We are excited to announce that the Rhodiarama Webnotebook in A5 size has finally arrived at Writer’s Bloc from France! The Webnotebook has a lot of features to like. At the top of my list is the luxuriously smooth paper that performs very well with fountain pens. This ivory color 90g paper is made by Clairefontaine and it minimizes or eliminates fountain pen ink feathering, bleeding or see-through to the other side of the page. Rhodia Webnotebooks are sturdy and well constructed with an Italian leatherette hard cover. They make great gifts. I also find that both the expandable inner pocket and ribbon bookmark are very useful. So how does the Rhodiarama Webnotebook differ from a regular Rhodia Webnotebook? Here is a list of what we found:
How the Rhodiarama Webnotebook is different:
Covers available in a rainbow of color choices
Interior endsheets & expandable pocket have a fun, colorful zebra design
Elastic closure & ribbon marker are orange
Comes with either lined or blank paper (no dot grid)
Ribbon bookmarks seem to be shorter in length
How it is the same as the regular Rhodia Webnotebook:
Luxury 90g smooth, acid-free, pH neutral paper
Fountain pen friendly
96 sheets of ivory paper
Hard cover is made with Italian leatherette
Embossed Rhodia logo on the front
Available in both A5 & A6 sizes
As of today we have imported 3 of our favorite Rhodiarama cover colors: Purple, Sapphire and Chocolate; and all of these have lined paper. Take a look at all of the Rhodiarama colors on the Rhodia website (Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Beige, Anise, Turquoise, Sapphire, Iris, Purple, Lilac, Raspberry, Poppy, Tangerine, Orange & Yellow). If you could have just one of these colors what would it be? What kind of paper would it have? Blank or Lined? Why do you like the Rhodia Webnotebook?
Why would you ever want to change the nib on your LAMY fountain pen? Perhaps you want to change the nib size of your pen. Or, if you’re clumsy like me, maybe you damaged your nib. Steel LAMY fountain pen nibs happen to come in a variety of sizes and are reasonably priced.
Using the tape method to change your nib works quite well if the nib is pretty dry, but what if the pen is inked and the nib is very wet? If this is the case, tape will not adhere to the nib very well making this method a bit difficult. There is another simple method we’d like to tell you about using a small piece of rubbery drawer/shelf liner, or super wide rubber band or something similar.
Use the rubber drawer liner to grip the very end of the nib and gently pull it straight off the feed of your LAMY fountain pen. You might need the fold the rubber drawer liner in half to get a better grip. Sometimes the nib is quite tight so you’ll need a firm grip to remove it.
If you accidentally pull the feed out of the pen along with the nib no need to worry. Use your rubber drawer liner to grab the tip of the nib and another piece of the rubber drawer liner (or maybe even a paper towel or cloth) to grab the feed and then pull them apart. If you look carefully you’ll see that the LAMY Safari fountain pen has a small groove inside the barrel to help direct you to put the feed back in the pen in the correct direction. The flattest side of the feed where the nib fits faces “up” should point toward the top of the triangular ergonomic grip of the pen.
Once you get the nib off of the feed it is even easier to get a new nib back on. Be sure to line up the side edges of the steel nib with the grooves on the back of the feed that are designed to hold the nib in place. Push the new nib on gently to prevent any damage to the feed or the nib.
I took these pictures of a friend trying this for the very first time. She had a little trouble using the rubber liner to get a good grip on the tiny end of the nib, but other than that the whole procedure was quick and simple. How do you like to change the nibs on your LAMY fountain pens? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?