years I lived in Zurich. We illustrate a blue and gold here (made lighter so they would show up on PC monitors, which are much much darker than Mac monitors on the Internet). The actual real Bindakote colors are a thousand times nicer, richer, deeper, and more colorful.

Of all the exotic papers sent for testing by CTI, the most eye-catching was the Glama Natural from Papierfabrik Schoellershammer, from the Ruer River valley of western Germany. The envelopes from this paper are especially intriguing. Glama Natural would be great for fine arts prints, for overlays to give the explanation of the iconography and style of the underlying design (see below).


If you are in Europe and need to buy paper from Schoellershammer, you can get it from Bathe Papier, Essen, Germany, tel. (0201!) 8 21 80-0, fax 8 21 80 22 (Ulrich Bathe).

Since I currently live in Germany (when not reviewing paper for FLAAR Digital Imaging Technology Center in America or Guatemala) it was nice to see some paper from the Papierfabriek Shut. It includes ground up Dutch currency.

So far the most unusual papers we have found come from CTI. More information is available from The Paper Mill, 1 800 284-7273.



If you need a more direct access to these and the many other fine papers from Papierfabrik Schoellershammer, you can purchase these (and many other premium papers) from Bathe Paper, Ulrich Bathe, Tel (0201) 821 800 (sic) or fax (0201) 821 8022. If calling from USA, add 011 49 and remove the zero from the Essen city code. In Europe phone numbers are of varying lengths (not always seven digits).

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