As many folks who use fountain pens also search for just the right notebook to use I have done the same. Finding paper that is fountain pen friendly locally and at a reasonable price can be challenging.
I do not like the prices (and shipping costs) of Moleskines, Clairefontaine, Rhodia and some of the others. I can get Moleskine notebooks locally at Target and I appreciate that Target has decided to carry a premium notebook. I do carry and use the pocket notebooks. I find Moleskine to be of good quality, but lacking when it comes to paper that does not prevent fountain pen ink feathering or bleed-through any better than the cheaper off-the-shelf pads at the local office supply store.
I have used Staple's own brand of steno pads with some good results with some inks and only with one or 2 of my pens.
I had an old Universal steno pad and it worked fine with most inks and pens I use.
I also had an old Ampad 25-274 steno pad that worked with most pens and inks and had bleed-through enough to be seen from the back of the written page, but not enough to leave the little tell-tale dots and such on the next blank page.
The local store was out of new ones so I purchased a Tops Docket. This pad is about twice the price of a normal run-of-the-mill steno pad. The paper is heavy, construction is good, the back is strong so it can be hand-held for use, and the paper does not feather or bleed through.
The next set of scans is of my tests with the Ampad 25-274
Ampad 25-274 $3.85, 80 pages made in U.S.A.
Docket Gold $6.59, 100 pages, made in U.S.A.
Moleskines 3.5 inch by 5.5 inch, $12.00, 192 pages, made in China
Paper and writing quality of the Docket is smooth and effortless.
The same can be said of the Ampad.
The Moleskine is a bit scratchy with my fine nib pens.
Everyone has their favorite. For everyday note taking I prefer the Ampad.
I have many other notebooks and hope to post some reviews when I use them. Maybe I will have more pens and some different inks when I do those. Perhaps I will even find one that will not scribble.
ooops I am the cause of the scribbles.