Friday, August 24th, 2007

Rhodia at Stylus Magazine

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Rhodia at Sylus magazine

In its August/September issue, Stylus magazine interviews Detlef Bittner, owner of a store in downtown Carmel, California called The Pleasure of Writing.

The name of the store expresses Bittner’s worldview and also alludes to the offerings available at the small but exquisitely appointed store. As a retailer and a true pen lover with a flair for writing, he is knowledgeable about all things related to making the writing experience pleasurable — pens, papers, inks and personal creativity.

Rhodia at Sylus magazine
Rhodia at Sylus magazine

Bittner: I love handmade cotton rag paper like Velke Losiny (Czech) and Fabriano XIII (Italian) paper. Amalfi, which is Italian, and Crown Mill, which is Belgian, are also good papers. For everyday and for testing pens, you can’t beat Rhodia pads from France.

Nibs work differently on different papers. Fine and sharply cut nibs need smoother paper without a lot of tooth. Also, good papers won’t bleed when a fountain pen puts down a lot of ink.

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6 thoughts on “Rhodia at Stylus Magazine

  1. Where can I buy the products made of the mentioned paper, Velke Losiny (Czech), Fabriano XIII (Italian), Amalfi, Crown Mill? I cannot even find related info in google.

  2. Where can I buy the products made of the mentioned paper, Velke Losiny (Czech), Fabriano XIII (Italian), Amalfi, Crown Mill? I cannot even find related info in google.

  3. Detlif Bittner is a wonderful guy and yes, very knowledgeable about all things fountain pen. I meet him many years ago at the Chicago Pen Show (usually first weekend of May @ Rosemont-Westin Inn) I have had the pleasure of doing business with him many times and have visited his Carmel shop. There aren’t enough adjectives to discribe the man and his wonderful staff.

  4. Detlif Bittner is a wonderful guy and yes, very knowledgeable about all things fountain pen. I meet him many years ago at the Chicago Pen Show (usually first weekend of May @ Rosemont-Westin Inn) I have had the pleasure of doing business with him many times and have visited his Carmel shop. There aren’t enough adjectives to discribe the man and his wonderful staff.

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