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