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How to Take Notes: Guest Post from the UK’s Ryman Stationery

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Writing Notes

Everyone, at some point, will need to write down a note to themselves. Whether it’s a shopping list or lecture notes, we all have to write things down to help jog our memories later on.

If your notes are usually two or three words scribbled in a dying pen, then you’ll know full well that bad notes are tricky business. Here are some tips on making notes for yourself, so that your ideas are as clear and inviting as the gorgeous Rhodia notebook that they’re written in. Continue Readering »

Guest Blogger Fred Pitts: Yellow vs White Rhodia Paper


Fredric Pitts: Review of two Rhodia No. 19 pads of lined paper – one white and one yellow.

“When I sat down to write with these two papers I will admit that I had preconceived ideas about how the experience would go… and I was wrong. I thought that the white paper would be great for fountain pens and, thus, my favorite. The yellow, reported to be toothier, would be great for pencil but not fountain pens and I rarely use anything but fountain pens. On both pads the lines are nicely spaced for my hand and the page has lots of real estate to write upon which is great for the desk top, not really my favorite size for travel. Continue Readering »

Guest Post: New Year, New Pen


Earlier in the year, I’d written a post about New Pens for the New Year and Jane Herman took the time to write about her wanting to try a new pen and then discovering an opportunity to test it in person. Be sure to visit Jane’s blog, Jane the Writer. 

“For some time, I’ve been eying these Papermate Flair pens, but was reluctant to buy the whole set without the opportunity to try one first. My chance came yesterday, when my sister and I stumbled upon University Stationery just two doors down from the movie theater where we’d spent the afternoon. The bins of individual brightly colored pens waiting to be tested and the piles of Rhodia notebooks and pads caught my eye immediately in this high-end, but cramped independent stationery store in the neighborhood of NYU. It didn’t take much to convince my sister we should pop in, and like a kid in a candy store, I tested pen after pen after pen, even though I knew all along that the blue ultra fine Flair above would leave the store with me.

The pen, a gift from me to me, got its test run in the office today and passed with flying colors. The ink is smooth, the color vibrant, the line fine and sharp, and, best of all, it doesn’t bleed through the pages in my brand new planner! If this experience is a sign of things to come, 2014 is off to a great start!”

What new pens have you purchased this year so far?


Guest Blogger Samantha Kimball: Some Thoughts on Journaling and Handwriting


Sometimes I get an idea stuck in my head like a song. There’s no melody, just this endless train of thought, which picks up passengers every time I click a link or open a book. Lately, journaling has both been the stuck idea and the means to exorcise it.

I’ve been journaling since I could hold a pen, and I have always kept a paper journal. Neither the journaling nor the choice of paper was a conscious decision, just a way of relating to the world. With a few breaks here and there, this habit has stuck with me through adulthood. Continue Readering »

Guest Blogger: Wayne H.W Wolfson – Dreaming Always of & In Paris

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“Street Sign” Wayne Wolfson

Dreaming Always of & In Paris by Wayne H.W Wolfson

2 A.M, off in the distance lay The Sacre Coeur now reduced to the shadow of a leviathan around which is a slopping hilled base that someone has scattered a smattering of stars around that continue to wink despite having been pulled down from the sky. It was my first night back in Paris and the next day I would be moving back into my familiar sublet.

First was the dying swan of pen ink from the borrowed pen which caused the waiter to give me an annoyed look
as he knew that there was now a finite number of times left that the pen could softly declaim;  Continue Readering »

Rhodia on the Road: In Cuba

Rhodia in Cuba

Kim King from the blog Consider the Lilies recently sent us this note and photo:

“Just got back from a month in Cuba, helping out with a series of eleven day-camps for children…fabulous experience.  Each campamento ended with an excursion to the beach for the children and an older family member… Rhodia on the Caribbean!

Aside from the joy of writing on something that represents practical, reliable, utility mixed with pleasing funkiness (Orange all the way for me… grid, dot, rectangle or square), I also now appreciate that the quality of Rhodia’s paper is directly related to how well the paper stands up in extremely hot and humid environments… no wrinkly edges or soggy pages in these notebooks!

I also love flipping back through Rhodias and noticing what I used them for…I can only imagine my future smile when I flip back through this particular pad in the years to come and see the lists of vocabulary, the quick paintings with a pen of what I could see at a given moment, the jotted lists of necessary materials for a given craft, the careful spelling out of words for children. Each pad is a sort of running memory of an experience fully lived.”

Guest Blogger: Bob Miano and his new Edison Pen Company #76 “Blow Filler”


Today we welcome guest blogger Bob Miano. All text and images courtesy of Bob. 

This is a new custom-made Edison Pen Company #76 “Blow Filler.”  Blow filling was one of many early means of filling fountain pens. Filling the pen involves blowing into a small hole at the end of the barrel while the nib is submerged in ink.  Blowing creates pressure inside the pen that compresses the ink sac.  When blowing is stopped, the pressure is released and the ink sac expands back to its original size – drawing ink into the sac. Continue Readering »

Guest Post: Bring Back My Webbie to Me!



Bring Back My Webbie to Me!
By Amit Yariv from Ramat Hasharon, Israel

It was the Great Winston Churchill who said, “I am a man of simple tastes, easily satisfied with the best”, a statement to which I (and I suspect quite a few of this blog’s readers) subscribe with heart and soul.

I am both a lawyer and a writer – both occupations I like quite a bit, one of them allows me to create reality unbound by the rules of logic, sense or common morals; the other one is my writing career. Continue Readering »

Is Handwriting Worth Saving?

Allow me to paint an image in your mind. You wake up tomorrow and find that you and everyone else around you began to sound the same. Would you be alarmed? If our voices one day were stripped away and replaced with this monotone robotic voice we would all lose a part of our identity. Our syntax, tone, pitch, the way your voice picks up a few notches when you get excited or the way your voice gets soft when you’re scared. It conveys a message that cannot be replaced.

Continue Readering »

Guest Post: Dave Marler reviews the Rhodia ePure

Like a child on Christmas morning, I excitedly opened the package from Exaclair knowing inside I would find the Rhodia ePure samples sent my way from the home office.

This would be my first experience with Rhodia products and I looked forward to seeing what all the fuss was about. Continue Readering »

Limited Edition Visconti Portofino and Rhodia

What do you think of this pen? Our friend Mike in Chi Town sent us this image of his recent acquisition.

“This is a Visconti Portofino L.E. # 26 of 150 made exclusively by Visconti for the Fountain Pen Hospital c2001.

What is so UNIQUE about this pen is Continue Readering »

Guest post from journalist Andrew Steadman

“I’m a journalist (currently working for the Jersey Journal) who uses Rhodia notepads exclusively while on the job.  It took me a while to figure out exactly what worked best for me, but I believe I’ve found it: the spiral-bound Rhodia No 13 with graph paper. Continue Readering »

The Ultimate Rhodia Writer Getaway

This is Joyce Pepos’s writing retreat in Mount Hood, Oregon. (I *LOVE* this!)

From Joyce: “This sweet writing space is located on an old logging deck of 40 years back – which we have turned into a meadow of wild flowers and a large outside fire pit – we also have built a Labyrinth which is dug into the ground five feet deep and 35 feet wide… awesome! Continue Readering »

Rhodia Wallpaper for iPhone

Rhodia fan Brandon made wall paper for our iPhones! T0o Cool! Thanks Brandon!

“Since I carry a gridded No 11 pad with me at almost all times and have stacks of various other size pads that I use (I go through a gridded No 16 every month) a Rhodia theme for my iPhone was almost a no brainer.  I based the single staple and creases on a No 11 and ended up doing two different grid sizes.  The larger grid winds up about true to life size once it’s on the screen (as seen in the second image).  I’ve attached the wallpaper images should anyone like them.”

-Brandon Copper Eleff

How Kate can tell one Webbie from another

Kate Marshall writes today’s guest post about how she is able to tell all of her multiple Webbies apart:

“At some point, I realized I had multiple Rhodia Webnotebooks around: ruled pages, blank pages, black cover, orange cover, generation 2.0, generation 3.0, etc. My favorite Webnotebook (“Webbie,” as Rhodia Drive has started calling them) are the large, black ones but I needed a quick way to tell one Webbie apart from the other. Labels don’t seem like much fun, especially since I can’t sketch or paint, or even draw competent stick figures. Enter…stickers! My current diary is a large, black Rhodia Webbie with unlined pages but I have similar Webbies scattered around my room, in various states of completion. So the “diary” Webbie has a Tomato Nation sticker on it, while the “school” Webbie sports a cheery “Timmy the Monkey” from Think Geek. I’m sure there’s a Webbie emblazoned with an Ink Drop sticker around here somewhere too.

So what will I do when I get my hands on a Webbie in Rhodia’s new DotGrid pattern? Ooh, stickerbooks!”

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