Thursday, September 16, 2010

Clairefontaine Roadbook

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In one of Karen, from Exaclair's,  generous packages, she included a small notebook from Clairefontaine called The Roadbook.  If you don't know Karen then you need to be following the QuoVadis Blog for a chance to win great products and to keep up on what is happening at Exaclair.  Exaclair is the U.S. distributor for Clairefontain, QuoVadis, Rhodia, J. Herbin, Exacompta, G. Lalo, Brause and Decopatch.

The Roadbook is a small notebook, perfect for slipping into a pocket or purse, it measures just 3-1/2" by 5-1/2".  Below you can see a comparison with the large Webbie.

I love the map on the first page, plus there is a place for your name or perhaps the destination and dates of the journal you document in this journal.

This handy travel notebook has an “old-time” feel with an
ancient imprinted map. The sturdy cover comes with a built-in
elastic closure to record and secure all your notes and memorable
• Size 3 ½ x 5 ½
• 64 sheets, ruled
• Glued spine
• Elastic closure
• Removable band
• Printed flyleaf and endleaf with dedicated space for your name
• Assorted colors: Tan / Black / Red / Green

As expected with Clairefontaine's 90g paper, it performs admirably with a fountain pen.  There was no feathering, bleedthrough or showthrough with any pen except the Wahl and Noodler's Bad Green Gator.  I've come to the conclusion that BAD is an apt name for this ink, I just wish that I didn't adore the color so much.

Oh, just one note - the Roadbook has neither a back pocket (it would be a little small if it did) or a marker ribbon.  The marker ribbon I would have expected in a notebook intended for use as a travel journal.


Chris of PensnPaper said...

Some people (I've seen them at college) use the elastic band as the marker rather than to hold the notebook shut... That way you can instantly find the next blank page/page you were on... :)

Julie (Okami) said...

Chris - that's an excellent suggestion! Thanks.

Jackie Flaherty said...

I love the imprint of the ancient map. Very cool.


dianeb said...

That's really a nice little journal, can't believe I've never seen them around NYC. And I second Jackie, that's a great looking map.

phonelady said...

That is an awesome notebook I would love to have one myself . Just neat looking . thanks for posting and sharing . said...

Great review of a notebook I've been curious of. Pity that they don't sport a simple little pocket like the moleskine cahiers - where one could put tickets and restaurant receipts (I often collect them when travelling - good food at nice restaurants and entrance tickets to nice museums is a good way to remember things, I think. :)

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