Silvermink Posted October 27, 2010 Share Posted October 27, 2010 Well, here it is - my very first stationery review. Be gentle. I'll link to larger versions of the pictures next time, but this time I had an attack of dumb and deleted the originals. Pardon the lighting - my E-1's flash isn't working right now and I had to use the on-camera flash on my old PowerShot S40. A while ago (a fair while ago, I note with some chagrin), Quo Vadis Canada sent me a few things for review - the centerpiece of the package, to me, were the two Rhodia pads, a #16 (A5) and a #11 (A7) with matching leatherette holders. Those of you who've used them know the paper in these is great, and the holders are pretty convenient, too. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1111/5119161275_0052f6dc8c.jpg The paper is Rhodia's 80 gsm white. It's very smooth and dense, with little texture, and is a great writing experience overall, though the density of it means that ink will take a little longer to dry than it does on lower-grade paper - not always a good thing for jotting notes, but it's a more-than-acceptable tradeoff in most situations. The paper compares well with that in my pocket-sized Quo Vadis Habana, though I have a slight preference for the Habana's cream-colored paper. Bleedthrough is... well, it isn't. I haven't noticed any, and I've used my Pelikan M1050 M and my Montblanc 146 1.0 cursive italic - two of my wettest-writing pens - on this paper. Heck, I even got a blot of ink on it and still no sign of bleed. Feathering is similarly nonexistent. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4113/5119764898_52326479c1.jpg The #11 pad is a great pocketable size at 2.9" x 4.1" (7.4 x 10.5cm), excellent for jotting notes - I'd say it has about the same pocketability as my Habana, if not a little more - and the #16 is a good size for doing more serious writing at 5.8" x 8.3" (14.8 x 21.0cm). The little #11 doesn't give you a lot of space per page - and the stapled cover eats into it - but it's the sacrifice you make for portability and durability. Speaking of durability, both the pads and holders are nicely durable. I've been carrying them around in my laptop bag and my pockets for a while now and everything's still in great shape. The holders come in the standard Rhodia colors of conservative black and flashy orange (I like the orange, myself). http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/5119764938_66371a1e3f.jpg Both pad holders have a slit front pocket where you can stuff torn-out pages, etc. I originally had thought the front cover was supposed to slide in there but that doesn't really work. The #16 holder also has a leatherette pen loop which will accommodate a slimmer pen but is too small for my FPs (though I imagine it'd accommodate something like an Aurora Hastil or a Sailor Chalana) - I would've preferred an elastic loop. I've pictured it with a skinny Cross ballpoint I had around, but it'll accommodate something a bit larger than that, probably up to about a Bic stick's width. Both of the pads have 80 sheets and 7mm ruling - the #16 also has a margin rule, though the #11 doesn't. They're also available blank or with 5/5 grid ruling. There's also a #16 dotPad - I have one of those and might review it too at some point. http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1082/5119764966_c1abc08e0a.jpg I think these pads are a good value as high-end paper products go - the #16 is around $5 and the #11 is around $2 online. This makes the #11 a pretty attractive alternative to pocket-sized notebooks like the Moleskine or Habana or Rhodia's own Webnotebook, though, of course, you don't get the expandable pocket or the elastic closure. The holders are around $10 and $24 online for the #11 and the #16 respectively, which includes one pad. These are great little pads, and I've been pretty impressed with them - the negatives I mentioned are really just minor quibbles for the most part. Thanks again to Quo Vadis Canada for providing the samples. If you'd like to see my original handwritten pages, I've posted scans of them here. And since I know someone will ask, they were written on the #16 pad with my Montegrappa Historia in Private Reserve Tanzanite. http://twitter.com/pawcelotVancouver Pen Club Currently inked: Montegrappa NeroUno Linea - J. Herbin Poussière de Lune //. Aurora Optima Demonstrator - Aurora Black // Varuna Rajan - Kaweco Green // TWSBI Vac 700R - Visconti Purple Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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