Originally Posted by jsrockit
I know Cal is not big on this... but Ilford multigrade fiber is a great paper and I loved the matte version of this paper. With a clean set of filters, you will get great results with this paper. And while Cal thinks its a crutch, I think it is a good way to learn where your negatives will naturally print... meaning which grade paper you'll usually need if you want to use graded papers for the reasons (mostly surface texture / tone) that others have mentioned.
Back in the day (1970's) it seemed I organically made negatives that printed well on grade 2. Prior to that I used Ilford Multigrade on that path of discovery.
You are correct that for my eye I found/discovered that Grade 2 was correct for me. Similarly you discovered that Grade 3 was mostly right for you.