Amazing in every aspect...
October 16, 2015
Amazing in every aspect except the price!
I had read that Rhodia made better products than Moleskines all over the web; so
I went out and purchased a Moleskine (you have the have something to compare it
with after all), and wrote exclusively on that for a few days before putting my
next Jet Pens order together. When I got to the end of the order I very much
debated on adding the Rhodia to the mix and eventually came to the conclusion
that I would eventually be getting one, so I might as well do it here.
My first impressions are very nice. The pages are extremely smooth! There is no
feathering, or bleed-through, and only the slightest of show-through (when using
a Pilot Preppy EF (0.2mm) nib (with Diamine Blue/Black ink), or the Preppy F
(0.3mm) (with the standard Preppy Black cartridge)). Even when you get up to
larger nib sizes (0.5mm for instance) (with the standard Preppy Black cartridge)
there bleed- and show-through is no different! The 0.5 did have the slightest of
feathering though (very small veins that didn't travel far at all). I didn't
notice any significant difference in the dry time needed for the ink in
comparison to the Moleskine, and I normally leave my notebooks open for a while
after I am done writing anyway just to be safe. Needless to say, the paper is
The cover is nice and smooth with an embossed Rhodia logo on it and nothing
else. It is also approximately twice as thick as the cover on the Moleskine,
which means that it gives a little when you squeeze it and feels overall nice in
the hand. I would even be interested in having a little extra give in the cover
than what you can get out of this one, but that's not going to sway me one way
or the other.
There are some things that I am not a fan of with the Rhodia. For instance, the
webby that I got definitely wants you to know that it is Clairefontaine paper,
and actually says so at the bottom center of the first page. It isn't a huge
thing, but it does take up a little real-estate from my writing. And as I said,
it is only on the first page, so it won't be a major factor as I go forward.
There isn't any title/ ownership page. Sure, it comes with an extra sheet of
black paper at the front and back of the notebook, but it doesn't have a
mostly-blank sheet of cream paper for ownership and title information. The
Moleskine does and it is a nice feature.
The ribbon is slightly too short. Now, this is very much a preference thing, but
I would love to see about an extra 25mm (1 inch) of ribbon for the bookmark.
Otherwise, it is very easy to overlook or even lose in the book if it isn't
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