Friday, January 22, 2010

My first review: The Rhodia Webnotebook

21st of January, 2010

Webnotebook's cover

I will start my review of this webnotebook by saying that the paper used for it is completely different to the one in the Rhodia pads.

I am currently using my Lamy Safari M with Lamy ink in blue. Thankfully, it doesn't bleed and the feathering isn't noticeable, although on some parts, the ink does bleed through. I don't think I would doodle with a fountain pen on this notebook... let's try the other ones:
Inside the Webnotebook
Parker Vector M Nib with Quink ink in black: Since this pen runs more wet than the Lamy, the feathering is quite noticeable, the trace is thicker causing the spacing to be too narrow. This ink does present some bleedthrough and I am guessing that it is only due to its quick drying time that it doesn't bleed onto the page below.

Pilot VPen Medium Nib: I know this is a very wet pen, so the feathering and bleedthrough I am experiencing, is expected. I won't be able to use this one on this book!

Sheaffer Italic F nib, with Sheaffer green ink: This being a calligraphic pen, it is sure to bleed through, but it is barely noticeable on the reverse page. Also, there is no feathering and the nib writes smooth and easy on this paper. I would also use this pen+ink on the Webnotebook.

Now, on to the pens!
Pilot V5 Hi-Tecpoint 0.5 in turquoise/black/purple: smooth writing, little feathering, some bleedthrough.  Too bad because I really like these pens.
Pilot V 2000 Hi-Tecpoint 0.5 in black: This one is even smoother than the V5 and shows no bleedthrough. As a matter of fact, writing with this pen feels wonderful. Highly recommended! :)

Pilot G-Tec C4 in blue/ red: this is yet another of my favourite pens from Pilot. It is smooth, delicate and has a very fine tip. It works wonderfully with the Webnotebook.

Pilot G1 in black: this is a gel pen with a fine tip, no feathering and no bleedthrough, but just based on how it feels, I prefer the V2000.

Pilot G2 in purple/pink: both of them work perfectly with this notebook, they also feel more reliable than the G1.

The Faber-Castell PITT "Manga Set" (8 pens/brushes):
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Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pens + Webnotebook

I can use my Manga Set on the Webnotebook :)

The Rhodia Webnotebook has a pretty good quality paper. I like the fact that its ivory shade is much lighter than the Moleskine's Reporter book and the QuoVadis Memoriae, since I rather much prefer an off-white shade.

Personally, I like the spacing between the lines, which is narrower than the Paperblanks Midi notebooks I normally use, but it is slightly wider than the QuoVadis Memoriae. I also like the fact that they don't get covered up by the ink.

I specifically ordered the small size (9,5 x 14 cm) because I'm not into large books. This size is quite comfortable when carrying the notebook with you; just slip it into a small purse or even a pocket. It isn't bulky and it has rounded corners.

As far as lying flat goes,I am sure that by training or forcing it, it should be able to. For the time being, I don't want to force it, I'd much rather let time and continuous usage do the trick, just as it did with my Filofax Finsbury.

As I write this review (and this last bit on top of my cat!), I grow more and more fond of the Webnotebook. I really enjoy the smooth leather-like cover, the matching ribbon and elastic closure. I actually don't mind the embossed logo on the cover, nor the small printed logo on the bottom-right corner on the right page. As always, having an expandable pocket on the notebook's back cover is highly appreciated, as I tend to fill these to the verge of exploding!

So, would I buy another one of these? Absolutely!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

On a completely different topic

I don't know if any of my few readers also watch Gossip Girl. I have a suggestion: I think the series should be renamed to "Serena Van der Woodsen: dumbest girl of the Upper East Side".
Don't you agree?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

First post of the year

Greetings and a happy 2010 to all of you!
I am finally kicking my own butt to come and update this blog, so I thought telling you about my latest online Rhodia purchase would be a good way to start this year.

Being a newbie regarding Rhodia/Clairefontaine products, the little experience I've had with them is a big thing for me. I had never tried a Rhodia pad before until last month when I was lucky enough to find one at a local store.

I must admit that at the beginning I was very intrigued how a small, simple notepad could become such a must-have amongst stationery junkies and other fellow paper lovers. After all, it was JUST a notepad, and a rather expensive one (over 5€)!

So when I finally got home, I quickly got my Pilot G2 and started writing on it. And just after the first words I started to literally 'feel the difference'. I didn't know ordinary quadrille paper could be so smooth!
Now, not many people know how much I dislike writing with a normal ballpoint. I find most of them feel cheap and hard, the ink doesn't have a consistent flow, and often I end up with a sore finger! Which is why I decided to put the Rhodia to the test by using my purple Pilot BP.
Wow! The pilot's tip started gliding on the paper easily, the ink was consistent and for the first time I actually enjoyed writing with a ballpoint.

I then tried my fountain pens and other writing instruments with the same results: perfection.
That moment I fell completely and utterly in love with Rhodia.

It has now become my companion; on those occasions in which my trusted Filo can't come with me due to size restrictions, the Rhodia, slipping perfectly into my clutch or pocket, won't leave me paperless! I have even bought a Pilot Ballpoint in pink specifically for it.

Oh, I forgot that I started this post wanting to tell you about the order from Rhodia I am expecting! I got two more Nº 11 pads and the much talked about Webnotebook. I believe it's not the new 90g paper though, so I am not keeping my hopes up too much. ;)