The paper inside R by Rhodia notebooks is an ivory colored high grade vellum paper. It is made by Clairefontaine and as expected it has that luxuriously smooth finish that is so wonderful to write on. From what I can see, the paper is either the same or very similar to the paper inside the Rhodia Webnotebook. The paper is PEFC Certified so we know it comes from sustainably managed forests and only uses water-based, non-toxic inks. It is 90g and most writers will agree that it works very well with fountain pens.
R by Rhodia notepads have a “soft touch” cover which is coated with a matte finish. It’s a little hard to explain what the “soft touch” finish is exactly – it’s not hard and slippery feeling, but instead feels soft to the touch and gives you a little bit of extra grip. When you flip one of the orange covers over, the reverse side is matte black and when you flip one of the black covers over, the reverse side is matte orange.
There is a piece of stiff cardboard inside the back cover to add support while you’re writing or sketching. The front of the cover is thoughtfully scored so that you can neatly fold it back over the top of your notepad. Each page is microperforated so that you can easily and cleanly remove pages when you want to.
At the time of writing this post, R by Rhodia is only available in the top staple-bound format and comes in three sizes: 3 3/8” x 4 3/4”, 6” x 8 1/4” and 8 1/4” x 11 3/4”. The covers come in either orange or black and the 70 sheets of paper are either blank or lined. We can’t help but feel that the large size notepad’s beautiful ivory colored paper would be great coupled with a fountain pen for use as stationery!
This paper performed well with all of the pens I tried, and I would have to say it performed exceptionally well with fountain pens! Fountain pen ink takes a little while to dry on this smooth finish paper, so because I’m a lefty I smeared the ink a little bit. There was little if any ink feathering, ink bleeding through or ink showing through the paper (except for the Sharpie pen). A very fine quality paper indeed!
(R by Rhodia Ink Test – Front)
(R by Rhodia Ink Test – Back)
Have you tried R by Rhodia yet? What do you think of these premium Rhodia notepads?by