Monday, March 16th, 2015

Week 15 of the Rhodia Paper Project: Free Samples from 3 Pocket Sized Products



The Paper Project puts FREE Exaclair paper samples in your hands – allowing you to try before you buy. Every other 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 their samples are on their way. 


Week 15 samples for the Paper Project include 2 sheets from each of the following:

Rhodia Unlimited Lined Ruling (3 ½ x 5 ½ “)

Clairefontaine Classic Staplebound 90g Lined Ruling  (3×4 1/4″)

Rhodia Classic No. 12 80g Lined Ruling (3 3/8 x 4 ¾ “)

 We want to know how this product stands up to your favorite pens, pencils, etc.- so if you’ve been chosen to receive samples, please come back and leave comments on this corresponding week’s page. We also encourage you to blog about your experience, and/or share links about this project to your favorite social media sites.

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 12 at bjw-draw “This week I discovered an irresistible combo from Rhodia and JetPens. Clairefontaine GraF it 90g paper and the Rook pen. This is a little stubby fountain pen, fine point.It has survived rolling around in my pocket. It is the perfect match for this paper that has just a little bit of tooth to hold the nib but still allow for the smooth line.”

From Jeff Dickerson on Week 10 offerings: “Another batch of great samples. All 90g and absolutely no bleed through with fountain pen ink. All three had great surfaces and my fountain pen grabbed well and dried quickly. The ivory with gray lines is a beautiful color and my black ink stands out on it. Ink dried in 30 seconds but if blotted it dried immediately.”

From Aisazia on Week 3 offerings: “I like the gray lines of R by Rhodia. I also like the violet but the gray is a little more subdue in color which I prefer but I prefer the white background instead of ivory. I also prefer the narrower ruling but I don’t mind the size of the regular ruling either. Still it’s quality paper and all comes down to your preference.”

You can also check out all the reviews that people are posting in the comment sections of posts from Week 1 Week 2,  Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6Week 7Week 8Week 9Week 10Week 11Week 12 and Week 13.

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!)


9 thoughts on “Week 15 of the Rhodia Paper Project: Free Samples from 3 Pocket Sized Products

  1. Love the samples samples from Rhodia Drive.
    Rhodia Unlimited 80g Grey Ruled White Paper
    I like the paper weight, texture and the style with a place for a subject and plenty of lines for writing. I tried several inks and highlighters. It is interesting that the highlighters and sharpies bled through but fountain pen ink did not. Regular ball pen ink and pencil worked fine with no bleed through.

    Same for the Rhodia No. 12 Pad 80g white paper, violet lines
    The violet ink lines are nostalgic and remind me of the lined school paper I used many years ago in grade school.
    Clairfontaine Top Spiral Pad 90g white paper, violet lines
    Wonderful texture, very smooth and the heavier paper did not bleed through as much as the others.

    I prefer the heavier paper but since I do not write with a sharpie any of these papers would perform well. Use a dry highlighter if you need to highlight.

  2. As can be expected with Clairfontaine and Rhodia paper – the paper itseld is of exquisite quality: it allows the pens to flow, the texture is very pleasing, and all in all – very well made paper.

    While the 90g paper of the Clairedontaine Top Spiral was a more “pampering” paper, the 80g Rhodia No. 12 was also very good, and the writing experience – for me – was very similar.

    As for the Rhodia unlimited – I did not like it as much, as the ruling was to narrow-spaced for both my liking and my handwriting. The idea of the Subject line at the top is nice, but ironically, it fells a little limiting to me – despite the title…

  3. Thank you for the opportunity to try these papers. Here’s my feedback for each:

    Rhodia No. 12 Pad – the closest one to something I already experienced (Rhodia No. 11). Same paper as the 11, and quite enjoyable to use. The lines are thin enough, although I’d prefer it in a lighter shade or color. It holds up well to fountain pens and brush pens, but seems a little rough with pencils. I like its size as it’s still small enough to be portable, yet bigger than the 11 for more writing space.

    Clairefontaine Top Spiral Pad – the smoothest feel of the three. However the purple lines are a little bit too thick and deep-colored for my comfort; it’s distracting. The paper holds up the best to fountain pens, brush pens, and pencils. I would probably dislike this pad though because of the spiral part; I prefer other types of binding.

    Rhodia Unlimited – the format I liked the most. It also has the only non-purple line color (gray), which I really liked, although it can stand to be a little fainter. It holds up well to fountain pens and brush pens, but is a little rough with pencils. The sizing is a little weird, since it’s narrow and tall. It’s still small enough to be portable though, which is always a plus in my book!

  4. Comment on Week 15 samples from Frank Bettendorf:

    “Another interesting bits of paper to try, which I enjoyed doing. Thanks for asking for the reviews. If I’ve sent this to the wrong person for the paper tests please forward to the appropriate person. Thanks.

    I like all three papers. Each surface allowed easy writing and made the blacks of the inks remain black. I liked that both my ink pens and my writing using a Micron .05 moved smoothly across the surface; only my Uniball Signo 0.28 had any resistence, which surprised me because more users will probably use metal tip writing tools. This was most apparent on the Rhodia Unlimited 80g grey ruled white paper.

    I used a Jinhao ink pen and a Pilot Varsity ink pen to test the three samples. On all three samples the ink was applied smoothly, there was minimum resistence to the nib, good flow of ink, and very little show through. I drew a square, made it a dark black by filling it with the ink, and I was impressed, especially with the Clairefontaine 90g white paper, that very very little came through on the reverse surface. There was some smearing but this can be avoided by being more careful when handling. You do have to let the ink dry thoroughly.

    I found that the Clairefontaine surface felt “slicker” to the touch than the two Rhodia samples. Is this because it’s 90g? Some users will like and/or appreciate this quality and I’m looking forward to seeing others’ reaction to this. I like the grey ruled look of the Rhodia Unlimited as opposed to the violet lines. My preference for a more subdued look and perhaps a more “professional” appearance. However, I am aware some like a more distinctive look so it will be popular with many.

    I like that you are giving users the opportunity to evaluate your products because I believe this is the best way to get feedback and to encourage users to try your products. I hope you’ll continue the practice.

    Thanks again for making excellent products available. I like using them.”

  5. Rhodia Unlimited, 80g, grey ruled white paper : this obviously comes from a formated product. I mean the lines are not from one edge of the paper to the other one, but included in a kind of table. The outsides line of the table are darker than the inside lines, and this is very good and improves the reading. I was expecting a lot from this one, but the 80g shows its limitations. On the reverse, I could see some writing. Okay, my TWSBI is pretty wet. A HB pen smudges very easily too. Note that the paper is white but “less white” (a light grey) than the next one I’m reviewing now.
    Rhodia No 12 Pad, 80g, white paper, violet lines : This one looks white. Maybe the violet lines reinforce that impression, as paper gramage is the same. Not special formating on that paper, just lines from one edge to the other. I see the same amount of writing through the page, which is not that much, in fact. HB pencil is smudgy. Color pencil colors pops better on that paper than on the previous one.
    Clairefontaine Top spiral pad, 90g, white paper, violet lines.
    The whitest of all three, with no surprise. The violet lines are thicker than the other two papers, almos twice as thick, and all my FP runs fine and smooth on this paper. A special to the HB pencil… that almost shows no smudge, which is odd to me, as all paper I’m testing show some light or heavy smudge on that type of pencil. Color pencil colors pop, too.

    So the winner is… I still love the paper size and formating of the Rhodia Unlimited. Due to the formating, it will suit any kind of day note pocket size notebook. The paper is correct, but lacks of white. Colors don’t pop because of that issue. But… if, like me, you have several Rhodia pads… this could be a nice change. This is a reason I place it first. Nothing really to do with the results, but more because of the use I could have of such a pocket size book.

    Hope this helps!

  6. This is the first time I’ve received samples from Rhodia Drive. I appreciate being included.

    Rhodia Unlimited 80g Grey Ruled White Paper

    Pros: Excellent paper weight and texture; I liked that the sheets were perforated on the side; no feathering, bleeding, or ghosting with the inks; I really liked the grey ink used for the lines- looked sharp; would be a handy little notebook to carry for making quick lists

    Cons: Didn’t like the block printing for the lines; the size was a little to long and narrow for my personal preference

    Rhodia No. 12 Pad 80g white paper, violet lines

    Pros: Like the Unlimited, excellent weight and texture to the paper; liked that the lines ran to the edge of the paper; the violet ink used to print the lines was dark enough to easily see but not bothersome or obtrusive; no feathering, bleed through or ghosting with the inks; perfect little notepad for a quick note, to take a brief phone message, or to jot down a sentence or two and stick it in a book for future reference.

    Cons: only minor quibble is I would prefer a slightly larger size for my personal preferences.

    Clairfontaine Top Spiral Pad 90g white paper, violet lines

    Pros: Excellent texture, very smooth and (obviously) a little heavier than the Rhodia; the white of this paper seemed a little brighter to me than the Rhodia No. 12; looked very formal; no bleed through, feathering, or ghosting with ink; excellet size

    Cons: None for me.

    I’d use any of these. Rhodia is my standard daily use stationary, but I happily use Clairefontaine for personal correspondence. If I need a quick jot pad, I’d probably pick up the Rhodia No. 12. I don’t need anything too fancy for a quick note. The Clairefontaine is just a bit too fancy for scribbling and I need larger sheets to write actual letters.

    Quick info: I use fountain pens. For my testing I used a Pilot Vanishing Point with a medium nib (with Private Reserve Midnight Blues), three Edison Pens with medium steel nibs (with Diamine Imperial Blue, Waterman Blue Black, and Noodler’s Air Corps Blue Black), and one Edison Pen with a fine steel nib (with J. Herbin Lie de The).

  7. The 90g paper with violet lines was amazing. It had a smooth feel to it and wasn’t flimsy at all. Even better, ink did not bleed through. I used a Sharpie pen (which with other paper I’ve used bleeds through to the point of staining your desk) and the paper absorbed it very well. I also used some Faber Castell drawing pens which really popped out. I would definitely use this paper for doodles as well as little memos.
    As for the 80g ruled white paper, using very inky pens, it absorbs just as well. It has a simplistic, business-like look with the rulings and is something I would definitely use for more organized writings.
    Overall, though, these were great samples!

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