Saturday, December 20, 2014

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 1 samples

Included in Rhodia Drive's first week of samples were paper from three same sized notebooks (all 5 3/4 x 7 1/4) and all graph paper. All three samples handled fountain pen ink superbly with only a minimal amount of shadowing on any of them and no bleedthrough at all. Feathering itself was only minimal, with Noodler's Baystate Blue showing the most (I chose Baystate Blue for two reason; 1. it's my favorite color of ink, 2. it is notorious for feathering, shadowing, and bleeding through. I thought it would be a perfect test of the samples abilities to handle ink).

1. Rhodia Ice, White/Grey/Graph 80g (first choice of week 1)

Rhodia Ice front
Rhodia Ice back

  • Nice, smooth writing
  • Not much feathering

2. Clairfontaine Classic, White/Blue/Graph 90g

Clairfontaine Classic front
Clairfontaine Classic back

  • Smooth writing
  • Quite a bit more feathering, especially with Baystate Blue

3. Rhodia 80th, Ivory/Grey/Graph 90g

Rhodia 80th front
Rhodia 80th back

  • Smooth, but almost feels like writing on soap (I know...weird, but the only way I could describe it)
  • Colors look best on the ivory when compared to the others
  • Zero feathering
Comparing the three papers, it is a toss up between the two Rhodias. All three handle ink like a champ and I would purchase a full notebook of any of them, but the Clairfontaine in this test feathers the most. I'm not sure if the writing feel of the Rhodia 80th (that bar of soap feel) would bother me over time or not. It seemed to be most noticeable with the TWSBI 540 than any others. 

Pens and Inks:
  1. Noodler's Baystate Blue in TWSBI 540 fine nib
  2. Diamine Pumpkin in Kaweco Sport Ice fine nib
  3. J. Herbin Poussiere de Luna in TWSBI Classic extra fine nib
  4. Retro 51 Tornado rollerball
"If there is a story you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." ~ Toni Morrison

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