Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Talk Back Tuesday: What would a Rhodia pen be like?



J. Herbin, the inky older sister of Rhodia, offers two writing implements which utilize the J. Herbin ink cartridges. “Highly functional, these small and compact pens are refillable with J. Herbin ink cartridges. With a minimalist look, they are the perfect writing tools for all correspondence and daily notes. They offer smooth writing with a medium line and the transparent body lets you monitor the ink level.”


I’ve tried the Rollerball and liked it.


I have not yet tried the fountain pen. Have you?


“These standard short, “snap in” universal cartridges fit most fountain pens or rollerballs. (Except Sheaffer, Parker, Lamy, A.T. Cross, Pilot/Namiki, Sailor, Platinum and Aurora) 6 cartridges are neatly and securely packed in cylindrical metal tin and are available in  20 colors.”

Now, if Rhodia made a pen, what would it look like? Would it be designed in our signature orange and black with the Rhodia “R”  embossed on the top of the pen cap? Would it be available as a fountain pen? A Rollerball? A mechanical pencil?

If there was an existing brand of pens that you would like to see make a Special Edition Rhodia pen, who would it be? How much would you be willing to pay for this pen/pencil?

10 thoughts on “Talk Back Tuesday: What would a Rhodia pen be like?

  1. I somehow missed the connection between J Herbin and Rhodia. I have maybe five different J Herbin inks (love their little 10 mL bottles) and a bunch of different orange inks, but not yet Orange Indien. Is it a good match with Rhodia Orange?

  2. As long as you are thinking about a Rhodia branded pen, how about getting Diamine or some ink company to produce Rhodia Orange and Rhodia Black fountain pen inks?

  3. Ya know…I see the Rodia pen–as a Lamy Safari AND as a Lamy AL-Star…Orange barrel/Black cap or the reverse…as a matter of fact, I just put one together from two Lamy Color Special AL-Star. I think they are cool-looking…

    Chuckle chuckle..

  4. Given the Rhodia colorscheme, a Delta seems obvious but the pricepoint might be prohibitive for a lot of users. For portability and cost, my choice would be a KaWeCo Sport in Rhodia colors. The Bock nibs are great, combined with a quick drying ink like Pelikan 4001, it would be a perfect pair in the road.

  5. Rhodia making a penwould be a quick drying pen that worked very well with their papers. I think it would be more rollerball with special shades that Rhodia can really show on their paper…

    but that being said, every pen works good on a rhodia pad, so they dont really need to get into the pen business. They need to make more minimalist notebooks with classic binding over that pleather crap, and also a fieldnote size and page count notebook. Those would be something better and easier than pens.

  6. To me, Rhodia as a brand is comfortable, no-frills quality at an affordable price. So what seems most appropriate is a pen reflecting those values, fountain or roller-ball but definitely providing a superb experience at a minimum cost (ideally, no more than $30, putting it in range with Lamy Safaris and Kaweco Sports).

    Shiny black plastic body, a tapering square tube. Capped, the body should be flush to the cap without any overhang. Posted, overhang to be expected as a result of the tapering.

    Rhodia orange “R” on the top of the cap and/or bottom of the barrel for branding, maybe the Rhodia logo on the length of the clip.

    The clip itself should be a thick, somewhat rounded rectangle (with a profile like the Lamy Safari clips, but if they were a sheet rather than a wire) of stainless steel, emerging from the very top of the cap and folding over like a page from a Rhodia notebook, and reaching nearly to the end of the cap before tucking out away from the body with a small curl. It should be sturdy, not so thin as to create a gap from use. It should occupy an entire side of the four-sided pen cap, and be the major design feature of the pen.

    A cushioned grip would be a nice change from every fountain pen I’ve ever owned – black so it doesn’t stain, and not so soft that it picks up lint and such. Thin enough not to catch on the cap, probably a fairly plain tube shape with a visible waist, rather than a triangular grip or anything more sophisticated.

    I don’t know enough about nibs to make too much comment in that area, though the sizes should go at least as small as a European Fine, if not Extra Fine – fine enough to comfortably utilize even the smallest Rhodia memo pads.

  7. I think I would expect a Rhodia pen to be a slim-cased combo pen/pencil as black or black/orange. Maybe even a 2-pen + pencil. The key would be a slim case though. If not that, then either a rollerball slim & longer than the j herbin (to accept either a long international or a second spare short cartridge) and yes black or black/orange. Maybe even a thinner line (if that’s possible).

    I’ve used the j herbin roller ball for years and like it as a fountain pen alternative. So much so that I bought a converter that fits it so I could use my bottled ink collection! I was not aware (gasp) that there was a fountain pen option. I will now have to search one out and test it!

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