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?
While I was working with cadmium orange paint yesterday, I began to wonder whether or not the color of our signature Rhodia orange covers has a specific name of its own. I will check with Karen Doherty, the marketing VP for Exaclair and report back my findings.
In the meantime, would you like to try and guess the official name of Rhodia orange?
Rhodia Meeting Book at Office Supply Geek
J. Herbin Encre Rouge Ink Review at The Pen Addict
Preventing Hand Fatigue During Long Writing Sessions at Pentorium
More on Finishing Notebooks at Notebook Stories
Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – White Body, Black M Nib at No Pen Intened
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Marker at A Penchant for Paper
Review of the Clairefontaine Calligraphy Pad at Life Imitates Doodles
15 Quick and Dirty Writing Tips at Writing Forward
Faber-Castell brings two new colors to the affordable Loom lineup at Fountain Pen Geeks
Margaret Atwood’s 10 Rules of Writing at Brain Pickings
Review: Rhodia No. 18 Uni-Blank Pad at The Well Appointed Desk
Sketchbook Exercises at Nordljus
Family Connection — Another Reason To Write Our Memories at Writing Through Life
Faber-Castell Loom Fountain Pen at Write to Me Often
Intro to the Monteverde Impressa Fountain Pen at Ink Nouveau
Rotring 800 0.5mm Pencil Review at Ed Jelley
Image courtesy of laurazigman on Instagram
We’ve received several requests for plain paged notebooks. Most recently, this message from a Turkish university student and self-proclaimed “stationery nerd”:
“We university students love and buy and use plain paged notebooks, buy most companies do not have paper as qualified as yours. We want to use Rhodia’s quality papered notebooks, and we want them to be plain paged please.”
We’ve also heard specific requests for spiral bound plain paged books – which is one product I’d swipe up in a heartbeat.
Are you a fan of unruled paper? Do you use it primarily for writing, sketching, or a combination of both?
Image courtesy of puww on Instagram.
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.
Which is your favorite color of Exaclair paper? Do you prefer the bright Clairefontaine white, the Rhodia 80g white or off-white as in the Rhodia R pads and Webbies? And what about the color of the ruling? What do you like best?
For writing and sketching, I’ve always preferred a paper that is at least a little bit off-white.
Image courtesy of my coffeepot on Instagram
Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone!
Many thanks for all of your feedback, comments and suggestions throughout the year.
The Creative Experiments Challenge at daisy yellow blog
How to Improve Your Writing Skills at Writing Forward
365 Quotes to Inspire You in 2014 at Inc.com
Wattpad at Quo Vadis Blog
Last Minute Art Journaling Thoughts at iHanna’s Blog
Our 2013 Doodle, Draw and Illustration Year in Review at Doodlers Anonymous
Fountain Pen Experts And Their Favorite Pens at An Inkophile’s Blog
Link Love: Top 10 List Roundup at The Well-Appointed Desk
Nearly never without a Rhodia at Pentamento
How to Buy A Pen That Will Last Forever at Pentorium
Top 10 of 2013 at A Penchant for Paper
Annual 2013 Top Ten List of Popular Reviews at Office Supply Geek
Rhodia Wirebound Business Notebook Review at Write to Me Often
Back to Journaling Basics at Writing Through Life
30 Ideas For Your 2014 Bucket List at Abundance Blog
Overcoming Writer’s Block at The Passive Voice
Review- Four J Herbin Fountain Pen Inks at Life Imitates Doodles
Seeing the Big Picture: When Paper is Better Than Digital at A Penchant for Paper
Faber Castell Albrecht Durer/Caran D’Ache Supracolor/Caran D’Ache Museum Aquarelle Comparison chart at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Pencil Paraphernalia and a Pretty Pencil Pin Pendant at Bleistift
Prophetic Name For a Stationery Store: “Horder’s” at Contrapuntalism
More Pencil Sculptures at Pencil Revolution
Make Your Own Leather Notebook Cover at Notebook Stories
Journaling Exercise: Your Journaling Habit at Kaizen Journaling
Ink Sample Scribbles at Gourmet Pens
Breathing new life into an old bullet pencil at Woodclinched
Image above courtesy of panpan904 on Instagram
You can now take a look at the NEW 2014 Exaclair catalog and see all of the goodies coming in the new year – like the large Rhodiarama Webbbies, Landscape Webbies, Mignon Refillable Leather Journals, new colors for the Habana, Graf-It dot pads…
Which products are you most excited about? (You must KNOW that I’m excited for the large purple Webbies!)
Yep. Me too. Unfortunately, they don’t exist… yet. To expedite the process, my suggestion is to leave a comment below on how much you’d love one and that you’d promise to buy three dozen each year to give away as gifts to all your dearest friends.
Seriously though, I know I’m not the only person clamoring for a spiral Rhodia notepad with the dot grid.
What is your favorite Rhodia ruling? Is it graph, lined, dot or blank, and how do you use them? My ultimate favorite is blank – perfect for writing or doodles. 2nd favorite is the dot grid – also for writing/doodles.
Favor? Help us share this question with your friends.
Image courtesy of jiminellie on Instagram.
Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw) at Lifehacker
“Europe invented the pencil, but America perfected it.” at Contrapuntalism
That Fountain Pen Is Too Much Trouble at Inkophile
Guest Post – Habana Daily 21 Daily Planner/Diary – Review at Plannerisms
The Best Writing Advice Pico Iyer Ever Received at Open Culture
Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips at Inc.com
How Small Can You Write? at A Penchant for Paper
The History of the Trapper Keeper at Mental_Floss
Rhodia R Premium Notepad Review at The Pen Addict
How to Keep an Effective Travel Journal at Kaizen Journaling
“New York City” at Ingrid Dijkers
Kenners 1960s Spirograph at My Supply Room
Journaling with a TWSBI Fountain Pen at Gourmet Pens
Review of Helix Pencil Top Sharpener Combo. at Pencil Revolution
Journaling: The Cure for Writer’s Block at Creative Write Now
I’m not sure if I have enough ink… at Pens Paper Inks…Whatever!
What’s the Difference Between Writing and Editing? at Daily Writing Tips
Another Vintage Auction score: lot of Eagle “Chemi-Sealed” Turquoise 3B pencils at Lung Sketching Scrolls
Discovering Your Story: 5 Ways to Find the Missing Pieces at Writing Forward
Image courtesy of lancepinto on Instagram
I could be wrong, but that sure looks like a Pilot Varsity in the above photo. The Varsity was technically my first fountain pen though I usually don’t credit it as such since it is a disposable pen. Karen Doherty, Exaclair’s VP of Marketing who knows I have a love for all things purple, recently sent me a Varsity with purple ink and it made me think of the store where I bought my first one – a local art and stationery store which has since gone out of business.
It’s sad reality that brick and mortar specialty stores are becoming harder and harder to come by – especially when huge iconic stores such as Art Brown International are forced to close their doors after almost *nine* decades of serving their customers.
To look on the bright side of things, many local businesses are looking for ways to grow with the times and can often be found serving a different kind of “local” community by focusing on online sales. (There once was a time when most people bought what they needed to live from a single mail order catalog...) No, it’s not the same as being able to walk in and touch things and try them, but I’d rather be able to buy what I want or need rather than not at all. Online retailers such as Goulet Pens, JetPens, these I believe are the *New* breed of Mom & Pop shops which I am happy to support and I hope you will too.
How about you? Do you shop the Mom & Pop online shops for your specialty goods? Which are your favorites? If no, why not?
Find online or local retailers for Rhodia and other Exaclair products here.
Image courtesy of marchedees on Instagram.
Today is a sad day as the iconic Art Brown International Pen Shop forever closes its doors in New York City.
I’d only ever visited Art Brown on one occasion but that trip made a tremendous impression on me as it reminded me of the local stationery stores of my youth. For fountain pen lovers, this was *the* place to shop when visiting New York City with its ability to create an instant ear to ear grin at all of their available pen, paper and ink options.
Will you share your favorite memories of visiting Art Brown? What will you miss the most about this store?
Sometime back in grade school, I collected stamps and had a subscription to receive them “on approval” – this meant that businesses like the Jamestown Stamp Company would send you an envelope filled with stamps that you could either purchase or send back.
One of the coolest things I discovered in those approval packages wasn’t a stamp, but an envelope that had the remnants of a red wax seal. My Mom told me that those types of seals were once used by kings to seal important messages and I remember running my finger over the broken wax wondering what important documents that envelope might have once held.
A special 3 month promotion which started July 11th has a variety of pocket sized Rhodia products (Unlimited, “R” and Rhodiarama Webbies) available in 31 WHSmith locations throughout the UK. (WHSmith is the UK equivalent of Hudson News.)
Edinburgh Airport Airside 1
Manchester Airport T1 IDL
Heathrow T3 Main IDL
Belfast International Airside Main
Stansted Airport Airside
Victoria Island – Ground
Dublin Airport IDL
Manchester Airport T2 Airside Main
Heathrow T4 Airside NE Central
Newcastle Air Airside
QE Hospital Birmingham Main Store
St Thomas Hospital
Glasgow Airport Airside Main
Liverpool Air Airside
Heathrow T5 C
Liverpool Street Broadgate
Manchester Airport T1 Term 3 Airside
Reading Rail Main
Birmingham Air T2 Airside
Luton Airport Airside CTN
Manchester Airport T1 Airside 1
Manchester Airport T2 Airside 1
North Middlesex Hospital Main Store