One of my favorite non-Rhodia products from Exaclair is the Quo Vadis Habana. They are a slightly different animal than Rhodia’s Webbie. First off, they have stiff, but not hard covers – take note that the cover on the small Habana is stiffer than on the large.
The paper in the Habanas is an 85g off-white versus the 90g off-white found in the Webbies and from what I’ve found so far, the 85g appears to be as fountain pen friendly as the 90g.The Webbie sizes are 3.5×5.5″ and 5.5×8.25″ and the Habanas 4×6.3″ and 6.25×9.25″. Webbies are made in France, the Habanas in the USA. Habanas are available lined or blank with 80 sheets (160 pages) the Webbies come lined, blank or dot grid and have 96 sheets (192 pages.)
Each has an elastic closure, a ribbon bookmark and rounded corners. (I am a big fan of rounded corners as they don’t dig into your hand as you reach the bottom of the page.)
The small Habana is my book of choice for when I travel as I prefer its slightly larger size to the small Webbie. For an every day journal, I prefer the large Webbie to the large Habana though some of that had been due to the fact that the last time I tried a large Habana, they had white paper (I prefer off-white) and wide ruling. I’ve got a new one to try and am eager to dig into those blank off-white pages.
Have you tried a Habana yet?
Large Rhodia and small Habana outfitted with Quiver leather pen holders.