Monday, January 5th, 2015

Week 10 of the Paper Project: Free Samples of Premium Papers!



The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. Each Monday, we will be offering samples from 1-4 Exaclair products to the first 50 people who sign up within that week. There is no limit to how many weeks you can sign up, and each week’s participants will be notified via e-mail that the samples are on their way. 


Week 10 samples for the Paper Project include: 1 6×8″ line ruled sheet each of Clairefontaine Triomphe, Clairefontaine 90g and the R by Rhodia Premium pads.

Each of these papers is 90g, pH neutral and acid-free. The Clairefontaine papers are bright white, and the Rhodia R is ivory.

The Clairefontaine 90g paper is available in a wide variety of products.

The Clairefontaine Triomphe is available in two sizes (6×8″ and 8×11″) and two rulings. (blank and ruled) Matching envelopes are also available.

R by Rhodia Premium Pads are available in three sizes, (3×4″, 6×8″ and 8×11″)  two rulings. (blank and ruled) and with either black or orange covers. There is also a gift set available.

If you have been chosen to receive samples, please come back and leave comments on the corresponding week’s page. We also welcome you to blog or share to your favorite social media sites about your experiences.

Tag #rhodiapaperproject on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’d like us to see your Paper Project blog posts, post your links in the comment section on corresponding week’s page OR to our Rhodia Drive Facebook page.

What kind of comments are we looking for?

  • Tell us what you like/don’t like about the paper: surface texture, ruling, ink, etc.
  • How do you like using pencil/pen/fountain pen on it.
  • Would you use it to write/draw/doodle/sketch etc.?
  • …and anything else you think we should know.

Need a few recent reviews for inspiration?

Rhodia Week 6 at bjw-draw

“My favorite paper this week was the french rule. I could not resist using the grid to create a drawing. It is a back ground and it is a map to a drawing. The blue of the ball point pen complemented the blue of the french rule. If you like graph paper this should be on your must try list.”

Rhodia Paper Project: Weeks 1-5 at Clickthing

On the No.8 offered in week 5: “If you don’t have a ruler handy, think “bookmark size” or “shopping list size.” I own a gridded variant of this, and I use it for both purposes. It’s just wide enough to get a decent list written down, and plenty long for use as a notes/bookmark. Consider using one to keep characters straight in your next Russian novel.”

Fun with Paper Samples from Rhodia Drive  at K.C. Dockal: Scribbling by the Bayou

“European paper makers come through with great stuff. No big surprise there. Is this Big Box, grade-school priced stuff? No. They aren’t ridiculously expensive either. All three are worth giving a go if you love to write letters and/or draw.”

#RhodiaPaperProject Week 4 at Squirrel Sentiments

“I have tried several papers from several manufacturers and Exaclair remains my personal standard to which all other paper is compared.  The supercalendaring they do puts a smooth and buttery finish on the pages.  They achieve this while maintaining the paper’s ability to absorb ink, but not feather, and dry relatively quickly.  All this while holding international best in class environmental consciousness and sustainability.”

You can also check out the reviews that people are posting in the comment sections of posts from Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5, Week 6Week 7Week 8 and Week 9

If you are viewing this post via e-mail or on a mobile device, you may need to visit Rhodia Drive directly to see the entry form. (Entries must be received through the form – please do not post your name and address in the comment section of this post to receive samples. Thank you!)

12 thoughts on “Week 10 of the Paper Project: Free Samples of Premium Papers!

  1. As part of the Rhodia Drive – The Paper Project – Week #10 I received 3 paper samples. I tried quite a few pens and inks on the samples. The papers are one A5 size sheet each of Clairfontaine Classic white/violet ruled 90g, Clairfontaine Triomphe white/violet ruled 90g and R by Rhodia Premium Ivory, grey ruled 90g.

    My favorite of these three was the Rhodia. I have been using Tomoe River paper a lot recently and while it performs very well, its parchment like feel is not as suitable in some situations as the Rhodia. I want to mention the pens that I thought really wrote well on the Rhodia all in one place:

    Esterbrook 9950 desk pen
    Sheaffer Legacy F nib
    Pilot Metropolitan M nib
    Fisher Space Pen
    Sharpie Pen
    Retro 51 Tornado
    Pilot G-2 0.7
    Now let’s look at more detail starting with the non-fountain pens: After writing just one line with various pens, the no brainer is to use any of these papers with a Retro 51 Tornado and enjoy writing. The Retro 51 was crisp and extra smooth. The Sharpie Pen also wrote really well on all three papers. The other non-fountain pens I tried (see the images) were good but not as nice as the Retro 51 or the Sharpie Pen. In fairness while the Tombow refill was kind of blobby I used a 20 year old refill. I need to get a new one because that is a rugged pen I love to throw in the bottom of my computer bag. The Signo DX and Pilot G2 were also good but the Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3 was noticeably scratchier than normal on these papers. As listed above the Fisher Space Pen was very good on the Rhodia paper. It seemed about like normal on the Clairfontaine papers.

    The fountain pens were generally good on the Clairfontaine papers. No surprise. But they flow best on the R by Rhodia Premium. To me the standout fountain pens were the Pilot Metropolitan (borrowed from my wife), the Legacy and the Esterbrook. The Metropolitan and the Legacy are no surprise to me. They are my favorite pens to write with. But normally the Esterbrook is scratchy and skips some, but on all three papers it was great. These papers made me want to use it more. What else could you want in a paper?

    See images at

  2. This was my first ever experience with the Clairfontaine and R by Rhodia papers. I love the feel of them, the weight is really nice, it feels silky to my hand and then I wrote on it. Lovely!

    I tested it with a Flair felt tip pen, a Uniball Signo micro and a 207 and a Sharpie pen, medium point. First off, I loved the way my rollerball pens seemed to glide across these papers. My felt tip pen and the Sharpie pen, not as much.

    I did however appreciate that there is very little ghosting with all of the pens I tested. This is fabulous if you are a journaler that likes to write on both sides of the paper.

  3. Overall review :

    Overall experience:

    If I had to choose a paper to include some drawing, it will be the Clairefontaine Triomphe. Very versatile. And white. If I had to choose a paper for notes only, it will probably be the Rhodia Premium, because of that Ivory paper. Probably, because, if it is nice to write on it, I sometimes feels a little be bored with that ivory color on my Habana Soft. I feel that reading on that paper is not as comfortable as on white paper. May be my writing is too messy to appreciate it. It could be good as a letter paper, but… this is something that we almost forget.

    Having to write that down… it makes me think a lot. Will I really buy the Ivory paper? Should I place it 3rd, after the Classic?

    No doubt, though, that the Clairefontaine Triomphe is the winner.

    Thanks for reading!

  4. 3rd review

    Clairefontaine Triomphe – 90g

    Touch, feeling :
    Soft and silky. Reflects light as silk, too.

    Color :
    White with violet lines. Whiter and brighter than the Clairefontaine Classic, probably because the violet lines are more “defined” (in the sense of color. Darker).
    Line :
    Line spacing similar to Clairefontaine Classic.

    FP friendly?
    Tested as previously.
    Same as Clairefontaine paper.
    The Oxblood, too, looks fine.

    Paper pen friendly?
    This paper is similar to… the Rhodia Premium.
    It is hard to get a nice 3H line, and the HB doesn’t smudge as the Clairefontaine Classic. Some smudge can be seen, though.

    Color paper pencils friendly?
    Same as Clairefontaine Classic.

    Overall :
    Paper quality is similar to the Rhodia Premium.
    When I was expecting smudge with this paper (due to previous paper experience), it didn’t occurred. To be sure, I retried the previous paper… same smudge.

    The nibs were all three running free and happy :)

  5. 2nd review:

    Clairefontaine Classic – 90 g

    Touch, feeling : Soft and silky. Reflects light as silk, too.
    Having my nose on it, breathing deeply, I have a slight smell of ink. Could be my imagination, too.

    Color : White with subtle violet lines. Whiter than my Rhodia DotPad.

    Line : Line spacing a little bit wider than the Rhodia Premium.
    Violet lines Isn’t it too “feminine” ? was my first thought. Well, it reminds me my school cahier, was I was lucky enough my parents bought me a Clairefontaine one. Will I find again the same pleasure of writing ?
    Note: the lines show some “feathering”. Not an issue for me.

    FP friendly? Tested as previously.
    Same as previous paper.
    The Oxblood looks really nice on it !

    Paper pen friendly?
    3H no problem at all, as expected. Seems to be more difficult to erase.
    HB : easily smudge. Very.
    Visible mark after erasing.

    Color paper pen friendly?
    No issue. Easy to apply color, or mix color (red and yellow)
    Very nice sensation during the coloring

    Overall :
    Paper quality very similar to the previous one.
    Surprised by the reaction with HB graphit pen. Line spacing is okay. Lines are subtle enough, the nibs runs well and it.
    Because of the HB experience, I tend to prefer the Rhodia Premim.
    (HB smudge on my Rhodia dotpad, too.)

  6. I have tested the 3 papers, and here are my review of each.
    Rhodia Premium – 90 g – ivory

    Touch, feeling : Soft, silky, no particular odor. Reflects light as silk do it.

    Color : Ivory. Grey lined. The ivory color seems similar to my Habana Soft.

    Lines: Line space is bigger than on my QV Habana soft, and I’ll tend to prefer that. My writing is a little bit messy, and I hate having to skip a line. So my Habana looks messy some times.
    The grey lines offer a good contrast.

    FP friendly? Tested with :
    •TWSBI 580, 1.1, Air Corp ink, from Noodler.
    •Shaeffer Prelude, fine nib. Black Parker Quink
    •Plumix, with Oxblood Diamine

    •The TWSBI is really wet, and after 30 sec. it was still humid.
    •The Prelude is very dry, so the writing was dry immediately.
    •The Plumix : after 5 sec. points and dots were still wet. After 10sec., no.

    Paper pen friendly? 3H no problem at all, as expected.
    HB : I couldn’t get any smudge, even after drawing some shadow (more black)
    No visible marks after erasing, but on 3H, we can notice (or guess) that something was written. Of course, the pression used to have a trace with a 3H is higher.

    Color paper pencils friendly? Easy to work with my cheap color pencils. The ivory is not adequate for the majority of drawing (unless with negative space), but I had a great pleasure filling up with color this paper.

    Overall : No feathering at all, no seeing through (except may be for the TWSBI, but once again it is very wet, so… Even there, is it hard to detect)
    Very easy to draw on it, color on it.
    The ivory color gives, according to me, a nice “prestige” look.
    The 3 nibs I have run really very smoothly. The Prelude one, especially, gave me a nice feed back, when usually it feels harsh on paper (I use to think of a scalpel when I’m writing with it. NOT a this paper  )

  7. I tested the Rhodia Premium Ruled/Ivory/Gey/90g. This paper looks professional and clean. I used a gel blue ball point pen and loved it. I used this to write a quick note to someone who said the paper was smooth and clean.

  8. I tested out the Clairefontaine Classic Ruled/White/Violet/90g. Paper was smoothe with light purple lines. I used a gel pen a pencil a blue fine 0.5mm pen and a fine point black sharpie. With this paper you have to let the ink dry before writing onto the next line. It smudges very easily. When I used the pencil and rubbed my finger lightly over the writing it smeared. So I would not use pencil.

  9. First, thanks for the Week 10 samples.

    I have been using a white Triomphe (unlined) pad for most of my correspondence for the last several years, and these three papers all feel quite familiar because of that. For letters I much prefer unlined papers (using a lined guide under) but these pages are very nice. I prefer the Triomphe size but if I was going to use lined paper, I like the Classic’s more subtle lines.

    The Ivory R is really an attractive ivory color, and I think I would like a pad of this unlined. That is the eye opener of this sample packet.

    I use an assortment of fountain pens and inks on my letters and even my recently restored 1920’s Moore’s Non-Leakable with a very wet nib works perfectly on these papers. With PR Ebony Green I have zero bleed or feather, no ghosting and decent dry time…really perfect paper for this grand old wet flex nib.

    I ran through a total of 10 pens with various inks and nib styles (from Japanese EF to Binder 1.1mm), plus one Carbone pencil to test the performance of these papers. Smooth, clean, takes ink well, good feedback to my hand—really exceptional all around.

    Papers in this format I would almost exclusively use to write letters, so about the only thing I would change would be to choose an unlined version of these pads with envelopes.

    I actually kept my Clairfontaine Classic sheet un-sullied for use later to write my Mom a note. The sticky identifier at the bottom just might encourage her to order up a tablet or two for a present…something I just might encourage her to do!

    Thanks Karen for the trial pack.

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