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?
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.
Our friend Sandra Strait from the blog “Life Imitates Doodles” recently performed an in-depth review on the Exacompta Basics Forum Journal with a Nostalgie Cover. The review includes an emphasis on how the paper responds both to writing implements and various art materials. You can find the full review here.
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Image courtesy of spanisharchitect on Instagram. What was in the cup? “It was tiramisu mocha, really yummy!”
While the ink is drying up in all of my fountain pens, 2013 for me has most definitely become my year of the pencil. I’ve got *piles* of them. (Albeit small piles, they seem to be everywhere in both my house and studio.) While I’m still trying to work out my favorites, I can tell you that so far I am quite fond of the 0.7 Super Hi-Polymer 2B Pentel leads that I have loaded into two different mechanical pencils and for a close second, California Republic Palomino’s in 2B or B.
See the Blackwing pencil above? You know the story about them, right? Eberhard Faber began manufacturing them in the 1930′s and stopped production in 1998. These pencils were so well loved that a single pencil was commanding upwards of $40 on Ebay. People longing for their favorite brand of pencils began to notice a similarity in Palomino’s pencils and eventually, Palomino decided to re-inroduce the beloved 602 as well as a similar version, “The Blackwing” with a slightly softer lead geared towards artists.
I’ve tried both the Blackwing and the 602 and while I want to love them for the sake of nostalgia, they feel a little unbalanced in my small hands with their large eraser/ferrule. I agree that the Blackwing is pretty sweet for sketching.
Image courtesy of whubbsie on Instagram
Got a new sketchbook, journal, tablet? I love testing them all with anything close at hand. Favorite pens, markers, pencils… It becomes a rite of passage to initiate a new pile of pristine paper in this way.
A few years back when I was performing countless notebook reviews, my big thing was to grab a dozen different fountain pens, (each inked with a different color) then test each one on the first page of a new book to see whether or not the inks would feather or bleed on that particular brand of paper. After the fountain pens, I’d typically try a few watercolor washes to see how the paper would hold up to the water.
Do you have a favorite “new notebook/sketchbook” ritual that you would like to share?
Image courtesy of almighty5 on Instagram
My first Rhodia experience was a pair of small gridded No. 11′s that I purchased at Dick Blick. I bought them after reading that one of my favorite jewelry designers kept one in his back pocket at all times. Mine lived in my purse. A few years later, I’d explore additional Rhodia/Clairefontaine options once I’d started writing with a fountain pen and discovered that all paper wasn’t so friendly with water based fountain pen inks.
What do you remember about your first Rhodia experience?
The image above is courtesy of writetomeoften.com. Be sure to visit the blog whose author loves books, cats, stationery, pens, fountain pens, inks, sufi tradition, myths, religions, occult and everything!
Have you had the opportunity to try J. Herbin’s latest 1670 Series Anniversary ink, Bleu Ocean?
In lieu of testing it in a fountain pen, I opted for the “everything else I could find in my studio” approach Continue Readering »
I believe one of the joys of writing with a fountain pen is being able to explore so many different options. From the various nib types to literally hundreds of different ink options in every imaginable color, this allows you to customize your experience which in turn, can make every writing task seem less of a chore and more like like something to look forward to. Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers are consistent performers when paired with these water based inks and can help make your writing experience become even more enjoyable.
Do you have a pen test page like the one above? This is always a fun way to compare which inks are your favorites in which pen. I know some people who choose famous quotations when trying out new inks. Me? I always found myself writing the alphabet or doodling with a new pen/ink.
Image courtesy of heymatthew on Instagram
In yesterday’s blog post, I used an image of a Clairefontaine Triomphe writing tablet. Especially popular with fountain pen users, this extra-white 90g paper is extremely smooth- more so than regular Rhodia and Clairefontaine papers, although I think the paper in the Rhodia R tablets comes pretty close. All of the fountain pens tested (with varying nib widths) wrote true to size with no bleeding or feathering.
Because of this paper’s super smooth surface, Continue Readering »
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Fan letter from Thomas Quicksell – blogger for Blessed Are The Geeks
“I have to say I have loved Rhodia since 2009. My first notebook being the Reverse Book, classic orange, and I was so impressed with it’s quality as well as it’s ability to induce creativity. It was hard where I lived in the States to get Rhodia items. In Rhode Island the best place I found was at a Hip little pipe tobacconist. But now that I am living in London, England there are so many great places that sell Rhodia. When I found RhodiaDrive I was really excited, I finally felt like there where others who knew of the amazingness. So I figured I would grab my bag, dump it out and join in with the sharing! Continue Readering »
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