Rhodia Paper

Rhodia has become available in South Africa! Whoop:) Whoop:) (don’t judge my happiness). If you’ve ever found yourself on the the FPN you know about Rhodia paper, there is no way around it. Rhodia, Clairefontaine and Tomoe River are constantly discussed, and I have yet to come across a single post, that I was reading – where the paper quality doesn’t come up. Yes i’m sure that there are posts that may not mention paper at all, I just haven’t come across one yet. But I digress.

Rhodia A5 Pad Front

Rhodia A5 Pad Front

The Rhodia pad i have follows a standard pad format, but the front and back is covered by a cover that is thicker offering slightly better protection and feels like a plastic/paper hybrid. The front also has three scored lines that give you the option of preserving some header space should you so desire. Although it could just be there for decoration… It has the Rhodia logo on the front, while the back gives you information about the paper, and an overview of their other paper sizes, colours and formats available.

Rhodia A5 Pad Back

Rhodia A5 Pad Back

So in this case its: 80gsm paper, 80 sheets of paper, graph format, N16/A5/14.8cm x 21cm, white paper, black cover and lastly made in France.

Rhodia Grid Close-up

Rhodia Grid Close-up

The paper is divided into 5mm blocks without any margin lines, and perforated at the top. No margins is going to be subjective preference but I like it. I sometimes find margins to be a waste of space, and this allows me to customize my margin size. The colour of the graph is lilac, instead of the traditional blue that we see here, but the intensity is about the same.

The paper is easily one of the best I have tried. Its just so smooth – it writes kind of how Moleskine feels to the touch, if that makes any sense? My understanding is that its coated, so the dry time is a touch longer then normal. The way I decided to demonstrate this paper was to write in both cursive and print using different inks and nibs, I though that this would test the paper quality best.

Writing Sample

Writing Sample

From top to bottom I used:

TWSBI EF Nib and Sailor – this ink still showed sheen and slight colour change, pretty awesome considering the thinness of the nib!
Pilot Parellel 1.5mm and Noodlers X-Feather
Lamy F Nib and Diamine Bilberry – Also had some gunmetal coloured sheen.
Lamy M Nib and Diamine Silver Fox
Noodlers Konrad Broad/Flex and Diamine Magical Forest
Rhorer and Klingner Glass Pen and Diamine Damson
Pilot Parellel 6mm and Diamine Blue Pearl – The sheen, the shading, the shimmer its all just so pretty.

Back of page.

Back of page.

And this is the other side of the page, not a drop of bleed-through, no show-through and only very light ghosting. I’ll be honest, I was not expecting the other side of this paper to be completely usable.

If you would like to give this paper a try, it can be purchased here: Rhodia

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TWSBI 580 Demonstrator

So i’v wanted a TWSBI for a while now – and I was really undecided about the mini, 580 or perhaps do a special order for the black and rose gold. After reading lots and lots of reviews, and on a recommendation I decided to stick with the original demonstrator.

And just look how pretty! (emogi with heart eyes goes here)

TWSBI Barrel Inked

TWSBI Barrel Inked

The pen comes in a very simple cardboard box, with only the TWSBI logo. No model name anywhere in sight.

TWSBI Brown Box

TWSBI Brown Box

 

Inside said box the first this you see is the manual and underneath the manual is a clear rounded rectangle box with the pen on proud display.

Open TWSBI Box

Open TWSBI Box

TWSBI Manual

TWSBI Manual

The pen is kept in place by two clips that slide into place, and prevent the pen from rolling around. Underneath the box you have a small bottle of silicon grease, as well as what i’m going to call a spanner/wrench.

TWSBI 580 Clear

TWSBI 580 Clear

TWSBI Box Back

TWSBI Box Back

TWSBI Content

TWSBI Content

Secondly the first thing I had to do was take it apart… 🙂 I basically wanted to see how easily it was to assemble and re-assemble. It turned out to be really easy which is good because it makes it so much faster to clean out.

TWSBI 580 Disassembled

TWSBI 580 Disassembled

This pen looks stunning – and the wow factor goes up even more when inked.

Inked TWSBI 580

Inked TWSBI 580

The nib also has some decorative scrolling and the TWSBI logo in the middle. I ordered the EF nib, and it is smooth with just a touch of feedback. Very similar writing experience to my Edison pen perhaps a touch dryer, and slightly smoother then my EF Lamy. I have a feeling that this may end up becoming my daily writer.

TWSBI 580 Nib Closeup

TWSBI 580 Nib Closeup

This pen is a piston filler – so only bottle ink can be used, which to me is a bonus but then again i’m not a huge fan of cartridges. It also has a rubber o ring near the nib, which with the cap insert acts as an extra seal against evaporation and leaking.

Pros:

Super pretty, smooth nib, easy to clean, easily to take apart and put back together, piston filler and no dry starts as yet. And this is completely me  but I love the fact that the ink does not show in the grip section – it stays visible only in the barrel area. I have a pen where the ink is visible in the grip section, and although I thought it looked awesome when i first got it… now i just find it lacks finesse.

Cons:

When cleaning out my pen, I somehow managed to get water between the cap insert and the cap. Its been there a week, I cant for the life of me get it out. Help?? Getting the piston back into position for maximum ink capacity can also get a bit fiddly.

All in all I can’t recommend this pen enough. As always you can find it in the link below:

TWSBI 580 Demonstrator

On a completely different note – for those of you that love samples, check out this super cute idea for colour coding your bottles by Calvin Was Right 🙂

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