I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found the Rhodia Exa Book notebook in my regular book store. It has – just like most book stores here (pen/paper shops are practically non-existing here) – a very limited range of notebooks and notepads. To promote this new range – they only have these notebooks which are a part of the new Exa Book system – they had them propped away in the storage department – it was out of sheer luck I found them.
Since I’ve not had the opportunity to try other Rhodia paper than the web notebook, I was thrilled to have this spontaneous, unplanned opportunity to test this notebook. The paper quality is 80 g per square meter, but it is a wholly different paper quality than the former web notebook paper. It is smooth and dense – not porous as the old web note book. The lines are not too disturbing (I prefer blank or dotted paper) they are discreet and not too narrow or wide.
This might well be the best and most fountain pen friendly paper – web notebook included in this comparison – I have tried so far. I tried it with different nibs – some of them are very broad and wet – and there was no signs of feathering or bleedthrough. Really extraordinary! It is a pity that this paper is not used in the web notebook. It is not only fountain pen friendly with regards to the result – it is a very pleasant tactile feel to touch it as well as write on it. I’ve been rather sceptical about the praise of Rhodia’s notebooks and pads, but the paper in this notebook fully lives up to the praise. I hope Rhodia puts this paper into the webbies and that they decide to add blank, dotted and squared paper to the notebook range. If they decide to do that I’d might stop searching for the perfect notebook.
PS Just read at Rhodia Drive that Rhodia will introduce the Rhodia webbie 3.0 with BLANK pages sometime during summer. That is great news.