Illustrations by Kai Lützenkirchen

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These animal drawings are by Kai Lützenkirchen and were drawn with a Kaweco fountain pen in a Rhodia notebook. Aren’t these meerkats adorable? Kai’s Instagram feed kailutzen is filled with all kinds of wonderful illustrations like these.

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Have you heard? The bird is the word…

Images courtesy of Kai.

Inky Fingers

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What fountain pen user hasn’t at one time or another experienced inky fingers? For me, it’s every time I refill a pen. It happens either by accidentally touching the rim of the bottle or when using a paper towel to wipe the nib section clean.

Other ways I’ve gotten inky? If a pen is running a little dry, I will sometimes twist the convertor to push more ink into the feed; if it’s a bit too much, spillage may occur. Dip pens/nibs come with their own type of inky hazards simply from having to repeatedly dip the nib into an ink bottle.

Under what circumstances have you experienced the inky finger syndrome? Anyone ever experience ink problems on an airplane?

Image courtesy of Ragemore on Instagram

 

Waiting to get your paws on a landscape Webbie?

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The landscape version of our beloved Webbie (Webnotebook) will soon be available in the US and we are hoping that you are as excited about it as we are. Will you share with us how this format may work more efficiently for your needs?

• Size A5: 5 1⁄2” x 8 1⁄4”
• 90 g ivory paper, acid-free, pH neutral, 96 sheets
• Embossed Rhodia logo
• Elastic closure matching color cover (orange and black)
• Round corners
• Individually shrink-wrapped
• Lined or blank
• Inner pocket in back cover

Image courtesy of hotdogsandwiches on Instagram

 

Similar Fountain Pen Ink Colors

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Have you ever discovered two similar ink colors? How did you determine your favorite between them? Price? Smell? Flow? Looking for something similar to an ink you can’t find? Take a look at this article on Pendemonium: A Few Thoughts on Fountain Pen Inks which includes helpful notes on similar ink colors.

Image courtesy of pelikanop on Instagram

 

Guest Blogger Fred Pitts: Yellow vs White Rhodia Paper

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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 »

Young with the Old

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“7 year old AJ writing with a pen that was manufactured when her grandparents were children. Esterbrook J series.”

In a time where children are bombarded with a billion different distractions every day, it warms my heart to see this young girl patiently putting nib to paper.

Did you know that the famous Disney artist Carl Barks was an enthusiastic user of Esterbrook pens? He particularly used a Nº 356 model to ink and letter his famous Donald Duck comic-book pages. (Per Wiki)

“…I drew direct onto the drawing paper with a Scripto light blue pencil, and inked with a 356 Esterbrook pen. My wife inked the dialogue with an A-5 or B-6 Speedball, and blacked the solid areas with a #2 sable brush.”

Interested in Esterbrook fountain pens? Check this out: Esterbrook.net 

Image courtesy of BookBoy on Instagram

 

Highlighting Ink in a Fountain Pen

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What are your thoughts on using fountain pens as highlighters? Do you use them in textbooks or while talking notes? As fountain pen inks are water based and typically not permanent, I’m curious to hear about your experiences using one fountain pen ink over top of another.

Have you ever used any of J. Herbin’s inks as highlighters? Bouton D’ Or maybe?

Image courtesy of vindicarblack on Instagram.

 

Writing Small

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Do you think it’s the pen, the hand, or a combination of the two that results in the tiniest handwriting?

Is your handwriting this small, or smaller?

Image courtesy of thatsraddude on Instagram

 

Letters to Friends

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When is the last time you put pen to paper and wrote a letter to a friend? No friends to write to? How about a pen pal? Pen pals are people who regularly write to each other, most specifically via postal or “snail” mail.

These sites will help you to find people to write to all from over the world:

Maarten’s Snail Mail Pen Pals Online

Student Letter Exchange

Pen Pals Now

International Pen Friends

Snail Mail Pen Pals for Adults

Pen Pal World

Pen pals directory

Image courtesy of aleks111. on Instagram.

 

The Difference Between Yellow & White Rhodia Paper: Would You Like to Test it?

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A short while back we received a comment about the texture of the yellow paper in our No. 19 Staplebound Pads. When the person had mentioned that the yellow paper had more “tooth” than its white counterpart, Karen sent me one of each to test and I would tend to agree. While both papers are manufactured by Clairefontaine and are each 80g in weight, the 80g white performs as expected but the yellow does indeed feel “toothier” and is especially nice when used with a pencil.

So here’s the deal: We’ve got 5 pairs of these tablets to give away. If you are located in the USA and are willing to provide us with timely feedback on the yellow versus white paper with whatever media you prefer, (pencil, fountain pen, gel pen, etc.) please enter your info on the form below and click submit. (The form may not be visible when viewed on a mobile device or if you are subscribed to our blog via e-mail. Please visit RhodiaDrive.com to view the form)

This particular offer is open to USA participants and will remain open until midnight EST on Friday February 21st. Participants will be selected at our discretion and notified by e-mail the week of February 24th with additional details on where to submit the product feedback. Testers are also welcome to write their own blog reviews about these products.

Clairefontaine 1951 Notebooks: Authentic Heritage Design

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The Clairefontaine 1951 collection has been expanded! Options now include:

  • Staplebound Notebooks in 3.5 x 5.5″ and 5.75 x 8.25″ 48 sheets, lined, in two sizes and seven colors
  • Clothbound 5.75 x 8.25″ Notebooks: 96 sheets, lined, available in 6 different colors
  • Top Wirebound (Reporter Style) Notepads: 3 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.
  • SquareBack Notebooks 3.5 x 5.25″ 64 sheets, lined, available in 7 colors.

1951 colors

All of the Clairefontaine “1951″ Collection include the Authentic Heritage design and contain the following:

  • 90 g pH neutral, acid-free and fountain pen friendly paper
  • Smooth satin finish, white paper
  • Grained paper cover with front label
  • Vintage look and feel

 

Fountain Pen Friendly Paper

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Fountain pen ink is water based. Depending on how a particular brand of paper is made, this type of ink may feather on the surface or bleed through to the other side. Clairefontaine (the parent company of Rhodia) manufactures their own paper in France and their 80g-90g paper products are very well known for being fountain pen friendly. It is this feature that continues to attract many people to our products.

Did you come to discover Rhodia products in this way? Are you a fountain pen user?

Image courtesy of aarongpeabody on Instagram

 

Link Share Friday: First of 2014

Tiny Rhodia and Pencils

10 Words Often Misspelled in Business Correspondence at Daily Writing Tips

A Steel Pen The Most Odious Thing in Nature at Palimpsest

Kurt Cobain Lists His 50 Favorite Albums: Features by LPs by David Bowie, Public Enemy & More at Open Culture

Fresh Out of College? 10 Resume Writing Hacks to Land an Interview at Under30CEO

15 Postcards from Famous Authors at Flavorwire

How To-Do Lists Give Us a False Sense of Accomplishment at Lifehacker

Quaker Journals and Diaries via Haverford College

Pencils: Shortened and Well-Utilized at Pencil Revolution

25 Common Phrases Everyone Thinks Are Correct at Lifehack

Early 20th Century Police Detective Log Book and Daily Duties at Cowan’s Auctions

Art Journal Every Day: Started & Finsihed at Balzer Designs

Working With Mistakes and Imperfections in the Art Journal at A Penchant for Paper

Handwriting Day Follow-Up at The Well-Appointed Desk

How to Choose a GTD Tool at GTD Times

Deliciously Creative Coffee Cup Art Supports Thousands of Homeless Kids at Mashable

What 16 Successful People Read in the Morning at Inc.com

Pen Pals Interview: Typeface Designer Cole Imperi on Death, Life, and Design at JetPens

Writing With You! at Cold Antler Farm

Too Many Inked Fountain Pens at Inkophile

A Writing Process Makes Your Writing Better at Writing Forward

Artisanal Pencil Sharpening at Rad and Hungry

Three Brothers at Contrapuntalism

Writing in Isolation: Prison Memoir at Pentamento

Lamy Pur Fountain Pen – Aluminum Smooth – EF Nib at No Pen Intended

Traces of graphite – Don Rosa at Bleistift

Rotring Fountain Pens part III at Write to Me Often

This new Pilot “Stormtrooper” Vanishing Point is definitely the fountain pen you’re looking for at FPGeeks

Les crayons de la maison Caran d’Ache, Edition No. 2 at PencilTalk

From Memories to Memoirs, Part 1 at Writing Through Life

See Carl Sagan’s Childhood Sketches of The Future of Space Travel at Open Culture

What color would you most like to see in a new J. Herbin Anniversary ink?

Rouge Hematite and Bleu Ocean

Do you have any suggestions or requests for a new J. Herbin Anniversary ink to be added to the existing 1670 duo of our highly saturated inks? A rich silvery black? A deep forest green with a coppery sheen? What about aubergine with minuscule flecks of mica?

View this previous post about J. Herbin’s Bleu Ocean ink.

What ink properties are most important to you?

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In Tuesday’s blog post, I asked what colors you would most like to see added to J Herbin’s “Jewel of Inks” line. Several of you, (me included) suggested more saturated versions of existing colors which made me wonder… If J. Herbin offered highly pigmented inks, (somewhere between this line and the 1670 Anniversary inks) what particular characteristics do you think would need to remain the same for them to still be uniquely Herbin inks?

What is it specifically about J. Herbin inks that you like? The flow? The shading? The smell?

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