Thursday, January 2, 2014

Review: Rhodia Dot Pad Notepad - 5.75" X 8.25" @JetPens @Exaclair

Time to review one of my favourite note pads! DOT GRID, of course. Could it be anything else? NO. NEVER.
Rhodia Dot Pad
ABOUT

Size: 5.75" X 8.25"
Other Size Names: N. 16 (Rhodia) or A5
Color: White
Ruling: Dot grid
Sheet Count: 80
Price: $9.25USD each or 10 for $55.00USD
Where to buy: JetPens - single notepad or bundled

APPEARANCE
Rhodia Dot Pad
The Rhodia Dot Pad is a very simple notebook with a black front and back cover, a cardboard backing inside the back cover to provide a solid writing surface, and 80 perforated white dot grid sheets inside. The dots are a very nice violet-grey.

The back has information that I don't really pay attention to regularly, but ma be of interest to you if you are looking for particular Rhodia pads.
Rhodia Dot Pad
PERFORMANCE & FEEL

The Rhodia Dot Pad, particularly in this size, is my favourite note pad to work with - it's perfect for me. The cover folds back to make the note pad easy to work with, the pages are perforated and tear out easily, the paper is smooth but not slick and coated so the drying time isn't excessively long with fountain pen inks, and the paper itself is nice to look at - it's not painfully bright white but it isn't cream like the paper found in the Rhodia Webnotebook.

The paper accepts pencil, ballpoint ink, liquid rollerball ink, and gel inks really well.
Rhodia Dot Pad
Pilot Hi-Tec-C
Kaweco ICE Sport Rollerball
rOtring Rapid PRO Ballpoint
Rhodia Dot Pad
Of course, it shines with fountain pens. Why would you bother using anything else with Rhodia anyway? There is no bleed through with typical use, show through is very minimal unless using a very wet nib, but most importantly, feathering is non-existent (some weirdo inks may be the exception). It's great everyday fountain pen-friendly paper - for letter writing, calligraphy practice, etc.
Rhodia Dot Pad
Rhodia Dot Pad
PROS
  • Perforated pages are perfect for letter writing.
  • Convenient size for carrying with you.
  • 5 mm dot grid does not obstruct writing (and is perfect for flex nib practice).
  • Paper is fountain pen-friendly. 
  • Cardboard backing is recyclable when the pad is finished. 
  • Paper is PEFC certified - comes from sustainably managed forests. Thank goodness.
Rhodia Dot Pad
CONS  
  • None. Totally awesome, especially when purchased in the bundle. THEN YOU HAVE SO MUCH.
OVERALL 

This is definitely my favourite notepad, because the pages are perforated, the size is convenient and easy to carry around, the paper quality is great (and sustainably sourced), it's affordable in the bundle of ten (at least for how much I use anyway), and I LOVE dot grids. LOVE. We're pretty much a match made in Heaven, this notepad and I. Highly recommended if you haven't yet used it.  

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