Find a Pocket Size Planner with High-Quality Paper

Space 17 Weekly Planner & Pelikan Fountain Pen

Space 17 Weekly Planner & Pelikan Fountain Pen

In order to conserve on size, space and weight many pocket-size planners use thin low-quality paper that may not provide a very satisfying writing experience. Where can a pocket planner be found with good quality paper? Quo Vadis, Exacompta and Rhodia come to the rescue! Clairefontaine has a reputation for creating some of the best paper in the world for writing, and these brands have chosen to use Clairefontaine’s French-milled paper for their compact datebooks.

The gold standard 90g bright white, super-smooth Clairefontaine paper that is fantastic for fountain pens can be found in two pocket-size Quo Vadis monthly planners:

Several Quo Vadis, Exacompta & Rhodia pocket-planners contain 64g bright white Clairefontaine paper that has an ultra-smooth finish. This paper is acid-free, pH neutral and PEFC certified.  You can find this wonderful paper in the following planners, most of which have a weekly planning format:

Another Clairefontaine paper variation is a light-weight, exceptionally strong 55g ivory paper. It is acid-free, pH neutral and PEFC certified. Both of these weekly planners contain this type of paper:

We’ve had many of our readers ask if Clairefontaine’s 64g white paper and 55g ivory paper are suitable for fountain pens. I can say that I’ve personally used it successfully with a fine nib fountain pen and select inks. However, this may not be true for all inks and all fountain pens. To help you decide if you’d like to try these datebooks for yourself, we created some samples using various nib sizes and inks. Take a look at the results below.

If writing with a fountain pen is the most important thing to you and not the size of the planner itself, we would recommend taking a look at this previous post: Fountain Pen Friendly Planners

Have you discovered any pocket-size planners with high-quality paper that you like to use? Please let us know what they are in the comments – we’d like to hear from you!

Front side of the page 64g paper. A Quo Vadis Business Planner (same format as University Academic) was used for this sample:

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test - Front

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test – Front

Back side of the page 64g paper (Quo Vadis Business Planner):

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test - Back

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test – Back

Front side of the page 64g paper (Biweek Planner):

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Biweek) - Front

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Biweek) – Front

Back side of the page 64g paper (Biweek Planner):

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Biweek) - Back

64g White Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Biweek) – Back

Front side of the page 55g soft ivory paper (Space 17 Planner):

55g Soft Ivory Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Space 17) - Front

55g Soft Ivory Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Space 17) – Front

Back side of the page 55g soft ivory paper (Space 17 Planner):

55g Soft Ivory Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Space 17) - Back

55g Soft Ivory Clairefontaine Paper Writing Test (Space 17) – Back

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Be the Coolest Writer on the Bloc with Rhodia Ice Notepads!

Rhodia Ice Bloc 13 with a LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen

Rhodia Ice Bloc 13 with a LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen

Rhodia Ice special edition notepads were introduced this year to commemorate Rhodia’s 80th anniversary year (1934-2014). Rhodia’s website explains why this design was chosen:

The silver and white pad is emblematic of Rhodia’s simplicity and minimalist design. It has beauty and character and a little bit of mystery. It is quite different than anything else—just like Rhodia.

 

Rhodia Ice Notepad - White Cover with Silver Logo

Rhodia Ice Notepad – White Cover with Silver Logo

Rhodia Ice notepads share a lot of characteristics with the traditional orange and black Rhodia pads, but there are a few differences too. The most notable difference is the cover – it is white inside and out with a striking silver Rhodia logo on the front cover. The white laminated cardstock cover is not as glossy as traditional Rhodia pads, but it is not as matte as Premium R by Rhodia notepads. If I wanted to describe it using interior paint finishes, I would say it has a satin finish. The cover is scored along the top so that it folds back neatly.

Rhodia Ice Bloc 11 with Graph Paper

Rhodia Ice Bloc 11 with Graph Paper

The second most notable difference is the paper. It is still the high quality 80g white paper from Clairefontaine that you have come to expect from Rhodia, but instead of pale violet lines it now has muted silver-grey grid or lines. I find the pale grey color of the grid lines to be more subtle than the traditional violet grid lines. If you write with fountain pens you are going to love this paper!

Rhodia Ice Bloc 11 with Lined Paper

Rhodia Ice Bloc 11 with Lined Paper

Both the Rhodia Ice pads and the traditional Rhodia Bloc contain 80 sheets of acid-free, PEFC certified paper. The graph paper has a 5mm grid and the ruled paper has a line spacing of about 7mm. Each page is micro-perforated so that it can easily be torn away from the notepad when you need it.

Rhodia Ice Bloc 18 with a LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen

Rhodia Ice Bloc 18 with a LAMY Al-Star Fountain Pen

These Rhodia notepads are top staple bound and have a sturdy cardboard back to provide support while you’re writing.

Rhodia Ice 80g Paper Writing Test - Front

Rhodia Ice 80g Paper Writing Test – Front

We tried a variety of fountain pens and inks on this paper to check out the performance. Above you can see the front side of the page, and below is a scan of the back side of the same page. Overall, the results were excellent on this high quality French paper.

Rhodia Ice 80g Paper Writing Test - Back

Rhodia Ice 80g Paper Writing Test – Back

At the time of writing this blog post, the Rhodia Ice Bloc comes in five sizes that equal traditional Rhodia Bloc sizes: 11, 12, 13, 16 and 18. Each notepad is available with either graph or lined paper. We want to thank Sunny from Exaclair for sending along a couple of samples for our blog post! Have you tried a cool bloc of Rhodia Ice? If you have, what do you think?

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