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About a year ago a colleague turned me on to Oxford notebooks, having used Rhodia and Clairefontaine for a long time before that. I love Rhodia, not just the paper but also the design in that wonderful golden yellow. It took me a while to get hooked on Oxford, but once the hook sank in... Some reasons why I've come to prefer Oxford:

-significantly lower price compared to Rhodia and Clairefontaine (for example: three thick, 100-page A4 spiralbound notebooks can be had for 8 euros)

-huge range of products

-every Oxford notebook has margins (except the ones with blank paper), whereas Rhodia and Clairefontaine often do not have vertical lines (which annoys me greatly)

-Oxford usually uses 90 g/m^2 paper whereas Rhodia uses 80 g/m^2 (don't know about Clairefontaine), which translates into "more paper, less coating". This is the main selling point for me. It doesn't feel like writing on plastic at all; Oxford paper is soft, organic and smooth and all of my pens love it, whereas some of my pens really don't like Clairefontaine

-in terms of feathering (none), bleedthrough (none) and showthrough (same as other good brands), Oxford is at least on the level of other brands

-Rhodia can feel very different on both sides of the same page; the front side of a page is sometimes a bit rough and makes pens look dry, whereas the backside will be smooth and wet.

 

In short, Oxford offers more for less and I honestly cannot find a single quality of Rhoda or Clairefontaine that Oxford doesn't match. I haven't tried Tomoe River yet, but that's probably too expensive for my huge daily turnover at work.

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I completely agree. Oxford is my favorite and my everyday writing paper (together with Midori MD Notebooks).

It feels and works great with all of mine fountain pens.

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Oxford paper is my favourite too. So economical and well behaved with anything I throw at it, including large italic calligraphy pens. No bleedthrogh, showthrough or feathering and has a nice paper surface as opposed to a slick plastic feeling.

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I went to Amazon and searched for "Oxford Notebook". Besides all the sponsored results (blech!) I saw results for Ampad notebooks with an Oxford branding on them, and "Oxford Black n' Red A4" which looks like a normal Black n' Red. And several items with "Oxford University" in the name. Can you add some links to what products you're talking about? I don't care if they're on Amazon, I'm just trying to learn more about it.

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I've been using Oxford since discovering them in Poland. I agree with you -- it's my favorite notebook/notepad cos of paper quality and lower price.

 

I still loves me my Tomoe River notebooks, but I use those as commonplace notebooks so I don't fill them up so quickly.

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