Monday, April 19, 2010
I have a fountain pen, ok, ok, I have more than one, but this one is special. I call it "The Paper Tester".
I love this pen, it is a Eversharp Skyline Excecutive with a very fine, very flexible nib. I call it "The Paper Tester" because if the paper can stand up to it without feathering and/or bleedthrough then that paper can stand up to anything.
That being said, there are a couple of papers that truly withstand the test: Neenah's Classic Crest 24 lb writing weight and Clairefontaine Triomph writing tablets. So, you ask, what about my beloved Rhodia? This is where I experience my conundrum. I have a number of Rhodia pads at hand, ranging from the tiny Bloc Rhodia No 10 to the full size Bloc Rhodia No 18. They also include lined, gridded and the new DotPad.
All of these pads have the same Rhodia paper inside (80g/m2 - 21.3 lb) so why do they all perform very differently with the same pen? Some feather; some feather and bleedthrough; while others behave perfectly. The only trend that I have found is that the papers which behave perfectly are ones that I acquired very recently, the older pads are the culprits, so maybe there is something different in the way that Rhodia is processing it's paper, I don't know.
No matter, I love this paper and will always use it. It is my "go to" paper for everything and I adore the new DotPad.
The first set shows varying degrees of feathering and bleedthrough, click on the picture for a closer look:
This second set shows no feathering and little or no bleedthrough, again click on the picture for a closer look:
Posted by Julie B at 8:37 AM